The Educational and Classroom Technologies (ECT) group works to foster the purposeful application of new technologies and media to enhance teaching and learning. We believe that good technologies for teaching and learning are rooted in the same principles as sound pedagogy — encouraging creativity, exploration, discovery, and collaboration.
Online platforms for collaborative coursework
Online platforms for collaborative coursework can extend and enhance the classroom experience, providing students and instructors with additional avenues for communication and creative expression. Examples of online work include course blogs hosted on the McGraw Commons website hosting platform, custom course projects developed to address specific pedagogical needs, online journals, collaborative maps, or online media collections. Shared, online environments emphasize the social aspects of learning, support the idea of courses as communities of practice, and serve as evidence and products of experiential learning.
Digital Learning Lab
The McGraw Center’s Digital Learning Lab (DLL) is a technology-rich teaching and learning space in the Lewis Science Library that supports the use of and critical reflection upon digital tools and resources in Princeton coursework. With an experienced staff and community of students, the DLL serves as a flexible space for interdisciplinary dialogues around digital pedagogy, or teaching and learning with technology. The DLL actively supports courses with unconventional formats, innovative course assignments, and/or co-curricular digital learning components, such as podcasting, video production, and other digital projects.
Instructional media and technology
The ECT collaborates and with faculty and academic departments to develop multimedia, digital materials for teaching, such as interactive textbooks, instructional websites, media collections, maps, and animations that can add multimedia enhancements to lectures and promote shared learning experiences for students in and out of the classroom. Interested in ‘flipping’ your class? We can provide support, equipment, and facilities for capturing your lectures and for making those lectures available to your students.
Students connect with learning in many different ways. We help you prepare your curricular materials, set learning objectives, and select effective technologies for communication and student feedback that help reach a diverse student population. Connecting with students a large classes can be especially challenging. Technology such as student response tools, or brief in-class collaboration excercises, can help give students a voice and develop connections between instructor and student, and student to student. Lecture-capture technologies can provide new avenues for reinforcing instruction and allow students to learning at their own pace
Assessment and feedback
Technology tools for feedback and assessment include real-time information about student understanding during lecture, low-stakes, formative self or peer-assessment, survey and data collection, and automated grading. Classroom response systems, or “clickers”, can encourage participation, collaboration, and spur discussion in class. Survey tools such as Qualtrics and Google Forms can be used to not only solicit feedback from your students, but also to involve students in surveying their peers and in assessing their own academic performance.