October 24, 2023
Emerging Technologies, Teach-Tech-Talks (TTT), Teaching and Learning
Dr Brokk Toggerson

Introducing Teach Tech Talks (TTT)

On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, the IDEAS team launched our new program Teach Tech Talks (TTT). TTT  brings together educators with varying degrees of experience to learn about leveraging technology in their teaching. 

The first session featured Dr Brokk Toggerson from the Physics Department, who presented his unique ideas on using 3D printing artifacts for accessible learning in his classrooms.

What is 3D printing technology?

3D printing is a technology with the ability to print designs in 3D formats. It has revolutionized various industries, and education is no exception. This technology is making a significant impact in the educational sector, particularly in the teaching of physics and providing accessibility for students with visual impairments.


How does Dr. Toggerson use this technology in his classrooms?

Select a section title below to find out more about these innovative teaching strategies.

Future Projects: Augmented Reality and Remote Teaching

Dr. Toggerson mentioned his next exciting project, the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in conjunction with 3D printing. This combination holds great potential for remote teaching, allowing students to interact with 3D models virtually, irrespective of their physical location.

It was an exciting and stimulating session to learn various uses of 3D printing in enhancing students’ learning experience. By providing physical models to aid in the understanding of complex subjects, ensuring accessibility for all students, and extending its application across various subjects, 3D printing is proving to be an invaluable tool in teaching.

For those interested in exploring more, the Physics Education Group at UMass offers additional resources and examples of work done using 3D printing in education. Embracing this technology is a step forward in creating a more inclusive and interactive learning environment, preparing students to think critically and excel in their respective fields.

In Service of Equity: 3D-Printed Models in University Introductory Physics further discusses this creative teaching strategy.

We hope to see you in the next session, on Thursday, December 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Dr Susan Boyer from Isenberg School of Business will present on “Making Grading More Efficient and Effective, using Canvas Tools.” Please use this link to register for the event.