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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Wednesday, June 17 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
CON04.06 - Active eLearning: Adapting established F2F teaching strategies to fit eLearning environments

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Active learning techniques are widely used by instructors in face-to-face (F2F) classes in order to engage students in collaborative learning. This session will explore the adaption of F2F active learning strategies to fit eLearning environments. Specifically, the session will focus on a technique that combines Project-Based Learning (PBL) and the jigsaw method. In an eLearning environment, the two methods can be combined seamlessly if instructors can offer the right production tools to students. In this session, I will introduce four teaching tools that can be used to create learning objects by students employing PBL. The four tools are: Zaption, Educreations, Popplet, and VideoScribe. The jigsaw method will be modeled as session participants will be divided into small groups of 3-5. Each group will then examine one of the four teaching tools provided by the facilitator. The ‘experts’ on each tool will then share their expertise and insight with the rest of the session participants. Through eLearning teaching tool analysis, individual and small group work, and facilitated discussion, participants in this session will: (a) examine four eLearning teaching tools that can be used to facilitate active learning in an eLearning environment, (b) identify opportunities for these tools to be used to foster collaborative learning, active learning, or authentic assessment, and (c) use these eLearning teaching tools in their own instruction or introduce them to instructors whom they support.

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Hung, V.H.K., Keppell, M. & Jong, M.S.Y.(2004). Learners as producers: Using project based learning to enhance meaningful learning through digital video production. In R. Atkinson, C. McBeath, D. Jonas-Dwyer & R. Phillips (Eds), Beyond the comfort zone: Proceedings of the 21stASCILITE Conference (pp. 428-436). Perth, 5-8 December.

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Yasmien Mills (University of Victoria)

Instructor, University of Victoria and Camosun
I have been an educator in higher ed for about 15 yrs. Recently, I've become more involved in Educational Technology. I have worked in Teaching Support Centres at Western University as well as Royal Roads University. In those roles I focused mostly on faculty development. But I... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Thompson Room

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