Online Tools with Staying Power: What Have We Discovered?

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Brief Abstract

At Accelerate, attendees at our session completed a survey about the online tools they used, the longevity of those tools, and their usefulness.  Additionally, we have shared the survey with colleagues at multiple institutions.  What did we discover? How can we use that to improve our teaching and learning processes?


Jane Moore is the Director of MERLOT Editorial and Professional Development Services. She also serves as Editor for MERLOT's Teacher Education Board. Jane has taught online since 2002, and after 27 years in the elementary classroom and 16 years in higher education full time, has embraced online learning with a great deal of enthusiasm.
Angela Gunder serves as Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona. Angela came into instructional design rather circuitously, helming large-scale site designs as webmaster for The City College of New York, the honors college at ASU, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  Her over fifteen year career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. Angela holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University, and a M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University.  Prior to her position at UA, she was a member of NOVA’s instructional design team, supporting over 23,000 students in 550 unique courses.   Angela is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer and online facilitator.  Her research interests include technology for second language acquisition, open educational resources, and emerging technology to promote digital literacy. A voracious culinary nerd, Angela spends her free time composing, cooking and photographing original recipes for her food blog.
Dr. Cris Guenter, Professor of Education at California State University, Chico She specializes in teaching that focuses on arts education, computer graphics, and technology in education. Her research interests include technology's intersection with the arts, authentic assessment, and online instruction. She teaches credential and graduate level courses in the arts, technology, and curriculum development. In 2008 she was recognized as the National Art Educator of the Year. Cris has experience in giving engaging keynote presentations for K-university educators at the state and national levels. She has been involved with MERLOT since its inception in 1999.
Dr. Tenzer has been involved in online higher education for more than a decade as both a learner and a practicing faculty member. Her intimate knowledge from both viewpoints gives her a unique perspective in this fast-changing environment. Her long experience in teaching technology in the corporate world provides a well-rounded focus in both academia and industry from which she draws and shares her knowledge. She is on the MERLOT Teacher Education Editorial Board. Dr. Tenzer serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Online Learning and was on the international board of reviewers for Transformation in teaching: Social media strategies in higher education (2012) edited by Cheal, Coughlin & Moore.
Retired Dean of Academic Computing and Distance Education, Atlantic Cape Community College Consultant/Teacher specializing in online teaching and course construction

Extended Abstract

At the MERLOT Teacher Education's presentation at the Accelerate Conference, we invited attendees to answer our survey about the tools they used, the longevity of those tools, and the way in which they were being used.  Additionally, the survey was shared with MERLOT reviewers and educators in our academic communities.  We will share the results of these survey questions: 

1.  What is a technology that you have used for the past ten years?

2.  Has your use of this tool changed over time?

3.  Why is it still useful?

4.  What comparable tool is currently available?

Together we can explore what we learned from this survey. What technologies have staying power and real usefulness in our work with learners?  What does this say about education today and the integration of technology?  Come join the conversation!