USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus

What Do I Bring Back?

One of the goals of DTLT is to empower faculty to explore digital pedagogy, which typically involves encouraging faculty to explore digital tools and platforms. We choose to recommend WordPress (both on a multisite and as an individual install) as a place to start because it lets you creative and tailor your projects and sites so that they can be unique.


Peer-Driven Learning

The work, then, for you as a teacher, gets flipped, and the nature of the work that you do fundamentally changes. You work on setting the parameters, certainly, but then your role becomes much more improvisational, especially at first. You can’t predict where the students will go or where their interests will take them. But, this is an opportunity to model lifelong learning (and good independent learning strategies) for your students when you are confronted with a question or topic or reading that lies outside of your typical area of expertise or knowledge. You show them how you would go about learning about it.


Upside-down shadows of children jumping rope, black-and-white.

The Flip That Matters

When you read about the flipped (or inverted) classroom in the media, the focus is almost always on course content. Look at this new way to “deliver” education to our students! And it’s personalized! The focus is typically on video, the internet, how the digital revolution will disrupt education as we know it.


Old Keys on Adding machine

Edtech in the Time of Clickers

I will be the first to admit that I am completely dependent on the internet. It’s hard to find a facet of my life and work that aren’t entangled in “the cloud.” Most of my work happens inside a web browser. While various cloud services have the potential to greatly improve the classroom experience, I’m also keenly aware of how fragile those systems can be.


Arrested (Professional) Development

Professional development, like any teaching, is extraordinarily difficult to do well. Unfortunately, most of us have experienced poor (ok terrible) professional development sessions during our careers. Most sessions on pedagogy don’t even use the pedagogy they espouse. Others assume the worst of the participants.


The Intimacy and Vulnerability of Praxis

There is a moment of tentativeness when a faculty member comes to work with me. Almost like when students apologize when they come to see me during my office hours, the faculty member comes to me with a kind of vulnerability; they are coming for help, a situation that makes many professors uncomfortable.