Welcome to our new blog which is dedicated to advances in tools and technologies used in education.
This blog was inspired by Rebekah Rast’s TLC weekly, and is a collaboration between the Computer Science department and the Office of Assessment, Learning and Institutional Research.
Being the closest members of faculty to the latest advances in computer science, we thought of contributing to the effort of discussing and reviewing tools which can facilitate and improve teaching and learning by what we know best.
Many of us are already familiar with tools such as Doodle, Polleverywhere, Wordle and Dipity. Such tools target normally a wider audience than university instructors but being simple to use, can immediately help enhancing class experience.
Other tools and technologies for teaching and learning are sometimes developed by computer science instructors who sought to improve their class experience by combing their teaching experience as well as their software skills. Naturally, these instructors design their tools to accommodate computer science courses.
Many other tools require basic technical skills in order to get started with. These last two and other reasons may make many tools less accessible to instructors outside the computer science community.
In this blog we would like to try and share our experiences in various tools and technologies which we have found to improve our class experience. Tools will range from the very basic and general, such as Doodle, to sophisticated teaching environments, such as Gradiance.
Future posts will include class stories, tutorials, students feedback, instructors reviews, screen shots, demos and any other material which can make the tools we use more accessible to the whole teaching community in the American University of Paris.
This blog is open to all instructors and students in the university and will be moderated by the CS department. Please contact the administrator in order to be added as an author to this blog.