Emerging Technologies and Accelerating Change: Preparing for Tomorrow’s College Classroom


Date/times: Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, February 6-April 30
Location: Online (Zoom)
Instructor: Janet Staker Woerner
Credit information: Optional 1 credit
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: ΔΔ (2 deltas)

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Taught by Janet Staker Woerner from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring, this course will explore new and emerging technologies within the context of accelerating change in teaching and learning. Participants will gain a high-level understanding of how innovation impacts our college classrooms and societal footprint. 

Tomorrow’s college student is already interacting with technologies and innovations that did not exist previously, and we need to learn how to meet those students where they are. We will engage in a comprehensive overview of emerging technologies within the Internet, mobile devices, artificial intelligence, genetically modified crops, neuroscience, and virtual and augmented reality. We will consider and evaluate how this rapid rate of change touches every part of our society, including how we use technology to engage our students and the content of our courses. This highly interactive course uses an environmental scan framework to guide our discussion of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that arise through emerging technologies in a rapidly changing world. 

This course will help you to:

  • Identify and describe the impact of current and anticipated emerging technologies that may be relevant to your discipline and/or classrooms
  •  Apply systems thinking frameworks to complex topics at the intersection between technology, innovation, and teaching and learning
  • Consider AI as a model case for integrating technology into your teaching activities
  • Develop a teaching practice that is adaptable to future change and new learning opportunities


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