BYOD Reflections

What’s all the buzz about BYOD? What, you haven’t felt it yet?

This spring, 20 faculty are taking part in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Pilot. They either brought their own devices AND/OR they were given a Surface Pro Tablet (which is more like a powerful laptop) and have been working together to gain an understanding of how to intentionally integrate technology into their courses and classrooms.

We had 2 full day workshop sessions on May 12 and May 19, Workshop details can be found here. During the workshop days we talked about Universal Design for Learning and how to integrate technology with the learning outcomes and the learner in mind. We experimented with individual and group activities that required them to use their devices to create and contribute their newly developing digital skills

At the beginning of the second day, the group agreed that they wanted to keep meeting (on Fridays) for the rest of the Spring development time. I think that is a good sign that folks are feeling both engaged and committed to their own learning;  with each other AND for their learners.

We asked the participants to share their reflections by answering the following two questions:

  1. What was your favorite takeaway from the workshops?
  2. What is one thing you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

Clive Russell and Soobia Siddiqui – Math Faculty – School of General Arts and Science

What was your favorite takeaway from the workshops?

Our favorite takeaways from the workshops were: ideas from other colleagues and workshop leaders of what’s working for them: Nearpod, Kahoot, Socrative, ExplainEverything … so cool and gave us lots to think about and explore! 🙂

What is the one thing that you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

One thing we learned that we plan on using in our teaching: Socrative quizzes weekly as a formative assessment tool.

Sharon Archibald – Faculty – School of Business

What was your favorite takeaway from the workshops?

It was fun to be able to focus on how to integrate and leverage technology to meet student engagement, assessment, content delivery, and all elements of curriculum design and delivery.  The concepts I found most intriguing were how to use technology to keep in touch with your students inside as well as outside of the class.

What is the one thing that you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

I have already started using some of the tools introduced in the workshop in my lecture and seminars.  Simple tools such as answergarden make use of the phones students have in the class with them and provide an easy and interactive method to gather their input on a topic.  It engages them and provides a visual picture of their answers which you can then easily integrate into your documents online for the students.  For the fall I am working on how to weave the use of technology and social technology into my courses to model how students can use it in their future careers.

Alana Callan – Learning Technologist – Learning Design and Support

What was your favorite takeaway from the workshops?

I have a few so decided to compile a list:

  • Faculty sharing what they had tried and learned with other faculty
  • Open and frank dialogue about why and when in regards to BYOD
  • Willingness to engage and learn
  • lots of laughter

What is the one thing that you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

Give folks enough time to to say everything they need to say, especially when they are grappling with something new and working outside their comfort zone.

Continue to adjust instruction as needed and take things in a different direction if necessary.

 

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