Best Practices In The Use Of Instructional Technology
In Teaching Undergraduate Engineering
Project Number 06 – 1994
Graduate Student Researcher
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94703
Other Individuals And Organizations Associated With The Project
We’re trying to document some of the “do’s and don’ts” of using instructional technology in teaching. Our focus is delivery systems. Which types of technologies can be used to enhance the various types of learning environments, and in what ways? Some of these learning environments are the “one to many” model, project-based learning, and small study groups. The “one to many” model is basically the traditional lecture environment, where the instructor gives information to a large group of students, who learn passively. Project-based learning is active by comparison, and can occur in different environments (physical laboratories, computer labs, field trips, etc.) Our focus is on the computer labs. Here the students may engage in self-paced learning. In the small study group model, students work in teams to learn subject material and complete assignments. Our treatment here is minimal.
I’m planning on creating a Mosaic format multimedia presentation which will contain text, graphics, pictures, audio, and video. All of the data is from interviews I’ve done with faculty and staff at U.C. Berkeley, student surveys, a faculty questionnaire, pictures and video that I’ve taken, videos sent to me by faculty at other universities, and personal observations.
It’s not done yet. To be truthful, it might not be completely finished by the time of presentation, but it will complete enough to present.
The subject matter is using technology to enhance teaching, which seems to be major goal of EDUCOM. So right off the bat we’ve got a lot in common. Furthermore, the entire presentation will be placed on the World Wide Web, accessible through internet. Also, it will be placed in the NEEDS Database, which is part of the Synthesis Coalition. NEEDS stands for National Engineering Educational Delivery Systems. For more on Synthesis and NEEDS, try the following URLs:
- Some method of data projection (either RGB or lcd panel)
- If I use lcd panel I’ll also need a high-intensity overhead projector
- A computer connected to internet, with NCSA Mosaic