Most established universities have been relying for some time now on on-line platforms through which lecturers communicate with their students outside the classroom. From posting lecture notes, assignments, interesting course-related developments, forum posts, blogs, group discussions and more, these on-line teaching platforms provide many opportunities for more and a different kind of communication between course participants. Unfortunately, in Albania this practice is very limited at best. My goal is to - in cooperation with the university’s IT support - begin the work for establishing such a platform. I plan to initially introduce the platform to a few select modules in our undergraduate programs and then expand progressively. This platform, if successful, can be very useful not to just our undergraduate and Masters Program, but also to our PhD program in which many Albanians living in Kosovo and surrounding states are enrolled. Through such platform we could facilitate their participation in different PhD –related events and seminars without ‘forcing’ them to travel.
Therefore, in this training I look forward to learning more about how to use technology more effectively in my teaching. Overall, I am keen to learn more about using technology to arouse student interest and provide opportunities for the practical application of the theoretical material they receive in the module. Specifically, I would like to better understand what are some of the activities that stimulate interest, that have been shown to increase student performance, and that increase class attendance. Such knowledge will be used for the development of a teaching-support online platform that can be attractive to students and increase the chances of their involvement in and out of class with the material. Such information will be used in designing both the layout and, more importantly, the content of the online support platform.