Dr. Nancy K. Murray Teaches Teachers About Technology Tools

Monday, July 25, 2011

On June 25, Nancy K. Murray, Ph.D., professor of family and consumer sciences, presented a juried educational session at the national meeting of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences entitled Revamping Your Learning Environment with Technology Tools.

More than 50 attendees learned from Murray’s experience using technology to create a more effective learning environment for students.

“This presentation was the result of the inaugural 2010 TILE [Technology Integrated Learning Environments] program, 10 years of using e-class, and a 25-year love affair with the desktop computer,” said Murray.

PLNU’s TILE certification program is a summer program in which faculty explore ways to combine pedagogy and technology to empower student learning.

Murray took her own teaching experience and what she learned in TILE to her family and consumer sciences colleagues and encouraged them to use technology to benefit their students’ learning. For example, students might be asked to create videos that document their learning, or professors might distribute photos of student work through Facebook, as Murray does with the projects students in her “Visual Presentation and Display” course create.

Murray also encouraged them to get started using technology in some way right away.

“My message was to try something and make it yours whether it was using social media, clickers, flip video cameras, original crosswords, or word clouds,” Murray said.