Thursday, 24 October 2013

AECT Conference 2013 RTD Friday Sessions

Friday, November 1

RTD session Evaluating Interventions  10: 30 - 11:30,  2nd Level - North, Harbor

The problem with emerging technologies such as apps is that there is difficult to find any literature to determine their effectiveness. Come to presentation “Learning Apps Need Analysis: Mixed Method Classroom Pilots”. Presenter, Janet Holland, will share results how through three pilot studies she developed a set of quality questions for quickly evaluating apps for instructional implementation!

Come to listen to conceptual paper  “Framework of Promoting English Language Learners’ Narrative Skills Using Digital Storytelling”. The presenter,  Sha Yang, will share an unique framework for teaching and learning with Digital Storytelling (DST) based on four components of pedagogy of multiliteracies: situated practice, overt instruction, critical framing, and transformed practice (The New London Group, 1996).

RTD session Faculty Members Use of Social Media 2:15 to 3: 15, 2nd Level - North, Salon 3

In the first presentation “How faculty are using social media to support student learning”, presenters, Ghania Zghe  and Nada Dabbagh’s will share findings of their qualitative study of social media tools across five courses at university  that has been selected as number one among national universities in 2012!

The second presentation,“When academics use social media: Acts of defiance and personal sharing” will be presented by George Veletsianos in a narrative style using reflexive, autobiographical, and reflective lenses. 

RTD Session Applying Theory to Practice  1:00 - 2:00, 2nd Level - North, Salon 5

How to foster statistical reasoning in introductory statistics course? Come to Wendy Miao presentation “Designing for Statistical Reasoning and Thinking in Technology Enhanced Learning” to hear how implementation of Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction can positively affect student’s conceptual understanding.

Oldenburg described third places as home away from home, like coffee shops, museums, restaurants, bookstores, and libraries. Come to Tahani Aldosemani, Ibrahim Ahmed, and Craig Shepherd’s presentation “Using Third Places to Define Learning Communities.” Presenters will describe how such third places can be created online without violating Oldenburg’s criteria for third places.

RTD session:  Problem-Solving Research, 1:00 to 2:00, 2nd Level - North, Harbor

How to incorporate scaffolding and the types of scaffolding that can best support problem solving process in case based learning? Come to Debbie M Stark presentation “Ill-Structured Problems, Scaffolding and Problem-Solving Ability of Novice Nursing Students.” The researcher compared and contrasted the effects of scaffolding support (in the form of question prompting or listening to alternative perspectives) or no scaffolding support.

Recent growth in use of project based learning (PBL) in K-12 raises questions such as what are the  PBL researchers’ interests and concerns in these field?  Come to Jason Ravitz and Mary English’s presentation - “PBL in K-12: A survey of researchers and an emerging shared online resource”. Together with analysis of  their research findings, presenters will introduce an interactive Google Site that allows people to update and contribute their research and theory ideas and work on K-12 PBL issues!

RTD session: AWARD PAPER! Learning through Cases and Problem-solving, 3:30 to 4:00, 2nd Level - North, Harbor  

How and to what extent problem space afforded by an ID case study is covered in online discussion? Attend Peg Ertmer and Adrie Koehler’s presentation “Examining Students Engagement in the Problem Space Afforded by Case-based Discussions” to hear about the role of online discussion with instructor facilitation in creating problem finding and problem solving space. Their study will share results of to what extent in online discussion  learners cover problem space of the given ID case as well as what type of questions and prompts are helpful in focusing students. 

RTD session: Self-directed Learning in Open Learning Environments, 3:30 to 4:30pm,  2nd Level - North, Salon 3

How open educational resources, open courseware, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) can foster self-directed learning online? Come to Curtis J. Bonk’s presentation “Research on Self-Directed Informal Learners in Open Educational Environments and Massively Open Online Courses.” Presenters will analyze obstacles, success, and motivational aspects of self-directed online learner.

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