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OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Supporting Blended Learners' Engagement: Curriculum and Community Involvement Using Social Media & Experiential Learning

Laura Pasquini (University of North Texas, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 10:30am
Faculty Development & Student Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
None of the above
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Plaza Ballroom D
Session Duration: 
90 Minutes
Workshop Session 2
Virtual Session

This workshop will explore how to actively challenge students and consider blended learning models for curriculum and community engagement using social media platforms, emerging technology resources, and mobile devices.

Extended Abstract

Today’s learners operate in a world that is informal, networked, and filled with technology. Connectivity and digital access is an increasing need for our students and a vital requirement to excel beyond structured learning environments. Our learners are now able to interact with information, learning materials, and peers from around the globe, and 88% of students have a preference for the blended-course experience (Dalhstrom, Walker, & Dziuban, 2013). There is an increasing need to expand and enhance our learners’ involvement in technology to support blended learning environments in curricula and at our institutions.

With the emergence of collaborative, online tools, educators can take advantage of multidimensional and engaged participation to reach their learning outcomes. Educational paradigms are shifting to include new modes of online and collaborative learning and student-centered, active learning to challenge our students to connect curriculum with real life issues (Johnson, Adams & Cummins, 2012). As a new generation of learners begins to create and share content, educators need to understand how to effectively utilize social web resources to impact in instructional practice create a culture of online participatory learning.

Emerging technology platforms and devices are beginning to disrupt education as we know it. To coevolve and positively impact learner success, it is critical that instructors and instructional designers consider how digital pedagogy can support learning outcomes. This workshop will allow participants to share ideas and suggested practices to develop a richer blended learning experience for our students to thrive in the changing digital education frontier.

Lead Presenter
Laura PasquiniLaura A. Pasquini is a doctoral candidate with the Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. She is also an Academic Counselor and Instructor with the Office for Exploring Majors at the UNT who works support academic/career exploration with undecided learners. Laura holds an M.S. Ed in Elementary Teacher Education from Niagara University, NY, and an honors B.A. in History. Her professional experience in higher education include academic advising, tutoring services, supplemental instruction, career advising, campus activities, first year experience curriculum, orientation programs and residence life. Her research lies in the areas of open education, collaborative learning environments, and social engagement, and her dissertation topic is examining social media guidance and policy in higher (http://socialmediaguidance.wordpress.com/). Laura is a self-declared geek and a self-taught techie who has an enthusiasm for engaging peers in online collaborative learning. It is easy to follow along with Laura’s technology research and exploration as she is often found tweeting (https://twitter.com/laurapasquini) and blogging (http://techknowtools.wordpress.com/).