KSC Instructional Technology

3.01.2006

March 9 Brown Bag Discussion with Yi Gong

Brown Bag Discussion with Assistant Professor Yi Gong, Thursday March 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 Rhodes Hall room 153

Observation is a tried and true process of learning. For centuries apprentices have stood by and watched the techniques of the masters; be it blacksmithing, painting, writing, acting or any number of professions. Observation leads to emulation and, hopefully, emulation develops into an individual style that benefits the student.

Self observation is a vital part of this process, but is one of the more complicated aspects of student growth. When a student is actively involved in their lesson it takes a great deal of discipline, and is not always possible, to stop and ask “Is this technique effective?”

Enter the wonders of video recording. Video is not a new technology by any means, but it has become widely available to the general public for any number of purposes. ‘Video’ recording capabilities are available with most PHD (push here dummy) digital cameras and even cellular phones.

Assistant Education Professor Yi Gong uses video recordings of his student teachers as well as recordings of experienced teachers in his curriculum as a way to analyze teaching techniques. Student teachers get the opportunity to see themselves in a teaching environment and learn from self observation. A simple way to allow students to ask themselves “Is this technique effective?” He also shows video of experienced teachers to students in his classes so students can learn through observation of others.

Come to the Brown Bag Discussion on Thursday, March 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 in Rhodes Hall room 153. Find out how the use of video has enhanced Gong’s teaching methods and his student’s ability to learn through unobtrusive observation.

This brown bag discussion is an effort on behalf of the Instructional Technology Team to highlight faculty use of technology in academic settings. Every year the Information Technology Group and the Academic Affairs Division award grants to faculty who have demonstrated a need for technology enhancements for their curriculum. A Best Practices in Instructional Technology fair is planned for April of 2006 to give the 2005 Technology Grant recipients a chance to discuss their work.

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