The power of educational technology for many instructors is the ability to innovate or expand options for teaching in ways that were not possible before. In addition to facilitating communication and presentation, it is hoped that technology can improve or enhance learning.
The portfolio should include a detailed description of the innovation, along with the technologies used and screen captures whenever possible. Reflections of what worked or what needs improvement can also be added.
Types of Innovation
Any innovations used should be based on your teaching philosophy because you want to use the technology to support your teaching goals.
There are many ideas and theories to choose from, but some common goals and matching technologies are listed below. In many cases, innovations will require combinations of technologies to be brought together.
Collaborative or Team Learning
Research or Problem Based Learning
- Access to authentic documents via links or uploaded files
- Communication Tools
- Journaling with communication tools
- Specialized Software
- Student Journals posted to Sites at Penn State
- Online Portfolios
- Media Commons
Increase Opportunities for Skills Practice
- Electronic games or puzzles
- Multiple online quizzes and exercises
- Incorporate specialized software into the class
- Student journals or commenting on Sites at Penn State
- ANGEL Discussion Boards
- Essays in Dropboxes
- Use chat, Adobe Connect (chat screen) or Twitter to have students submit questions during a lecture.
- Online quizzes and exercises
- Podcasting of audio files
- Streamed Videos – ANGEL facilitates legal viewing of online videos
Respect Student Diversity
- Provide visuals, audio (e.g. podcasts) or video for different learner types
- Provide multiple communication channels for different personalities
- Use surveys or discussion areas to learn student profiles
- Understand universal design and accessibility