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Multimedia Tools Spotlight: Engaging the Instructor and the Learner

Angela M. Gibson (American Public University System, USA)
Linda Algozzini (American Public University System & OLC Facilitator, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 3:45pm
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Southern Hemisphere I
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 4
Virtual Session

Participants will be introduced to various Web 2.0 multimedia tools for course/training design and delivery to further engage learners and apply effective practices.

Extended Abstract

Web 2.0 multimedia tools can make considerable impacts on learning when applied effectively in online environments. Hybrid, blended, and fully online courses and training can benefit from the implementation of such tools by the designer, instructor, and/or facilitator. Changing flat text to an engaging and memorable multimedia component can make the difference in connection between the learning content and the learner.
Educators new to online learning, or those new to the utilization of multimedia tools, can find themselves tested as they brave these new waters. Questions of what to use, why to use it, and how to use it confront users as they begin to explore the incredible numbers of tools available. Even after tentatively answering such questions, instructors and trainers may then ask inquiries to will the application of the tool fill the purpose intended and what impact will the tool have on various learners. Further, professionals are faced with questions of fit and integration into a learning management system, instructor and participant comfort with the technology, and issues concerning firewalls, ADA compliance, scripting, maintenance, and assessment.
During the session, participants will discover and examine a set of Web 2.0 multimedia tools to further explore, test, and apply in their own learning environments. A range of tools from audio only, to audio and text, to video voice over, to creative animation, and screen capture video sharing will be explored. For each tool descriptions of user interface, options for creation, connections to effective practices and the OLC Pillars of Quality, increased instructor presences, and reports from instructors and learners on engagement and impact will be discussed. The set of tools to be showcased has been employed with great success in the OLC Online Teaching Certificate (OTC) program introducing those new to online teaching/facilitating and those with veteran status to the what, why, and how of the instruments. Participants in the OTC have displayed achievement in the rapid learning of the navigation and manipulation with the tools and provided demonstration of real-time effective application in current learning courses and training and those in development.
Bring your tablet, smart phone, or pen and pad to book mark tools and take notes on potential application for your learning environment.
This session is sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium's Online Teaching Certificate.
The OLC Online Teaching Certificate (OLC) prepares educators to teach and improve online teaching, learning, and curricula applying the OLC Pillars of Quality in online education: learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. The nine week foundation course, with a learning specialization of three electives, advances the professional development of participants. Learners gain knowledge of theory, effective practices, technology usage, and innovations in the field. During the OTC program participants develop a new online course or revise a previously developed course through instruction and guidance from the OTC facilitator and designated OTC mentors. Culmination of the work and learning is demonstrated in a final presentation of the course.

Lead Presenter
Angela Gibson

Dr. Angela M. Gibson has served in higher education as faculty and staff in academics and student affairs. She has taught face to face, blended, and fully online at various institutions including community colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), state universities, and for-profit institutions teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. She has been published in various peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Community College of Research and Practice, and Issues in Educational Research. She is active in national education associations performing in roles as reviewer, chair, discussant, and mentor. Additionally, she serves as a reviewer for education journals. Dr. Gibson serves with the rank of Professor for the School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University System. Additionally, she serves as a facilitator for the Online Learning Consortium workshops and as a facilitator and a mentor for the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program. Dr. Gibson received a Masters of Arts in Human Performance Systems, with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, from Marymount University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with concentrations in Adult Education and Community College Education, from Texas A & M University – Kingsville. Additionally, Dr. Gibson volunteers as an informal STEM educator creating learning opportunities at schools and with community organizations as well as providing social media outreach for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). She is a recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) 2014 Effective Practice Award.

Linda Algozinni

Linda Algozzini , American Public University System

University Faculty Director and Instructor. Thirty three years as an educator with a strong curriculum, instruction, program design, school reform and management background. I have worked in six districts across five states and been enmeshed in special education law since Public Law 94-142's inception.
-Teacher Leader and Trainer
-Trained principals and administrative leaders
-Coordinator of Secondary Services for Secondary Teachers Students with Disabilities
-School Design and Implementation
-Higher Education
-Continue COI (Community of Inquiry) professional development

Specialties: Higher Education, Instruction, Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators, Special Education evaluations, programming, and School Design for implementation of Special Education Services

November, 2013 Completed the Sloan C Teaching Certificate (Course Design and Instructional Delivery) with a Specialization in Online Tools