5 ways to get the most out of your course technology

What’s interesting about these five best practices is that none of them speak to simply ‘how to use the device,’ or ‘which apps you should know about.’ All five tips involve practical steps to ensure students are learning and instructors are making the most use of their time.

1. Communicate clear expectations to your students and help them get started. Introduce your students to the technology on the first day of class and walk them through how to use it.

2. Require the new technology to be used for a minimum of 10 percent of the final course grade. Pearson statistics and survey responses indicate that more than 90 percent of students complete assignments that contribute significantly to their trade, whereas less than 10 percent of students do optional assignments.

3. Assign a mix of tutorials and other items and employ personalized learning. Studies show that personalized learning experiences maximize study efficiency and improve long-term retention.

4. Facilitate active class discussion and student preparedness by assigning pre-lecture homework. Instructors who assign pre-lecture homework have more class time for interactive learning via technology and higher-level critical thinking activities, and their students are more engaged and more likely to participate.

5. Measure and track results. Evaluate your course results after implementing the technology, and before and after any type of course redesign.

For a more detailed discussion of these best practices, as well as to learn more about Pearson’s MyLab & Mastering, read the report [the best practices listed are on page 102].

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