Creating an Engaging Online Environment Through Video Discussions

Concurrent Session 4
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Brief Abstract

In order to engage online students, FlipGrid was used in place of one-dimensional text-based discussion boards. Flip Grid is a web-based video discussion platform that allows meaningful collaboration in an online environment. During this interactive presentation, FlipGrid will be explained and participants will be able to try it out!

Presenters

Jackie Murphy graduated from Drexel University with her MSN in Nursing Education and is a Certified Nurse Educator. She has been in nursing education since 2007, both in teaching and leadership roles. Currently, Jackie teaches online for Drexel University in both the core graduate courses and in the nursing education track. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership and Management at Drexel University and her area of research interest is mindfulness in online higher education.
Dr. Serembus is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Graduate Nursing Program at Drexel University. During her time at Drexel, she was also faculty for the Undergraduate and Doctoral Programs as well as past Director of the MSN Program. Dr. Serembus has presented at a number of regional, national and international conferences. The focus of her publications and research is on online education. She holds an EdD in Higher Education and Leadership from Widener University in Pennsylvania, an MSN in Critical Care Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSN in nursing from La Salle University.

Extended Abstract

Online learning can be isolating for students who often state that they prefer interacting with classmates and faculty. Using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model developed by Garrison, Anderson, and Archer (2000) faculty searched for a way to engage students and faculty as “real” people. In lieu of one-dimensional text-based discussion boards, FlipGrid was initiated. Flip Grid is a web-based video discussion platform that allows meaningful collaboration in an online environment. Students respond to a text-based or video question posed by faculty. Brief videos to which students respond can also be uploaded to FlipGrid. FlipGrid is incredibly easy to use and students don’t need to create an account. Students are given a FlipGrid code and using their computer or smartphone, they open FlipGrid, record their video response, take a selfie and submit.  Students can then respond to their peers through video messages. Online students have commented that by using FlipGrid they feel more connected to their peers and genuinely enjoyed using the tool!  During this interactive presentation, FlipGrid will be explained and demonstrated. Additionally, participants will engage in a discussion about different uses for this tool and be able to test it out!