by Kate Lyons
Being one of the first to try a new technology often means taking a risk. The first ones to try a new teaching practice aren’t basing their experiences on already established best-practices. They’re the ones taking the first stabs at developing new practices or re-imagining an idea. At Hostos, we took a moment to celebrate the faculty on campus who were willing to try something new. EdTech and the Center for Teaching and Learning celebrated our campus technology innovators with a lunch and time to talk.
Faculty who were part of the Hybrid, iPad and/or ePortfolio initiatives, and members of the Educational Technology Leadership Council (ETLC) were especially encouraged to attend, but anyone on campus who was excited about using technology to improve their teaching (or improve any interactions with students), was welcome to join the celebration. Over fifty faculty members attended, all enthusiastic about their use of technology and excited to hear what others were doing.
EdTech and CTL are planning to make this a regular event. We have faculty members on campus who’ve been integrating online resources into their teaching for over a decade, some have been teaching online (either hybrid or fully asynchronous courses) for nearly as long. Others are using mobile technology and ePortfolios on campus. We at EdTech recognize the expertise and innovation that’s happening right here on this campus, and we hope to both celebrate these faculty members and learn from them.