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Using Technology for Teaching - What do we need at UTB?

There has been much written in the professional and the popular press about using virtual worlds or gaming software as a teaching tool. Commercial and federal programs have been successful using it when producing a live environment is not economically feasible. However, for education it is still on shaky ground. Is this a wise future investment for faculty time and college dollars? Do we begin to prepare now or hang around and wait?

What about social networking, texting, Facebook, wiki's, and Twitter? They are popular with students, easy to use, and free! The social networking on Blackboard can be clunky and not visually or functionally appealing to hip students. Considering the amazingly high price of Blackboard, should we be moving to free commercial products or courting smaller, newer companies that have better, more flexible products?

This Community of Practice will be organized to investigate what has happened, what is happening, and what is in store for the future of pedagogy and teaching tool technologies. In addition, at this time of economic challenge, we will be exploring innovative ways we can use technology that might make classes more affordable and provide more ways of learning for our diverse students.

We will start by visiting Jeff Wilson's class as he introduces it to students in his geology class this semester. For more information on where to be and when, click here.

If you would like to volunteer to be on this Community of Practice, contact Betsy Price by email by clicking here or by phone, 956-882-7334.

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