Using technology

Learning technology encompasses the full range of tools and media that can be used to facilitate teaching and learning.

There are many ways that technology can enhance teaching and learning; an important thing to remember when exploring and choosing any technology is that it should be used in a way that furthers your teaching and learning goals.

Technologies Available on Campus

The university supports instructors to create engaging learning environments and provides technology solutions to support educational experiences both in the classroom and online.

A list of supported learning technologies and their descriptions is available on the new USask Learning Technology Ecosystem Toolkit. The Learning Technology Ecosystem (LTE) is made up of the tools that the USask community uses to create, deliver, manage and analyze learning content. The LTE Toolkit is a collection of the teaching and learning technologies available at USask.

Courses, workshops and equipment

Courses and workshops:  There are many ways to access training on topics related to using learning technologies.


Finding Equipment and Labs:  Instructors and students can access much of the computer lab licensed software (ie. SPSS, MATLAB, R) remotely from home or on campus.

You can learn about equipment and technology available in classrooms and lecture rooms in our buildings.

 

Choosing the technology

The 3E Model

The 3E framework assists teachers with the practical implementation of technology in their classes. It is based on a continuum which includes the following elements:

  1. Enhance - Adopting technology in simple and effective ways to actively support students and increase their activity and self-responsibility
  2. Extend - Further use of technology that facilitates key aspects of student’s individual and collaborative learning and assessment through increasing their choice and control
  3. Empower - Developed use of technology that requires higher order individual and collaborative learning that reflects how knowledge is created and used in the professional environment

 

The examples provided in the USask version of the 3E Learning Technologies framework include the six key components of our digital information literacy initiative.

6 Components of Digital Information Literacy:

S - Searchers - Strategically searching for information
Com - Communicators - Sharing information that you have collected, evaluated and / or created
Cur - Curators - Collecting, organizing, and managing information
Col - Collaborators - Working with others to evaluate, manage, create, and build upon information
Cre - Creators - Creating new or building upon existing information
Con - Consumers - Consuming information after evaluating for accuracy, bias, credibility, and other factors

Example: Essays / Research Papers

Enhance

Student Example

Students will search for and collect initial information for their essay. Students will post a list of initial resources in the LMS by the end of the week.
SConCur


Instructor Example

Instructor will create a series of short weekly announcements in the learning management system that tell students where you expect them to be in the essay research/writing process by the end of that week.

Extend

Student Example

Students will complete the self-check quizzes to receive immediate feedback.
Con

Students will provide peer feedback to each other via the learning management system.
Com


Instructor Example

Instructor will create a short 4 or 5 item self-check quizzes on a particular topic that ‘releases’ an example of a good essay on successful completion.

Instructor will provide online spaces for formative tutor and peer review of drafts.

Empower

Student Example

Students will engage critically and directly with the public knowledge base in their area by writing accurate scholarly pieces for online sources like Wikipedia.
ComCurColCreCon


Instructor Example

Instructor will access existing supports at USask to assist students growth in digital information literacy and arrange for access to appropriate public forum for student contributions (e.g. wiki).

Ways to incorporate learning technologies

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Getting Help

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning

Ryan Banow and Heather Ross and other GMCTL staff, can provide consultation and advice if you would like to incorporate learning technologies into your teaching practice.

Information and Communication Technologies

ICT provides support for the various e-learning tools available on campus. Support is available for PAWS, Canvas, and technologies related to quizzes, examinations and final grade entry, as well as course evaluations.

Media Production

Provides support and service in media development and capture for teaching, research, and events.

Training Services

Offers effective and up-to-date technology training solutions for the entire campus community.