Enhance Teaching Practices


An important aspect of teaching is innovation. This page  is designed to help you enhance your learning environment, produce new instructional practices, and introduce strategies to improve student comprehension.

General Tips for Multimedia Inclusion

The Internet offers a wide (and still rapidly growing) range of Web 2.0 tools that may be integrated into the classroom to enhance the learning experience of your students. This pages hosts videos and information for effective integration of technology undoubtedly fosters a better educational environment, to be effective technology must be utilized in a thoughtful, planned manner.  

Technology Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies.  The majority of the Technology Teaching Tools are less than 10 minutes; each tool is designed to provide a quick snapshot of the technology, a demonstration of how to use the resource and ideas for implementing the tool in a pedagogically sound manner.

Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed in this section rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.

Pedagogy First

The Pedagogy First decision tree is designed to help you select the most appropriate instructional technology for your classroom and institutional context. Please answer the following questions to narrow down the list of available technologies to the ones that are most likely to fit your unique needs. If you don't know the answer to a question (or do not have an opinion), leave that question blank. Once you have completed the decision tree, you will see the list of recommended technologies at the bottom of the page. 

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