Commissioned to research and develop new technologies to enhance the Learning Model, the Department of Academic Technology Services recently launched a way for faculty to share innovative teaching tools with fellow educators through an internal social network called the BYU-Idaho Toolbox.
With its debut to I-Learn earlier this month, the Toolbox allows instructors to post descriptions of their favorite third-party tools, such as Dropbox, WordPress, Qualtrics, etc. Instructors can also explore tools others are using and comment on currently posted tools to rate their experiences with them.
“When faculty members enter the Toolbox site, it displays each tool available, areas of the Learning Model it complements, its cost, how each instructor rates its performance, its category, and how many other instructors use it,” said Steve Hancock, Academic Applications group lead. “When an instructor adds a new tool to the Toolbox, then he or she becomes a resource for other faculty who are looking for technology tools to use in their instruction.”
At this point, the Toolbox is only available for faculty use, but in the future will serve all employees.
“Keeping up with the times in teaching and learning technology requires constant effort,” said Arlen Wilcock, Academic Technology Center manager. “The Toolbox solves this by helping faculty across various disciplines unite their efforts to share their innovative ideas with one another and meet the increasing technological demands.”