Dec 18, 2017
Tutors shouldn’t be afraid of bringing digital tech into their teaching: it’s a matter of balancing content and student needs.
Tech in teaching is a divisive issue: there can be a fine line between choosing too much and too little in a tech-savvy age.
Tutors can take some inspiration from Virginia Tech Professor John Boyer: the geographer runs popular online tutorials using filmed lectures available on YouTube and a “flipped syllabus” where students’ grades are cumulative based on points awarded for completing various assignments over the course of the subject.
Boyer’s advice is to keep digital teaching “as close to live as possible”: he prefers visuals to audio-only and keeps online weekly “open office hours” using platforms like Google Talk and AOL Instant Messenger for students’ questions. Boyer also uses social media like Twitter in his assignments, capitalizing on digital tech that younger students are familiar with in their everyday lives.
How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and Youtube Made this Professor Teacher of the Year https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-12-18-how-a-flipped-syllabus-twitter-and-youtube-made-this-professor-teacher-of-the-year