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Integrating Chatrooms and Elluminate Live into the

  1. 1. West-Coast Annual Economics Teaching Conference Integrating Chatrooms and Elluminate Live into the Curriculum By: Maria V. Gamba The University of Findlay
  2. 2. The University of Findlay <ul><li>The city of Findlay is in Northwest Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>A private university with over 4400 undergraduate and graduate students </li></ul><ul><li>Offers more than 60 undergraduate majors as well as 8 masters degrees and 2 professional doctorate programs (PharmD and DPT). </li></ul><ul><li>Won the NCAA Division II Basketball last month. </li></ul>
  3. 3. History of Distance Teaching at UF <ul><li>UF’s student population continues to be traditional in that most of the students live on campus or in the vicinity. </li></ul><ul><li>The introduction of MBA and degree completion programs allowed us to look into a different group of students. </li></ul>
  4. 4. History… <ul><li>We tapped on working adults in companies with tuition reimbursement. Faculty were driving anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours to teach at satellite campuses usually located in the employers’ facilities. Video conferencing eventually became available but not all facilities were equipped with video conferencing. </li></ul>
  5. 5. History… <ul><li>Online sections were offered in MBA and the degree completion program (DCP) in 1998 and 1999 respectively. The DCP is now completely online only. MBA can also be earned completely online. </li></ul><ul><li>These two programs motivated the College of Business to design a delivery mode that is more conducive to the lifestyle of working adults. </li></ul><ul><li>Our online MBA has been identified by US News and Word Report as one of the two best online programs in Ohio. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Instructor’s experience <ul><li>Started teaching online classes in 1999. My online teaching range from traditional courses, to degree completion, to MBA </li></ul><ul><li>For 2 or 3 years, I was using the WebBoard platform developed by The Courier, the local newspaper of Findlay. </li></ul>
  7. 7. experience <ul><li>In 2001 we started using Blackboard as our primary platform for online delivery of courses. </li></ul><ul><li>2 years ago, we integrated Elluminate Live as another platform for online teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, most faculty, including myself, use a hybrid approach: combination of chat room and Elluminate Live. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Minimum System Requirements <ul><li>Windows Client </li></ul><ul><li>Windows 2000/XP/Vista </li></ul><ul><li>Pentium III 1 GHz processor </li></ul><ul><li>256 MB RAM </li></ul><ul><li>Macintosh Client </li></ul><ul><li>Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 </li></ul><ul><li>G4, G5 or Intel Processor </li></ul><ul><li>256 MB RAM </li></ul>
  9. 9. System… <ul><li>Elluminate Live requires: </li></ul><ul><li>Java versions 1.5 or 1.6 </li></ul><ul><li>20 MB free disk space </li></ul><ul><li>Soundcard with speakers and microphone or headset </li></ul><ul><li>28.8 Kbps Internet connection </li></ul>
  10. 10. Nature of Online Classes at UF <ul><li>Online sections in the College of Business are all synchronous. </li></ul><ul><li>We dedicate 2 hours a week to real time lecture via Bb chat room and/or Elluminate Live. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Elluminate Live <ul><li>Robust because of its chat plus audio plus web capacities. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be more entertaining as opposed to pure chat </li></ul><ul><li>Runs the chance of students not coming in prepared. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Chat room <ul><li>Can be slower if you are not a fast typist </li></ul><ul><li>Not as ‘entertaining’ </li></ul><ul><li>Students would need to be much more prepared. </li></ul>
  13. 13. 3 Habits of Effective Online Instructors and Learners <ul><li>Time Managers : </li></ul><ul><li>While this is advised in any teaching environment, the ability of instructors and students to manage time more effectively is a must in online classes. </li></ul>
  14. 14. 3 Habits …. <ul><li>Adventurous: </li></ul><ul><li>Both instructors and students must be adventurous in that they must be adaptable to differences in modes of online delivery in order to achieve the learning outcomes of a course. </li></ul>
  15. 15. 3 Habits …. <ul><li>Courtesy: </li></ul><ul><li>Of utmost importance is the ability to maintain a courteous online environment. This courtesy must be all around: between instructor and students, and among students themselves. The absence of F2F contact can at times give the participants an excuse to be rude and this should not be condoned at all. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Build a Learning Environment. Be a Learner. Be a Mentor.
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  18. 18. <ul><ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul></ul>