Teachers and lecturers are dedicated professionals with many demands placed upon them each day. In addition to their teaching duties they are required to develop teaching programmes, design lesson materials, conduct research, mark examinations, evaluate assignments, attend faculty meetings, supervise staff and students, interview parents and support extra curricular activities. The list goes on.
Technology has been added to this mix and educators are now encouraged and even mandated in some instances to incorporate elements of information technology among the suite of teaching and learning strategies that they employ each day. How can educators implement information technology and develop blended learning solutions in an efficient and practical way? There are a variety of methods that teachers can apply:
- Incorporating practical curriculum matrices to determine which components of the teaching and learning programme are suited to delivery via technology and the web
- Deciding which software tools can be comfortably used to create and publish the online learning materials
- Investigating existing online tools that can be used to support face to face teaching
- Recognising the importance of teamwork in the planning and creation of online learning resources
- Working with students to create online learning resources
In order to assist teachers and academic staff meet the requirements described above I have created a set of workshops specifically designed for educators. The focus of each workshop is upon the sharing and provision of practical solutions that can be used in the classroom. They are set out below.