Cranky Colleagues v. Killer Robots: Helping Others Embrace Technology

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Aug 4th at 2:45 PM until 3:30 PM


Faculty Development 


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OVERVIEW: You may know co-workers, even online instructors, who resist using technology. When fellow educators refuse to fully adopt technology, their resistance can limit their effectiveness and negatively affect their students, their colleagues, and you. Whether you train faculty or just want to help your peers, come tap into insight derived from psychological, educational, and marketing research regarding the ongoing struggle of human vs. machine. Learn how your strategic, peer-to-peer interactions can influence even the most resistant colleagues. Receive user-friendly, online resources that you can share with others to generate immediate results. Whether you’re a technophobe, a techno-maniac, or somewhere in between, you and your workplace will benefit from the strategies revealed in this session. CRANKY COLLEAGUES VS. KILLER ROBOTS: If the word “technology” gives you a slight (or severe) feeling of anxiety, you’re not alone. When a recent survey asked Americans what they fear most, technology-related fears ranked higher on the list than death (Chapman, 2018). In this unique session, participants learn why it is in their best interest to help faculty optimize their use of technology. Attendees engage in a brief online assessment to determine their Technology Comfort Quotient (TCQ). Using the TCQ as a reference, the presenter then dissects the fear of technology in higher education to reveal that most instructors do not fear technology. Rather, they fear learning new technology. This encouraging session shows participants how they can help themselves and others overcome their fear of learning new, and not-so-new, technology. ENERGY, HUMOR, AND ENGAGEMENT: In this high-energy session, the presenter engages participants in role playing and collaboration to help them develop empathy and understanding of their apprehensive peers. Attendees then explore the do’s and don’ts for reaching and teaching those who lack confidence when learning technology. Participants gain access to shareable online resources. REFERENCES Chapman University, Wilkinson College of Arts, and Social Sciences. (2018). The Chapman University Survey of American Fears. Retrieved from

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