In gathering representatives from ATS member schools to reflect on their institutions’ experiences with educational technology, we thought it would be helpful to provide “stories from the field.”
What happens to faculty members as they begin to use digital technology in the classroom?
Are there any patterns to the process of adopting innovation that can be helpful to others?
Are there breakthrough moments?
What sort of institutional support proved helpful (or whose absence impeded a faculty person’s efforts)?
The following four narratives (in PDF format ) approach this topic from different points of view and, hopefully, capture some common experiences of faculty members as they explore the use of technology as a pedagogical tool. One or more of the cases might serve as a good point of reference for faculty discussions about their experience with technology—what they are learning, insights they have gained, and questions that need to be asked.
It's Not About the Technology
by Israel Galindo, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
Learning the Steps, Moving to the Music: My Life as a Virtual Dance Instructor
by Mary Hinkle, Luther Seminary
Technology in Education as an Experience in Cross-Cultural Learning
Gayle Gerber Koontz, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Where "Staying Current" Has Led
Richard Stewart, Luther Theological Seminary at Philadelphia