Educational IT

From 2018 to 2023, Aarhus BSS will intensify its use of Educational IT on the school’s degree programmes. This is part of AU’s Educational IT initiative and focuses on the student learning. The initiative builds on the experiences gathered during the past few years in relation to increasing the use of digital learning technologies and learning activities in the teaching.

Together with the vice-dean for education, the directors of studies at Aarhus BSS have selected four Educational IT formats that constitute the framework of the initiative. This allows us to collect experiences and develop the teaching in a systematic manner.

Introduction to Educational IT at Aarhus BSS


Here, you can hear the Vice-dean for Education Per Andersen talk about the project and the four Educational IT delivery formats:

If you are a lecturer and would like to start testing, developing or fine-tuning your use of Educational IT within the framework of the project, you can find out much more under ‘Process plan for the Educational IT project’

Four Educational IT formats

The Educational IT project at Aarhus BSS makes use of four course design formats for applying Educational IT in the teaching. This allows us to have a shared language in relation to the project initiatives and to monitor the goal of increasing the use of Educational IT in the teaching.

Here you will find a brief guide to each of the formats:

  1. Technology-distributed: classroom teaching on campus. Digital learning technology is used to distribute course materials and course information through the university’s LMS (Blackboard).
  2. Technology-supported: classroom teaching on campus. Learning and/or teaching activities facilitated through digital learning technology in or outside the classroom are typically a supplement to other teaching activities. Technology-supported activities take place one or several times during a course and may take the form of in-class and out-of-class activities, but not necessarily both. 
    2.1. in-class: digital learning technology is only used to support activities during lessons
    2.2. out-of-class: digital learning technology is only used to support activities outside lessons.
  3. Blended Learning: classroom teaching on campus combined with online learning and teaching activities. Key learning and/or teaching activities are facilitated through digital learning technology and online. Teaching is designed so that there is a clear link and mutual dependence between online activities in which students are required to participate, and classroom activities on campus. For example, participation in lessons requires participation in online activities before and/or after class.
  4. Online: all learning and teaching activities are facilitated by digital technology and take place online.

Process plan for the Educational IT project

From the autumn of 2018, all lecturers will be able to take part in the Educational IT project at Aarhus BSS. Contact your director of studies if you would like to know more about how to participate in the project at your department.

2018:

September: overview of the current use of Educational IT in compulsory courses at Aarhus BSS.

November: new Educational IT initiatives must be reported to the vice-dean for education by filling in the project template

December: status on the Educational IT project at Aarhus BSS

2019 - 2023:

January - June: development, testing and evaluation of new Educational IT initiatives in courses at Aarhus BSS. Contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) if you need pedagogical and technical counselling.

June: new Educational IT initiatives must be reported to the vice-dean for education by filling in the project template

August - December: development, testing and evaluation of new Educational IT initiatives in courses at Aarhus BSS. Contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) if you need pedagogical and technical counselling.

November: new Educational IT initiatives must be reported to the vice-dean for education by filling in the project template.

December: annual status on Educational IT projects in connection with the school’s annual status report.


Structure of the project

The overall framework of the Educational IT project has been established by the faculty management team at Aarhus BSS.

The project is headed by the Vice-dean for Education Per Andersen in collaboration with the heads of department and directors of studies.

All lecturers and students at the school are potential contributors to the project and may participate in the development, testing and evaluation of the digital learning technologies and learning activities.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers pedagogical and technical counselling and evaluates new Educational IT initiatives. CTL will continuously collect and disseminate the experiences from the different project initiatives.

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