Title Using IT to further enhance our teaching
Presenter and affiliation: Dr Loykie L. Lominé, University of Winchester, England
Intended Audience: Lecturers and other academic staff
Duration: 1 day: 8:45 AM to 3:00PM
Location: S45-108 ZAIN E-Learning Center, Sakheir Campus, University of Bahrain

Summary:

This training event considers IT in a broad sense, encompassing both software and hardware; depending upon the participants’ experience, IT literacy, context and subject background, it can include a learning network or learning management system (such as Moodle or Blackboard), a specific program, online applications, social media such as blogs (incl. the micro-blog twitter), wikis (incl. collaborative Google doc), the creation of e-portfolios, the use of e-books, of e-readers, of tablets, smart phones etc. 

- In the first part of the workshop, we will consider how we already use IT in order to enhance our teaching and to improve the student learning experience. We will share examples from our professional practice and learn from one another; this is a rare opportunity to learn across subjects/disciplines, to disseminate ideas and to benefit from the expertise of other colleagues in other parts of the University of Bahrain. We will also explore how we could add a new IT element to one of the courses or activities we are going to do this year, considering the advantages, possible obstacles as well as evaluation methods.


- In the second part of the workshop, we will play a (serious) pedagogical game (created by Shirley Bennett from the University of Northampton in England) to reflect, at a more theoretical level, on the way we use IT and the pedagogical assumptions that underline our practice. What does our use of IT say about our beliefs regarding the role of the lecturer, the role of the students when using technology and the role of technology itself?


The workshop is grounded on a solid theoretical basis (such as the philosophies of technology known as ‘technological determinism’ vs ‘social determinism’ vs ‘uses determinism’), however we will minimize abstract theoretical references in order to focus on practice, on enhancing teaching practice through IT.

Learning Outcomes:

After the completion of the function, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe examples of innovative use of IT to enhance teaching in the context of the University of Bahrain
  2. Explain how IT can be used to enhance the students’ learning experience, both in theory and in practice
  3. Design a new learning and teaching activity for the coming year, with an IT element, together with a framework to analyze its effectiveness
  4. Discuss how their own use of IT reflects wider pedagogical beliefs and conceptions about the role of the lecturer, the role of the student and the role of technology in higher education

Link to UK Professional Standard Framework (PSF):

The workshop focuses on IT enhancing teaching, i.e. on the uses and values of appropriate learning technologies (K4) according to participants’ experience, IT literacy and subject background, the aim being to develop effective [virtual] learning environment for all students (A4). The workshop is underpinned by robust research and scholarship (V3) on the subject of IT in teaching incl. e-learning and the philosophies of technology.