Andragogy and Engagement in Online Learning using NearPod

Concurrent Session 4
Blended HBCU

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Brief Abstract

This presentation will demonstrate the features of NearPod and clarify how it uses has changed how undergraduate students interact with the course materials. In addition, you will hear some of the takeaways regarding the implementation of NearPod -- specifically surrounding not overwhelming the students with navigating between two different platforms. 

Presenters

Professor and Educational Technology coordinator in the Department of Teaching & Learning at Tennessee State University. In addition, she serves a senior member of the National Education Association’s Content Quality & Review board recommending online professional development courses to the NEA Academy. Dr. Arrighi also works as an online instructor for the Tennessee Board of Regents – TNeCampus (including 8 years as a faculty mentor) and taught five years as an educator for Metro-Nashville Public Schools. Honored as a 2015 Women of Distinction in the field of education, Dr. Arrighi trains teachers and students on how to incorporate technology into the classroom, presents nationally and internationally on topics such as classroom management, Millennial learners, and digital citizenship, and continues to work diligently in her field preparing pre-professional educators for teaching, learning, and advocacy of children and public education. Her higher education online training and consulting involved several historically black institutions, K-12 school districts, and internationally in England, Senegal, and most recently the United Nations (UNESCO) 2014 mobile learning week. Dr. Arrighi, an eighteen-year member of the National Education Association (NEA) and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Education Association (TEA); displays her advocacy through service as a faculty advisor for student members at her University and previously held a position as higher education board member and president of the TEA-Department of Higher Education. Dr. Arrighi consults as a technology, classroom management, and student advocate trainer. In addition, she has been featured in Association publications and commercials for which she hopes “individuals we see the true spirit all educators who give so much to educate today’s youth!” As a member of International Forum for Women in eLearning, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and other professional organizations, Dr. Arrighi encourages mentoring and networking as a means of building community, developing citizenship and responsibility, and promoting a society in which everyone's role is valued.

Extended Abstract

Online learning offers educators an instructional delivery mode that should foster flexibility in learning, customized and current content, integration of digital application, and a platform that does not compromise effective practices. The framework in which may faculty approach online instruction is in the realm of pedagogy and the building one's knowledge base. While this is necessary for the development of curriculum, it may not address the realities of a learner-guided environment. This requires an examination of andragogy and how it influences how a learner approaches asynchronous instructional experiences.

Andragogy is the study of adult learning and the awareness that these learners have a knowledge repository. While their awareness may not connect to your instructional content, adults do (and will) approach learning in a different manner. Online faculty that overlook these differences may hinder a student's performance and deter participation in future asynchronous events. 

NearPod is a learner-centered engagement platform that can supplement the content within a learning management system. It allows the faculty member to intentionally embed activities within the content to aid in the comprehension of information. Lessons can mirror the pacing of a traditional (face-to-face) classroom utilizing polls, quizzes, draw-it exercises, video, and even simulations. NearPod also endorses collaboration in a way that can incorporate text and visuals; thereby adding a new layer to discussions.

This presentation will demonstrate the features of NearPod and clarify how it uses has changed how undergraduate students interact with the course materials. In addition, you will see the endorsed guidelines to transform a teacher-centered PowerPoint presentation into a learner-centered lesson. Students could showcase their understanding of topics before completing major tasks/projects in the learning management system. Finally, you will hear some of the takeaways regarding the implementation of NearPod -- specifically surrounding not overwhelming the students with navigating between two different platforms. 

The goal is a universal support of effective instructional practices in an online environment. Our role as educators is the ongoing advocacy for professional development and support surrounding asynchronous learning. NearPod offers a means to support rich content with robust engagement. That, in essence, is the aim of education for all learners.