Implementing New Technology to Extend Learning
College administrators have long focused on helping faculty support learning in the classroom.
But we know that much of education happens outside the classroom as students pursue intellectual interests on their own via discussions with others or their own research.
New technology now gives faculty the ability to facilitate and accelerate student development by implementing a “Personal Learning Environment” (PLE).
A PLE gives students a platform for gathering information around a topic, developing their ideas, and engaging in conversation with others. For example, instructors can ask students to write critical reflections in a blog on their PLE instead of in a journal or in an essay that will be read by only the instructor.
This seminar looks at how administrators can encourage faculty to implement a PLE, what it means for a college education, and how it greatly enhances student development. It also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of creating your own system (as opposed to buying one off the shelf), what types of training and guidance should be provided for students and faculty members, and how these assignments have the potential to be used to assess the outcomes of a course.
Learn from the Best
John Orlando, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience in education both as a faculty member and as an administrator. He has developed online and face-to-face programs at a number of universities and is a recognized expert in incorporating technology into teaching for improved educational outcomes.
In this online seminar, Dr. Orlando introduces the principles of this innovative approach. After watching Implementing New Technology to Extend Learning, you will be able to offer your students an additional way to develop critical thinking skills.
In this hour-long seminar Dr. Orlando covers the key points of his research:
- The purpose of Personal Learning Environments
- Their major elements and how they interact
- The different types of PLEs and how to compare them
- Understanding the costs involved, including training costs
- How to implement them
The presentation incorporates:
- Examples of the software used to create a PLE
- PLE screenshots
- Video examples of a PLE in action
Beyond the 60 Minutes
Implementing New Technology to Extend Learning offers more than a one-of-a-kind presentation. Dr. Orlando leaves you armed with a “next steps” guide, questions for future self-assessment, and other resources to make sure your institution takes full advantage of what a Personal Learning Environment has to offer.
Each Magna Online Seminar includes a discussion guide for facilitators. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for generating productive discussions and thoughtful reflection at your school. You’ll also get guidelines for continuing the conversation after the seminar, tailoring and implementing the strategies discussed, and creating a feedback loop for sharing best practices and challenges. This way you can keep learning long after you log off.
When you order the recording of this seminar on CD, you’ll also receive the complete transcript.
An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.
Who Will Benefit
- Faculty (professors, instructors, teaching assistants)
- Instructional designers
- Distance learning administrators
- IT staff
When you engage students in a new way, you lift the cap on learning potential. Dr. Orlando offers ideas for a new approach to education, and explains the technology that makes it happen. Implementing New Technology to Extend Learning provides the tools you need to stay ahead of the game.
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