More than 50 faculty and staff, including President Drinan, participated in interactive activities and working sessions as part of Enhancing Teaching with Technology Day, held Nov. 18. The event was sponsored by CASTL, a collaboration of offices that support faculty and teaching, including The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET), Assessment, Simmons Online, Technology, and the library.
Kristen Palson, director of Simmons Online Curriculum and Faculty Development, and Jennifer Herman, CET director, introduced the day’s schedule, which began with a TurningPoint presentation about national trends in online education. Responses to multiple-choice queries such as, “What percentage of faculty have taught online?” were gathered via clickers supplied by Technology. Although many thought the answer was 20 percent, it is actually 35 percent.
The TurningPoint presentation was followed by a panel composed of Palson, Simmons Professor of Practice Catherine Robbins, Associate Professor of Practice Karen Teeley, and Matthew McGuire, associate director for the Babson Incubator for Learning and Technology. The panel discussed a variety of topics related to the growth of online education in higher education and its implications for teaching and learning.
Four concurrent sessions followed, spotlighting Simmons’s faculty members and the technologies they employ: Assistant Professor Judah Axe, Instructional Designer J. Clark Gardner, and Technology Specialist Jamie Traynor spoke about creating videos with Tegrity; Professor Dolores Pelaez-Benitez and Librarian Jennifer Ferguson presented on streaming video; Assistant Professor Erica Gunn and Application Support Specialist Tanya Zuk spoke about clickers in the classroom; and Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal presented on virtual office hours along with Instructional Designer Jenny Boswer and Matt Varakis from GoToMeeting. All sessions included time for Q&A.
President Drinan said she was “delighted with the collaboration exhibited in the creation of CASTL and very pleased with the turnout and the conversation.” The information-packed day culminated with a roundtable discussion on the latest findings of The Horizon Report, which examines the adoption of technologies in higher education each year. CASTL thanks all who made this event possible and looks forward to providing a similarly dynamic forum again next year.