Educational IT

Tools and activities for online and blended learning

Educational IT, i.e. IT-based teaching activities, is currently an important focus area. Not least at Aarhus University. But when does educational IT make sense, and how can it be applied?

The benefits of IT-supported teaching or actual blended learning are numerous, especially when used to address basic teaching challenges. In the context of university teaching, which typically involves only few lessons and many hours of independent work, educational IT may be used to structure students’ work outside the classroom, thus strengthening their preparation work.

Furthermore, educational IT can facilitate learning activities in the classroom, even if many students are present at the same time. For example, during a lecture, the lecturer can use IT to activate and test students by means of a voting tool. Individual or peer feedback can also be made easier by using digital tools.  Digital tools and digital teaching activities enable teachers to shift presentations of course topics, or parts of such presentations, from the physical classroom to online resources, such as short videos for students to watch before lessons. This allows more time for feedback on assignments, exercises or discussions when teachers meet with students in class. This method is also known as ‘flipped classroom’.

The CTL offers counselling and collaboration as well as courses and workshops on Educational IT. We collaborate and provide counselling for lecturers and teachers, either individually or in groups. We are also happy to collaborate on major redesign and reorganisation of courses and study programmes.

The CTL online resource TREAT includes a number of cases from Aarhus BSS. The site also contains more detailed information on activities and specific tools.

Contact the CTL Media Lab for technical support or assistance to produce video materials.

Courses and workshops

Contact

Dorte Sidelmann Rossen

Special Consultant, Educational it Team Leader