Abstract: Learning is becoming more and more engaging as teachers and students meet online in live virtual classrooms. The virtual classroom is suitable for teamwork, professional development, job and research interviews, and to create audio and video recordings for the flipped classroom. Virtual classes have a whiteboard, writing tools, media sharing, audio and video speaking tools, a chat box for texting, breakout rooms, polls, & screen sharing features. Participants can share images, audio, video, PDF, Word, and other files through the class library or directly from their desktops. PowerPoint presentations may include full animations. The information in the chat box can be copied and saved throughout the class for later use. The virtual classroom offers students a social and collaborative learning environment in real time. The participants of the workshop will learn about and discuss the practical aspects of the live virtual class.
The objectives of the workshop are for the participants to learn about the features of a virtual classroom and how to utilize the features for teaching and facilitating online classes. The participants of the workshop will schedule and develop a mini lesson or present a topic using a PowerPoint presentation with the option of adding a YouTube video, images and other files. The participants will present to the other participants of the workshop and invite others through social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, or email contacts. Inviting an audience to the virtual classroom will allow the presenters and the attendees to engage in a discussion around the content of the presentation. At the beginning, members of the workshop will learn about the features and tools available in a virtual class. They will do this by joining a live virtual class that the moderator of the workshop will set up for the group. The moderator will demonstrate how to create a live virtual class and how to share the link with others. The participants will be given the right to use the tools. The participants will practice the writing, audio, video, chat, screen sharing, polling, breakout rooms and other tools available in the classroom. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created and presented in a live virtual class.
1. Introduction and overview of the live online class (20 minutes)
2. Learn about the features available in a virtual classroom (20 minutes)
3. Participants will create accounts and enroll in the virtual class (10 minutes)
4. Participants practice using the writing tools in a common virtual class together. (20 minutes)
5. Break (10 minutes)
6. Participants will schedule a live virtual class and practice the tools with guidance. (30 minutes)
7. Participants will create a presentation, upload the presentation to the virtual class, and invite others to join their live session. They may invite participants from the workshop and/or from their social networks, family, or colleagues. (20 minutes)
8. During the live virtual class sessions, the workshop participants will practice the features and engage the audience in the content and encourage discussions among the attendees. (60 minutes)
9. Reflections and feedback on the process and how to make the most of the virtual classroom (20 minutes)
The participants will need a laptop, a headset with a mic, and a webcam.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D., is a leading expert on blended learning and blended online learning. Nellie earned her doctorate in education & educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum & instruction from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation (Amazon) focuses on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world.
Nellie provides consultation, support, and facilitation for Moodle & WizIQ learning environments. She is faculty in the postgraduate programs at Atlantic University and the administrator of the university Moodle. She provides professional development courses on effective use of web technologies and Moodle online and face-to-face around the world. Nellie is on the steering committee for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (TESOL CALL-IS) and program coordinator for World Association for Online Education (WAOE).
No presider for this session.