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How Technology Can Improve Learner-Centered Teaching

How Technology Can Improve Learner-Centered Teaching
For faculty looking to create a more learner-centered environment there are always a few bumps in the road. First they need to get used to no longer being the “sage on the stage” and then there’s the adjustment period for students who aren’t used to being active participants in their learning. In many ways, technology can help pave the way for both faculty and students, but only if the instructor “is adept at creating a course that capitalizes on the pedagogical benefits that technology facilitates in helping students meet the desired learning outcomes for the course,” said Ike Shibley, associate professor of chemistry at Penn State – Berks. In other words, technology for the sake of technology is never good. In the recent online seminar Learner-Centered Technology: Aligning Tools with Learning Goals, Shibley provided a roadmap for matching technological tools to course learning outcomes. Here are some of the ways technology can help satisfy the goals of a learner-centered classroom: 1.

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Using Prezi in the Classroom Everyone’s talking about Prezi – the new online presentation tool that’s set to rival Powerpoint. Perhaps few would mourn Powerpoint’s demise, but is Prezi really all that different, and what are the benefits of using it in the classroom? The first is that it’s really pretty. Prezi calls itself the ‘zooming presentation editor’ and when you see one in action you’ll see it’s a very slick process zooming into and out of different text and embedded media.

Active and Cooperative Learning The past decade has seen an explosion of interest among college faculty in the teaching methods variously grouped under the terms 'active learning' and 'cooperative learning'. However, even with this interest, there remains much misunderstanding of and mistrust of the pedagogical "movement" behind the words. The majority of all college faculty still teach their classes in the traditional lecture mode. Some of the criticism and hesitation seems to originate in the idea that techniques of active and cooperative learning are genuine alternatives to, rather than enhancements of, professors' lectures. We provide below a survey of a wide variety of active learning techniques which can be used to supplement rather than replace lectures.

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Technology-Enhanced Learning Technology-enhanced learning is not a new concept. Educators have integrated technology into their instruction for as long as there have been classrooms. Whether it be through textbooks made possible through the invention of the printing press, an overhead projector, a film strip, or an online simulation, teachers have always looked toward technology to provide students with higher quality learning experiences. However, innovations in content delivery, assessment methods, and adaptive learning are changing what it means to educate students in the 21st century.

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How to Use Technology Effectively to Transform Your ESL Classroom What comes to mind when you hear the word “technology”? Did you imagine computers? Smart phones? Apps? How to structure content into modules: Clive Shepherd's universal design principles, no.1 Digital learning materials work best when they are constructed on a modular basis. This has a number of significant advantages: The learner can more easily access the content that they want and ignore material that is less relevant for them. Some more advanced learning management systems may even be able to selectively filter out those modules which are not appropriate to a learner’s role or current level of competency.Assuming the modules are kept small, the learner is less likely to be overloaded by an excess of material. Remember that if the learner wants more, they can always open another module.

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