TTA trains faculty on employing digital Teaching/learning tools in teaching 

Lahore, January 24, 2023 (PPI-OT):Technology, when integrated into teaching, revolutionises the learning process. More and more studies show that technology integration in the curriculum improves students’ learning processes and outcomes. To fuse technology into teaching, the Teacher Training Academy (TTA) at the University of Lahore (UOL) recently held a training session to provide faculty members with guidelines on integrating technology and employing varied online resources into their teaching methodologies.

Since the effective use of digital learning tools in classrooms can increase student engagement, that is why, during the training session, Dr Raza Saleem Khan (Assistant Professor, LBS), introduced the faculty to different online tools that can assist teachers to improve their lesson plans, facilitate personalised learning, and help students to build essential 21st-century skills.

The pedagogy wheel was discussed in detail; it is a visual tool for teachers, developed by Allan Carrington, combining Bloom’s Taxonomy and the SAMR model to classify hundreds of educational applications that are useful for teachers in designing their curriculum. In the SAMR model, the use of educational technology (EdTech) becomes increasingly sophisticated.

This model introduces four categories for different degrees of classroom technology integration: substitution and augmentation, which use EdTech to enhance learning and add value, and modification and redefinition, which harness EdTech to transform learning and make new things possible.

The pedagogy wheel also takes into account Bloom’s taxonomy, which is a set of three hierarchical models used for the classification of educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity. Following the pedagogy wheel discussion, different apps used for teaching were shared.

The participants were also told about an application called Poll Everywhere which is an online service that facilitates teachers’ and students’ interaction and can help teachers assess students’ progress. The faculty members were also trained on effectively using Moodle to create courses online, add assignments, and keep an eye on their students’ progress. It also allows the teachers to communicate with the students and encourage communication between them in forums and discussions.

In short, the platform is multi-faceted and flexible, so it’s easy to get confused when learning one’s way around for the first time. Dr Khan guided the faculty regarding how they can use Moodle, add assignments, keep an eye on students’ progress, and effectively communicate with the students.

Lastly, Dr Khan guided the faculty on how to integrate technology in a way that can cater to the academic needs of all types of learners. As there are different types of learners, such as auditory learners, visual learners, and kinaesthetic learners, he advised the faculty to incorporate multiple group discussions, recorded sessions, lectures, graphics-heavy presentations, experiential activities, and role plays to incorporate all types of learners in class.

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