Instructional Technology Group
What We Do
Instructional Technology works with faculty, graduate assistants, and staff members to promote creative and effective teaching with instructional technologies.
We offer individual consultations and group sessions that cover a variety of technology tools and techniques. Our events include panel discussions on creative uses of technology and teaching at Emerson.
If you are planning a digital project for teaching and would like assistance with the instructional design or development, please contact us.
Canvas Basics: Upload files; Customize layout; Gradebook and Other Tools
We provide an overview of Canvas and guide you through uploading your syllabus and other files.
Post Grades Throughout the Semester
Learn how to create a gradebook that allows students to privately access their grades online. We also go through the steps to upload your course syllabus.
In-Class Polling with Clickers
Explore effective ways to gather and assess student opinions and knowledge, and increase classroom engagement. We’ll review the different options and discuss benefits and caveats.
Blogging Basics for Teaching
Learn how blogs can enhance your students' writing, editing and research skills, as well as encourage in-class and out-of-class discussion. Drawing upon Emerson class blogs and faculty practices, this workshop introduces the fundamental skills and best practices of blogging.
E-Portfolio, Teaching, and Student Development
Come see how you can showcase and assess student coursework and coach students on setting up a portfolio for their professional development.
Administer Online Surveys or Quizzes
After reviewing the differences between WebCT's survey and quiz tools, we work with you to develop a survey or quiz for your class.
Online Discussions for Teaching and Learning
Have you found that the quality or quantity of participation in online discussion falls below your expectations? We show you techniques to structure online discussion assignments, set expectations for students, and define the role of the instructor or TA in the discussion environment.
Integrate Multimedia in your Course Website
Explore simple uses of video, audio, images, and more to enrich your class and engage your students.
Visual Design and Presentation
This session demonstrates strategies for designing presentations that promote student understanding, critical thinking, and listening. Strategies include matching multimedia features with selected information and course concepts.
Collaboration and Convenience with Google Apps
Get a brief overview of Google Apps and see how faculty at Emerson and elsewhere are using Google Docs and other Google web-based applications in and out of class.
Social Networking and Web 2.0
Learn how social networking tools (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and more) can be used for active learning, research, fostering communication, collaboration, and information sharing in an academic setting. We'll help you understand the benefits and limitations of these tools and select the tools best suited to your needs.
The Instructional Technology Group supports faculty use of technology for teaching and learning.
We can help you with:
-Expanding student participation, collaboration and critical thinking
-Assessing student work
-Distance education and blended learning
-Universal design and usability
-Simplifying course management
We offer individual consultations and technology recommendations tailored to your teaching style, subject matter, and student learning goals.
Instructional Tools and Strategies
Learn about and access Canvas, WordPress, and other tools and strategies on the ITG blog.
Canvas is an online course management system designed to promote communication and learning.
WordPress is a simple way to write, engage students, and facilitate peer review.