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How Zaption, iMovie, apps and other technology have reshaped

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How Zaption, iMovie, apps and other technology have reshaped my online experience

Dr. Francine Edwards | Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Mass Communications
Delaware State University

Presented at the
2016 Northeast eLearning Consortium
Wilmington University
May 5, 2016
THE BACK STORY…
I have been using learning management systems (LMS) since 2010 (specifically Blackboard)
Noticed the difficulty in trying to engage students…they were (and still are) more active in using Social Media Sites (SMS) than they are using LMS
Analytics showed me that students were not accessing required material on the LMS let alone the extras (video and website links, additional resources, ebooks)
IT WAS TIME FOR A CHANGE!
DIGITAL NATIVES IN THE CLASSROOM
Digital natives are students born between 1980 and 2000 who do not know life without the internet or smart technology
Digital natives are accustomed to a faster paced experience than students of the past; an experience that cannot be delivered via a textbook alone
Digital natives may be more savvy at using their smart technology, social media, and consumer electronics than they are at using a LMS
Digital natives think and work differently…thus the classroom must be changed to fit their needs
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Source: Debunking the Digital Native Myth: (2010). Higher Education Students Ask for More Support in Using Classroom Technology. Retrieved from: debunking-the-digital-native-myth-higher-education-students-ask-for-more-support-in-using-classroom-technology
DIGITAL DEVICES IN THE CLASSROOM
Is it about the device or power?
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Source: Berry, M. J. and Westfall, A., (2015). Dial D for distraction: The making and breaking of cell phone policies in the college classroom. College Teaching 63 (2), 62-71.
Cell phone use in the class is a vexing problem
TO USE OR NOT TO USE?
If you can’t beat ‘em…join ‘em.
Policies against cell phone usage do not seem to work
Perhaps the best policy is no policy but regular conversations about what learning in a specific course actually means and requires
Confrontations over devices impact the learning environment
More successful faculty are able to redirect the use of devices
Encouraging students to search for materials
Using phones as clickers

MY FIRST TRY AND TRANSFORMING THE ONLINE CLASSROOM…AN EPIC FAIL
I said good-bye to textbooks as my only teaching resource
Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF) fellowship introduced me to industry-related, online teaching resources
The transformation of the class worked….for a while
What I noticed (Challenges to Blackboard):
students were not uploading work properly
not reading all of the instructions associated with assignments
many students viewed the online course as self-paced (completed work during the last two weeks – which yielded rushed responses
Students needed more engagement. It was back to the drawing board!

2ND ATTEMPT...MORE STRATEGIC PLANNING
Collected data before a 2nd online overhaul
Commitment to making Blackboard user friendly:
no dumping
designed course to be a useful learning tool, not 'easy' for me to administer
Implementation of modules
Varied teaching tools

DATA SPEAKS: ENCOURAGE ACCOUNTABILITY BY USING ANALYTICS
Why I started collecting data
Roughly 15% of students receive academic alerts as a result of low online activity each semester.
10% of the students enrolled received a D or lower in the course in the past four (4) semesters.
In order to address these learning challenges the following was implemented:
Spring 2014 -->“Tips for Online Learning” tab and a customized video tutorial tab were added to Blackboard with introductory information to acclimate students to the course.
Spring of 2015 --> introductory assignment added to the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) to testing students’ knowledge of how to navigate the Blackboard
A decline in academic alerts
Greater success/pass rate in course
Students know that I collect data and design the course to help them meet with success and utilize material

MAKING BLACKBOARD USER FRIENDLY
Work backwards when planning/designing an online course. Ask yourself the following questions:
1) What do I want students to learn?
2) How can I enhance the learning by repackaging some of my older learning 'tools of the trade'
3) What is the best way to assess learning in the online environment?
4) How can I incorporate technology, apps and other resources to accomplish all of this?
CREATE LEARNING MODULES
VARY THE ASSIGNMENTS WITH IN THE MODULES
ZAPTION
INCORPORATING
I utilize apps in the majority of my classes How?
I do short introductory videos (adds a face to the online course)
I have students do video messages and assignments
Apps are used to create presentations
Apps engage students using a piece of technology they are extremely committed to
Apps should not replace traditional methods of learning (or those tools)
VIDEO TELEPROMPTER MOVENOTE
GREATEST EXPECTATIONS...
Do not ignore the basic realities about technology, learning and the students
Some Truths About eLearning
TRUTH #1: It’s all about compelling content
TRUTH #2: Focus on task vs. topic
TRUTH #3: Content must be tailored
TRUTH #4: It’s a TV/multimedia generation
TRUTH #5: Shorter is better
TRUTH #6: Engagement = Interaction
Source: EJ4 (2012). The 12 Truths about eLearning Retrieved from http://images-ej4-com.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/2011/11/ej4-Micro-Whitepaper_12-Truths-about-eLearning.pdf
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FINAL THOUGHTS...
The reality is that eLearning is creating a wealth of free learning platforms and website that come with a great deal of credibility.

As academia tries to compete we have to be able to deliver in a way that is worthy of paying for; provide content that is usable, easy to navigate, and engage the learning so that they want to familarize themselves with the LMS and be committed to being a part of this growing academic community.
THANK YOU



Dr. Francine Edwards | Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Mass Communications
Delaware State University
fedwards@desu.edu
302-857-6570

Presented at the
2016 Northeast eLearning Consortium
Wilmington University
May 5, 2016

Images Courtesy of:
Google Images

Videos Courtesy of:
DSU Blackboard
Youtube
Zaption.com
Movenote.com
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