A vision of how we work from the Office 365 Team is relevant for Higher Education.
“…how we work, where we work, with whom we work is changing rapidly and the technology must enable this modern workplace. Successful organizations have moved from static hierarchies of people and the way communication flows between them, to dynamic networks of open sharing; from individual productivity to collective value co-creation; from work being where you go to being what you do. And, for organizations, it is also about attracting and retaining the best, new talent. Today, workplace technology is a key factor as the Millennial generation become the majority of the workforce.”
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement surveyed more than 100 participants asking the questions:
1. Think of your last good educational experience. What made it good?
2. Think of your last bad educational experience. What made it bad?
The top ten do’s and don’ts may be useful for educators.
An instructor may create groups of students in a Canvas course. The following links will demonstrate for students and instructors how to use a Group. Both students and instructors have them same permissions to create content and edit withing a Group.
How do I view Student Groups?
How do I create a new Page in my group?
How do I edit a Page in my group?
How do I start a Collaboration with a Student Group?
How do I make an Announcement in my group?
How do I start a Discussion with my Group?
Have you considered using Twitter in the classroom? There are numerous benefits according to Jason Rhode, Ph.D., Director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University. In his blog find resources and read about Best Practices Teaching with Twitter. See also Twitter in the Classroom from the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota.
Currently there is a lively debate among university faculty on the question of whether to have a policy on use of laptops and devices in the classroom and what the policy should be. One article that contributes to the debate is by Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer, titled
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking in
Psychological Science June 2014 25: 1159–1168, first published on April 23, 2014 doi:10.1177/0956797614524581. Several authors differ with their conclusions including John Jones whose post is titled Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education and Luc P. Beaudoin who writes the post Cognitively Potent Software Is Mightier than the Pen in the Hands of Able, Motivated Knowledge Builders. For a student perspective see the blog by Michael Oman-Reagan and his posting Your Nostalgia Isn’t Helping Me Learn.
Plante, K. & Asselin, M. E. (2014.) Best Practices for Creating Social Presence and Caring Behaviors Online. Nursing Education Perspectives:35, 4, 219–223.
The Blended Learning Toolkit from the University of Central Florida is “based on proven research and informed by practical experienct” and provides worksheets, instructional design tools and examples.
Additional resources are at Welcome to Online Pedagogical Repository.
The Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) from The State University of New York (SUNY) offers an independent study opportunity for faculty on the following topics. In each category the research on using the tool in teaching is included.
Blogs and Wikis
The Goodwill Community Foundation offers free tutorials on Microsoft Office, Mobile Apps, Math and Technology at GCFLearnFree.org.
In the article Enabling narrative pedagogy: inviting, waiting, and letting be (2014), Pamela Ironside encourages Nursing instructors to increase engagement of students by being more aware of “Concernful Practices”. She summarizes these practices as “inviting, waiting and letting be” (p. 213). The result is a collaborative teaching and learning experience. Her articles give specific examples.
Ironside PM. (2014.) Enabling narrative pedagogy: inviting, waiting, and letting be. Nurs Educ Perspect. 35(4):212–8. doi: 10.5480/13–1125.1
Reflective Practice: Narrative Pedagogy Can Transform the Educational Paradigm by Gail Sherwood proposes that Narrative Pedagogy promotes changes in behavior and attitudes among students and is a tool for making sense of enormous amount of content.