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  • Elluminating Moments: Enhancing Student Learning & Engagement with Webconferencing in OnlineOnly & Blended Learning EnvironmentsPresented by Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, Sarah Spence-Staulters, Kate StocktonAt the Northeast Center of Empire State College, we are experimenting with the Elluminatewebconferencingtool when offering Academic Support workshops and some study group sessions of Communication and Self-Expression in the Digital Age. We see Elluminate (or any other webconferencing tool) as a means of expandingthe outreach of our academic support services and enhancing learner engagement. Among many anticipatedbenefits to learners, we have additionally found that students in the online sessions feeling more comfortableduring discussions and on-site students who were initially nervous about technology say they were moreconfident and interested in trying sessions online after engaging in the online session in a face-to-face location.Participants in our session will learn about:• how we use Elluminate (including seeing recordings of some of the sessions),• about the mistakes and “won’t do that again” moments,• the best practices we have researched/developed, and• the unexpected benefits to students unearthed while engaging in these various learning environments.
  • Cdl conference presentation april 2010

    1. 1. Elluminating Moments: Enhancing Student <br />Learning & Engagement <br />with Webconferencing<br />in Online Only <br />& Blended Learning Environments<br />Northeast Center<br />Academic Support Team <br />Presenters: <br />Dr. Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein, Director<br />Sarah Spence-Staulters, Learning Coach, Class of 2009<br />CDL Conference – April 2010 <br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />Introductions <br />What are we doing?<br /><ul><li>Samples from workshops
    3. 3. Samples from study groups
    4. 4. Sample of a writing session</li></ul>Benefits to Students<br />Lessons Learned & Best Practices<br />Q&A <br />
    5. 5. Have you?How?<br />Shawn: Ithink it is a good program for communication and presentation<br />If not, would you?<br />
    6. 6. We aren’t the only ones…<br />Meetings<br />NEC Office of Academic Review<br />Outreach & Recruitment<br />Mentors<br />Library<br />Others…<br />This presentation will only focus on our experiences.<br />
    7. 7. How are we <br />using <br />Elluminate?<br />Online Only & Blended<br />Academic Support Workshops <br />Study Group Sessions<br />One-On-One @ a Distance<br />
    8. 8. WorkshopsF-2-F & Online<br />
    9. 9. Academic Support @ NEC<br />How to Participate in the NEC Academic Support & Student Services Elluminate Web Conferencing Room <br />First time users will need to follow online instructions carefully and download a JAVA script. This will happen on each computer that you use to access the room for the first time, and it can take 5-10 minutes to complete. <br />All users follow this link to access the site:<br />The following pages are simplified directions for how to navigate in the Elluminate environment. Additionally, Elluminate provides excellent online training materials accessible at <br />This webconferencing room provides you with live and archived access to presentations given by the Office of Academic Support at the Northeast Center. You can participate in the environment in 3 ways – an observer/listener, a text participant, or an audio participant. <br />You do not need special equipment to participate UNLESS you want to participate by being able to speak. If you want to speak as part of your participation, you will have to have a headset and microphone. If you do not have a headset and microphone, you will still be able to listen to the presentation and to type in your questions and comments in the CHAT box. If you do want to participate by speaking, then you will need to purchase a headset. Most stores that sell electronics will have a set for about $15-$20. <br />Due to prohibitive costs, we are not supporting telephone connections at this time.<br />
    10. 10. Follow link to access NEC Academic Support & Student Services Elluminate Web conferencing Room: <br /><br />Menu/Tool Bar - Roll your cursor over each icon to see what it does – see next page for detailed view…<br />PARTICIPANTS<br />Where the participants will be listed. <br />Where the content of the <br />presentation/class<br />will appear<br />CHAT<br />Space to type in comments, ask questions, etc.<br />AUDIO - Adjust volume for receiving (everyone) & for transmitting audio (only if you have a headset). If you have a headset, push TALK when you want to speak.<br />
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    13. 13. Benefits to Students:Workshops<br /><ul><li>Students become familiar with multiple “faces” of Academic Support
    14. 14. Each workshop topic is presented as a “piece of the academic success puzzle”
    15. 15. Students who attend feel more comfortable initiating individual appointments
    16. 16. Students gain confidence in using technology</li></li></ul><li>Study Groups<br />Dianae: My joker son has already embraced Elluminate. He offered me 10 bucks to turn on my webcam and use a puppet to express myself.<br />Es: lol! This is fun, but I like the interaction of a "real" class too<br />Ritch: This is the best way to do class that I have ever seen<br />
    17. 17.  Ritch: Got it! Thanks!<br />Ritch: okay, not finding the text box, can someone let me know how to do that while Lisa cleans up the page? sorry I missed that<br />Melanie: Rich the text box is the A with the lines in it next to the box we all just wrote in click on the box in the upper left with the A on line paper<br />Jessica: on the left of the text box there is an a then an a with line you click on that and then click a spot on the page<br />
    18. 18. Study Groups<br />Christine: <br />I love taking the online courses <br />(in Elluminate)<br />Jess: if only i could be working out an doing this all at once<br />
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    20. 20. Benefits to Students:Study Groups<br />Increases range of student interaction. <br />Easier to regulate talk time. <br />Students participate from a comfortable space instead of physical classroom space. <br />Access in spite of weather and health issues.<br />Session recording available for review/absence.<br />
    21. 21. Working One-On-One @ a Distance<br />
    22. 22. Benefits to Students:One-on-One<br />Josh: i thought it was really cool. i never did anything like this before<br /><ul><li>Provides convenient options for students who are juggling busy schedules
    23. 23. Improves opportunities for students to gain familiarity with technology
    24. 24. Increases the number of students who can access academic support
    25. 25. Recorded sessions can be viewed at any time</li></li></ul><li>Unexpected Benefits to Students<br />Diane: By the way, I did just do a job that would have overwhelmed me had I not taken your class. <br />I was hired to moderate a webinar.  Those two sessions in Elluminate had really prepared me for what I was getting into.  We had bases in Albany, Schenectady, Boston, and somewhere in England (and attendees from around the globe).  You should know we had least half a dozen tech/support people involved.  You do an amazing job keeping it together in the virtual classroom!<br />
    26. 26. Lessons We Have Learned & Best Practices <br />
    27. 27. Lessons We Have Learned<br />PREPARATION<br />Allow sufficient time for setup and breakdown<br />PEOPLE<br />Level the playing field – everyone “meets” in Elluminate<br />Allow everyone time to “play” with the features<br />Keep everyone engaged no matter how they access<br />Plan regular times to check for “drop outs”<br />TECHNOLOGY<br />Keep your Java updated!<br />“Maximize simultaneous talkers” to 6 for audio clarity<br />Keep slides simple, animation won’t work in the whiteboard<br />Be on your toes and ready to troubleshoot<br />
    28. 28. Top Ten Habits of Highly Effective ElluminateLIVE! Moderators<br />Make sure your participants have a great learning experience!<br />*The following information has been adapted directly from the Elluminate website at:<br />
    29. 29. Top Ten Habits of Highly Effective Moderators<br />Practice, practice, practice<br />Facilitate student orientation to the technology<br />Engage participants<br />Check frequently for understanding<br />Prepare content ahead of time<br />
    30. 30. Top Ten Habits of Highly Effective Moderators<br />6. Have a “producer” in your session<br />7. Smile and your participants will smile with you<br />8. Record the session<br />9. Run the audio wizard as soon as you join the session<br />10. Join the session early<br />
    31. 31. Opening New Windows of Learning with Elluminate<br />One-on-one and group meetings with students<br />A convenient way to communicate with all members of the Academic Support Team<br />Multiple workshops/tutoring sessions at the same time<br />
    32. 32. Questions?<br />