How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?
Learn how to peel back the layers of your teaching challenges and work backwards from your learning objectives to your choice of technology solutions.
Find the Right Tech Tools for Your Teaching
Do-it-yourselfers everywhere know they need to use the right tools for the job. So do college and university faculty. But even the latest high-tech “cool tool” won’t solve learning problems if it isn’t thoroughly integrated into your course. This presentation shows you how to use educational technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow famously said if the only tool you have is a hammer, it’s tempting to see every problem as a nail.
Although college and university instructors have a number of pedagogical tools at their disposal today, there’s still an unfortunate tendency to treat technology as a hammer.
Students who don’t engage or come to class prepared, online assignments that go horribly wrong, and even a vague urge to liven up the class can all prompt faculty members to reach for a high-tech quick fix—which sometimes makes matters worse.
In How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with Flower Darby, you’ll learn a more effective way to use educational technology.
The key is to thoroughly analyze your learning objectives and the teaching problems you want to solve before trying to address them with technology. In this colleague-to-colleague-style presentation, Darby, a faculty member and instructional designer at Northern Arizona University with more than 20 years of experience, walks you through her proven and practical approach to teaching with technology.
Educational technology can throw your teaching off balance when it doesn’t support your learning objectives or when it isn’t the right tool for the job at hand. Drawing on the principles of backward design, Darby will show you how to bring your course back into alignment or make sure it stays that way.
Product Code: PM16JA
Clickers can’t solve everything by themselves. Neither can short-form video, virtual reality, or whichever “cool tool” is buzzworthy on campus today.
Teaching and learning with technology successfully requires a comprehensive approach, and that’s just what you’ll learn in How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?
This presentation will show you how to peel back the layers of your teaching problems and work backwards from your learning objectives to your choice of technology solutions. You’ll see how to address student resistance and prepare for implementation. Even with all the technology available to in-person, online, and blended course instructors, Darby emphasizes that the best tool is the one that achieves your teaching and learning objectives most effectively.
- The two main ways technology can interfere with teaching
- The three key steps in backward design, plus a fourth step Darby added to address teaching with technology
- The two most important factors limiting adoption of educational psychology
- A step-by-step process to help you bring learning activities and tools into alignment with your learning objectives
All Magna 20-Minute Mentors are designed to provide information you can put to work immediately. After participating in this presentation, you’ll be able to:
- Identify what’s causing the “pain points” in your courses,
- Describe the basic principles of backward design, and
- Apply backward design principles to select educational technology that supports your learning objectives and solves your pain points
Benefits and Target Audiences
Whether you’re a veteran faculty member or just starting your higher education career, How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design? will help you improve the way you use technology in your teaching.
Whether you’re considering adopting a new educational technology or wondering what went wrong with an earlier initiative, this presentation will give you a step-by-step approach to the answers you need. Department chairs, faculty developers, and new instructional designers will also find this Magna 20-Minute Mentor useful.
Supplemental materials, including criteria for evaluating educational technology, will further help you make technology work for you. Order today!
Flower Darby is passionate about student success through engaging, innovative teaching approaches and effective instructional design.
As faculty and an instructional designer at Northern Arizona University, Flower designs in-person, online, and blended classes that support students in their learning. Flower has taught at NAU for over 20 years in a range of areas from English literature to educational technology to dance to Pilates.
She loves to apply effective teaching and learning principles across the disciplines both in her classes and in those of the faculty she supports at NAU.
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