Educational Technology in        Practice         Distance Learning,      Social Networking, and  Professional Cohort Deve...
Who am I?           Hello!     I’m Janet Krenn, a     Communicator with     Virginia Sea Grant.•    Writer/editor•    Proj...
Who am I not?•    An IT professional•    A computer whiz•    An A/V specialist•    A web designer or developer… but I know...
eLearning Considerations       e Continuum of DifficultyEasy                 Challenging•  Asynchronous      •  Synchronous...
eLearning Considerations       e Continuum of DifficultyDropBox       Skype   PolyCom      Blackboard          Web Conferen...
Our Considerations       e Continuum of Difficulty•  Synchronous class•  Moderate number of    Web Conference   people - 8•...
Our Considerations•  Interactivity   “How do you promote seminar quality   discussion?”
Our Considerations•  Interactivity   “How do you promote seminar quality   discussion?”•  Accessibility and Flexibility   ...
Our Considerations•  Interactivity   “How do you promote seminar quality   discussion?”•  Accessibility and Flexibility   ...
Web Conferencing Solution•  Adobe Connect became the obvious   choice  –  Allowed for seminar quality discussion.     •  M...
Adobe Connect
Web Conferencing Challenges•  Troubleshooting•  Audio•  Archiving•  Equipment
Web Conferencing Opportunities•    Graduate-level experience•    Invite, engage remote presenters•    Students develop fam...
eNetworking Considerations        e Continuum of DifficultyExisting            Ning       BuddyPress, DIYeNetworks•  Do we ...
eNetworking Considerations        e Continuum of Difficulty                                 BuddyPress, DIY•  BuddyPress  –...
BuddyPress
eNetworking Challenges•  Customization•  Training•  Hosting•  Planning  –  “Community Building on the     Web” by Amy Jo K...
eNetworking Opportunities•    Customization•    Relationship building•    Information/experience sharing•    Future mentor...
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eLearning and Networking Technologies to Mimic the In-Person Experience

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Conducting an online graduate-level course poses many technological challenges that aren’t often experienced in e-Learning, which typically involves undergraduate-level students watching slideshow presentations. Not only were the students of Theory and Practice of Collaborative Fisheries Research course expected to view lectures synchronously, they were expected to verbally contribute to discussions in the online classroom, and occasionally present their own lecture. Outside of the classroom, PIs hoped to provide a private social networking space for students to interact with the goal of developing a future cohort of professional researchers interested in working collaboratively with industry. Following a needs and goals assessment, technologies were chosen that resulted in an overall successful solution. This presentation will review the considerations, opportunities, and challenges of conducting an online experience to mimic in-person education and networking.

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eLearning and Networking Technologies to Mimic the In-Person Experience

  1. 1. Educational Technology in Practice Distance Learning, Social Networking, and Professional Cohort Development
  2. 2. Who am I? Hello! I’m Janet Krenn, a Communicator with Virginia Sea Grant.•  Writer/editor•  Project manager•  PR professional•  Videographer/photographer•  eLearning/Development beginner
  3. 3. Who am I not?•  An IT professional•  A computer whiz•  An A/V specialist•  A web designer or developer… but I know enough to be dangerous!
  4. 4. eLearning Considerations e Continuum of DifficultyEasy Challenging•  Asynchronous •  Synchronous•  Few people •  Lots of people•  Few inputs •  Many input points•  Observers •  Active participants
  5. 5. eLearning Considerations e Continuum of DifficultyDropBox Skype PolyCom Blackboard Web ConferenceEasy Challenging•  Asynchronous •  Synchronous•  Few people •  Lots of people•  Few inputs •  Many input points•  Observers •  Active participants
  6. 6. Our Considerations e Continuum of Difficulty•  Synchronous class•  Moderate number of Web Conference people - 8•  Many input points –  8 computers –  5 locations –  4 time zones•  Active participants
  7. 7. Our Considerations•  Interactivity “How do you promote seminar quality discussion?”
  8. 8. Our Considerations•  Interactivity “How do you promote seminar quality discussion?”•  Accessibility and Flexibility “How do you link 8 people, from 8 computers, in 5 locations with limited equipment or IT support?”
  9. 9. Our Considerations•  Interactivity “How do you promote seminar quality discussion?”•  Accessibility and Flexibility “How do you link 8 people, from 8 computers, in 5 locations with limited equipment or IT support?”•  Ability to Archive “How can you easily record discussions and store more or less indefinitely?”
  10. 10. Web Conferencing Solution•  Adobe Connect became the obvious choice –  Allowed for seminar quality discussion. •  Multiple webcams, microphones •  Chat, hand raising backup –  Accessible and flexible. •  Anywhere you have internet •  Minimal equipment –  Ability to archive classes.
  11. 11. Adobe Connect
  12. 12. Web Conferencing Challenges•  Troubleshooting•  Audio•  Archiving•  Equipment
  13. 13. Web Conferencing Opportunities•  Graduate-level experience•  Invite, engage remote presenters•  Students develop familiarity•  Technology is improving
  14. 14. eNetworking Considerations e Continuum of DifficultyExisting Ning BuddyPress, DIYeNetworks•  Do we need a private, closed space?•  How experienced are our users in social media?•  What kind of functions would users like?•  What kind of functions do users need?•  What do we expect users to do in the social space?
  15. 15. eNetworking Considerations e Continuum of Difficulty BuddyPress, DIY•  BuddyPress –  Students didn’t already have a favorite social network –  BuddyPress is self-hosted and completely modular
  16. 16. BuddyPress
  17. 17. eNetworking Challenges•  Customization•  Training•  Hosting•  Planning –  “Community Building on the Web” by Amy Jo Kim•  Leading
  18. 18. eNetworking Opportunities•  Customization•  Relationship building•  Information/experience sharing•  Future mentoring
  19. 19. Thank you!

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