Technology-enhanced learning is not a new concept. Educators have integrated technology into their instruction for as long as there have been classrooms. Whether it be through textbooks made possible through the invention of the printing press, an overhead projector, a film strip, or an online simulation, teachers have always looked toward technology to provide students with higher quality learning experiences.
However, innovations in content delivery, assessment methods, and adaptive learning are changing what it means to educate students in the 21st century. New technologies are enhancing our understanding of how students learn and providing instructors the ability to customize course materials and create personalized learning experiences tailored to students’ individual needs.
As technology and instructional methods evolve, so do students’ expectations for a technology-driven learning experience. Emerging online learning models encourage students to be more active participants in their own learning - allowing them to not just be content consumers, but content creators as well. As digital natives, students want to attend a university that effectively integrates the latest technologies and teaching methods into their education.
Technology should never be used in teaching for its own sake--it should be used in service to specific learning goals you have for your students. That said, every instructor can use technology to enhance their teaching in uniquely effective ways. Throughout the UT campus, innovative faculty are exploring new and interesting ways to intergrate technology into their curriculum. Whether you want to put your course online, make better use of Blackboard or Canvas, flip your classroom or experiment with other forms of technology-enhanced active learning, we have chosen and organized these resources to help guide your thinking and begin the conversation.