Teaching with Technology Festival Draws Faculty, Staff, and Students
The 2nd Annual Teaching with Technology Festival on October 3rd was attended by faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs from across both BU campuses. Keynote speaker Amber Navarre set an upbeat tone with her kickoff presentation, in which she urged colleagues not to be intimidated, to look for free tools and for supported from BU’s Office of Distance Education and DL&I Educational Technology teams, and to pace themselves to no more than one new innovation per semester.
The Faculty Voices panelists in the afternoon echoed these sentiments, and added that the initial investment of time and effort involved in using digital learning technologies is worth it. For example, SPH’s Cassie Ryan noted that the innovations she develops for her online classes often transport into her live classroom teaching, and vice versa. STH’s Daryl Ireland noted that teaching a fully online course requires him to rethink what he does in the classroom. The process of adopting new technologies was a source of considerable discussion, with faculty using various resources. SPH’s Jayce Greece described that school’s new Community Link portal, which enables outside agencies to connect with instructors looking for semester-long student projects. “The Digital Education Incubator (formerly Digital Learning Initiative) has been the most amazing presence,” she noted. “We spent a year working
The process of adopting new technologies was a source of considerable discussion, with faculty on the Faculty Voices panel describing the use of various campus resources. SPH’s Jayce Greece introduced the school’s new Community Link portal, which enables outside agencies to connect with instructors looking for semester-long student projects at SPH. “The Digital Education Incubator (formerly Digital Learning Initiative) has been the most amazing presence,” she noted. “We spent a year working through the best technological solution. It was a true collaborative community effort that resulted in really determining and finding the best solution for exactly what we need.”
Throughout the day, attendees also met with individual technology experts for demonstrations and consultations on technologies such as the new MyMedia video streaming platform, Blackboard Learn, Digication, Echo360, JMP, Matlab, Turnitin/ExamSoft, and Zoom. BU Libraries hosted a table on Open Resources, copyright, and digital content. DL&I’s production team was on hand to discuss the popular topic of creating quality instructional videos.
Several breakout presentations were also offered, incuding Digital Humanities for the Classroom, Using Online Technologies in Blended and On-Campus Courses, Creating Accessible Courses, and MATLAB Technologies for the Cloud Era.
Faculty from across the university presented examples of their innovations at ePoster sessions scheduled throughout the day. For example, Questrom’s Executive MBA program presented on their new Virtual Tuesdays initiative, which uses a specially equipped classroom to provide EMBA students with remote synchronous instruction once every three weeks. COM’s Charles Merzbacher presented on his early adoption of the MyMedia platform to enable peer review of student films in his production class. Christopher Robinson of the Office of Disability Services presented on instructional media accessibility, a key theme throughout the day.
Digital Learning & Innovation’s pedagogy and technology experts are on hand at any time to assist with questions about using digital learnign technologies to transform teaching at BU. Contact us at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be posting some of the presentations from the day’s offerings on this page in the near future.