Breakout Session

Humanizing Online Courses with Web 2.0 Technologies

Track: Learning Innovations

Friday, November 30th, 12:00pm-12:55pm

As Montclair State University’s online learning initiatives continue to grow, so does the need to leverage new web 2.0 technology to ensure students feel connected and engaged with their peers, the instructor and the course material. MSU’s course design model and template provide the foundation for the integration of flexible, emerging technologies which “humanize” online learning experiences. This presentation will demonstrate Montclair State University’s course design model and template and highlight the benefit of specific Web 2.0 technologies to online instruction, interaction and assessment.


Carolyn Demefack
Instructional Designer
Montclair State University

Bio / Expertise:
Carolyn Demefack is an Instructional Designer with Montclair State University. She has over ten years’ experience in the field of educational technology. She has partnered with educators and institutions to support reflective practice and professional development on 21st Century learning tools that impact innovative teaching and student learning. Her interests include the role of video models and case studies in learning and personal learning communities. Carolyn has a MA in Educational Communications and Technology from the NYU Steinhart School of Education.
Andy Cui
Instructional Designer
Montclair State University

Bio / Expertise

Andy Cui is an instructional designer in the TTI Group at Montclair State University. He holds a MS degree of Instructional Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech. His research interests include studying social presence in online learning, the development of online community, online communication, students’ personal traits such as locus of control, use of mobile devices, especially cell phones in teaching and learning.
Jinxia He
Instructional Designer
Montclair State Univeersity

Bio / Expertise

Dr. Jinxia He is an Instructional Designer at Montclair State University. Before that, she worked as an Instructional Design Technologist at Atlanta University Center. She received her PhD with a specialization in Instructional System Design from University of Central Florida. Her research interests focus on using instructional strategies in online teaching and learning, building online learning communities and team based learning especially virtual teams, as well as the application of emerging technologies in education.

Presentation Content:
1. Summary Statement: State in a few words specifically what you will present.
The presenters will share Montclair State University’s online course design model and framework focusing on the role of web 2.0 tools in enhancing online instruction, interaction and assessment, as well as in building an online community. The presentation will demonstrate the integration of web 2.0 tools in an online course context with an emphasis on technology such as VoiceThread, Voki, Prezi, GoogleDocs, SoftChalk, Xtranormal, and more. The presenters will share best practices from instructors on using the online course template and using emerging technologies for their online courses. Time will also be set aside for participants to discuss their own insights and suggestions associated with online course design using a template and incorporating emerging technologies.

2.Description of activity, project, or solution: This is the core of your proposed presentation and should include historical background; who was involved with the project; examples of what it took to identify and analyze problems and solutions; methods used to work toward solutions and so on
Montclair State University’s growing online learning initiatives have prompted the need for a systematic yet flexible approach to the design of online courses. In order to ensure high-quality online learning, a social interaction-embedded online course content development model and online course template have been developed and implemented. The course design model and online course template are designed by the instructional design team and refined by incorporating faculty’s input. This flexible model has allowed for the integration of new web 2.0 technology as it benefits the pedagogical structure of online and hybrid courses. The team’s practical application of this approach, in multiple courses across disciplines, has allowed for a customized process, driven by the learning objectives in each course.

This presentation will emphasize the use of Web 2.0 technologies to enhance online instruction, interaction and assessment, as well as to promote the building of online community in order to enhance students’ mastery of course goals.

3.Outcome: Here you present your outcomes and achievements. Did you accomplish what you set out to do: In addition to anecdotal evidence, include quantitive information if available. Talk about both successes and failures, especially with regard to what you learned form each.
The online course design model and template at Montclair State University has effectively guided faculty to develop their own online courses. Anecdotal faculty and student feedback on the use of the online course template has been positive. There have been suggestions that have led to improvements and changes in the template design.

Several online programs will use the newly developed template in their online courses. We suspect that the uniformity of the online courses, as well as the alignment to research-based online course design best practice, will improve students’ achievement of learning outcomes in online courses. The impact of the integration of Web 2.0 technologies in online courses will be examined as MSU’s new online degree programs launch in the spring of 2013.
4.Importance or relevance to other institutions: Explain the overarching principles or lessons learned so attendees can better understand the relevance of your findings to their teaching or their institutions.

Montclair State University’s online course template coupled with the integration of web 2.0 technologies will help attendees consider possible alternatives to their own approach to online course design. Participants will be invited to share additional ideas on how to “humanize” online courses by maximizing the use of flexible, web 2.0 tools.


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