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Speed Geeking with Online Course Tools: Go From "I'll Call You Later to Love At First Sight"!

Tina Rettler-Pagel (Madison College, USA)
Nancy Woodward (Madison College, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 9:15am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 5

Skip the "blind date" phase when looking for that perfect online classroom tool. You've heard of speed dating - now try speed geeking!

Extended Abstract

A college's learning management system (LMS) and the tools within can only go so far in meeting the needs of interaction between content area, student, and instructor. In some cases, the limitations of an LMS may result, by default, to limited engagement and interaction between these three areas. Through the use of online tools, instructors can extend opportunities to engage and connect with students and the content in the online classroom.

Attendees will participate in a "speed geeking" ("shoot out") style presentation of tools and will walk away with a list of tools to explore as well as examples of ways to immediately implement them into their online courses. Participants will also have the opportunity to use a collaborative document during the session to add to a growing resource list of tools, use ideas, methods and strategies that can be explored beyond the session.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able toÉ
1. Choose specific tools that encourage meaningful and intentional dialogue and interaction in the classroom (including SoftChalk, Zaption, Padlet, Easel.ly, ToonDoo, Go Animate, Voki, Vocaroo, among others)
2. Identify course examples of how these tools supplement, enhance, and promote engagement, active learning, and ultimately, student satisfaction and retention.
3. Develop a toolbox of ideas for future exploration and use

Lead Presenter

Tina Rettler-Pagel is a Faculty member at Madison College, and teaches supervisory management and leadership classes in the online format, as well as works in the college's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). In this role, she helps to develop and support faculty in teaching in online, hybrid, accelerated, active learning, and flipped formats. She has been teaching online for 12 years and is always open to finding and using new ideas, strategies, and tools. For more on the presentations Tina has done in the past, view this site: https://sites.google.com/site/techtoolexpress/
Join Tina on Twitter at @TinaRPagel or via her Scoop.IT page at: http://www.scoop.it/t/faculty-development-and-support