What is technology-enhanced learning?
In technology-enhanced learning, an instructor thoughtfully implements technology to improve student learning outcomes. Rather than employing technology for technology’s sake, instructors use technology to improve conditions for learning, including providing plentiful opportunities for practice, feedback, interaction, and engagement.
For millennia, learning has been facilitated through the use of technology--most ubiquitously pens, paper, chalk, slates, and books. Current technologies build from these traditional teaching and learning practices, but they also make possible some activities never possible before. A class in Washington, DC can, in real time, engage with students in Doha, Qatar via video conferencing. Two students or twenty students can write and edit simultaneously on a Google Doc, providing a fluid platform for co-authoring and writing mentorship. Augmented and virtual reality have the power to enable the brain to deeply experience distant or imagined realities.
Technology-enhanced learning is not a call to indiscriminately use technology in teaching and learning. It is a call for instructors to consider all of the tools at their disposal—including the low tech and high tech, as well as the no tech— and to integrate them carefully and purposefully in courses to foster improved conditions for learning and student success.
How does CNDLS support technology-enhanced learning?
All of CNDLS' work includes elements of technology-enhanced learning, as we strive to promote experimentation and innovation in teaching and learning across the University. In addition to offering one-on-one consultations with faculty, CNDLS provides a number of programs and resources to directly support faculty interested in technology-enhanced learning.
The TEL Colloquium is a year-long cohort experience engaging 12-16 faculty in both facilitated monthly sessions and individual projects in which faculty design and implement a technology-enhanced learning project in a course. The Colloquium has an annual theme, which informs the topics and technologies explored in the monthly sessions.
Learning Communities offer faculty the opportunity to learn together with other faculty, staff, and students as a gathering of equals who collectively decide the focus and outcome of their communal work. Communities may form around a range of topics and typically meet monthly for one year.
For those faculty interested in implementing a medium-to-large scale technology-enhanced learning project and assessing its impact, CNDLS offers grant opportunities dependent on funding availability. There are currently four types of grants: pilot, curriculum transformation, open online learning, and scholarship of teaching and learning.
The Tools & Services site is a collaborative effort of many of the departments that support educational technologies at Georgetown, including CNDLS, UIS, and the Gelardin New Media Center. It represents the different technologies available to faculty across the University.
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