Perhaps the biggest challenge to using technology in the classroom is the time it takes to prepare materials, test their functionality and ensure their availability. Many faculty experienced in using technology in the classroom (online or traditional) suggest that creating the materials in advance actually provides them more time to concentrate on concepts rather than presentation. In other words, teaching with technology forces us to look at our allocations of time differently.
Research is beginning to emerge that suggests that the longer faculty teach with technology, particularly in the online environment, the discrepancy narrows between time spent in preparation for online--compared with on-ground--course preparation (Hill, 2010). But for those starting out, here are a few ideas about using technology to enhance and improve instruction.
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Hill, C. (2010). Does teaching online really take more time? Faculty Focus. March 5, 2010. Retrieved