Engaging Students With Online Collaborative Tools

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General Session Presentation at the NACADA Technology Seminar 2009, Clearwater Beach, FL
February 2009

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Engaging Students With Online Collaborative Tools

  1. 1. Advising 2.0:  Engaging Students with Collaborative Online Tools
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda • Online Collaborative Learning • Connecting to Students • How to Connect: ACE • The 2.0 Tools Used • Lessons Learned • ACE Adventures On • Q &A
  3. 3. The Take Away • Connect technology to student learning • Identify web 2.0 tools for academic advising • Understand how to start advising in web 2.0 • Think about online collaborative communities for your campus
  4. 4. Web 2.0 • What Is Web 2.0? • The Complete Web 2.0 Directory
  5. 5. Why Use Web 2.0? • Information sharing • Optimize resources • Innovative problem-solving • Enhance creativity • Collaborate with students & staff
  6. 6. Connecting to Students • Student engagement • Peer-to-peer mentoring • Collaborative community • Go to where they are!
  7. 7. Meet the iGeneration Millennials Rising, Howe & Strauss (2000)
  8. 8. Social Learning • Web 2.0 in Education provides: • Observation • Effective modeling • Discussion & involvement • Retention of information • Increased motivation • Strengthen confidence & ability • Self-regulation • Human Learning (1999)
  9. 9. Principles of Connectivism • Being connected • Learning from others • Process of connecting information • Different modes of online interaction • Diverse opinions, ideas & concepts • Capacity to know more, is more critical • Nurturing connections on-going learning • Making choices & decisions • George Siemens, 2004
  10. 10. ACE: Academic & Career Explorer Hello! I’m ACE - Academic & Career Explorer. I’m here to help guide your journey at UTSC. Let me share resources with you for study skills, employment experience, career exploration and academic success. Join the adventure! AA & CC Online peer buddy www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc/ace/
  11. 11. To ACE, Or Not To ACE? • The Challenge • The Purpose & Goals • The Project Time Line • The Target Audience
  12. 12. ACE: Learning Outcomes • Incoming students will: • orient themselves to the campus • learn about resources & services • transition into university life • ask helpful questions • connect with other students
  13. 13. The Evolution of ACE
  14. 14. ACE Explores • Get Started Orientation Program • Registration & Course Selection • University/Campus Information • Academic Support Services • Employment & Career Resources • Student Life & Experience • Getting Involved • AA & CC Services and Resources
  15. 15. Social Networking • Connect with friends & others • Upload photos & videos • Share links & updates • Create & join interest groups • And much MORE! • http://www.facebook.com/ • Get Started students “meet” ACE • “Friend” ACE & tag your photos
  16. 16. Blogs • Web log; type of online journal • Chronological thoughts • Easy & quick to update • http://www.utscace.blogspot.com/ • Share weekly topics & themes • Introduce services & resources • Links to Facebook, photos & websites
  17. 17. Blog Aggregators
  18. 18. Photo Sharing • Organize photography & video • Create tags, hyperlinks & notes • Join community groups • Share photos & comments • http://www.flickr.com/photos/utscace/ • Orientation: people, places & resources on campus • Develop sense of community & collaboration • Record moments & experiences
  19. 19. Podcasting • Audio or multimedia • Subscribe, download or stream from web • Mobile information • Create content based on need • http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~career/podcast • Answer common questions • Engaging & interesting • Quick & easy to make
  20. 20. Other 2.0 Resources Used • http://www.aaccadvising2.pbwiki.com • http://del.icio.us/utscace/
  21. 21. Lessons Learned • Network & Research • Plan of Action • Collaborate on Campus • Empower Students to Engage • Share & Communicate • Be Flexible • Assess & Modify
  22. 22. ACE’s Adventures On... • Facebook account is active & growing • Student staff help support ACE activity • Staff blog regularly about academic & career info • Connecting to more students each day • Utilize 2.0 tools for marketing & promotion
  23. 23. Thanks to “Team ACE”
  24. 24. Stay Tuned... •Q & A • Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc/ace/ • Wiki: http://aaccadvising2.pbwiki.com/ E-mail: utscace@gmail.com • Connect with ACE on Facebook, Flickr or Blogger • THANKS!

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