Student feedback on how we use technology (or misuse or completely miss the boat with) in teaching is helpful to making sure it’s not a barrier for students. Blog U.: Student Views on Technology and Teaching – Technology and Learning – Inside Higher Ed has an example of this kind of student feedback, including a list of things that could be implemented with little effort. These are:
- “Ensure that all readings, articles, presentations and videos (all course material) are available in the course management system.”
- “Create a weekly reading assessment that asks students to formulate or discuss the most important things you wanted them to get out the this week’s articles.”
- “Make your syllabus a living document and let students know about changes via class emails – it will put your class in the forefront of their minds.”
- “Use technology to help students engage with one another – create peer review groups for papers or discussion groups online.”
I do most of these things already, but it’s something to think about as I head into the next semester.
(Of course, it doesn’t address issues around students’ information literacy, e-literacy, and access to IT – but that’s another kettle of fish).