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Leverage Best Technology for Awe-Inspiring Guest Practitioners in Your Online/Hybrid Course

Fawn Thompson (Boston University, USA)
Ed Wozniak (Boston University, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 2:30pm
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Areas of Special Interest: 
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Blended Program/Degree
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Information Session
Oceanic 3
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45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 8

In this interactive session, find the best tools and generate a plan to maximize guest experts and create reusable learning objects for your course.

Extended Abstract

Bringing in a guest expert can be a great way to enliven material, excite students, and increase diversity in an online course. Current technology makes it easier than ever to archive stellar guest sessions in reusable learning objects. How do you choose the right technology and ensure that your archive will be clear and usable? How do you make the experience comfortable for your guest and valuable for your students? This session will be interactive, guiding you through the maze of decisions for maximizing guest sessions.
We will share best practices in recording guests for reusable learning objects for future students, both fully online and hybrid. Interactive handouts that outline options and checklist items will be provided. The session will also include examples of challenges that were met successfully and that received high student evaluations.
Examples will come from Boston University (postsecondary) online courses; however, the session will be inclusive of K-12 as well as postsecondary education, and we will include advice for K-12 participants regarding FERPA compliance.
Instead of a traditional Q&A, we will invite you to share additional challenges at the end of the session, and the floor will open for team troubleshooting. By the end of this session, you will be able to generate a plan for successfully incorporating stellar guests in your courses.
Course instructors, instructional designers, and media technologists will benefit from this session. Session material is designed for both those who are new to online/hybrid courses and those who are experienced in technology but would like tips and usable documents to aid media management and planning.
Presenters for this session will be Senior Instructional Designer Fawn Thompson and Media Producer Ed Wozniak from Boston University's Office of Distance Education. This team has helped instructors at Boston University develop online media for a variety of subject areas, including social work; art education; health communication; instructional technology; occupational therapy; music education; and theology.

Lead Presenter

Fawn is interested in supporting and empowering the use of online tools for effective teaching and learning. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before entering the postsecondary field, Fawn developed online material and taught face-to-face courses for children and teens in topics ranging from digital animation to live puppetry.