A Room Full of Shiny Objects: Technology Showcase as Faculty Development
Wednesday, November 6 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Galerie 5
Abstract: Faculty technology adoption and integration is a perennial dilemma for instructional design and faculty development. This paper presents how one large public university uses a “technology showcase” to confront the tension between suggesting learning technology to faculty and making sure they are able to choose the right tool for their teaching and learning goals without immediately adopting to the first tool to which they are exposed. That is, the technology showcase is used as a way of developing technological pedagogical knowledge among faculty (Benson and Ward 2013, Cubeles and Riu 2018). In the showcase, instructional designers, faculty developers, and educational technology staff team up to show available learning technologies to faculty in a vendor-style event. Faculty can browse tools based on their interests and have time to learn tool functionality, applications, and best practices in brief conversation with a range of faculty support staff. This paper explores the successes and growth edges of this initiative in two different types of deployments.