The Allegory of the Scrambled Egg
Many tools are available for faculty who want to help students learn more effectively. It goes without saying that not all of the tools involve computers and the Internet. However, a large part of my job involves helping folks slice their way through the vast jungle of confusing choices that is educational technology.
Every year we offer an event called “Teaching Well Using Technology.” It’s a popular workshop that provides strategies for choosing and implementing technology in a course. My good friend Bruce Spitzer at Indiana University South Bend is collaborating with me to revise the workshop, and as part of our preparation we decided to produce a few videos.
The first video is an allegory for choosing technology. It traces the steps of determining a need, choosing a strategy to meet that need, and then picking a tool to carry out the strategy. We’re hoping it will form the basis for good discussion and then help workshop participants remember some valuable lessons. To set a good example, we used inexpensive tools that are relatively easy to use.
Sure, it’s a bit hokey; that was unavoidable with Bruce and me. But do you think the message is clear? We would love to see your comments.