Purpose and Description
This community welcomes participants of all capabilities and experiences using technology as an instructional tool in the classroom. Meeting every 2-3 weeks, the community will offer members the opportunity to investigate, discuss, implement and critique the integration of technology into their teaching as a means of enhancing student learning. This community will meet for the duration (August – June) of the 2008 – 2009 academic year. Key outcomes for participants will focus on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of particular technology tools, how to determine the appropriate use of technology to support learning, and methods for assessing the impact of technology on learning outcomes.
Participants will determine the selection of topics for seminars and workshops that will guide the activities of the community for the academic year. During the Fall 2008 semester faculty members will explore a range of tools and practices to support the instructional use of technology in teaching and learning. In the Spring 2009 semester, participants will build on knowledge and insights gained during the fall semester to propose, design and implement teaching projects aimed at using technology to enhance student learning.
In addition to the individual projects, FLC members will also design and complete a collaborative project that will contribute to the meaningful use of instructional technology within the wider VCU community.
Each participant will have available up to $1000 to support the integration of technology into teaching and learning. This can include for example, purchase of hardware and software, travel to conferences that feature sessions on technology, etc. A portion of the funds can be distributed at the beginning of the FLC, and in full at the close of the 2008 – 2009 academic year.
The community will be assisted by a facilitator from the CTE who is trained in pedagogy and the effective use of instructional technology to support learning.