Entertaining, Educating and Elluminating-A Triple “E” Teaching Philosophy in Action


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An entertaining and intellectual online classroom in real-time is presented by a group of students and an instructor in the Elluminate Live! virtual classroom. The instructor will share her experience transitioning from a face-to-face classroom to a virtual online classroom, as well as her insights in making online teaching a work of art by using variety features in Elluminate Live!. An academic technology specialist will also present her practical strategies of popularizing the use of Elluminate Live! in a small liberal arts university.

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Entertaining, Educating and Elluminating-A Triple “E” Teaching Philosophy in Action

  1. 1. Entertaining, Educating and Ellluminating<br />A Triple “E” Teaching Philosophy in Action<br />
  2. 2. It Is the Show Time<br />A fifteen minute live lecture <br />Topic: fertilization<br />Instructor: Dr. Bei Zhang<br />Participants: Students of Bio261<br />Where: Elluminatelive!<br />
  3. 3. Fertilization<br />Copyright © 2009 Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Pearson Benjamin Cummings<br />
  4. 4. Where Does It Occur?<br />Copyright © 2009 Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Pearson Benjamin Cummings<br />
  5. 5. Copyright © 2009 Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Pearson Benjamin Cummings<br />Implantation<br />
  6. 6. Practice and Rehearse<br />Do the solo<br />Practice with colleagues<br />Rehearse using recordings<br />Two roles in one show<br />
  7. 7. The Show Begins<br />Not just solo<br />Make your student the star<br />Have fun together<br />
  8. 8. Bei asked me to share how I as the Academic Technology Specialist have promoted Elluminate on campus to enhance learning. Elluminate has become a major technology tool we use to enhance learning and it is very widely used on campus<br />First strategy—We at Thomas University had a Kick off program to promote best practices in using elluminate. Many faculty were required by Academic Affairs office and VP of University to attend. Great turnout and faculty became excited about elluminate to enhance interactive teaching and learning. <br />Elluminate employees conducted training.<br />I (the Academic Technology Specialist) was invited to dept. meetings to train faculty and staff on using elluminate and I geared each presentation to department specific ideas for using elluminate.<br />Tech. committee support --Ties in with vision and mission of TU for Technology infused teaching and learning.<br />Presented professional development workshop and numerous quick start training sessions to show faculty how elluminate can be used.<br />Created accounts and virtual offices for all faculty and staff and reached out to faculty and staff to show all on campus how they could use it to benefit their program.<br />
  9. 9. Set up various Meetings and Sessions to teach faculty to use elluminate<br />Promote quick start trainings on campus on using elluminate<br />Offered faculty opportunity to have the Academic Tech. Specialist attend the first few sessions faculty had with students as tech back up in courses and this helped faculty build a comfort level in using elluminate.<br />summer innovators workshop on elluminate and <br />virtual office hours every Tuesday for an hour drop in time to learn elluminate or blackboard. <br />Faculty were thrilled to learn they could do elluminatetutorials, classes and even have guest speakers and have these sessions recorded and be available for viewing later.<br />
  10. 10. Quick start trainings included powerpoints that reinforced what faculty were learning that were put in elluminate sessions for hands on training. Also, the 12 powerpoints were emailed to faculty requesting them or posted to faculty sharing blackboard site for training purposes.<br />
  11. 11. I try to make elluminate sessions appeal to all learning styles: Visual, Auditory and Tactile—faculty and students are taught to interact online with whiteboard tools<br />
  12. 12. FACULTY AND STUDENTS RECEIVED HANDS ON TRAINING AND PRACTICE <br />Faculty were assured that my office (Academic Technology) would offer regular year round orientations/trainings for students to get trained in using elluminate and faculty knew students could ask me for assistance if they had technical issues or contact Elluminate’s 24/7 help. <br />I taught faculty how easy elluminate is to use since we integrated into blackboard<br />Trainings for faculty are geared towards needs of each department with examples of using elluminate in terms of best practices from other universities<br />Student Support Services,Tutoring, library and other offices like Alumni Relations and Admissions Office and Academic Advisors learned to use elluminate.<br />MOCK CLASS SESSIONS were offered where faculty got to try out conducting classes in elluminate.<br />I encourage faculty to attend Elluminate’s own moderator trainings which are excellent in addition to our own Thomas University training. <br />
  13. 13. Webpage with student and faculty elluminate resources on it and workshop training schedule<br />Students wanting an orientation to elluminate can click on the following link to learn about elluminate:  http://www.elluminate.com/support/docs/9.5/participant-pdf/Elluminate_Live%21_Participant_Quick_Reference_Guide_v95.pdf  <br /> Students can test to see if their computer is ready to use elluminate by going to http://www.elluminate.com/support/<br />Faculty/Staff Support<br />Faculty can receive online and hybrid course instructional design support, multimedia support, and academic technology training (including blackboard, softchalk, video, and elluminate) by contacting Mary Prentice at mprentice@thomasu.edu. <br /> Faculty wanting to use elluminate can view an elluminate orientation and quick reference guide by clicking on the following link: http://www.elluminate.com/support/docs/9.5/moderator-pdf/Elluminate_Live%21_%2520Moderator_Quick_Reference_Guide_v95.pdf<br />  In addition, faculty learning to use elluminate can receive training by clicking on the following link: http://www.elluminate.com/support/docs/9.5/moderator.jsp<br /> Elluminate Technical Support Representatives are available to assist 24-7 with elluminate concerns by calling: Toll Free: North America:               866-388-8674         866-388-8674, option #2 <br /> Student Support<br />
  14. 14. I tried to show faculty how elluminate allows faculty to do many of the same things like quizzes and polling as they would in F2F class. Faculty learned how to use emoticons and hand raise tools that offer faculty and students chance to give each other feedback (virtual handclap, smiley face, confused look, etc. Students in online class can even raise their hand and get called on by the teacher in virtual classroom. Elluminate allows faculty to offer entertaining and educational class sessions or study sessions<br />
  15. 15. Questions?<br />Thanks or attending. We welcome questions or comments. <br />Thank you. Bei Zhang and Mary Prentice of Thomas University<br />