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Distinguished Lecture Series

I Love (Wimba) CATs: Using Wimba Classroom to Bridge Online and Face-to-Face Learning and Assessment

I Love (Wimba) CATs: Using Wimba Classroom to Bridge Online and Face-to-Face Learning and Assessment

Thomas Angelo's classroom assessment techniques (CATs) have long been recognized as the best approach to evaluate learning. But, these techniques were very difficult, if not impossible, to replicate in the online learning environment - until now! Wimba Classroom gives faculty several tools to engage online learners synchronously and to evaluate learning in real-time. This is a tremendous advancement to the online learning environment because faculty and students can engage one another in a give-and-take manner that replicates the spontaneity and familiarity of the face-to-face classroom. Experienced online faculty and students enjoy the enhanced learning environment, while novice faculty and students are relieved to have immediate interaction with one another. During this presentation, participants will be introduced to specific examples of Angelo's classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that can be replicated in Wimba Classroom and will receive a brief review of the pedagogical function of these CATs. Then, participants will learn how to integrate Angelo's CATs into their PowerPoint presentations using the eBoard, Survey tool, and Breakout Rooms in Wimba Classroom. With these tools, faculty can assess student perspectives and address their misconceptions in a way that fosters higher-learning outcomes. This approach to learning becomes even more powerful when coupled with Wimba Classroom's Archive feature, which allows students to review the session as often as they want, gaining insight into academic topics and reflecting on their learning process.

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Bringing In Local and Global Guest Speakers through Wimba

Bringing In Local and Global Guest Speakers through Wimba

Technology in Wimba can be a convenient and inexpensive tool to bring in guest speakers to maximize student engagement and learning experience. One Chico instructor taught a group of 72 students in Soci354 Interethnic Contact class in spring 2009 with one third of the class attending on campus and the rest through Wimba classroom. After students learned about basic theories, the class moved on to learn various case studies about ethnic relations around the world including the ethnic conflicts in Yugoslavia. She brought in two guest speakers whose lectures on Yugoslavia had added invaluable elements to the course. Both lectures could not have been arranged without the technology of Wimba Classroom. The first guest speaker, Dr. Kate Tranchel, who is a professor at Chico State came in person. Dr. Tranchel had to teach another class the same time as the guest lecture. To solve the conflict, Dr. Tranchel brought in her students who watched the live broadcasting of the lecture through Wimba in a different room. The second guest speaker was Mr. Savo Heleta who is the author of one of the required textbooks in the same course, Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia. Through Wimba Classroom, Mr. Heleta gave a lecture to the students and answered their questions all the way from South Africa. Both on- campus students and distance students were able to communicate with the guest speakers during the two events. Students' response to both events was overwhelmingly positive. The first guest lecture by Dr. Tranchel inspired my students to take teaching with them to start the change with themselves. The second guest lecture by Mr. Heleta helped to put a human face behind the textbook. Students' interest and involvement in the course had been greatly enhanced after talking with the book author. Both events have dramatically maximized students' learning and engagement in the course. During course feedbacks, many students indicated that the two lectures were among the most unforgettable moments during their whole college education. I will share my experience and thoughts on using Wimba to bring in guest speakers at the conference.

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Online Faculty Development Programs

Online Faculty Development Programs

Since 2008, Northern Illinois University (NIU) has been delivering monthly online faculty development workshops to faculty, staff, and teaching assistants using Wimba Classroom. These sessions have included a wide array of pedagogical and technical topics, ranging from presentations using the interactive eBoard to discuss best practices for teaching using detailed step-by-step instructions consisting of application sharing of the presenter's desktop demonstrating tips for teaching with Blackboard. All sessions are archived and posted online at http://www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/archives.shtml along with links to any referenced workshop materials for on-demand viewing afterwards. While these archives were available online for viewing 24/7, some notable drawbacks still existed. Those unable to participate in the live sessions who wished to view recorded sessions needed to remember to revisit the website to see when new archives are available. In addition, recorded sessions could only be viewed online via a computer as increasing use of mobile media players make it possible for such content to be experienced while on the go. With the release of Wimba Classroom 6.0, faculty can now have their cake and eat it too! The expanded archive capabilities of Wimba Classroom 6.0 has made it possible for NIU to not only continue to provide archived online faculty development sessions online but also create a podcast of archived online faculty development programs available in iTunes where exported MP4 archives in podcast format are published for faculty to view anytime, anywhere on their mobile media player. These resulting podcast archives including application sharing and eBoard content are amazingly clear when viewing on an iPod or iPhone. All this is possible without much additional technical know-how on the part of faculty development staff and archives can easily be searched and accessed from within iTunes either on a computer, iPod Touch, or iPhone as well as from any other podcast aggregator of choice. This session will share NIU's journey offering live online faculty development workshops using Wimba Classroom as well as making online workshop archives available for on-demand viewing either online, in iTunes, or on a mobile device. Emphasis will be placed on NIU's step-by-step workflow for using the MP4 archive download capabilities in Wimba Classroom 6.0 to deliver archived online faculty development programs in podcast form that faculty can subscribe to in iTunes and receive automatically on their computer or portable media player, including iPod or iPhone. The presentation will include considerations for hosting archives outside Wimba Classroom as well as the steps necessary to create a podcast RSS feed, submit to the iTunes store, and update the necessary files when a new MP4 archive from Wimba Classroom is available. Also learn how Rasmussen College utilizes of a virtual scoring of student portfolios as a medium for faculty development showing "non-instructional" use of Wimba Classroom. Through the use of Wimba Classroom/Breakout Rooms, learn how the virtual process makes the development opportunity accessible and valuable for participating, geographically-dispersed faculty members, thus, fostering professional enrichment and team camaraderie. Participants can expect to be actively involved in the session to gain exposure and knowledge of the process while evaluating a rubric for use in their own classroom.

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