Digital Pedagogy

Mission

The Educational and Classroom Technologies (ECT) and the Online Learning Environments (OLE) groups in the McGraw Center exist to foster the purposeful application of new technologies to enhance teaching and learning. We believe that good technologies for teaching and learning are rooted in the same principles as sound pedagogy, encouraging creativity, exploration, discovery, and collaboration. To this end, McGraw partners with faculty to effectively utilize existing digital tools or, when necessary, develop new tools to address their pedagogical goals. This partnership continues throughout the semester to ensure the productive implementation of those tools. Staff specializations include classroom technologies, instructional design, web development, course blog support, lecture capture, multimedia assignments, and media editing.

Learning is also informed by the spaces in which it takes place. With this in mind, the McGraw Center seeks to model flexible learning spaces to facilitate different teaching and learning styles, encourage communication, and enhance the learning experience. We work to explore the potential of new classroom technologies that highlight active and collaborative pedagogies.  McGraw’s Teaching Lab in Frist 330 serves as a showcase for classroom technologies and is also available for teaching.

Center staff also work with faculty to establish online platforms for collaborative coursework, and to provide support for the successful semester-long curricular implementation of these platforms. Examples of work include online learning environments, including online courses, course blogs, online journals, collaborative text and visualization projects, and online media collections. To ensure the success of these technology implementations, our staff can also provide training sessions that are directly related to the use of technology in coursework. Depending on the topic and computing infrastructure, this training may be conducted in class or in the McGraw Digital Learning Lab mcgrawdll@princeton.edu (258-6073).

Examples of McGraw's online work can be found on The McGraw Commons.

We can provide:

  • Consultation related to the exploration, development, and adoption of new teaching tools and technologies for teaching and learning.
  • Expertise in the development of technology-enhanced learning spaces
  • Information about emerging technologies and digital pedagogies
  • Training in learning-centered technologies
  • Programming related to current topics in educational technology

Services

Emerging technologies and digital pedagogies

A part of McGraw’s mission is to stay current in the latest developments in educational technology and digital pedagogy and to promote discussion around best practices for teaching with digital tools.

The Online Learning Environments group can help in exploring the creation of online courses, blended courses, or lecture flipping.

Consultations

The McGraw Center partners with faculty to effectively utilize existing digital tools or, when necessary, develop new tools to address their pedagogical goals. This partnership continues throughout the semester to ensure the productive implementation of those tools. Staff specializations include classroom technologies, instructional design and development, course blog support, lecture capture, multimedia assignments, media editing, and Blackboard support.

Tools for teaching with technology

Center staff work with faculty to establish online platforms for collaborative coursework, and to provide support for the successful semester-long curricular implementation of these platforms. Examples of online work include course blogs, online journals, collaborative maps, and online media collections. The Educational & Classroom Technologies group can provide assistance in requesting a blog using the Princeton University Wordpress Service and in providing support for the effective use of blogs and other online platforms for effective teaching and learning.

Digital Pedagogy

The ECT group works to explore the potential of new classroom technologies that highlight active and collaborative pedagogies.  ECT staff stay abreast of the latest technologies that support and enhance classroom teaching, such as clickers, equipment for lecture capture, and presentation and display technologies and make equipment and facilities available to faculty as needed. McGraw’s Teaching Lab in 330 Frist serves as a showcase for classroom technologies. 
 

Technology Training

ECT staff will provide training sessions that are directly related to the use of technology in coursework.  Depending on the topic and computing infrastructure, this training may be conducted in class or in the McGraw Digital Learning Lab mcgrawdll@princeton.edu (258-6073).