Have We Demystified Critical Thinking? Are They Ready Yet?
Their professor announces that today they will be joined by a guest lecturer, a senior VP from a Fortune corporation.
What makes this guest lecture unique is that the students are sitting in a Nashville classroom but the guest lecturer is speaking from his home office in Estonia, via video technology. In the scene described above, Owen Professor David Owens, along with Professor Bart Victor, use video conferencing to bring an international guest speaker to their organization studies seminar.
Across the University, faculty are using technology to help students master subjects from elementary and secondary school instruction to bioengineering to structural equation modeling.
They are developing their own skills while making students comfortable with the technology that will help them be successful after leaving Vanderbilt. As they introduce more and more technology into the classroom, faculty are finding it raises the quality of class discussion and involves students much more deeply in their own education.
Owen Management Professor David Owens uses videoconference links to bring in guest speakers and incorporates video and audio technology into most of his lectures. Psychology Professor Andy Tomarken teaches methods and statistics courses in a computer lab, allowing him to integrate traditional lecture with demonstration projects using the methods he is teaching.
Peabody Professor Margaret Smithey guides her students in the preparation of multi-media classroom presentations including clips from the Internet, video, audio, and news archive footage.
She has opened an e-conference for interns from her courses who want to stay in touch with their fellow students and professors, and she maintains a library of digitized video clips, taken from live and simulated classroom settings.
Department of Biomedical Engineering Chair Tom Harris directs a new NSF-funded center focused on developing technology-based bioengineering teaching materials and curriculum. He is collaborating with several partners, including Peabody Professor John Bransford.
What Technology Brings to the Classroom What these faculty members have in common, and what they share with many others across the campus, is a commitment to exploring the opportunities technology offers for improving the quality of classroom instruction.
Professor Margaret Smithey describes how technology allows her to capitalize on unexpected turns in class discussion. I think seeing actual classroom scenarios related to their questions makes learning come alive for my students better than if I gave my opinion or told a story.
When they follow me, typing in on their own computers, that facilitates their learning. There are either books that tend to be too easy or too hard or just not broad enough in scope.
This not only replaced the textbook, it allowed students to spend more time focused on the lecture and less time copying formulas from the board.
I think technology has improved the quality of what we can access. David Owens requires his students to do at least one group project entirely over the Internet. In this project, they have a lot to figure out about group process, what things are done best face to face, what things are done best asynchronously, what things are done best in an anonymous chat room.
And they figure it out. Smithey values these pre-class assignments because they save classroom time and improve the quality of class discussion. We are able then to discuss particular class dilemmas or teaching dilemmas that everyone has watched, analyzed and reflected upon.
So, we can start there and go with our class discussion rather than having to take 20 or 30 minutes of class showing the video and asking the specific questions. Students who may question how much their professors care about teaching can also see evidence of the time and trouble taken to prepare for class.
Technology Brings Challenges Introducing technology into the classroom can also bring a set of challenges. First among them is finding the time needed to incorporate new technology into courses. Professor Smithey not only uses the technology herself but also requires her student to produces multi-media projects during the semester.
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Oct 17, · This is the first in a six-part blog series on teaching 21st century skills, including problem solving, metacognition, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication in classrooms. How Technology Enhances Learning Professor Owens, Smithey, and Tomarken all feel they can see technology enhancing their students’ learning, particularly when students use the technology directly.
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