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How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?

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.

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