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For Faculty 2018-03-09T21:00:35+00:00

Teaching with Technology

We believe that good technologies for teaching and learning are rooted in the same principles as sound pedagogy, encouraging creativity, exploration, discovery, and collaboration.  The Digital Learning Lab works with faculty to effectively utilize existing digital tools or, when necessary, develop new tools to address the pedagogical goals.  We aim to promote and develop tools that are pedagogically effective, but also intuitive, sustainable, work well within the campus technology infrastructure, and are well-suited to the Princeton University community.  Partnerships with the DLL typically continue through the entire semester to ensure the productive implementation of those tools.

With experience in wide range of technical skills, the staff of the DLL and Educational and Classroom Technologies group can offer training sessions, during or outside of class time, on a variety of topics. Recent sessions include video production and editing, audio recording, digital narrative, digital mapping and timelines, and web development. The DLL also regularly hosts workshops and we are always looking for suggestions. For those topics that are not dependent upon desktop software in the DLL, staff can also provide in-class training sessions.

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As part of the Educational and Classroom Technology group in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the DLL shares the McGraw Center’s focus on exploring the possibilities of digital pedagogy and supporting the purposeful use of digital tools, media and technologies to enhance the educational experience at Princeton.  In partnership with faculty, DLL staff work to find the most pedagogically-appropriate technology tools and to ensure the effective implementation of those tools.

The DLL maintains a wide range of existing, established platforms for teaching and learning such as blogs, wikis, and media curation tools on the McGrawCommons platform and will also work with faculty to host specialized software on the Digital Learning Lab computers for teaching purposes. If existing online platforms or software are not sufficient, staff from the DLL can also work with faculty to prototype, develop, and implement custom applications for teaching and learning. For those faculty members who may be interested in developing a custom teaching tools, the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education may be a helpful resource.  The DLL often partners with recipients of this fund to plan and develop the technology aspects of their proposals, but an award is no way a prerequisite to collaborations with the Digital Learning Lab or with the McGraw Center.

The DLL is more than just a technology-enhanced teaching space. As part of the Educational and Classroom Technologies group in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, staff from the DLL work with individual faculty members to develop solutions tailored to the syllabus.  We support the successful integration of technology by offering hands-on workshops for classes, and support the class through Dean’s Date.

With blogs and other collaborative platforms, we can help you build a community that extends beyond the walls of the classroom. Previous projects have included course blogs to support student journalism in Paris, independent study in China, summer study abroad in Munich, and a Spring Break study trip to Crete.

The Digital Learning Lab works closely with faculty to successfully integrate digital assignments in Princeton coursework. In coordination with staff from the DLL, faculty can make use of the software tools available in the DLL and can schedule class sessions in the Lab.  Additionally, staff from the DLL can provide training to students on the use of digital tools in the Lab.

“There are so many opportunities to incorporate technology in the classroom to enhance how faculty teach and how students learn. It is not about employing technologies simply as bells and whistles. It requires thinking hard about what we want students to learn and how technology can help achieve that.”

Rebecca Graves-Bayazitoglu
Director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

Recent Collaborations

Spring 2018

  • SPA 211, Catalina Mendez Vallejo – video editing. See YouTube
  • HIS 278, Emanuelle Kreike – building a digital history project
  • ANT 454, Jeff Himpele – video editing
  • AMS 301, Tala Khanmalek – podcasting
  • WRI 163/164, Carolyn Ureña – podcasting
  • WRI 135/36, Dannelle Cordero – integrating technology in grant proposals
  • LIN 235, Byron Ahn “Mythbusting Language” – video editing and podcasting

Fall 2017

  • URB 202, Alison Isenberg and Purcell Carson – audio and video editing. Course website
  • POR 304, Pedro Meira Monteiro and Charlie Hankin – podcasting
  • WRI 163/164, Carolyn Ureña – podcasting

Spring 2017

  • SPA 211, Catalina Vallejo – video editing. See YouTube
  • ENV 316, Michael Lemonick – video editing
  • HIS 472, He Bian “Medicine and Society in China” – create a screencast
  • LIN 235, Byron Ahn “Mythbusting Language” – create a screencast
  • GEO/STC 299 – Sajan Saini (video recording and premiere training)

Fall 2017

  • FRS167 – Freshman Seminar – recording of oral history interviews and pair audio with images into a 5 minute documentary style video. Website.
  • URB202 – Purcell Carson and Alison Isenberg – Trenton Project video pre-production, post-production, editing in Adobe Premiere Pro. Course website.
  • ENG359 – Diana Fuss – recording, editing, and publishing of podcast commentaries on popular film.  Course website.

Coming Soon: A new McGraw DLL Optimized for teaching with technology.

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Collaboration

Five triangular table clusters organize the room for active pedagogy, group projects, and peer-to-peer instruction, while improving traffic flow and accessibility in the space. Adding two wall-length whiteboards and movable whiteboard walls fosters epic brainstorming sessions.

Wireless Screen Sharing

With one wall dedicated to a 10-foot-tall by 30-foot-wide 4K screen, there is ample room to show multiple screens at the same time. An internal network makes it possible for students and faculty to wirelessly share their smartphone, laptop, or desktop screen with the video wall.

Immersive Sound

At the DLL, students record and edit multitrack recordings that dramatically combine narration, sound effects and music. With five HD speakers and Princeton’s cutting-edge audio-processing software, the DLL is a laboratory for immersive audio editing.

“By experimenting with classroom space, Princeton holds a rare opportunity to lead in the design, development, and testing of new teaching styles… [and] offers the University an opportunity to start a conversation on campus about the new pedagogical practices transforming higher education.”

Classroom Design Committee Report, 2013