Using Maine.edu Google Apps to Build Community in an Online Course
If you attended the "Community Building, Strategies, and the Value to Instruction" workshop on November 14, know that the workshop has been revised to spend more time on demonstrations of these tools. We will be much more efficient from the outset with discussion related to theory and spend the lion's share of our time reviewing real course examples using these tools from across the UMS system!
Maine.edu provides all faculty and students with a Maine.edu account access to a wealth of Google applications, including Google+. Google+ is a rich, dynamic media-technology that provides numerous options for creating cognitive engagement, fostering interaction, engaging social presence, sharing, and presenting—all within a highly engaging, accessible and easy to use tech space.
In this workshop, we demonstrate these facets as well as instructional strategies for integrating this tech with other course technologies, such as Blackboard, Google Drive, Youtube, Hangouts, Events, and more. We will review integration strategies for course delivery that ranges from fully face-to-face instruction to fully online instruction.
Thursday, December 5th
1pm to 2:30pm
211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus
This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with University College.
Both with University College, Araminta "Mina" Matthews is an instructional designer and Robert "BJ" Kitchin is an e-Learning Specialist serving the University of Maine System. They work as a team, providing faculty on seven campuses and eight outreach centers with training in pedagogy, distance learning, and e-learning frameworks. In addition, they have co-authored a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.
Robert "BJ" Kitchin
BJ is an e-Learning Specialist with University College serving the faculty and students throughout the University of Maine System. Prior to obtaining his his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UMaine he worked in social services where he designed and delivered pre-service and in-service training to foster parents and social service support staff. His most recent academic work, also at UMaine, is in pursuit of an Interdisciplinary PhD. His doctoral studies combine the disciplines of Disability Studies, Communication, and New Media. Specifically, BJ is interested in how concepts of human normalcy and diversity influence the design of interactive educational environments through technology and web based digital media. In 2007, BJ received the American Public Health Association's DisAbility Forum Student Member Award in recognition of his promising work to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities. He has presented at numerous international conferences on issues related to technology access and usability throughout his career. Currently he and co-author Mina Matthews, have submitted a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom, accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.
Araminta "Mina" Matthews
Mina is an instructional designer with University College serving the faculty and students throughout the University of Maine System. Prior to joining the University College instructional development team, Matthews obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in creative writing from the University of Maine Farmington, and she leads a double life as a writer. Her first book, Blind Hunger, is a zombie apocalypse novel for young adults. Her most recent title, Write of the Living Dead, is a coauthored writing manual that teaches different genres of writing through the veil of campy, young-adult-friendly horror characters. Mina has been teaching in adult education and higher education since 2005. She worked concurrently as adjunct writing faculty at CMCC and the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professionals, as well as teaching English and Career Development for Lewiston Adult Education. Currently she and co-author BJ Kitchin, have submitted a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom, accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.
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