The EdTech Collective is a program designed to engage faculty participants in collaborative learning and knowledge development to support the use of digital technology in education. A central focus of the Collective is to examine ways to enhance student engagement and learning through the use of digital technology, and to share successful practices with the wider VCU community. Emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, the program seeks to create a supportive environment where faculty participants can tinker, explore, experiment and take risks using digital technology to engage in innovative practice, and inspire others to do the same.
A general overview of key program events is below:
- Summer Collaboratory (May 29 – June 1) – faculty designed collaborative learning laboratory
- Learning Project (Fall 2012 & Spring 2013) – development, evaluation and redesign of individual or interdisciplinary group project within a course(s)
- Collective Action (Fall 2012 and Spring 2013) - participate in bi-monthly sessions during each semester to continue collaborative learning related to EdTech and student engagement
- Project Presentations – presentation of project findings (VCU community / professional conferences)
- Award and use of a 13” MacBook Pro
Below is a description of key program activities:
- Summer Collaboratory (May 29 – June 1, 2012)
The collaboratory is a 4-day learning experience that combines faculty-led sessions, hands-on practice and discussion of educational uses of digital technology. Each faculty member proposes, designs and leads a session in the collaboratory as part of their participation in the program. The collaboratory is intended to create a rich exchange of ideas, foster collegiality, and encourage experimentation, tinkering and play.
- Learning Projects (Fall 2012 & Spring 2013)
The experience in the summer collaboratory forms the foundation for the development of learning projects to be conducted and evaluated in the 2012 Fall semester. Participants will reflect on the outcomes of their Fall projects, and collaborate with members of the Collective to consider redesign options for conducting a revised project during the Spring 2013 semester. The focus of these individual or interdisciplinary group projects will explore the use of digital technology to enhance student engagement and learning. The CTE will provide ongoing consultation, resource identification and technical assistance to support this process.
- Collective Action (Fall 2012 & Spring 2013)
Faculty members in the EdTech Collective will meet bi-monthly during the Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 semesters to share ideas and experiences related to the implementation of their projects. These meetings will present opportunities for learning about new technologies, sharing experiences, asking questions, receiving feedback and reflecting on practice.
- Project Presentations (Ongoing)
Presentation of project findings and lessons learned is an important part of the learning process. Faculty members are encouraged to explore a range of options for presenting and sharing the outcomes of their work, from traditional print-based papers, to web resources and digital media creations, as well as presentations at professional conferences. Requests for additional funding through the CTE can be made to support attendance at professional conferences directly related to project work of the EdTech Collective.
All full-time teaching faculty members are eligible to apply for participation in the EdTech Collective. Faculty members interested in applying need to submit the following materials:
Application deadline: May 7, 2012