Lecturer Chandra Dunn: The Power of Educational Technology
Chandra Dunn, a lecturer in the Africana Studies department, began using Online@UT/Blackboard to enhance communication with her students outside the classroom as well as to provide a way for students to submit their assignments. Since then she substantially expanded the use of educational technologies in her class.
Dunn emphasizes the role of OIT in helping her students “engage with Africa.” Her course site includes interactive maps so that students can begin to think spatially about Africa’s geography, history and culture. Participating in the 2011 Faculty First grant program allows Dunn to expand the use of interactive maps in her classes. Digital Media Services has helped her break down a documentary series into short clips that complement the readings in the textbook. The OIT workshop on online teaching and learning has introduced Dunn to other tools including Online@UT blogs and wikis; Diigo, a social bookmarking application; and the clicker technology that she is using now in her class.