Title of presentation:
It’s All About The Love – Creating and Supporting A Technology-supported Learning Community (TLC) in a Community College, Professional-Technical, or Undergraduate Setting
Purpose of presentation (why is this important and who is the target audience):
With full workloads, many undergraduate and community college faculty members find it difficult to maintain their current courses and, at the same time, look for ways to best meet the learning needs of new generations of students. Many of these students, as digital natives, are both prepared for and expect to see courses that are formatted to their learning styles. In many cases, this calls for the integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the remodeling of long standing course outlines and materials. Add into the mix concerns and confusion about actually using these technologies, and catastrophe is in the air.
This presentation is targeted for individuals coming from a wide variety of teaching environments who are looking for ways to synergize their efforts in developing curriculum and acclimating to current trends in ICT. We would also encourage individuals who work with faculty development (instructional technologists, administrators, etc) to attend to consider ways of applying these practices in their own development efforts.
Objectives of the presentation (what are you planning to do):
The intent of this presentation is to talk about the practical experiences of developing and maintaining a TLC. The focus will cover the practical stages in implementing a TLC, lessons learned, and examine some of the products that have been developed through the TLC.
Practical applications (how can your results/strategies be used by others):
After the presentation, an attendee will:
* Understand the sequence involved in establishing a viable TLC
* Be aware of pitfalls and shortcuts involved in the process of establishing a TLC
Relationship to the conference theme:
The underlying theory of the TLC is the exchange of ideas, practices, and content among participants. Not only are these ideas exchanged, they are often modified, altered, and improved (talking of both the content and the faculty generating that content.)
In addition, the conference also addresses the concept of teaching with technology. By definition, technology is defined as a tool or process that can simplify an existing process or procedure. One of the most important goals of the TLC is to simplify or support faculty efforts to expand or innovate their courses. By using a distributive model of effort, faculty can greatly magnify their efforts in developing a new course activity or in learning a new technical process.
Information (data or theoretical base) to support what is advocated:
The presentation and workshop will rely primarily on the experiences of participants of the Gen. Ed. TLC. We will include as a part of the presentation additional resources and journal articles we used as references as we developed our working organization and goals for the TLC.
Participants interested in the original presentation materials can email the presenter for copies.
2nd-Day Hands On: Sharing the Love: Harnessing the power of ICT in a TLC
In this workshop, participants will be look at how they can develop stronger courses through the use of a TLC.
To access the sample site, please follow the following steps:
2. There will be several security warnings. Please select the “Allow” or “Accept” options.
3. Create a new user account. Fill out the required info. This information will not be saved, so there is no need to use correct or verifiable information. However, you do need to use a correct email in order to access the course.
4. You will receive an email from “Michael Spall” containing a weblink to the course. Clink on the link.
5. You will be taken back to the website. Select the course titled, “Sharing the Love:…”
Clayn Lambert is an instructor in the General Education department at the College of Technology at Idaho State University, where he teaches courses in English and Critical Thinking. He received a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Idaho. He also provides support for instructional technology at the College of Technology, providing training and strategic assistance related to ICT throughout the college.