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The National Resource Center is pleased to now offer online courses on current topics related to the first-year experience and students in transition. Online courses are designed to come as close as possible to providing students with the same course content and opportunities for interaction with classmates and with the instructor as traditional or classroom-based courses as well as take advantage of pedagogy and teaching techniques that are not possible or uncommon in a traditional format. Our online courses will take place during a four-week or five-week period with the majority of instruction occurring in an asynchronous environment. Asynchronous instruction is neither timebound nor place-bound and does not require the simultaneous participation of all students and instructors. It utilizes toolssuch as email, threaded discussions/forums, listservs, and blog.
Participants will earn 1.5 continuing education units.
Maximizing Digital Tool Use in the First-Year Seminar: Helping Students to Become Digital Learners
Brad Garner serves as Director of Faculty Enrichment in the Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). Brad has been actively involved for several years in directing and teaching the first-year seminar on his campus. Currently, he leads faculty enrichment efforts across the entire university. One of his greatest passions is helping faculty learn new and creative ways to teach and engage students.
Prior to moving into higher education, his career was focused on program and faculty development in K-12 public school settings where he worked as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, and administrator. Garner is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops in the US and Europe and has authored and coauthor several publications, including A Brief Guide to Teaching Adult Learners (2009) and A Brief Guide to Millennial Learners (2007), and Teaching the First-Year Seminar (2012). His book Getting Employed, Staying Employed was recognized and honored as a Book of the Year by the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities. Most recently, Garner has been working with groups of teachers in Bosnia as part of an Educational Leadership Institute designed to empower teachers to be change agents in their own communities and schools. He also works with men in a faith and character-based initiative at Indiana's largest correctional facility.
Director of Faculty Enrichment in the Center for Learning and Innovation
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU)
|October 5 -
October 30, 2015
|September 25, 2015
We are living in an age where digital technology is ubiquitous... apps, mobile devices, ebooks, MOOCS, Open Educational Resources, the Cloud. For students in higher education, the rapidly changing digital landscape will be a way of life throughout their college careers and into the workplace. In their lives, being digitally savvy and maintaining an openness to lifelong digital learning will increasingly become a prerequisite for success. The creation of these opportunities also, however, depends upon faculty who are willing and able to adapt their courses to include digital learning requirements and experiences.
This course will focus on the ways in which the first-year seminar, through intentionally designed teaching and assessment strategies, can help first-year students acquire the competencies necessary to engage with digital technology and become more effective and active digital learners.
Our time together in this course will expose participants to a variety of digital tools with hands-on application.
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES
As a result of completing this course, participants will be able to use selected theories to
1. To understand the intersection of digital tools and course design.
2. To acquire skill in using a variety of digital tools for the purposes of instruction and assessment.
3. To thoughtfully select digital tool for use in the first-year seminar experience