Digital presentation tools figure prominently in many traditional, online and blended learning environments. As we saw in the 2007 Educause video highlighting Net Gen students’ use of technology, our students consider themselves very proficient technology users, even though deeper probing reveals an often surface-level understanding and use of these tools.
Reflecting on your students and your own learning, how might these ‘next-generation’ presentation tools help students both as individuals and as members of a community of practice? How might they serve to address the criticisms Mott and Wiley level against traditional higher ed learning environments often shaped by course management systems? In exploring this week’s materials, can you identify ways in which these tools could support our diverse learners as suggested, for example, in the nine Principles of Universal Design for Instruction?
In our face-to-face session we’ll explore some ‘next-generation’ presentation tools with an eye to how they can support and engage our learners. We’ll take our first look at our course wiki and talk about our upcoming virtual session.