Meeting Your Instructional Goals

There are many ways in which technology can be used to help you meet your instructional goals, engage students, and foster communication and collaboration. However, sometimes getting started and trying to figure out which technologies to use when, can be a daunting task. To assist you with this, suggested options and resources have been provided for each topic below.

vary instruction to accommodate different learning styles

As we know, not everyone learns the same way. Some people learn best through seeing, some through listening, and others through moving, doing, and touching. In light of this, presenting content in a variety of ways helps to ensure that all students will acquire and retain the desired learning objectives/outcomes. Here are some options for delivering your content in different ways:

  • Using Narrated Presentations
    Narrated presentations provide learners the opportunity to review lectures/presentations at their own pace, and to revisit the content as often as needed.
  • Using e-Learning and Collaboration Applications
    The use of e-Learning and collaboration applications offers both asynchronous and synchronous avenues to communicate/collaborate with learners at a distance, as well as manage and administer course-related content.
increase student engagement, collaboration, and participation

How can technology positively impact the level of engagement a learner experiences within a course? How do you facilitate collaborative efforts amongst learners? How do you increase learner participation?

  • Using a Wiki (e.g. PBworks)
    Wikis (collaborative websites) offer learners the opportunity to collaborate, compile, refine, and expand on information within a shared site. This provides ability to work collectively as a team, and build on each other’s knowledge.
  • Using e-Learning and Collaboration Applications
    The use of e-Learning and collaboration applications offers both asynchronous and synchronous avenues to communicate/collaborate with learners at distance, as well as manage and administer course-related content.
  • Using the SMART Interactive White Board
    An interactive white board provides learners first-hand engagement with presentation materials and other related course-content. Learners are granted the opportunity to directly interact and manipulate information while working as a collective group or class.
  • Using a Blog
    Blogs offer learners the ability to share information electronically in an online journaling format that, in turn, provides readers the option of commenting on specific entries. Blogging provides learners an avenue for reflection, while maintaining a collaborative aspect of commenting, feedback, and discussion.
streamline/manage course content more effectively
Using a learning management system such as Blackboard and/or combination of other e-learning applications can significantly reduce the time it takes to manage content, communication, assessment, and more. In addition, learners greatly benefit from the organization/structure that these applications provide, as well as the 24/7 access to content and resources.

  • Using Blackboard
    Most learning management systems are full-service, one-stop shops to store, manage, share, and administer course-related materials and tasks. In addition to simply providing learners a centralized place for accessing information such as grades and announcements, it is also possible to provide assessments and take advantage of discussion forums.
  • Using Sakai
    Our campus will be migrating from Blackboard to Sakai over the next few semesters as the sole learning management system. Starting in January 2013 all courses using a learning management system must be delivered using Sakai.
  • Using e-Learning and Collaboration Applications
    The use of e-Learning and collaboration applications offers both asynchronous and synchronous avenues to communicate/collaborate with learners at distance, as well as manage and administer course-related content.
  • Using Narrated Presentations
    Narrated presentations provide learners the opportunity to review lectures/presentations at their own pace, and to revisit the content as often as needed.
  • Using Personal Web Pages
    Creating a personalized website offers complete flexibility and creativity in how, where, and when information is shared. There are several user-friendly options and applications available for those who have an “inner-web-designer” to unleash!
vary options/formats for student projects
How can I add some variety to the projects students create? What options are available for students to use? How can technology enhance their work?

  • Using Audio and Video
    Using audio and video creation tools provides learners with another dimension for illustrating their knowledge base of a particular topic or concept, beyond the written word. These tools also help to showcase/highlight learners’ creativity and individuality.
  • Using Narrated Presentations
    Narrated presentations provide learners the opportunity to review lectures/presentations at their own pace, and to revisit the content as often as needed.
  • Using Personal Web Pages
    Creating a personalized website offers complete flexibility and creativity in how, where, and when information is shared. There are several user-friendly options and applications available for those who have an “inner-web-designer” to unleash!
  • Using Concept Mapping
    Concept mapping provides learners the opportunity to graphically represent their knowledge of a particular topic or concept.
enhance communication with my students
Have you ever wanted to invite a guest speaker to your class, or connect to other classrooms in other cities/countries, but traveling expenses prohibited this from happening? How about having the ability to see and talk with your students and share documents in-between class sessions? Here are some applications that you can use to accomplish these goals and more!

  • Adding Video, Audio, and Images
    The use of audio, video, and images provide a unique and direct way of communicating with learners without the barriers of having to meet face-to-face or in real-time.
  • Using e-Learning and Collaboration Applications
    The use of e-Learning and collaboration applications offers both asynchronous and synchronous avenues to communicate/collaborate with learners at a distance, as well as manage and administer course-related content.
offer virtual office hours, conduct online sessions, and/or have online guest speakers
What are some alternatives to having to be on campus to conduct/attend class and/or provide office hours? How can you reach out to quest speakers from other cities, states, and countries without incurring any travel costs? Check out the links below to find out!

  • Using Blackboard
    Most learning management systems are full-service, one-stop shops to store, manage, share, and administer course-related materials and tasks. In addition to simply providing learners a centralized place for accessing information such as grades and announcements, it is also possible to provide assessments and take advantage of discussion or chat forums.
  • Using Sakai
    Most learning management systems are full-service, one-stop shops to store, manage, share, and administer course-related materials and tasks. In addition to simply providing learners a centralized place for accessing information such as grades and announcements, it is also possible to provide assessments and take advantage of discussion forums.
  • Using e-Learning and Collaboration Applications
    The use of e-Learning and collaboration applications offers both asynchronous and synchronous avenues to communicate/collaborate with learners at distance, as well as manage and administer course-related content.
  • Adding Video, Audio, and Images
    The use of audio, video, and images provide a unique and direct way of communicating with learners without the barriers of having to meet face-to-face or real-time.
learn how to use the available technology in the School of Education
The School of Education offers a wide variety of established and emerging technologies for faculty members and teaching assistants to integrate into their courses. Below is a list of technology available for checkout and use.

request equipment available for checkout
find out more about available training and workshops

Also see LEARN NC’s resources for technology integration for more innovative ways to use technology for teaching and learning!