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Teaching with Technology Summer Camp

 

Our Beliefs
When instructional technology serves evidence-based pedagogy, it can help instructors “provide educational experiences that deliver new levels of student engagement” [Pillar 3, UVa’s Cornerstone Plan]. Technology-enhanced courses also support the residential-learning experience when students use appropriate interactive technologies before, during, and after class to engage with course material, their instructors, and fellow students.

The Teaching with Technology Summer Camp is a collaboration between A&S Technology Strategies, Digital Media Lab, Teaching Resource Center, and UVaCollab. Thanks to funding from Information Technology Services, the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, and the Teaching Resource Center, there is NO COST to those accepted into the Teaching with Technology Summer Camp.

This program will provide an open, collaborative forum in which faculty explore, test, adopt, and integrate effective, often innovative pedagogies and learning technologies. In the first, pilot year of this program, each of 20 participants will create a learner-centered Collab site for a particular course to promote student reflection, creativity, and information technology fluency. Ten percent of attendance will be reserved for graduate student participation.

Special Summer Camp features will include faculty presentations, in-depth academic technology training workshops, and participants’ one-on-one consultations with specialists from A&S Technology Strategies, the UVaCollab Team, the Digital Media Lab, and the Teaching Resource Center.

Note: This program is uniquely different from and not a substitute for the TRC’s Course Design Institute. If you intend to design a new course or significantly redesign an existing one, we recommend you consider applying to the Course Design Institute. The Teaching with Technology Summer Camp program is designed to help instructors augment an existing learning environment so as to encourage students’ use of appropriate interactive technologies before, during, and after class to engage with course material, their instructors, and fellow students.

Photo by: Christian Hommel Photography

Our Process
The Teaching with Technology Summer Camp will help instructors utilize emerging technologies and teaching strategies to enhance the UVa student learning experience. This five day professional development opportunity immerses participants in a variety of hands-on workshops, training sessions and thought-provoking discussions about innovative pedagogy, instructional technology and new media.

Approaching the issue with the perspective that technology should never be used in teaching for its own sake, the Center believes that technology should be used in service to specific learning goals instructors have for their students.  That said, every instructor can use technology to enhance their teaching in uniquely effective ways.  Across UVa Grounds, innovative faculty are exploring new and interesting ways to integrate technology into their curriculum. Some want to put their course fully online, make better use of UVaCollab, flip their classroom or experiment with other forms of technology-enhanced active learning.

Goals for Participants
The learning objectives of the
Technology-Enhanced Learning & Assessment track will allow instructors to:

  • demonstrate their understanding of instructional design principles as they relate to face-to-face and flipped learning environments;
  • design online assignments and other activities to assess students’ learning in flipped learning environments that utilize UVaCollab;
  • create or redesign an online course site that uses UVaCollab effectively and includes rich media, web-based discussions, and relevant assessments.

Outline of Schedule
On Monday (1:30−4:00 PM), an orientation will highlight the week-long activities of the Summer Camp and introduce faculty to each other to discuss their interests and expectations.  Selected instructors who have integrated technology into their courses will share their lessons learned and new practices they’ve integrated in their courses.

From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, participants will engage in discussions and hands on workshop activities that allow them to create a capstone project (design a UVaCollab course site or flipped learning module). Optional workshops on Wednesday and Thursday will allow participants to learn about additional technology tools that can be leveraged to further engage learners.

On Friday (10:00 AM−2:00 PM), participants will present their capstone project to their peers and discuss project challenges, affordances and implications for innovative teaching.  Afterwards, an informative discussion with various instructional technology units from across Grounds will conclude the weeklong event.

Subsequent Year-Long Learning Community
The TRC, A&S Technology Strategies, ITS, and the DML will continue to work with Summer Camp participants via a year-long faculty learning community. Through this community, faculty will share their ideas about—and experimentation with—pedagogy and technology, thus multiplying what otherwise would be discrete, disconnected learning by individual faculty.