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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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09.14// Connection, Communication, and Community-Building: 10 Collaborative Technologies for the Online Classroom.

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210
Presenters: Dr. Susie Gronseth with Jingyuan Fu

Collaboration can be the “social glue” in online courses, building community among learners and providing meaningful links between course content and 21st century skills. Designing and implementing such activities is quite challenging, but a variety of collaborative technologies can help to facilitate connection, communication, and community-building in the online classroom. Dr. Susie Gronseth from the College of Education and instructional designer Jingyuan Fu will lead this interactive session, sharing current research, teaching strategies, and practical design tips for planning and facilitating collaborative activities online.

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10.12//Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210
Presenter: Dr. Lindsay Schwarz

Certain simple guidelines for writing multiple choice items help the student to comprehend what your question is asking. Other guidelines should improve the ability of your items to distinguish those students who knew the content and those that did not. We will discuss these guidelines and how best to use them.

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11.9//OER

10:00am-11:00am

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210
Presenter: Ariana Santiago

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning resources that are freely available and carry legal permission for open use. Using OER means that students have access to curricular materials from the first day of the semester, and are more likely to engage with course materials and successfully complete the course. This session will provide an introduction to OER with a focus on the Creative Commons licenses that define them so that you can find, identify, and provide attribution to OER for use in your courses. Information will also be provided on the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program.

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