Social Science Courses
By Dr. Nelson Kofie
I utilize a mix of technology and media to facilitate
teaching and student learning. Via Blackboard, students are able to access
all course information and documents: the syllabus, Powerpoint lecture
notes, relevant reading materials, and links to statistical
clearinghouses. Unlike other
traditional classes in which students simply use the technology to access
information, students in my courses utilize the technology as an integral
part of their coursework.
A major component of student writing is done in the discussion forum. Students utilize the Discussion Forum feature on Blackboard to dialogue on course-related topics. The discussion forum provides a
“private” space for students to share their thoughts and to read responses from others without the constraint of time. The discussion forum has been especially useful in getting otherwise reserved students to “open up” and express themselves, thereby providing another way to assist professors with diversity of learning styles of students.
Integrating technology into all my traditional
classroom courses has effectively extended the classroom beyond the
physical space and time. Perhaps
one of the unanticipated consequences in integrating technology into my
traditional courses is that students gain the competency necessary to take
a course online.
Colleagues from Towson University Sharing Information Technology