EDUCAUSE, Denver, CO – – Turning Technologies, LLC, a leader in the student response industry, today at EDUCAUSE unveiled their Distinguished Educator Program designed to assist higher education professionals and institutions effectively implement student response and proven pedagogical strategies.
Turning has fostered this new learning community to promote academic excellence and build relationships between educational thought leaders. Speakers chosen for the Distinguished Educator Program are advocates of the benefits of student response technology and will provide their higher education peers with expert assistance and best practices through campus presentations, industry conferences, and online channels.
"We are committed to partnering with educators to improve learning and student outcomes. While our student response technology is one of the easiest on the market to implement technically, we want to share with our customers the research, insights and proven strategies of our Distinguished Educators,” commented Brad Gant, Vice-President of Educational Sales. “Higher education professionals have an opportunity to use our technology to significantly increase the effectiveness of classroom teaching, and we are dedicated to helping them achieve those goals."
Areas of focus for Distinguished Educator sessions will include the following:
· Systemic pedagogical uses of student response
· Effective authoring of purposeful student response content
· Integrating student response into existing curriculum, technologies, and programs.
Dr. Eric Mazur and Dr. Derek Bruff were Turning’s Keynote Distinguished Educator selections.
Dr. Eric Mazur stated, “Student response systems are the perfect complement to Peer Instruction, a strategy I developed to help engage my students in the classroom. Combining Peer Instruction with Turning Technologies’ software and clickers allows my students to develop critical thinking skills in a truly collaborative and active classroom setting and has resulted in improved learning outcomes. I’m looking forward to sharing these insights with my colleagues as part of Turning’s Distinguished Educator Program.”
Dr. Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University’s Assistant Director of the University Center for Teaching and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, has written a book, Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments, published by Jossey-Bass in February 2009. Bruff’s research investigates the effective uses of classroom response systems. He consults regularly with instructors in a variety of disciplines at Vanderbilt and elsewhere about teaching with clickers, offering workshops for instructors at colleges, universities and online.
Other Distinguished Educators include:
· Micki Cuppett, EdD, University of South Florida
· Kerry Richards Hoffman, Penn State University
· Steve Serrao, Loma Linda
· Mark Taylor, Ph.D, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
· Andrei Straumanis, University of Washington
· Tony Onofrietti, University of Utah
· Teri Bump, American Campus Communities
Turning Technologies offers Distinguished Educator sessions as a complimentary service to selected higher education institutions. Institutions interested in applying for a Distinguished Educator session to a group on campus should contact their Turning Technologies Account Executive for more information.