Technologies for Serving Different Learning Needs
Just as all students are different, so are all instructors. We need to ensure we are implementing instructional technology tools that fit our teaching style, availability, and technology skill level. If any instructor wishes to incorporate a new technology tool, it is vital we first assess the tool’s “goodness of fit” for both student population and course content. An instructional technology tool with a “goodness of fit” for a particular course and student group demonstrates that the tool was not selected haphazardly, regardless of its impact on the classroom. Rather, the tool was selected because it complimented the instructor’s teaching style and is a theoretically sound match for the instructional need.