Innovation Resources

There are many resources for implementing innovation in teaching and technology at the University of Georgia, including the wealth of expertise shared among faculty and staff on a daily basis. For the College of Education’s initiative on promoting innovation in teaching and learning, this page will feature various resources available to our faculty and staff, both within and outside of the college. If you would like to see a specific resource featured here, send it to us using this form.

Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia.
The central mission of CTL is to provide campus-wide leadership on matters relating to instruction.

Teaching with Technology group of OIT in the College of Education.
This group of dedicated staff can help faculty with multi-media development support, live classroom support and eLC support, among other things. Visit their website for more information and more resources to help promote innovation in teaching and technology.

American Council on Education the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on higher education issues, and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

Cornell University’s Faculty Innovation in Teaching blog has some very useful tools and projects to share to foster innovation in teaching, with both k-12 and higher education focus.

Podcasts on “The Courage to Teach, a program for the personal and professional renewal of educators, sponsored by the Center for Courage and Renewal.

Edutopia: The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

The Wired Campus, a blog resource from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

TED talks: TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Selected videos related to Innovation in Teaching and Technology will be posted here, but visit TED often for the latest ideas that you might find interesting.

  • Emily Pilloton, Teaching Design for Change
    Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She’s teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers’ minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.
  • Mae Jemison, On Teaching Arts and Sciences Together
    Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer … Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one — to create bold thinker
  • Sir Ken Robinson, How Schools Kill Creativity
    Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

  • Charles Leadbeater, Education Innovation in the Slums
    A researcher at the London think tank Demos, Charles Leadbeater was early to notice the rise of “amateur innovation” — great ideas from outside the traditional walls, from people who suddenly have the tools to collaborate, innovate and make their expertise known.

NMC's 2010 Horizon ReportThe annual 2011-Horizon-Report describes the continuing work of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, a research-oriented effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education.

Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K.,  (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

National Education Technology Plan 2010: Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement. It presents five goals with recommendations for states, districts, the federal government, and other stakeholders. Each goal addresses one of the five essential components of learning powered by technology: Learning, Assessment, Teaching, Infrastructure, and Productivity.

A Roadmap for Educational Technology (2011) This work was supported by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC),  which is managed by the Computing Research Association (CRA)  and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Re-Thinking Technology Literacy: This 2010 article from Inside Higher Education suggests that the new technological landscape — particularly the trappings of Web 2.0 — demands that a new line of distinction be drawn. This is a line between computer users who can handle only basic programs such as word processors and search engines, and those who understand the structures and concepts that underlie modern technology, and how to think critically within them.

Essays on Teaching with Technology is a new collection of peer-reviewed essays by individuals who have integrated technology into university courses, presented by the Learning Technology Consortium, a partnership of nine institutions with similar instructional goals, strong technology and faculty support programs, and an interest in collaboration in the area of teaching and learning with technology. The writing is practically oriented, focusing on ways in which technology has helped students learn, and the content spans many technologies and disciplines. A new title will be posted on the site each week as a free PDF download, and a print-on-demand compilation – Teaching with Technology Volume 2: The Stories Continue – is expected to be available in summer of 2011.

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