IMPROVING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN ONLINE LEARNING : A STUDY ON INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA TOOLS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Concurrent Session 5
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Brief Abstract

This workshop will review data about importance of synchronous and asynchronous multimedia tool use in online courses to promote student engagement. A study in relation to social presence, instructor presence, and cognitive presence was conducted in order to determine if two multimedia tools were effective in increasing student engagement.

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Christina Asroff is a Media Technologist in the Online Learning and Educational Technology Department at Wilmington University. Christina is also an instructor at Wilmington University in the College of Technology. Christina has taught multimedia and engineering at several higher education institutions. Previously, she was employed in the broadcast field as an audio engineer. Christina has a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Innovation. Her dissertation topic was the effect of instructor-generated multimedia on student engagement in online graduate courses.

Extended Abstract

This is an educational workshop on the importance of synchronous and asynchronous multimedia tool use in online courses to promote student engagement.  Multimedia tools such as video, web conferencing, and VoiceThread can be used to increase student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction. The use of technology and the difference between synchronous and asynchronous tools will be analyzed in terms of their influence on student engagement.

Data from a study conducted in six fully online graduate business courses will be reviewed in relation to the Community of Inquiry model. The pedagogical theories in relation to social presence, instructor presence, and cognitive presence will be discussed to validate the importance of integrating instructor-generated multimedia in online courses. A brief overview on how to use these tools in online courses will be demonstrated during this workshop. 

Strategies that relate to adult and generational learners will be discussed when applying technology in online courses. The importance of combining these tools for all learners and generational thinkers will be examined as it influences the success of online learning. This will allow participants to engage and discuss how these tools can impact their online courses whether they are in instructional technology, administration, or academics. A brief discussion on institutional policy for the successful implementation of these tools will be examined.