Reflections on the use of technology in the classroom: What is the value added?
Oct 13, 2011, 10:30am-12pm
For the past 15 years, Professor Tom Johnson has integrated new technologies into his teaching. Two of the courses that he has taught during that period have a similar enrolment – between 70 and 100 students – and a similar calibre of student. In one course, he engages students in active learning through a case study approach. Technology is an essential tool in the course that facilitates significant student engagement with the materials, before and during each lecture session. In the other course, technology is incidental to the learning experience – for the most part, he uses a passive learning model. Contrary to his expectation, he found that the educational results from these two models are not significantly different. Last year, he introduced lecture capture into the passive learning model, with disappointing results.
In this session, Professor Johnson reflects upon the considerable time and effort he has spent integrating technology into his classroom instruction, and questions the value added. He also reflects upon the current trend towards using the web to make lecture courses available to a large number of students as a means of increasing student engagement and enrolment. Tom Johnson, a member of IRLT, is on the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches commercial law subjects. He is also the co-director of the Osgoode / Schulich JD/MBA Program.
|Location:||1009 TEL Building|
|Sponsor:||Institute for Research on Learning Technologies|
|Posted by:||Ron Owston|