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Flipping the Professor

Diana Fordham (Missouri Southern State University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 12:45pm
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Blended Program/Degree
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 2

How to move from being a "Sage-on-the-Stage" to becoming a "Guide-on-the Side"

Extended Abstract

Flipping the Professor

One of the most essential elements of online course design, development and implementation is creating curriculum that engages students in an active learning environment. Many online courses are less successful because they fall short of expectations if the learner isn't fully engaged and motivated to learn. Engaging students in an interactive learning environment is the future of online learning in higher education. One of the most challenging obstacles in creating the engaging online course is changing the age-old paradigm of the role of a professor as being a "sage-on-the-stage" to a facilitator of active learning by enhancing student interaction and their learning process.

This Information Session will address some of the tools that make the transition from "Sage-on-the-stage" to "guide-on-the-side" easier.
The great news is that there are many tools and aides that help with developing strategies to develop and implement quality online course that promote student engagement. Participants will be shown "Active Learning" strategies on how to create a learning environment that engage students in:

- Student-to-student interaction - using discussion boards, wikis, and blogs effectively.
- Student-to-resources interaction - using textbook material, and internet resources effectively.
- Student-to-instructor interaction - using rubrics to facilitate learning and using text messages to engage students in an active learning environment.
This information session will:
- Use the definition of "Active Learning" as, in short, anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening/reading an instructor's lecture or course material. This includes everything from listening and reading practices which help the students to absorb what they hear and see, to short writing exercises in which students react to lecture material, to complex group exercises in which students apply course material to "real life" situations and/or to new problems.
- Demonstrate online tools that foster student interaction.
Popular software programs include:
1. Softchalk
2. Camtasia
3. VideoScribe
4. Respondus Study Mate
Shareware programs include:
1. Padlet
2. Voki
3. Google Hangouts
- Explain how to align course outcomes with activities in the course and why that is pivotal to creating an engaging interactive online course.

Participants, who bring and use their laptops, will be actively engaged in discovering various tools and techniques in using "Active Learning" pedagogy in creating an engaging, interactive online/hybrid learning environment

Lead Presenter

Diana Fordham currently works as an instructional designer at Missouri Southern State University and is primarily focused on assisting faculty and subject matter experts in designing and developing quality online instruction that meet "best practices" criteria for online education. She assists faculty with the latest technological resources including video, audio, web2.0, social tools as well as adult learning theory, pedagogy, accessibility, and software applications. She served as faculty for the 2015 Institute for New Faculty Developers in Asheville, North Carolina. Diana has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design for Online Learning and a Master’s Degree in History. She served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences and an Associate Professor of History at Jackson State Community College in Tennessee. She is also currently teaching History as an adjunct at Missouri Southern State University and at Jackson State Community College.