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June, 2013:

UW Tacoma’s iTech Fellows Program

Taking place just last week, the University of Washington Tacoma’s 2013 iTech Fellows program was an exciting venture in redesigning courses and classrooms for the digital age through the exploration of innovation in teaching and learning with technology.

As we have blogged previously, the use of technology in the classroom is a practice that has produced many benefits and opportunities for students and teachers. In general, digital technology, working in conjunction with the traditional classroom context, works towards the betterment of higher education. Colleen Carmean, UW Tacoma’s Assistant Chancellor for Instructional Technologies, is helping lead the way in developing innovative faculty development that guides faculty to a more innovative approach with education. As she talks about on her blog post on the iTech Fellows program, faculty were working tirelessly and passionately to reinvent themselves as instructors and educators, in order to effectively redesign their coursework to incorporate digital technology and other related tools. In doing so, they hope to further enhance the teaching and learning experience for students and instructors and illustrate a dedication towards the improvement of education for their students.

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Andreas Brockhaus Presents at the Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching

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The Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning are a series of interdisciplinary teaching conferences that include faculty, administrators, and graduate students from around the world. Participants are given the opportunity to engage in three full days of dynamic programming with a wide variety of exceptional presentations, all of which have been selected through a blind peer-review process.

Recently, Andreas Brockhaus, UW Bothell Director of Learning Technologies and IAS affiliate faculty member, presented at the Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching in Bethesda, Maryland. His session, called “The Evolution of a Hybrid Learning Faculty Institute: Lessons Learned and Changes Made” focused on effective faculty development for designing hybrid courses which combine both online and face-to-face elements. (more…)

“Educational Communities of Inquiry” chosen for ERIC Index

On Tuesday, June 18th, “Educational Communities of Inquiry“, distributed through IGI Global, was chosen for indexing in the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Index.

This is a great accomplishment for the title, as a whole, and for Andreas Brockhaus, Ian Porter, and other HCDI faculty members at UW Bothell who contributed their work for their chapter, “Fostering Social Presence in a Blended Learning Faculty Development Institute“, in this book.

We here at UW Bothell are excited about this opportunity and for the recognition our faculty members are receiving for their hard work, valuable research, and dedication to higher education. (more…)

Introducing IMD at University of Washington, Bothell

Introducing IMD at UWB 061413-1For the first time ever, University of Washington will be offering the option of an Interactive Media Design degree (BA) through an undergraduate program unique to the UW-Bothell campus! Initiating in Fall 2013, the program will allow students to develop not only a technical understanding of interactive media design, but also the management abilities, analysis techniques, and problem solving skills needed to apply such practices to next-generation technologies. (more…)

Digital Distractions

The inclusion of technology in the classroom has shown to be beneficial in moving education forward. However, there has been a growing concern about how problematic digital devices can be when used for other reasons besides classwork.

In a study conducted by Douglas K. Duncan, Angel R. Hoekstra, and Bethany R. Wilcox from the University of Colorado, an undisclosed large state university in the western United States was put through a series of tests to determine if digital devices, specifically cell phones and laptops, were the cause of lower test grades and student performance.

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