Using Technology to Create and Enhance Collaborative Learning

Using Technology to Create and Enhance Collaborative Learning

Transforming a Traditional Face-to-Face Acts Course to a Hybrid Course Dr. Karen Buchanan Director, Teacher Education Cascade College Oklahoma Christian University 02/29/20 James Dvorak, M.A., M.Div. Director, North Institute for Educational Technology Oklahoma Christian University 1 Introduction Course:

Life of the Early Church: Acts Required course Context of Study ThinkPad University Standard hardware Standard software Wireless campus Blackboard Culture change Conceptual Basis for study

02/29/20 Learner-centered education Collaborative learning Formative assessment 7 Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education 2 Case Study Participants: 37 freshman-level students 83% 18-20 years old; 10% 23-24 years old; 7% 25 or older 90% residential students and had 24/7 access to technology 02/29/20

3 The Internet changes everything. Im sure someone more insightful than me has said this [samples] The most dramatic changes are driven not by the technology itself but rather by its applications. Duderstadt, Atkins, Van Houweling, 2003 02/29/20 4 Elements of Course Lectures:

Outside course via Bb Streaming audio with synch ronized slides Additional related materials online Collaborative work Team projects Grouping criteria Keirsey & Learning Style Limited self-selection 02/29/20 5 Incorporated Technologies Blackboard

E-mail Message boards (for teams and class) Virtual classroom/synchronous chat File sharing/digital drop box Streaming Media (now can be done easily with MS Producer) Microsoft NetMeeting Microsoft Word collaboration tools Adobe Acrobat 02/29/20 6

Assessments Formative Online quizzes Feedback on project work Peer review Summative Milestone assignments Final project Summative peer review on final project 02/29/20 7 Case Study Findings (2002SP)

Global questions Too much/too little technology? (about 50% yes /50% no) Prefer traditional class format over chosen format? (56% yes) Format questions (these have changed since study) Did technology help or hinder relationship with teacher? (52% helped; 34% hindered) Did technology enhance ability to learn? (50% yes) Prefer lectures online or in class? (50 online /50 F2F) Prefer formative nature of quizzes or summative? (majority yes) Prefer milestone assignments or exams? (80% milestones) Prefer format of class? (78% prefer hybrid; 0% wanted completely online) Questions about collaboration Prefer face-to-face or online teamwork? (59% prefer F2F; but flexible)

Prefer the group selection procedure? (wanted more diversity) 02/29/20 8 Lessons Learned Group selection More balanced approach to lecture (in class v. out of class) Incorporate more formative assessment on projects More intergroup collaboration 02/29/20

9 Implications for Others Pedagogically sound strategies for others to try Conceptual basis and experience of course stimulates conversation about learning and instruction Provides faculty development opportunities 02/29/20 10

Contact Information Dr. Karen Buchanan [email protected] James Dvorak, M.A., M.Div. [email protected] 02/29/20 11

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