Supporting Technology-enhanced Teaching Practices for Health Academics

Mark O'Connor, Patrick Abela

Abstract

Two learning technologists (LTs) at an Australian University support some 140 Health faculty academics. Resources and strategies for innovative technology-enhanced teaching have been put in place, including a MediaHub, iPad pack pool and a Blackboard community site with curated resources and templates for best practice. Examples of LT-assisted and academic self-created media are presented. Designed in keeping with the university’s central learning and teaching strategies, 85 ’Landing pages’ for subject sites were created. With a design and feel praised by students, they displayed subject outlines, welcome messages, pre-class flipped activities, and library curated eReadings lists. Crucially, during the busy exam marking winter period, academics unavailable to meet in person were engaged remotely by email and interactive PDF Landing page request forms. This paper looks at this transformational subject design work and analysis of student usage data. Academics feedback has been positive. Analytics reveal strong engagement by students and academics. Suggestions for future work are also presented.

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O'Connor M. and Abela P. (2017). Supporting Technology-enhanced Teaching Practices for Health Academics . In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-239-4, pages 426-433. DOI: 10.5220/0006334104260433


in Bibtex Style

@conference{csedu17,
author={Mark O'Connor and Patrick Abela},
title={Supporting Technology-enhanced Teaching Practices for Health Academics},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},
year={2017},
pages={426-433},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006334104260433},
isbn={978-989-758-239-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Supporting Technology-enhanced Teaching Practices for Health Academics
SN - 978-989-758-239-4
AU - O'Connor M.
AU - Abela P.
PY - 2017
SP - 426
EP - 433
DO - 10.5220/0006334104260433