The use of technology is an imminent concern at
many educational institutions. More and more colleges are interested
in providing training for their faculty, enabling them to create
technology-based educational products that can be used to aid
the teaching/learning process. The Learning Technology Series
(LTS) can help faculty adjust to the rapidly changing educational
environment while addressing their most fundamental concern:
the pedagogy of instructional technology.
Rapid technological change, presents at
least two challenges for educators. First, teachers must stay
abreast of relevant technologies by assessing the value of educational
technologies, and acquiring and continually updating their technological
skills. Second, teachers will need to begin blending new technologies
into their instructional settings. To successfully upgrade skills
and integrate technology into the educational environment, teachers
will have to make a time commitment and school districts will
need to provide ample training and support.
Pedagogy should drive technology
To ensure good instructional practice, as well as student
success, instructional goals should drive technology training needs.
Thus, pedagogy-based training should be emphasized along with traditional
technical-based training to provide a comprehensive technology training
package for faculty and faculty trainers. The LTS helps faculty to understand
the pedagogical rationale for using technology to promote an optimal
teaching/learning environment. Faculty are provided numerous principles
for effective technology-mediated instruction.
LTS complements local training efforts
The Learning Technology Series is designed
to complement local training programs by providing generic instructional
technology concepts that can be used by educators no matter what
standard for hardware and software is adopted on campus. Hands-on
training is also generic and skills learned can be applied to
Professional growth and continuing education
The Learning Technology Series is a perfect fit for staff
development/ flexible calender days. The presentations or workshops
can be easily integrated into the flexible calender. Nursing education
programs, or any other programs that need continuing education credits,
can also benefit from the LTS. Administrative retreats are another
possible venue for the LTS. Administrators can request specially designed
presentations and workshops for their development retreats.
To see a description of each LTS module, go to "Workshops