My Technology Teaching Philosophy
The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort. – Michael Jordan
First of all, I love inspirational quotes! Second of all, I like to incorporate life skills into all of my courses to help my students be prepared to tackle their next journey. As an Information Technology & Systems instructor, that preparation entails listening and learning from my students, fostering a sense of community and caring, addressing various learning styles, providing debrief (reflection) opportunities, obtaining feedback, and providing learning challenges for my students. Several preparation methods that I specifically use typically depends on whether the course is in an online, lecture, or hybrid format; however, I do strive to make each modality a similar learning experience.
In a typical lecture setting, I elicit student feedback regarding their previous classroom and teacher experiences. This sets the stage for me to discuss my expectations while addressing student experiences with the goal of meeting somewhere in between. Next, I like to observe and assess student skill levels and learning styles so that I can tailor my instruction to meet learning outcomes. In many of my courses, I like to incorporate teamwork activities into the learning process. This is achieved through paired and small group settings.
Since I teach technology courses, I use our Learning Management System (Moodle) for course delivery. This makes it very easy for students to get access to technology tools, content, assignments, etc. that I use in all my courses. A typical lecture class session can include a technology warm-up exercise, review of what will be covered in class, a review or recap of the course material from the previous class period, lessons, class activities (hands-on, instructor presentation, group, flipped learning, etc.), a review of what’s coming up next, and anything that is due before the next class period.
I enjoy the challenge of the Information Technology area, so I like to channel that energy into my teaching strategies. By that I mean that I often create materials on the fly that reflect the latest industry developments. I also like to create experiences for students through project-based learning. For example, I purchased 3D printer kits for my IT Support students to assemble. Working in teams, they assembled and troubleshooted any issues with the printer in order to produce an end-product. I tied this project into a sustainability component that helped the students recognize the real-work application of their learning.
Now that you know a little bit about my teaching style, check out some information about how I use the Moodle learning management system, some of my teaching examples and how I have developed courses using the WIDS model and computing standards.