More than 50 California State University, Northridge faculty members gathered at the fifth annual eLearning Showcase on May 8 at the Ferman Presentation Room in the Delmar T. Oviatt Library. The showcase’s objective is to highlight technology’s integration into class curriculums to enhance student success.
Eight faculty members in the departments of kinesiology, health sciences, psychology, English, art, special education and cinema and television arts presented their technology-integrated teaching methods that involve apps, the myCSUNtablet initiative or learning management systems like Canvas.
“I love the way it engages my students and how it lets us both interact with the material,” said psychology professor Stefanie Drew about using iPads in her courses. “Given the choice, I would never go back to teaching in any other way.”
English professor Andrea Hernandez said she initially did not know how to incorporate in-class assignments like mock interviews, collaborative work and oral presentations in an online version of her business communications class. She said she learned how to utilize Canvas to give clear instructions, offer personal feedback and push students who fall behind.
Other instructors presented on their use of the Technology Enhanced Active Learning classroom, interactive simulations and VARx@CSUN, an initiative that explores virtual and augmented reality.
“Learning and applying new technologies never stops in this digital age,” said Associate Vice President of Academic Technology Deone Zell. “That’s what makes it so exciting, especially if we can use faculty creativity to help students succeed.”