Teaching in the Digital Age

October 20, 2009- This months session was Teaching in the Digital Age. Presenters included Steve Black, faculty librarian, Christina Pfister, department of Teacher Education, and Ryane Straus, department of History and Political Science. 

          Steve Black began the session by discussing authority and its importance to critical thinking. During Blacks presentation different types of authority were reviewed, such as individual, institutional, and peer review. Pros and cons for each type of authority were discussed such as bias, point of view, credibility, and feedback. To conclude his presentation Black provided suggested readings as well as tips for judging authority.

          Christina Pfister lead her presentation by discussing managing collaboration in the digital age. Pfister talked about her research seminar course which helps students develop small scale research studies. Pfister also shared instructional issues in the classroom, goals for that particular course, and strategies used in order to accomplish those goals. Pfister also stressed the importance of technology in her classrooms. All course material, documents, and readings are provided to students via email, google documents, word, and Blackboard.

          Finally, Ryane Straus concluded the presentations by discussing the History and Political Science 100 course which is taught by one historian and one political scientist in order to introduce students to the field. This course gives students an idea of the discipline and provides them with the tools to begin their research career at the college level. Straus also talked about how research is about developing a new arguments, plagiarism, citations, and the use of the Internet as a successful research tool.

          At the conclusion of this weeks presentations, an open discussion began which explored topics such as google documents and the advantages of using this program, how to motivate students to research and use proper citation,and knowledge versus motivation in students.

Below you will find the materials each presenter shared during the session. To hear this session, as well as past Provision sessions, please visit the “Session Podcast” link. 

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First Monday Article

First Monday, a peer reviewed journal online, introduced an article on October 5, 2009 called Insidious Pedagogy: How Course Management Systems Impact Teaching. The article explores Course Management Technologies (CMTs) and the impact online technologies have on teaching. While CMTs are used throughout colleges and universities as a way to present online courses, and post course related material, they tend to be underutilized due to Web-novice faculty. This article will take a closer look into CMTs, as well as an understanding of how novice use technology to discover how CMTs can influence and control instructional approaches. 

Insidious Pedagogy : How Course Management Systems Impact Teaching