Partner with educators to evaluate the efficacy of digital learning content and tools to inform procurement decisions and adoption.

In a post from July, 2021, Professional Development & Technology in Higher Education: What’s Working?, much effort was dedicated to acknowledging where professional development efforts (PD) fall short in education, digitally-focused and otherwise.  Lack of choice, lack of relevance, lack of opportunity for collaboration and immediate application are oft-cited as reasons for dissatisfaction in PD at all levels in education.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, just as student voice must be included in order to enact effective pedagogy in a classroom, teacher voices must be included in order to enact effective pedagogy in PD enterprises.  Without teacher voice, no ‘partnering’ can occur.  Teacher voice in PD initiatives will help increase relevance and improve community buy-in in support of adoption and implementation.

In a post from September 2020, A Few Best Practices for Online Learning & Adoption in Higher Education, research is presented in support of helping higher education institutions onboard instructors in the use of digital tools and teaching online.  A particularly effective example of PD provided in the post has faculty participating in an online course model as a student, using their own first-hand experience to inform their course creation.  As they participate in the course, faculty are able to use the technology that they will be in charge of as an instructor (programs like Zoom, Padlet, Flipgrid, Adobe Spark, Loom, and Screencast-O-Matic), gaining comfort and ease with the tools and increasing their overall digital literacy.  Faculty also get a comprehensive sense for the student experience while concurrently creating an actual course template and receiving guidance and support from the course coordinator. 

Last but not least, as final evidence of having met standard 4.3c, two examples of my own evaluation of digital learning tools for their efficacy and use in virtual learning spaces in higher education include:

  1. Diigo as a Tool for Collaborative Learning and Research in Higher Education
  2. Using Canvas Analytics to Support Student Success

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