Wednesday, October 10, 2012

VoiceThread Events-Learning Out Loud: Is it the Missing Link in Online Classes?


Learning Out Loud: Is it the Missing Link in Online Classes?

Friday, October 19th, 12pm PDT/ 3pm EDT

Free Webinar (Registration Required) 

Join me, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies and associate faculty at Mt. San Jacinto College, as I shares the results of an ongoing study that seeks to discover how online, asynchronous voice discussions affect community college student learning at a distance. I will be joined by one of my former online students who will answer your questions and share her experiences.

In 2008, my online teaching studies showed evidence that VoiceThread, a web-based tool that gives users the choice to comment in voice or text, increases online community and enhances the instructor-to-student relationship. But over the years, I found that only 25% of my students regularly selected to comment in voice when given a choice.  I wanted to know why and understand how I could improve this percentage, as well as discover what what would happen if I was successful.

In this webinar, I will demonstrate a change I made in my online teaching approach in 2012 that resulted in an increase from 25% to 75% of my students choosing to participate with voice comments in class discussions.  I will show samples of the VoiceThread activities and present the students’ feedback about how this rich, humanized, online classroom affected students.

Register for this webinar here.



Hangout with Michelle and the VoiceThread Team

Wednesday, October 24th at 3pm PDT/ 6pm EDT

Join me, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, and a member of the VoiceThread team on Wednesday, October 24th at 3pm PDT/ 6pm EDT in a Google+ Hangout On Air.  This interactive environment provides seats for up to 10 people to engage in a video conversation and accommodates an unlimited number of online viewers. Come to ask questions about VoiceThread, share your ideas for using it in your class, or raise topics for discussion. To learn how to participate, visit the Hangout page of Michelle’s blog.
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