We have many tech tools at our disposal, and the College has a robust IT infrastructure to support our online needs. However, many of our students may be suffering at their own home-based desk with slow or no computers, and limited, patchy or no internet access.
That means we have to know – and take into account – their IT realities.
But if you think in terms of “bandwidth capacity" and the importance (or not) of “immediacy", you'll deliver solid teaching without requiring technology tools that students may not have.
Daniel Stanford, Director of Faculty Development and Technology Innovation at DePaul University's Center for Teaching and Learning, posted a clear and concise overview of the “Bandwidth Immediacy Matrix". Read about it here and learn how the “underappreciated workhorses" of email, discussion boards and recorded readings can deliver high impact learning to students who may have low-grade internet access.
How are you handling the varied tech needs of your students? What have you learned about the internet access your students are dealing with?
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