Proposal Title

Google Delights, Google Disasters and Other Adventures with Open Source Apps in Online Writing Classes

Proposal Abstract

This presentation will document this teacher’s experiences using technologies to close the gap in student-teacher social interactions for two online courses, one of which has a face to face equivalent. The technologies were applied over the course of several semesters for a Creativity and the Writer class, and for an Introduction to Creative Writing course. The apps in question included Google Docs, Google Hangout, Google Hangout on Air, Screencasting, Pod/Vidcasting, YouTube and a variety of open source applications, all of which were used in conjunction with the Desire2Learn platform required by the University for all online courses. The presentation will discuss how these technologies were used as assignment tools, the challenges encountered blending these applications with other learning tools, the implementations of apps in lectures, student-conferencing, students' individual assignments and student collaborative assignments. We will review samples of successes and failures, propose causes for these results and make recommendations for future use. The panel will invite responses and reflection from the audience. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Location

Rooms 113 & 115

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 26th, 5:00 PM Mar 26th, 6:00 PM

Google Delights, Google Disasters and Other Adventures with Open Source Apps in Online Writing Classes

Rooms 113 & 115

This presentation will document this teacher’s experiences using technologies to close the gap in student-teacher social interactions for two online courses, one of which has a face to face equivalent. The technologies were applied over the course of several semesters for a Creativity and the Writer class, and for an Introduction to Creative Writing course. The apps in question included Google Docs, Google Hangout, Google Hangout on Air, Screencasting, Pod/Vidcasting, YouTube and a variety of open source applications, all of which were used in conjunction with the Desire2Learn platform required by the University for all online courses. The presentation will discuss how these technologies were used as assignment tools, the challenges encountered blending these applications with other learning tools, the implementations of apps in lectures, student-conferencing, students' individual assignments and student collaborative assignments. We will review samples of successes and failures, propose causes for these results and make recommendations for future use. The panel will invite responses and reflection from the audience. A Q&A will follow the presentation.