Expert on Technology-Enhanced Course Redesign to Visit Truman

John Broida of the psychology department at the University of Southern Maine, will be speaking on campus about the reasons that one might want to incorporate technology into one’s teaching, as well as the potential consequences of taking this step.

After participating in the redesign of an introductory psychology course as part of the National Center for Academic Transformation’s  Program in Course Redesign, Broida has introduced effective and efficient use of technology in the classroom to many institutions and individuals.

Broida employs Web-based mastery quizzes, which students use to reinforce what they need to study. Requiring students to complete quizzes before class makes lectures much more useful to the student and gives the instructor the freedom to discuss things that are not in the text. Further, Broida promotes the use of classroom response systems, “clicker” technology, to convert passive note-taking into an exercise in active learning.

Broida’s audience-engaging presentations at Truman will examine what happens to students as the result of adding technology to a course, how faculty may feel about their role as the result of adding various types of technology to their classes, the possibility of cost savings, and the importance of assessment in any changes made to a course.

The schedule of presentations and “drop in” times for Broida’s visit are as follows: discussion during lunch from noon-1:20 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A ($3 toward faculty/staff meals at the cashier in Mainstreet Market), presentation from 10:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 9 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room, open “drop in” time from 2-5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Pickler Memorial Library 205: refreshments available, open “drop in” time from noon-1:20 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

Teaching/Learning Technology Roundtable (TLTR) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are sponsoring this event, with generous financial underwriting by the CTL and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs office.

Contact Chad Mohler at for more information.
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