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2017 Teaching with Technology Institute

Connected Learning

Thursday, June 1, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Cole Hall, Room 106

Workshop by NIU Faculty and Staff

Online registration is closed for this program. If you still wish to register, please call 815-753-0595.


By itself, technology - which has put a world of information at our fingertips - can leave learners feeling alone and without clear purpose or aim. Traditional classrooms, on the other hand, can leave them feeling isolated and disconnected from the world at large. However, we are inherently social beings who learn best through our connections to others!  The challenge then, is how we make learning more ...human?

Connected Learning is a pedagogical approach designed for learning in the digital and networked age. The focus is on instruction that can activate relationships and communities through supporting exploration, discovery, and inquiry-based learning. The same technologies and techniques that we use to connect to friends and family can also support social connectivity in learning, to engage and motivate students!

In this afternoon session at this year’s Teaching with Technology Institute, we will investigate the use of digital tools that can promote interactions, discussions, collaboration, and ultimately establish a vibrant learning community.

The tentative schedule for the institute is as follows:

Tentative Agenda

1:00 p.m.
1:15 p.m.
What is connected learning? What does it look like?
1:30 p.m.
Developing a connected classroom
2:00 p.m.
Connective technologies
2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
Developing learning communities
3:15 p.m.
Collaborative technologies
4:00 p.m.
Conclusion and evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is open to NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS and Civil Service staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials and a certificate of participation. Please register by the deadline. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by Monday, May 30, 2017 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the institute or program costs can be reduced.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 25, 2017. Online registration is closed. If you still wish to register, please call 815-753-0595.

Last Updated: 5/31/2017