Technology and Learning: how a student’s perspective can help teachers reach beyond challenges

How can you plan for the effective integration of technological tools into your classroom? Can you tell if your students are frustrated or need assistance with technology? How can you scaffold technological skill-building into your curriculum so that the technology blends seamlessly with your learning objectives? Using technology in the classroom can provide new opportunities for engagement and collaboration but answering questions like these can be challenging for faculty. Considering these issues from the students’ point of view leads to empathetic and productive solutions that can support student learning. In this talk, Alison Doubleday reflects on her experiences as a student, reveals how these encounters have impacted her perspective on teacher/student interactions, and applies these lessons to the use of technology in the classroom.

Alison Doubleday is an assdoubledayBWistant professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the UIC College of Dentistry where she teaches human gross anatomy and embryology to first year dental students. An anthropologist by training, Alison began teaching anatomy when she was a graduate student at Indiana University and she has had a passion for teaching, ever since. She is involved in curriculum design and development within the UIC college of dentistry and her research interests include investigations of the role that technology plays in shaping classroom interactions and collaboration. Alison is a recent recipient of the American Dental Education Association/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Excellence in Teaching Award.