I attended the afternoon session of Electronic Pedagogy presented by Dr. Dave Yearwood on September 24, 2010. Dr. Yearwood is an Associate Professor and chair of the University of North Dakota’s Technology department. Some of the important ideas I gained during the presentation include:

  • Learn by doing. Don’t get too caught up in the technology when using it to create instructional modules and tools. Jump in with idea and try it and see what happens. You won’t learn unless you experiment and allow yourself time to make mistakes.
  • Your creations do not have to be perfect. They can be unpolished, rough around the edges, and they can still be useful to students. Created less-produced tutorials for content that will change rapidly and more polished tutorials for content that will endure over time.
  • Use technology prepare students for class time. Use class time for discussion or other activities that don’t work as well in an asynchronous environment. You don’t have much class time, so use that time wisely. Any lectures or information you can provide your students with electronically will buy you extra time with them in class.
  • Before you start creating an online tutorial, map out what you are going to do. When you map it out in advance, you can focus on using the technology well rather than the content while you are creating the module.
  • Create a variety of instructional resources for your students. Use audio, screen captures, and video. Try to combine audio with visual. For example, capture audio of you discussing the information on the syllabus and pair it with a screen capture or video tutorial of you highlighting important pieces of information in it.