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Peer Review

Technology Supported Learning

by Valerie Taylor


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 06, 2010 by Teacher Education
Overview: Technology Supported Learning (TSL) is a professional development workshop for community college faculty. The materials can be used either as a facilitated course of as self-directed learning. The course, if taken from beginning to end, should take somewhere between 24 and 30 hours to complete. In a facilitated version, this would be spread over 10 weeks. In self-directed mode, participants may focus only on parts needed at the moment. The entire workshop is developed through an explore, learn, apply approach.
Type of Material: Workshop and Training Material
Recommended Uses: This workshop could be used as a faculty development facilitated project. It could also be just as effective as a self-development tool for faculty who find themselves preparing for their first online teaching assignment or wanting to increase the effectiveness of their current online classes.
Technical Requirements: Access to the World Wide Web and a current Internet browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Faculty who complete this workshop will be able to 1. Encourage student-faculty contact 2. Encourage cooperation among students 3. Encourage active/engaged learning 4. Give prompt feedback 5. Emphasize time on task 6. Communicate high expectations 7. Respect diverse talents and ways of learning
Target Student Population: Primary target: Community College Faculty Secondary target: Any faculty member who wants to learn how to be an effective online teacher.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No pre-requisites. An understanding of principles of teaching and learning may be helpful

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This workshop is well designed and consistently uses the approach of explore, learn, apply. Participants are linked to high quality content, both text and multi-media, that describes and supports the principles under consideration for their exploration. Participants are encouraged to discuss and to learn from each other about how these priniciples can be applied effectively. Participants are then prompted to apply what they have learned in their own online learning environment.
Concerns: No concerns noted.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Content is firmly founded on principles of good learning and teaching. It also fully supports the connected nature of learning and communication in the 21st century with all of its digital resources, both synchronous and asynchronous. Participants who work through all of the units of this workshop will find themselves very capable of designing and conducting effective online learning opportunities, and they will also be able to use digital tools to make their job of communicating with their students, mentoring them and assessing their learning much easier.
Concerns: No concerns

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The course is well set up and clearly laid out for successful navigation throughout. All links work and the meterials do not require any additional plug-ins or equipment.
Concerns: No concerns noted.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a simple to use learning activity that will guide online teachers through a process for improving learning opportunities for their students. It appears to be equally effective for those looking for one or two tools for improvement and for those seeking guidance to begin the teaching online process.