Teaching with Technology


Teaching with technology (or "blended learning") refers, in the broadest sense, to any effort to use instructional technology to engage students with course material, either by delivering content through different modes, encouraging participation in course conversations in different settings, or transforming student assessment through new assignments and/or new techniques. Unlike what students experience at K-12 or large secondary ed. institutions, "blended learning" at Knox does not involve any significant shift to "online learning" or a turn toward the much discussed and lamented MOOCs (massive, open online courses). Our agenda is to use instructional technologies to connect with our students "where they are" and command these technologies to serve the best interests of liberal arts education.



Virtual Speakers / Video Conferencing

A "virtual speaker" is a person who joins your physical classroom from a remote location. A virtual speaker is an enhancement to your face-to-face class environment, not a replacement or substitute for it. The Virtual Speakers / Video Conferencing page considers pedagogical and technical aspects of connecting virtual speakers to your classes.



Workshops / Events at Knox

Knox-Monmouth Digital Humanities Collaboration - 2015-2017

An ACM FaCE-funded collaboration aimed at identifying and refining assignments for use in humanities and humanistic social science courses. Faculty and staff from Knox and Monmouth Colleges have met on member campuses and in Chicago. View the group website here.


TeLeTT Cafe = Teaching and Learning Through Technology + Coffee

TeLeTT Cafe is a low-investment, high-reward, caffeine-fueled presentation about some feature of technology-aided instruction. Presentations are brief (15-20 minutes), the kind of presentation you would hear over a cup of coffee, which is also provided (along with tea and hot cocoa).

"Navigating Fair Use of Copyrighted Material for Your Courses" - October 21-22, 2015

Lynda.com - the acclaimed technology instruction website. - April 23, 2015. Knox faculty now have access to the hundreds of lynda.com video courses on all things digital. To use lynda.com, you must check out a special Knox license.  Contact th Help Desk.


Mellon Workshop: Teaching With/In/Around a World of Technology - June 2014

Tech Workshop Website

Thinking of teaching with more technology? Answer these questions generated by the workshop participants. Where can technology make a difference? What problem does it address? These are the sorts of questions one must confront when building a technology-based pedagogy. From the workshop website (which has additional resources listed.)

Digital Storytelling Workshop - May 2013

Organizer: Robin Ragan

Digital storytelling is a multimedia presentation that students can construct and share with minimal technical experience or investment. The aim of this methodology is inspire student reflection and ownership over important experiences inside the classroom or out. While used extensively in study abroad, it has wide application in experiential learning and civic engagement components of courses.

Full details of the Knox Workshop are here.

Some examples of Knox faculty projects from the workshop follow. Impressive for a single day's work!

Follow these links:
Jaime Spacco's Digital Story

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Judy Thorn's Digital Story

Helen Hoyt's Digital Story 

Flipped Classroom, In-class Polling, Virtual Lecturers And Other Opportunities

Check with Faculty Development or see the Newsletter for events on these topics.

A "flipped classroom" is one in which significant course content is delivered through online lectures or student self-directed modules, freeing the regular classroom hours for different sorts of interactive work. In the fully flipped classroom, instructional technologies may fully disappear from the regular classroom, with technology used to deliver content and class time thereby re-purposed to only class discussion and other exercises applying course materials.

In-Class polling (i.e. "clickers") is a technology that many faculty have adopted.


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External Resources

Miriam Posner's "How did they make that?" - A technology breakdown of the components for a few basic digital humanities project types. Very useful.

Digital Chicago, Lake Forest College - An example of student work in a liberal arts setting.

A Resources Page from A Digital Projects Initiative of the The Five Colleges of Ohio

ProfHacker - Chronicle blog on teaching with technology
     e.g. "Using Twitter" and "Using Video Annotation Tools to Teach Film Analysis"

Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts, Bryn Mawr College



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Suggested Readings

Bowen, José Antonio. Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out Of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, 2012.

Thomas, Douglas,Brown, John Seely. A New Culture Of Learning: Cultivating The Imagination For A World Of Constant Change. Lexington, Ky. : CreateSpace, 2011.

N. Katherine Hayles, How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2012.

Elizabeth Losh, The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014.

Michelle D. Miller, Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014.


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July 2016