Integrating Student Learning and Collaborative Technology
The iLearn Program at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) was an attempt to refocus on the pedagogical aspects of integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. To maximize the impact that iLearn had on student learning, student learning outcomes connected to the General Education core were specified. The faculty involved in the iLearn Program examined their own pedagogy as it related to these outcomes. They were presented with a variety of technology-based pedagogical methods from which they could choose. Faculty participants were divided into cohorts and received training in the use of these new methods. Their primary task was to engage student learners via these newfound methods. Participants were asked to document their progress during training and implementation. At the end of each semester, assessment data for the student learning outcomes was collected and analyzed to determine the impact of the selected methods. The assessment results were used to revise their strategies in preparation for the next cycle of classroom instruction and assessment.
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