BU supports a long list of technology platforms, each of which was chosen intentionally to serve a particular purpose and meet a particular need. EdTech is often tasked with evaluating platforms to determine if they still meet our university’s needs, and evaluating whether the adoption of a new platform could significantly benefit our students and
In 2009, the College of General Studies began using Digication eportfolios for all students, redefining and deepening how both students and faculty understood the impact of the program’s learning experience. Nearly a decade ago Boston University’s College of General Studies realized the need for a better way to make students’ progress tangible. Some universities use exams
For this article we interviewed nine students from four of BU’s colleges, with eight different majors and a range of experiences with educational technology. They spoke about the challenges and successes they have experienced with educational technology, the programs that they like and dislike, and specifically what their instructors have done or could do to aid their
Educational technology has turned a corner. Software developers have developed video games that can be used for teaching as a way to engage learners from all backgrounds. Roughly 50% of adults play video games. This is true across demographics including race, gender, and income. As a result, gaming is an extremely effective tool for connecting with
SPH lecturer Cassie Ryan uses Blackboard with Echo 360 to flip her class. And she is excited about using Echo Cloud to improve the way she does in-class assessments to determine how well students are understanding the material.
The Geddes Language Center offers students individualized practice in listening and understanding. Since its opening, the Geddes staff have continually upgraded the Center’s language resources, as part of the Center’s commitment to providing an extensive humanities resource for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Boston University community. We visited the Center’s 42-station
Professor Andy Andres, a biology teacher at Boston University’s College of General Studies, is also a leading expert on sabermetrics, the science and art of baseball analytics. After teaching the course for many years as a lecturer for his alma mater, Tufts University, he worked with BU’s Digital Learning Initiative to create a BU MOOC,