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I'm not interested in technology for the sake of technology. I'm interested in using technology as a tool to create something. -Thomas Sweeney

 
Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. The term educational technology is often associated with, and encompasses, instructional theory and learning theory . While instructional technology is "the theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning," according to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Definitions and Terminology Committee, educational technology includes other systems used in the process of developing human capability. Educational technology includes, but is not limited to, software, hardware, as well as Internet applications, such as wiki's and blogs, and activities. 

The Educational Technology group has assembled resources and information related to a variety of educational technologies currently in use at the College. You'll also find links here to information regarding emerging educational technologies and resources to support teaching with technology.

What is Instructional Design?
Instructional Design is the practice of creating instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing. The process consists broadly of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating some "intervention" to assist in the transition. Ideally the process is informed by pedagogically (process of teaching) and andragogically (adult learning) tested theories of learning and may take place in student-only, teacher-led or community-based settings. The outcome of this instruction may be directly observable and scientifically measured or completely hidden and assumed. There are many instructional design models but many are based on the ADDIE model with the five phases: analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. As a field, instructional design is historically and traditionally rooted in cognitive and behavioral psychology, though recently Constructivism (learning theory) has influenced thinking in the field.

Our Mission  

The Educational Technology group evaluates both current uses of educational technologies at Springfield College and emerging technologies for their pedagogical value. Working with academic and administrative colleagues, the Educational Technology group also formulates long-term plans for the future development and support of educational technology at Springfield College. Please contact us at: tsweeney@springfieldcollege.edu if you have ideas or suggestions about how we could more effectively support faculty development in academic technology.
 
Contributing to the mission of both Springfield College and the IT Department by:
  • Providing strategic direction for all campus academic technology applications, initiatives, and support services.
  • Building partnerships with other campus departments to work collaboratively toward institutional strategic goals that can be addressed by technology.
  • Promoting the use of technology solutions to academic departments.
  • Providing academic insight to IT projects and strategic plans.
  • Facilitating the process of moving academically related IT projects through the IT system.
  • Advocating on behalf of faculty and students in campus matters related to teaching and learning with technology.
  • Working with academic departments to identify technology competency levels for faculty; developing training programs to help faculty achieve those competencies.
  • Providing an integrated one-stop-shop model for all academic technology related services.
 
Thomas Sweeney
Educational Technologist, Springfield College
M.Ed. Educational Technology
 
BASIC FUNCTION: Assist faculty in the adoption and implementation of instructional design principles and emerging educational technologies for curriculum development within their respective courses and curriculum.

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Housing Services and Residence Life/Center for Teaching and Learning
Multimedia Applications Analyst/Instructional Designer

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Educational Technology Consultant/Instructional Designer

Westfield State University, Westfield, MA
Art Department
Assistant Professor

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College of Engineering
Multimedia Applications Designer
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The Educational Technology group offers a variety of services to support faculty integration of educational technology in teaching and learning. These services include one-on-one consulting, educational technology workshops offered in the Davis Center, custom-designed workshops for faculty groups or departments, and self-directed training and support resources that faculty can use on an as-needed basis or as part of a larger professional development plan.
 
  1.     Content Creation
  2.     Instructional Design
  3.     Teaching/Training
  4.     Consulting
  5.     Administration
Content Creation
  •     Create instructional videos
  •     Create Instructional Handouts
  •     Flash based learning modules
  •     Video Production
  •     Photography
  •     Graphic Design
  •     Powerpoint Presentation
  •     Digital Signage
  •     Web Site Design
  •     Technical Illustration
  •     Photo Illustration
Instructional Design
  •     Determine the technology most useful to meet needs.
  •     Provide coaching to design classes for optimal student learning.
  •     Implement the technology for classes, connecting faculty to appropriate campus resources and experts (registrar, media services, etc.)
  •     Enhance student learning outcomes.
  •     Evaluate the effectiveness of the technology.
   Instructional Principles
  •     Audience Analysis
  •     Course Goals and Objectives
  •     Instructional Activities
  •     Student Evaluation and Assessment
  •     Teaching Strategies (instructor’s teaching style)
    Interaction and Feedback Principles
  •     Learner Readiness
  •     Interaction Among Learners
  •     Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication
  •     Electronic Collaboration
  •     Feedback
Multimedia Principles
  •     Information Presentation
  •     Interface Design
  •     Multimedia Elements
Course Management
  •     Time Requirements
  •     Module Progression
  •     Tracking Progress
  •     Evaluating Student Progress
  •     Assignment Feedback
  •     Managing Asynchronous and Synchronous Communications
  •     Promoting Online Learning Community

Teaching/Training

Faculty and departments may request workshops designed to meet the needs of a specific course or discipline. Contact us to discuss setting up a custom workshop.
 

Would you be interested in sharing your experiences in teaching with technology? We are interested in expanding our workshop offerings by working with faculty who are successfully integrating technology into teaching and research. If this is you, please contact us at: tsweeney@springfieldcollege.edu to discuss developing a unique faculty-led workshop for colleagues.
  •     On site workshops
  •     Webex workshops
  •     New Student Orientation
  •     SOAR
  •     New Faculty Orientation
  •     Adjunct Faculty Orientation
  •     Faculty Institute
  •     One-on-One training
  •     Moodle training
  •     Teaching/Classroom Visitations
Consulting

Interested in Enhancing your Teaching with Technology? The Educational Technology group offers assistance in pedagogical projects of any size. We provide feedback on individual technology-integrated learning activities, collaborate on the design of classes, courses, or seminars, and provide hands-on support during implementation.

During the consultation, the educational technologist works with faculty to:
  •     Identify the pedagogical goals of the course
  •     determine the appropriate technology to support course goals and instructor's pedagogy
  •     connect faculty to appropriate campus resources and experts (Registrar, Media Services, etc.)
  •     enhance and differentiate student-learning activities
  •     evaluate the effectiveness of the technology
Benefits of working with Educational Technology include:
  •     Achieving pedagogical goals
  •     Differentiating teaching to support diverse learners
  •     Gaining support for large numbers of students in classes
  •     Designing and developing authentic student-centered collaborative learning experiences
Faculty may also contact the Educational Technology group to simply discuss their work, test drive emerging technologies, and find inspiration. To set up an appointment with the Educational Technology group, please call 413-748-3700, or by e-mail at: tsweeney@springfieldcollege.edu.

Administration
 
    •    Consult with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) who hosts and administers the Moodle Learning Management System for Springfield College.
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