CONCURRENT SESSION 1A
1.30PM - 3.00PM
Time: 1.30pm - 3.00pm
The University of Otago
e-Tuts: How Students are Enabling Teachers to use Technology
The Centre for Tertiary Teaching & Learning (CeTTL) at the University of Waikato established an initiative in late 2016 to assist staff with the use of technology in their teaching (“Enabling Teachers to Use Technology” (e-Tuts)). The objective of the new service was to employ a team of students to provide focussed, one-to-one assistance to staff to help them develop effective ways to use technology to make the student learning experience more engaging and effective. Guidance and oversight of the e-Tuts’ work was provided by the Digital Literacy Adviser, Centre technical staff, and eLearning Designers.
This presentation reflects on the first six months of the pilot. The discussion will focus on how we developed and refined our business practices within this new endeavour; reflect on what we have learned about staff and their teaching approaches; and consider how we can continue to shape and improve this work. Drawing on staff feedback and careful documentation of the initiative, we will share insights and discuss how the pilot has provided an opportunity for staff to build deeper relationships with students and become collaborators in the teaching space. The presentation will also discuss our decision to work with a diverse team and its advantages, including the evolution of more innovative approaches to problem solving.
Insights from our experience of introducing an innovation (on a limited budget) will be useful for others who are considering ways to upskill and empower staff to use technology in their teaching. We present a pattern for change that has utilized and extended resources at hand to the benefit of our tertiary community.
Tracey Morgan is the Digital Literacy Adviser in the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato. She has been working in professional development for almost 20 years, with a focus on enabling people to get the most from ICT. During the past 20 years she has lead the development of the Digital lIteracy Programme at the University of Waikato, establishing the Digital Literacy Framework for Staff and Students. She believes digital literacy should be embedded in the curriculum enabling both staff and students to develop the necessary capabilities for the Tertiary Sector.