The way we teach has undergone a massive shift in the past three years.

When the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated trends toward remote instruction, asynchronous learning and more, classrooms were inundated with new technologies that were intended to help. The sudden push forced higher education institutions sometimes reticent instructors to adopt these tools to facilitate teaching and learning whether they were in the classroom or not.

As everyone in higher education now knows, we’re not going back to pre-pandemic days. Technology is as vital to teaching as textbooks once were. Pedagogies already have evolved to wrap tech into instruction, ushering in the rapid growth of digital learning offices at colleges and universities.

Then there is the field of instructional technology. It’s a concept that’s been around for decades and considers everything from calculators to virtual reality tech tools that can and should help instructors in every subject and in almost every setting. Instructional technology represents a philosophy of teaching the teachers how to transmit their expertise to students.