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Leveraging Transactional Distance: Bringing Real World Context Into Online Video Production and the Online Classroom

Ryan Baltrip (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA)
Kristen Ferguson (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 11:15am
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Discovery Session 2

This session shares an online production model that brings real world context into online classes and turns transactional distance into a positive for online learning.

Extended Abstract

When online videos are stale PowerPoints and interaction is robotic or infrequent, distance learning can sometimes feel cold and isolated. While studies show that online lecture may not be necessary for online learning, other studies find that the consistent inclusion of instructor videos produce a teaching presence in the online classroom and can add to the faculty-student interaction (Sherer and Shea, 2011). The power of video in the online classroom does not have to stop there. By leveraging the distance between student and instructor as well as the many traveling opportunities provided to faculty for research and teaching, online videos can add educational value by bringing real world context into the online classroom. By equipping professors with a simple, easy to implement production model, professors can record in real world contexts and students can gain a taste of how the course content matters outside of the LMS. From various locations in the Middle East to museums in New York, California, and Detroit to the streets of Nashville, via a simple production model harnessed by a willing teacher, we created a workable, scalable, high-quality online video production model. Instead of lamenting the woes of transactional distance, we leveraged it towards student learning by bringing the real world into their online experience. In this presentation, our goal is to share this production model with you and the lessons we learned from implementing.

Presentation attendees will receive a step-by-step handout describing the production model and how they can equip, train, and send out faculty to capture real world examples for their online courses.