Something To Talk About: Apps and Hacks

Concurrent Session 8
Streamed Session Community College

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Brief Abstract

There has never been a more exciting time to be in online education. In a climate of teaching apps and learning hacks, there is much to gain from leveraging technology for the purpose of improved classroom experience. Join the conversation around current trends and emerging technologies and benefit from the requisite buzz of ideas that an Innovate conference affords.

Presenters

Cheryl Fulghum oversees the department of Instructional Design and Online Learning at Haywood Community College in western North Carolina. In this role, she is responsible for instructional design through faculty development, online course design, emerging technologies research, accessibility compliance, and the administrations of several learning platforms. She describes her main role as faculty cheerleader, empowering faculty to become 21st century teachers despite self-identified low-tech skills and fear of the unknown. Prior to her work in the online learning field, she served as full-time faculty in the commercial arts and worked as project manager and media content creator for Shadowbox Design, an educational technology company specializing in online ancillaries for higher education textbook publishers. She has degrees in Broadcast Communications, Journalism, and Educational Media: Curriculum and Instruction.

Extended Abstract

Using a community of practice (CoP) framework, this session seeks to encourage the collective ideas of its participants with the goal of curating technology for student success.

We will ask and answer questions, such as:

  • How are our institutions helping students become independent learners?
  • Are we becoming curators of success tools?
  • Are we building libraries of online supports?  
  • Are we providing subscriptions for writing and grammar assistance?
  • Are we offering online tutoring?
  • Do we evaluate online readiness?
  • Do we offer study skills and testing preparation?

These are known 21st century learner needs. Technologies uniquely designed to address these needs exist. Educational technology that supports classroom efforts is not just a good idea – it’s a principal piece of the educational needs of the learners of today and tomorrow. So, what are we, as leaders in education and innovators in our field, doing to curate tools and support services for our students?

This session offers engaging discussion about building bridges across divisions for the benefit of students. It concludes with a take-away link to the various tools curated during the session.