Teaching with Technology

Guiding Principles

  • We believe when used appropriately and strategically, technology can make your teaching and your students’ learning more effective.
  • We encourage student-centered teaching and learning practices and believe technology can assist you and your students in reaching that goal.
  • We believe any use of technology in educational settings should be guided by the appropriate pedagogy or teaching strategies.
  • We believe the selection and use of technology for instructional purposes should be based on the need and learning outcomes or learning objectives. We do not support using technology for its own sake, or for entertainment.
  • We believe faculty, staff and student learning communities can help foster a campus-wide culture of teaching and learning with technology that further enhances the students’ learning experience.

What is Instructional/Educational Technology?

Instructional technology and educational technology have been used interchangeably in the field over the years. We follow the Association for Educational Commutations and Technology (AECT)'s 2008 definition and define educational technology as "the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources" (Definition and Terminology Committee of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2008, p.1).

Reference

Definition and Terminology Committee of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, (2008). Definition. In A. Januszewski & M. Molenda, (Eds.) Educational technology: A definition with commentary  (pp. 1-14).  New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Examples of instructional technology used in past Teaching with Technology projects are available on the CETL History page.

Why Teaching with Technology?

We believe technology can make your teaching more effective. Here are the reasons why you should teach with the assistance of technology.

1. Trend: Technology is a literacy and one of the 21st century skills for both educators and students in higher education. In this time of Digital Citizenship, you are a networked teacher.

2. Pedagogy: Technology can make teaching more effective. It is supported by pedagogies and numerous educational research and best practices. Find more information at EDUCAUSE Library for Teaching with Technology.

3. Students' Expectation: Today's students expect you to teach with technology.

Getting Started with Learn@UW-Superior

You may ask "I do not feel comfortable with technology. How shall I get started with using technology in the classes I teach?" The answer for you is "Try Canvas today." Canvas is the web-based Learning Management System (LMS) readily available for us and officially supported by the UW System. 

See more details on Getting Started with Canvas

Educator's Technology Directory

We've compiled a list of instructional technology tools that can help make your teaching and your students' learning more effective. The technology tools that appear on the list are officially supported by UW-Superior. This is an ever changing list so do check back to this page from time to time.

See more details on the Educator's Technology Directory page.

How can CETL Assist You?

CETL provides excellent services to assist you reach your teaching with technology goals.  Those services include assistance with:

  • Instructional Design and Development
  • Media Production
  • Graphic Design Production

See more details on the CETL Services page.

UW Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC)

What is LTDC?

The Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC), a recognized unit of the UW System Office of Learning and Information Technology (OLIT), brings together learning technologists, instructional designers, and faculty technology support professionals on all UW campuses in their quest to support faculty and students to integrate instructional technology with the goal to improve student learning outcomes.

UW-Superior is an active member of the UW-System Learning Technology Development Council  (LTDC). LTDC offers great resources and opportunities to support faculty and students to integrate instructional technology with the goal to improve student learning outcomes.

Useful Technology Resources

1. CETL Services: CETL provides excellent services to assist you reach your teaching with technology goals.

2. Educator's Technology Directory has a collection of technology tools our instructors can use in their teaching. All the tools listed there are supported by the university.

3. Teaching and Learning Tools web site provides latest technology news and rich resources for both instructors and students on various technology tools used in teaching and learning face-to-face, hybrid and online courses.

4. UW System Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) offers great resources to support faculty and students to integrate instructional technology with the goal to improve student learning outcomes.

5. EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association who mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.