Both technologists and designers are educated and experienced in student-centered teaching practices. We believe a solid team incorporates both technologists and designers, because their skills complement each other and provide holistic support for you and your teaching goals.
Let’s explore their unique traits within TIPS:
Instructional technologists are experts in academic technology and provide the bulk of our training opportunities. They know the ins-and-outs of academic technologies provided at CU Denver, and more importantly understand how to utilize them effectively for teaching and learning purposes. They are continually exploring new innovative technologies and keep up with current trends in digital education.
Instructional designers are experts in pedagogy, teaching strategies, and learner-centered design. They are skilled at exploring the pedagogical elements of your course and collaborating with you on creative solutions to course design and teaching challenges. While they are also familiar with academic technologies, their primary focus would be to explore the pedagogical goal and identify how or why a technology fits the particular need.
Can’t decide which expert to consult with? Contact us at TIPS@ucdenver.edu and we’ll help guide you towards the best fit. (Plus, you can always book additional time!)