Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)

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TLOS, a unit within Virginia Tech’s Division of Information Technology, is dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning through the thoughtful application of technology to the teaching process and learning environments.


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  • Instructional Designers as Organizational Change Agents
    Bond, Mark Aaron; Lockee, Barbara B.; Blevins, Samantha (Educause, 2023-10-31)
    Systems thinking and change strategies can be used to improve the overall functioning of a system. Because instructional designers typically use systems thinking to facilitate behavioral changes and improve institutional performance, they are uniquely positioned to be change agents at higher education institutions.
  • Developing Supplemental Instructional Videos for Construction Management Education
    Barnes, Andrew F.; McCoy, Andrew P.; Warnick, Quinn (MDPI, 2023-09-28)
    Technological advancements and lower production costs since the mid-1990s have dramatically improved opportunities for instructors to tailor self-made instructional videos for their students. However, video production technology has outpaced the development of educational theory, causing instructional videos to consistently fall short of their pedagogical potential. Responding to these shortcomings, scholars from various backgrounds have started publishing guidelines to help practitioners as they develop instructional videos for their respective fields. Using a rapid literature review, this article contributes to this ongoing effort by synthesizing theory-based, best-practice guidelines for a specific subcategory of educational videos called supplemental instructional videos (SIVs). SIVs are different from other types of instructional videos in that they are used to support and magnify other learning methods, mediums, and materials rather than substitute for them. Bringing the best-practice guidelines synthesized in this paper immediately into application, they were used to inform the production of SIVs for an undergraduate course that was held in the Building Construction Department of a major public university in the United States during the Spring 2020 semester. The methods used in the production of the SIV guidelines were systematically documented during the course for future researchers and practitioners to learn and build from.
  • The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning
    Hodges, Charles B.; Moore, Stephanie; Lockee, Barbara B.; Trust, Torrey; Bond, Mark Aaron (Educause, 2020-03-27)
    Well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster. Colleges and universities working to maintain instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic should understand those differences when evaluating this emergency remote teaching.
  • Beam TelePresence Robot White Paper
    VTechTeams (Virginia Tech, 2014-03-03)
    Tech Teams is an engagement initiative sponsored by TLOS that brings together a small group of people from across the university to rapidly evaluate emerging technologies that have potential for use in teaching and learning at Virginia Tech. In this white paper, Tech Teams evaluates the Beam TelePresence Robot.
  • Course Development Plan Template
    Williams, Daron; Cox, Larry A., II; Ofori, Eunice; Louvet, Matthew, Sr.; Nino, Miguel (Miko); Cui, Andy-Gouqiang (2020-01)
    The Course Development Plan (CDP) was designed as a job aid for faculty to use when working to revise or develop a technology-enhanced course. This document is used as part of a semester-long course (re)design with the aid of an Instructional Design unit. Many of the elements in this document were included to build a course that would pass a quality assurance review based on the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric.
  • Development of an Interactive Human Body Digital Reusable Learning Object (RLO) to Provide Whole Body Systems-Based Learning in Vitamins and Minerals
    Walz, Anita R.; Gallo, S.; Good, Deborah J.; Akers, J.; Baab, Lujean (2015-09-18)
    University teaching and learning of vitamins and minerals has been limited to a nutrient by nutrient approach. However, most vitamins and minerals play extensive roles in and interact with multiple body systems. Researchers from Virginia Tech, James Madison, and George Mason Universities are developing a Reusable Learning Object (RLO) for the study of micronutrients needed by the skeletal system. The RLO will be a freely accessible platform and be designed as a layered human body to highlight different micronutrient actions in target systems. Links to scientific research articles, government Dietary Reference Intakes, and other web-based factual information will be provided. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in vitamins and minerals courses across the three institutions will serve as the control group (no exposure to RLO) in 2014 and treatment group (exposure to RLO) in 2015. This presentation will address the design of the RLO and provide results from year one regarding type of student learners as well as interest and perceived utility of digital objects. As the RLO can be applied to teach various concepts, this session will be of interest to faculty across the university, particularly science instructors and those who teach online courses.
  • Student Produced Video
    Voros, Gyorgyi (2014-06-06)
    In an online class, student produced video can be used to assess their learning by faculty or for peer reviewing purpose.