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Table Prompts: Technology

Comments that resonated with attendees are marked with asterisks (*). The number of asterisks indicates the number of attendees that marked the idea as resonant.

What hurdles to learning can you imagine being overcome with technology, existing or not?

  • Individual attention to a large class (or any class)
  • Experiential learning through simulation, interprof. opportunities ***
  • International and interuniversity collaboration
  • Recorded aspect is personalized
  • Multiple versions of the same information *
  • Ability to archive trajectory of learning
  • Set up real world scenarios that allow students to simulate experiences (medical mannequins in health sciences). Don’t yet know the outcomes *
  • Virtual reality (only visual) to simulate environments that are not possible for students to create otherwise (architectural representation)
  • New forms of communication *
  • Break down barriers to cross-disciplinary coursework—digital coursework allows operating outside time limitations ***
  • How can we be sure to properly evaluate tools for appropriateness rather than be reactionary? **
  • Balance “Active” technology use vs. “Passive” technology (Badges) supporting reflection and integration
  • Distances—Bridging time and physical location **
    • Engage communities
    • Use tech to deliver foundation or background competencies
    • Connect students with advisors who help with key barriers for a student *
    • Outreach to high school. Virtually become a part of HS classes for moments
  • Accessibility **
  • Prior knowledge—adapting learning to individuals **
  • Inclusive of students who are reluctant to engage
  • Confidentiality is a challenge but can be overcome
  • Time to get up to speed *
  • Incorporating active learning into digital instruction ******
  • Relevancy to communities that are using resource
  • Privacy—requirements to use “Turn It In” software, etc. *
  • Engagement
  • Keeping materials up to date
  • Hologram, VR, Social media
    • Learning by doing
    • Detachment
    • Spanning learning environments
  • Virtual text from within and without the university
    • Textbook costs *
    • Knowledge distribution
  • Deliver information more quickly and efficiently
  • Collapse time and distance to address outreach services
  • “X Ray” through time for anatomy—possibly remove need for cadavers
  • Open access platforms that help people with low level knowledge to have access to high level information (Weebly rather than HTML, GIS interfaces) *
  • Question of how we use technology tools to teach technology tools
  • Keeping up with technology
  • Access for students who cannot/don’t want to come to campus
  • The issue of students thinking class only happens in the classroom—class becomes a life activity
  • Overcoming the spatial/temporal boundaries of assignments and exams
  • Bringing field experiences to students who might not be able to engage in them physically
  • Potential for incivility
  • Isolation
  • Student schedules (attendance)
  • Facility issues
  • Engagement
  • Faculty demands/incentives

Imagine that in 5 years the University of Utah were to become the top higher ed institution in the use of education technology. What key features would distinguish the University of Utah from other higher ed institutions with regard to technology?


  • Adaptive technology—responsive, mobile, intuitive
  • Use technology to create space—both to “buy time” with students in the classroom and to create digital “spaces” for conversation and engagement **
  • Use technology to engage practitioners in teaching tech models that demonstrate workflows and application of tools in practice *
  • Institutional access to data gathering and analysis for all students
  • All classrooms have the display and connection for interactive, fluid learning
  • Distance connect from many classrooms
  • Ability to have a personal connection with professor, classmates, and community **
  • Breaking away from the geographical and time barrier *

What ideas from the keynote resonated most with you? How might we apply those ideas here at the University of Utah?

  • Technology does not compensate for bad teaching (#A*#holes) *
  • Value-added teaching
  • Ability to individualize for under-resourced students, disabled, ESL, unique personalities, special needs ****
  • Establish baseline tech competencies to enable successful use of tech teaching tools (faculty & students) *
  • Incentive/recognition/reward for faculty implementing, innovating teaching technology (effectively!) *********
  • Accessiblity to training
  • Learning styles

What is the next big question that hasn’t been asked with regard to education technology?

  • Privacy
  • Are we moving to a more “raw” and unfiltered digital environment (à la Snapchat) from the “filtered” landscape of social media? What are the implications?
  • How to help mainstream faculty engage and succeed?
  • How do we implement this as an institution and create a consistent mission with creative opportunities? ****
Last Updated: 7/27/18