Interactive Teaching Design (ITD)

As technology continues to impact how faculty members teach, it becomes important to continually update our views and perspectives on the teaching and the learning experience. Fundamentally, learning is an interactive experience, and instructors are the designers of that experience. Like other types of interactions, the experience is based on who is engaged, what is being presented, and how it is presented. Interactive Teaching Design (ITD) is a conceptual framework that combines key elements from teaching and learning with principles from interaction design. It can be applied universally, but it is especially useful for designing learning experiences facilitated using online environments.

Interactive Teaching Design Overview

Teaching, like learning, is a process. It is ongoing and cyclical. The key activities of ITD include:

  • Understanding the Context
    Learning experiences are influenced by environmental, cultural, social, and personal factors. Understanding the impact of these factors can improve your teaching.

  • Planning the Content
    The content is what is being taught, and effective teaching requires adequate planning.

  • Preparing the Presentation
    The options for presenting materials continues to grow, and the type of presentation chosen can have a dramatic impact on the quality of the learning experience.

  • Facilitating the Interaction
    The interaction of the student with the content, the instructor, other students, and the community lies at the heart of the learning experience.

  • Reflecting on the Results
    Reflection is essential for the student to fully understand what they have they learned, and for the instructor to fully understand how well they have presented the material.

  • Empowering through Technology Integration
    In today's world, technology integration is an essential ingredient to creating a dynamic, engaging learning experience for students.

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