Instructional Technology at St. Olaf provides a variety of training opportunities for faculty, staff, and students, ranging from brief consultations to workshops to semester-long learning communities. However, all of our educational events first address the pedagogical context and show how the technology enhances learning, and then give a clear overview of the technology in a step-by-step fashion. We have a variety of training types in order to fit the diverse backgrounds of the participants, including faculty, staff, and students.
- One-on-one consultations with Instructional Technology staff can be scheduled by calling or e-mailing the staff. We enjoy working together with faculty, staff, and students in discussing pedagogical issues, identifying relevant technologies, and planning how best to integrate technology in instruction.
- Open labs with Instructional Technology staff and student workers are available at regular times each week in RML 250. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop in and get help with projects or assignments.
- Web tutorials are available on the the Instructional Technology website so that participants can learn to use new technologies on their own, either by proceeding through the materials in a step-by-step fashion or by focusing on a particular section of the tutorial. We have a one-year, campus-wide license for Atomic Learning video tutorials, and we also have links to video tutorials created by St. Olaf IT staff and by other people on the Internet.
- Technology workshops last for an hour and a half, focus on a particular software package, device, or pedagogical trend, and consist of instruction plus hands-on practice and/or discussion.
- Product demonstrations to introduce new computers, devices, software, or apps will be held in Buntrock Commons or in one of the main teaching buildings on a regular basis. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by and try the new hardware or software and discuss it with Instructional Technology staff.
- Learning communities are organized by small groups of faculty, staff, or students and focus on a particular technology (Moodle), a pedagogical practice (game-based learning), or a piece of hardware (iPad). The communities of practice can meet in person at a regular time each week or month, or they can communicate online via social media, a Moodle site, or e-mail. During spring semester 2012, IT and the organized an iPad Learning Community. See the Pad Learning Community website to learn more about the pedagogical uses of iPads as well as the most popular apps for higher education.
- Lunch conversations co-sponsored by CILA and IT focus on curricular uses of technology and usually start with a presentation by 2-4 faculty members and expand into a whole-group discussion of the topic.
- Teaching and technology showcases co-sponsored by CILA and IT present a wide variety of student, faculty, and staff projects that combine innovative pedagogy with technology tools. These events usually occur once each semester.
- Summer institutes are 3-4 day workshops that include discussion of pedagogical approaches, examples of technology integration, and hands-on sessions for learning specific technologies. During the summer of 2012, IT and the Libraries organized two sessions of a three-day institute titled “Transforming Teaching and Research with Digital Collections and Technologies.” See the Summer Institute website for more information.