The TEI Project
This is the question we set out to explore in designing a professional learning experience for faculty through the Technology Enriched Instruction (TEI) program three years ago. With support from Microsoft Education, a faculty design team developed a full-day, inquiry-based workshop that helped faculty member participants to consider how to best integrate technology with their disciplinary content and chosen teaching and learning activities. The course is framed around a model of pedagogical reasoning that helps faculty discover ways to integrate technology in meaningful ways.
The experience begins by considering the kinds of skills and experiences that would best prepare our students for the 21st century world of learning and work. From there we introduce the 21st Century Learning Design framework (described here) and encourage participants to examine the degree to which students engage in these skills in a course they teach. We then consider how technology can be aligned with disciplinary content and appropriate learning activities to support one or more 21st century skills. By the end of the workshop, participants redesign a course session, project or assignment that they can use in their teaching.
To this point, participation in a TEI workshop was limited to face-to-face events hosted by universities around the world. Recently, however, we’ve launched a fully online, interactive, and self-paced version of the workshop through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. For a quick “trailer” of the course content, please take a moment to watch the video below.
How have you navigated the opportunity and challenge of integrating technology in your teaching?
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