Creating engaging online discussions
This workshop begins by briefly examining selected design patterns that inform the reasons for online discussion, how to connect discussion strategies to learning objectives, and how to create and facilitate meaningful engagement. We have packaged these design patterns into easy to use one page tip sheet take-always for easy reference after the workshop.
The bulk of this workshop is spent demonstrating exciting new tools in Blackboard that can enhance social presence, cognitive engagement, peer review, and reflection among other pedagogical strategies. Attendees will receive a front to back demonstration of the new "Video Everywhere" tool which allows course participants-- instructors and students alike -- to make video discussion posts and replies. The session also explores using the new mashup tool inside discussion boards, blogs and journals. Lastly we demonstrate using rubrics to grade discussions in Blackboard to improve the consistency of assessment, provide rich and instructive feedback, and save time grading.
Thursday, December 5th
10am to 11:30am
211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus
This workshop will not be recorded.
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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