Digital media can increase engagement, strengthen a multitude of literacies, and make teaching and learning really fun! BUT poorly designed digital media can be just as much a barrier to learning than a dull lecture. See below for some tips about integrating digital media into your courses.
A good place to start is with MySeneca!
Study after study shows that students rely on their professor using a course management system, like Blackboard/MySeneca, to house course documents, online assessments, contact info and grades.
The college has launched the “My.Seneca Online Instructional Presence” with the goal of having an online presence in MySeneca for 100% of our subjects. Currently about 80% of subjects have an online presence.
What does a My.Seneca Instructional Presence mean?
Seneca Teaching and Learning has all the information you need.
Why use digital media in education?
Evidence* has shown that using digital media in the classroom can:
- enhance comprehension and retention of information
- lead learners to perceive it’s easier to learn, particularly for students who struggle with the course
- lead to deeper processing of information
- better prepare students for the 21st century workplace
How can I use digital media with my students?
|VIDEO: Create a video that reviews a concept your students really struggle with, this will allow them to review until they feel comfortable with the concept. Example: What is a p-value? by jbstatistics. You could also use one of the thousands of videos available from lynda.com (Seneca users only). They have video tutorials on a variety of topics.|
|GAME: Create a scenario-based game that forces students to make decisions with related outcomes. This is the perfect way to create a safe environment for them to learn from their mistakes. See this blog post for more info. Example: Connect with Haji Kamal by Kinection|
|INFOGRAPHIC: Create an infographic that displays important data for a topic in your course. Infographics are, to many, a more effective way of viewing statistics and data. You could also discuss how data can be interpreted/mis-intepreted in many different ways. Example: Water Stress by Country by World Resources Institute|
|DIGITAL STORYTELLING: Create a digital story that explores one of your topics. Digital stories are similar to documentaries and include a compelling story, graphics, narration and often music. Example: Superman by Beth Laderer|
|PRESENTATIONS: Have you ever taken a good look at the presentations and lectures you deliver to your students? Are they engaging? Do your slides use graphic design principles? Is your stage presence the best it could be? Example: Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales by Ed Yong|
Where do I start?
- Berk, R. A. (2009). Multimedia Teaching with Video Clips: TV, Movies, YouTube, and mtvU in the College Classroom. International Journal Of Technology In Teaching & Learning, 5(1), 1-21.
- Fenesi, B. (2011). Effective use of text and images in multimedia instruction based on cognitive learning theory (Master thesis).
- JISC. (2013). Developing students’ digital literacy.
- Mayer, R. E., & Moreno, R. (2003). Nine Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in Multimedia Learning. Educational Psychologist, 38(1), 43-52.
- Sankey, M., Birch, D. & Gardiner, M. (2010).Engaging students through multimodal learning environments: The journey continues. Proceedings fromascilite Sydney 2010.