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Emerging Trends Conversations about teaching and learning in a networked world

A partnership of the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences


02.09 // Maximizing Student Engagement and Learning through Video

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210

Online video has become an important part of teaching and learning in online, blended and web-enhanced courses. Students have come to expect access to online video in many of their courses, and faculty have an abundance of tools that make it easy to produce and distribute video online. This session of Emerging Trends will focus on how video can increase student engagement. How long should a video be? Should longer videos be edited into shorter segments? Should the instructor be visible in the video? Should the instructor speak more slowly? Should the video use studio production techniques like green screen or animations? Should the instructor work from a script or speak extemporaneously? This session will explore current research on the best approaches to online video for teaching and learning.

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03.02 // Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210

University of Houston faculty and staff have access to a suite of Microsoft Office 365 web and desktop applications as Skype for Business. In this Emerging Trends, learn how to access Office 365, setup a Skype for Business video conference, explore Office 365 applications, upload documents, and share your documents to students by linking and embedding them in Blackboard. We will also discuss how to leverage Office 365 for teaching by improving course organization, communication and collaboration with students.

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05.04 // Vblogging to Foster a Community of Practice, Content Learning, and Academic Discourse in Online Teacher Preparation Classes

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210

Drs. Eulises Avellaneda and Edna Velasquez from the College of Education will describe the process to infuse an online class with a VBlog. During the session, they will discuss the theoretical framework behind the class assignment, the steps learners must follow, the rubrics used to assess the work, and they will share some of the feedback provided by learners. 

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