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Extend the Blend with a MEEC (Or Manageable Educational Environment for Collaboration)

Ronald A. Yaros (University of Maryland-College Park, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 8:30am
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Areas of Special Interest: 
Innovative Blends
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop - 210 minutes
Governor's Square 11
Session Duration: 
210 Minutes
Workshop Session 1 & 2 (combined)

As blended courses gain popularity, the face-to-face portion can benefit from more personalized and interactive learning. This new model integrates social media and mobile devices.


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Extended Abstract

Many instructors: (1) Ban technology in class, (2) Use devices for specific purposes, such as clickers for real-time polling, or (3) Leave the challenges of digital self-regulation to students who bring their own device(s) to class. Since 2001, Professor Ronald Yaros at the University of Maryland has been researching the cognitive and educational psychology of learning with digital technologies. In this invited session, he'll provide hands-on activities that illustrate what national publications have described as the "next step" for college lectures. We'll look beyond the increasingly popular formats of flipped or blended classes to consider new approaches for engaging students in between the field assignments and during face-to-face meetings. Can social media and devices - iPads in particular - be used more effectively during class meetings while minimizing the distractions associated with a state of continuous partial attention? Dr. Yaros will explain and demonstrate his evolving new model for a more manageable educational environment for collaboration or MEEC. It may not be the perfect solution for all courses, but it may generate some new techniques to try in your blended class, regardless of class size.

Lead Presenter

Teaching and research by Ronald A. Yaros, Ph.D. spans multimedia and mobile communication, explanation of complex issues to the general public, and effects of newer technologies. Explain My News.org details his research of an emerging P-I-C-K cognitive model for how digital audiences seek, select, and share information. In 2011-12, Dr. Yaros earned a Blended Teaching Fellowship for his interactive classes that integrate mobile devices, including iPads, plus his custom course apps. Prior professional experience includes twenty-five years as an Emmy-award winning broadcaster and founder of his own educational software company that distributed science and health curricula to more than one million middle school classrooms.