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The Cupcake Catalyst: Building a Student-Created Professional Development Website

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Presenter(s)
Dennis Maher (The University of Texas Arlington, USA)
Melanie Mason (University of Texas Arlington, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 2:30pm
Track: 
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Intermediate
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Northern Hemisphere A1
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 8
Abstract

Using our student-developed website TheRTRoom.weebly.com, we'll demonstrate and narrate our experiences and interact with you, providing you with strategies, tools, and brainstorming opportunities.

Extended Abstract

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Examine a methodology for pushing students' learning outside the classroom.

Identify 21st Century skills used within the project (i.e., tools, apps and the process of establishing digital identity).

Generate scenarios for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Examine current trends for online Professional Development Websites, particularly educational PDWs.

Discuss the importance of creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) for both education professionals and students.

Can students from three different disciplines and two different institutions find sweet success through an adaptable "recipe" for team-building a Professional Development Website and a Personal Learning Network (PLN)? You bet they can, and so can YOU! Using our student-developed website TheRTRoom.weebly.com, we'll demonstrate and narrate our experiences and interact with you, providing you with strategies, tools, and brainstorming opportunities. Take home a recipe infographic to jump-start your own creation; It's as easy as...cupcakes!

Lead Presenter

During his 50-year career as a theatre professional, Dr. Dennis Maher has directed and performed extensively across the country, and his plays have been produced throughout the Southwest and Southeast. He was a member of Actors' Equity Association for 37 years and is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. He is the only faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts to offer both complete and hybrid online courses, and a nominee for the PresidentÕs Award honoring Excellence in Distance Education. His opinions on popular culture, theatre, film and baseball have been sought and cited by such diverse publications as The New York Daily News, ABCNews.com, Semana Terra (Colombia), The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Arizona Republic, USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor.