New Center to Promote Digital Learning for Innovation
The Office of Academic Affairs is establishing a Digital Learning Center this year. The new center will develop high-quality, professional digital learning materials to fulfill NTU's mission of bringing innovation to teaching and learning and deepening the learning experience.
In its pursuit of this mission for classroom innovation, the university has set digital learning as its next goal and will rely on the outstanding personnel of the Center for Teaching and Learning Development and the Digital Learning Center to promote the development of digital learning on campus.
This will include helping instructors to integrate digital learning into their teaching approaches and supporting the development of high-quality online courses for degree programs at all NTU colleges. These efforts will commence as the two centers work together to build a comprehensive digital learning environment. Moreover, the centers will strive to strengthen the R&D and innovation abilities of digital learning professionals on campus in order to boost the overall quality of NTU's teaching and learning.
One of the goals of the Digital Learning Center is to promote the merging of "the digital and the physical" in course plans in order to boost teaching performance. For instance, for basic required university-level courses, the center will assist professors in converting the content of their lessons into videos. This will allow students to prepare ahead of class and open up more time for class discussions.
Another aim of the center is to develop a wide range of online courses in order to reach more learners and better serve different groups of learners. Besides developing online courses that strengthen the interdisciplinary skills of NTU students, the center will also provide online courses aimed at people from different sectors of society.
Furthermore, the center will also develop digital platform technologies with the goal of enhancing both teaching performance and learning outcomes. Emphasizing the learner's experience, the center will build a digital learning environment that incorporates personalized learning, interactive interface design, teaching management, and data analysis.
NTU Digital Learning Center attended the Za Share EXPO for Innovative Education 2017, where booth staff actively introduce visitors to NTU’s digital learning opportunities and educational resources to extend NTU’s public influence.
The e-Professor training program, jointly organized by NTU and the Second Northern Taiwan Teaching Resource Center (N2), is targeted at university instructors who are interested in or wishing to try innovative teaching models such as flipped classroom and blended learning. The program familiarizes participants with the core concepts, design, and tools of flipped classroom through lectures, peer practice, and case study.
This year, NTU collaborates with E.Sun Bank to produce a talk show-styled online course on “Big Data,” and an NTU student is recruited to host the course, introduce course sessions, and help instructors relax in front of camera.