Instructional Technologies

The Instructional Technology Group offers several services to assist faculty in the successful implementation of Instructional Technology in their courses.

The following instructional services are examples of services provided by the Instructional Technology Group.  The Instructional Technology Group is a diverse collective of professionals with backgrounds in technology, research methods, and/or curriculum and instruction. Faculty may reach out to their department’s assigned instructional technologist for referral to a specialist in your area of interest.

Flipped Classrooms

The Instructional Technology Group works closely with the Teaching and Learning Center to help faculty Flip a class or two, or Flip the entire course. The Instructional Technology Group can assist faculty in selecting an appropriate technology, provide training on the development of course content utilizing instructional technology, provide training and support to faculty inputting content into a supporting Sakai course site, and providing support to faculty and students as they use instructional technology. The Teaching and Learning Center can assist faculty in identifying content to shift outside of the classroom, as well as utilizing the time now available in the classroom for active, student-centered instruction. If you would like to discuss your needs on Flipped Classrooms, please contact your Instructional Technologist for more information or to get started.

Sakai Consultation

Would you like to modernize your Sakai presence and take advantage of the Learning Management System’s newest features to maximize student success? Consider a Sakai consultation! An instructional technologist will work with you as you design your new course site, discuss technology integration, and team up with the Teaching and Learning Center as needed to fine-tune your in-class activities. If you aren’t ready to commit to the Flip, but want a better online presence for your students outside of class, this consultation is for you.

Learning Object Development

“Learning Object” is a blanket term for multimedia (video, photos, or audio) that has been specifically designed to meet 1 learning objective, and includes an accompanying instructional activity either built-in to the technology or as an additional activity to be completed after interacting with the media. Successful learning object development includes sound instructional design, considerations for student cognitive-load and learning theory, and measurable assessment with feedback of some kind provided immediately (automated by the technology) or during the next interaction with their instructor.

The technology possibilities for Learning Objects are overwhelming and numerous. But an Instructional Technologist can assist in selecting an appropriate technology for your needs. Faculty are often surprised to find that technology selection is the final step in learning object design! So please come with an open mind when meeting with the Instructional Technologist, and be prepared to discuss your specific learning objective and instructional needs.

Video Production

There are several options on campus for the production of a video. If your video is for an instructional purpose and tied directly to a learning outcome, please see “Learning Object Development” above.

Other video production purposes may include: Documenting a guest speaker on campus; Recording a student performance or presentation of works; Student portfolio and interviews; etc. Video equipment availability and skill sets vary by department. Please contact your Instructional Technologist well in advance so these resources can be sourced and prepared in time for your event.

Lightboard

The LED Lightboard is a low technology barrier solution to recording lecture videos where the focus is on writing for extended periods of time. The lecturer faces a camera from behind a glowing chalkboard-sized pane of glass, illuminated by LEDs, and is recorded as they write and draw upon the pane of glass. The video is then mirror-flipped so the handwriting appears correct to those viewing the video. Please visit the Lightboard Project page for more information: go.wfu.edu/Lightboard

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