2018 Digital Pedagogy Institute
From May 21-15, members of DP&S and Research Services worked with seven faculty from across Bucknell to devise course assignments integrating digital technologies. The institute is intended to help faculty identify and create 2-3 specific modules or assignments for a course that integrate established teaching methods with emerging digital methodologies and tools in order to meet learning outcomes, increase student engagement, and further students’ digital literacy skills. The institute is aligned with the University’s digital scholarship initiative, whereby teaching and research are enhanced, extended, or reconsidered through application of technology.
The Institute opened with a discussion of learning objectives and reasons for using digital tools. The conversation then moved to topics such as digital literacy, assignment scaffolding, copyright and fair use, and Open Educational Resources (OERs). DP&S staff introduced faculty to the range of digital tools available to them, and then the participants were divided into groups based on the technologies they were interested in using. Among others, these included WordPress, Comic Life, Adobe Spark, Piktochart, Voyant, LIWC2015, and multiple iOs applications.
Below, a list of participating faculty and the assignments they devised.
Associate Professor of Biology and Animal Behavior
- Students will use Piktochart to illustrate scientific concepts. Also, she further developed a video assignment on the behavior of social insects
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
- Designed assignment for students to explore and evaluate iPad apps designed for elementary school mathematics.
Assistant Professor of Education
- Course site built in WordPress will enable class interaction. Students will create digital essays/stories of identity using Adobe Spark.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
- Course site built in WordPress will enable class interaction. Students will use AdobeSpark to create short films about important events in religious history.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
- Students will utilize Voyant and LICW to perform sentiment analysis of Spanish texts.
Associate Professor of Biology
- Using Comic life students will illustrate history of key discoveries in genetics. With Comic Life, AnimationDesk, and various infographic apps, they will overcome misconceptions of scientific concepts.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
- Developed a series of scaffolded assignments for students to be introduced to and then develop models in the computational chemistry software packages, Gaussian and Gaussview.