Breakout Session VI

Breakout Session VI
Friday 920-1015

From Vanilla to Cherry Garcia:  Taking Your Online Course to the Next Level

Traditional online course development can result in a product that is text heavy, lacking the interactivity, engagement and connectiveness found online.  This presentation will propose a possible alternative that leverages social media, video and web authoring best practices to produce a rich, lively and connected platform for learning actually implemented in an online course.  Challenges and lessons learned, along with student learning outcomes and satisfaction, will be shared.

Danielle Mirliss
Seton Hall University

Heidi Trotta
Seton Hall University

Danielle Mirliss the Director for Instructional Design at Seton Hall University’s Teaching, Leaning and Technology Center. She is responsible for overseeing the Instructional Design and Computer Training team in a variety of faculty and student support initiatives. She has been part of the Instructional Design team at Seton Hall since 2002 and has a broad range of experience in mobile computing, pen-based computing, course redesign, online learning, virtual worlds and assessment.

Danielle received her Ed.D in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also completed her Ed.M from the same program and her M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.

Heidi Trotta is a full-time Instructional Designer at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.  Her major responsibilities involve (1) e-learning creation and production work and (2) assisting students and faculty with integrating various technologies into the classroom and their personal lives.Current academic interests include humanizing online instruction, digital content production (i.e. e-Learning materials, educational video production), digital gaming, design thinking and maker spaces, promoting student creativity (i.e. 21st Century skills), effective poster and presentation design and visual literacy.

Her true passion is teaching at the college level where she takes a design thinking approach to course design and delivery.  Undergraduate and graduate courses promote self-directed and active learning, allowing students to solve real-world problems while promoting critical thinking using theory and frameworks to justify decisions and actions.  Current adjunct teaching load includes Master Thesis – Capstone and Adult Learning Theory and Coaching, both running all semesters, online and hybrid models.

Heidi has her Ed.M. from Teachers College at Columbia University in Instructional Technology and Media with a Master’s Degree in Adult Education/Instructional Media from Seton Hall and certificates in Advanced Web Design/Web Graphics from Rutgers University.

To relax and have fun, she loves to pursue creative projects such as painting, sculpting, mixed media, creating books and drawing.