Teaching Excellence Talk on The Value of Student Engagement Through the Use of Educational Technology and its Role in Student Success.
On 9 April 2016, Botho University’s Teaching Excellence Department held the Teaching Excellence Talks at the Gaborone and Francistown campuses, under the theme, “The value of student engagement through the use of educational technology and its role in student success.” This theme was influenced by the rising influence of technology in education. Over the past few decades, student engagement has been recognized as a key criterion to promote student success irrespective of the mode of teaching delivery. Educational technology enables, amongst others, collaboration, helps to enhance content, empowers students and is capable of helping to facilitate effective feedback on student progress. The workshop, facilitated by Dolf Jordaan, the Deputy Director E-Learning and Media Development at the University of Pretoria (SA), focused on the practical application of the use of Blackboard Learning Management System to promote student engagement as well asthe use of social media and mobile devices. Mr Jordaan outlined that student engagement, as well as motivation and academic preparation, are the three main predictors for student success.
He further indicated that the current rise of technology provides a platform for an increase in the sphere of teaching and learning. Technology can also be utilised as a tool to promote student engagement. He emphasized that with the tools provided by ICT, particularly mobile technology, strides have been made with regards to bridging the gaps in the learning process, by providing feedback on the education they get, as well as collaborating with the Institution to improve student learning experience.It is our firm belief at TED that such platforms will go a long way in helping to improve the teaching and learning experience in Botho University.