Digital Classroom Program

The Center for Faculty Development is expanding our Open Classroom Project to highlight faculty developing sound technology-focused teaching and assessment strategies and to help  faculty to gain exposure to new teaching strategies and approaches.

Faculty tell us that they benefit immensely when colleagues share their experiences, mistakes, and best practices with teaching and technology. Opening the “digital classroom” is a new way for faculty to connect with colleagues who are experienced in teaching technology and pedagogy. The goal is not for peer mentors to provide technical support but to help colleagues develop sound teaching and assessment strategies using technology through peer-peer conversation and by delving into the philosophy and practice of online teaching and learning. 

How to connect with Digital Classroom faculty:  When you’re ready to connect with one of the participating faculty use the "Request a Meeting" link. Your request will be sent automatically to the instructor and she/he will contact you.  

Dr. Candace Chou

School of Education
Minneapolis Campus

C. Candace Chou is the director of the MA program in Learning, Performance, and Technology at the Department of Organization Learning and Development at the School of Education. She teaches courses on online learning and evaluation, instructional design, principles of educational research, adult learning, and use of technology for instruction. She has conducted research on the impact of learning technologies on teaching and learning. Candace has a passion in exploring the pedagogical applications of emerging technologies for K-12, higher education, non-profit and business organizations.

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Pedagogy Blackboard Tools Teaching Technologies
  • Flipped Classroom pedagogy
  • Blended Course pedagogy
  • Online Course Pedagogy
  • Online assessment
  • Social Media
  • Online group collaboration
  • BYOD (bring your own device):
    meet learners at where they are using any mobile devices
    (iPad, laptop, mobile phones, etc) that they have to engage them in collaboration and communication
  • Inline Grading
  • Rubrics
  • Self-Peer Assessment
  • Tests, Surveys, Pools
  • Grade Center
  • Blogs/Journals
  • Wiki
  • Discussion Board
  • Customization of entrance page with graphics
  • Online lectures using Camtasia, Jing, Screenr, Articulate, Captivate, Screencast-o-matic; iPad apps such as ExplainEverything, Showme, Educreations
  • Video/web conferencing (e.g., Adobe Connect, WebEx, Google Hangout, Skype)
  • VoiceThread
  • Prezi
  • Poll Anywhere
  • Podcast
  • Mobile Learning apps for communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking
  • Virtual worlds for experiential learning
  • YouTube Channel
  • FlipGrid

Dr. Tom Hickson

St. Paul Campus

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Pedagogy Blackboard Tools Teaching Technologies
  • Knowledge Surveys
  • Clicker technology on Mac and PC
  • Short instructional videos on key concepts
  • Just in Time Teaching exercises with Blackboard
  • Methods to improve student spatial reasoning
  • Quizzes
  • File uploads on quizzes, including student-made graphics, video and audio
  • Use of hot-spot questions for testing image and data comprehension
  • Question Pools
  • Assignments
  • Audio and video grading feedback using Jing, GarageBand, and Quicktime
  • Use of Blackboard rubrics for low and high stakes writing assignments
  • Use of voice-recordings in student writing feedback
Wen Yu OCP

Dr. Wen Yu

St. Paul Campus

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Pedagogy Blackboard Tools Teaching Technologies 
  • Clicker pedagogy
  • Active Learning
  • Class Notes
  • Grade Center 
  •  Clickers