What are some of the techniques and tools being used to engage students? A variety of instructors and technologists discuss their approaches to keeping students invested in their courses.
Thomas B. Cavanagh, Ph.D. is Vice Provost for Digital Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In this role he oversees online learning for one of the nation's largest universities, including program and course design, development, and assessment. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. A regular presenter at academic and industry conferences, he is an award-winning instructional designer, program manager, faculty member, and administrator. Blended learning is a frequent presentation topic and he has spoken both domestically and internationally on its design and implementation. Tom has served on numerous state and national boards. His research interests include e-learning, technical communication, and the societal influence of technology on education, training, culture, and commerce. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels.
Asking faculty to reevaluate how they do assessment during the pandemic has created several challenges. These challenges not only touch on technical issues around proctoring, but also student access and equity.
Personalized learning holds considerable promise for higher education, and reaping the benefits of personalized learning depends on broad participation of various groups across campus, including faculty, senior leaders, and IT professionals.