Poster Session

Facilitating a Digital Group Project: A Collaborative Approach

Track: Web 2.0, Social Media

At Montclair State University, teamwork and communication between the TTI Group and faculty is essential in developing sustainable instructor/learner projects. In addition to designing and developing this project, students have also been assigned roles.

Dr. Dawn Marie Hayes, Associate Professor of Medieval European History at Montclair State University, approached the TTI Group earlier this year with assistance in visualizing a project that would consist of student collaboration. The team analyzed and conceptualized the project and researched the best digital tool to develop and showcase the ENS project. Roles were then assigned based on team member expertise: Editor, Project Manager, Web Designer, and Contributor. Web 2.0 technology was used in collecting student data. The project was designed and finalized. Training Contributors took place during and after the project was completed.

Itewari Ekpebu-Bryan
Instructional Designer
Montclair State University

Bio/ Expertise:
Itewari Ekpebu-Bryan is an Instructional Designer at Montclair State University. She graduated from Columbia University with an M.A. as a Technology Specialist. She is a passionate lifelong learner committed to supporting educators as they explore various technologies that facilitate, engage and improve students’ academic achievements. She is also a web designer who specializes in front-end website development. In 2004, she received her B.A. with specialization in Electronic Design and Multimedia, from the City University of New York (CCNY).

Dawn Marie Hayes
Associate Professor of Medieval European History
Montclair State University

Bio / Expertise:
Dawn Marie Hayes is Associate Professor of Medieval European History at Montclair State University, New Jersey, where she has been teaching since 2003. She specializes in the social, religious and cultural history of the central Middle Ages, particularly in France and, more recently, southern Italy. She is the author of Body and Sacred Place in Medieval Europe, 1100-1389: Interpreting the Case of Chartres Cathedral, published by Routledge in 2003. Her current research focus is Sicily during the reign of Roger II and she is especially interested in the cultural exchanges between the Kingdom of Sicily and Western Europe. Her most recent publication is “French Connections: The Significance of the Fleurs-de-Lis in the Mosaic of King Roger II of Sicily in the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, Palermo”, which appeared in the spring issue of Viator. Dawn has been teaching fully online courses since 2009 and has worked to integrate technology into the courses she teaches as part of an annual summer study abroad program she directs in Sicily. Many of the images that populate the Envisioning Norman Sicily Project were taken during these study abroad programs.