Monday, June 24
1:30 PM-5:00 PM

W4: Facilitating the Pedagogy of Engagement: Designing an Effective Course with Web 2.0 Technologies

Workshop ID: 38974
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    Lyudmila Smirnova
    Mount Saint Mary College

Abstract: In this workshop, participants will experience pedagogy of engagement in action. In the first author's use, "pedagogy of engagement" involves creating a classroom environment where both teachers and learners are equal participants in the knowledge search and creation process. The term has similarly referred to a method of teaching that emphasizes student-faculty contact, student co-operation and active engagement of students in the learning process. Participants will learn to create an atmosphere of participatory culture. The workshop is designed for those who would like to enrich their experiences of course design with Web 2.0 technologies. Its main objective is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to design an engaging course, access its content from a student perspective, and practice using it as teachers. Participants will collaborate to draft a course on the Edmodo website based on the pedagogy of engagement framework.


* Develop a working knowledge of an effective course design with Web 2.0 technologies for face-to-face, fully online, and/or blended learning environments. * Learn about pedagogy of engagement and practice course design skills utilizing this approach. * Create a draft of the course using Web 2. 0 tools, engaging activities and resources. * Work collaboratively with emphasis on communication, group processing, sharing activities, and reflections.

Topical Outline

Part 1: Introduction (30 min): Introduction to face-to-face/online/blended course facilitation enhanced with Web 2.0 tools. Comparison of Web 2.0 LMS systems. Pedagogy of Engagement: interactive discussion of the ways of effective course design. Brainstorming of the technology-based ice-breaking activities allowing to create a community of learners, encouraging participatory culture. Part 2: Learning with Web 2.0. (30 min): Learning how to create an Edmodo account, navigate the site and use its tools and applications. Discussing the meaning of authentic learning and brainstorming ideas for a collaborative course assignments. Part 3: Employing Web 2.0 Tools (30 min) Exploring and using the resources available on Edmodo (postings, groups, activities, assignments, etc.) Exploring and using the resources available on Edmodo (Discover, browse topics, add articles, etc.) Part 4: Pedagogy of Engagement in Action (90 min): Practicing Edmodo tools and resources in the individual Edmodo course Sites. Selecting appropriate tools for engaging students in active learning. Designing assignments encouraging collaboration and active participation. Developing a draft of the course content with Web 2.0 tools on Edmodo. Part 5: Show and Tell (30 min) Presenting the drafts of the course projects Reflecting and sharing feedback on the course design with Web 2.0 experience


Prerequisites: computer skills

Experience Level



Lyudmila Smirnova, Ph. D., is widely recognized for her leadership in applying emerging Internet technologies to instruction, serving as a key designer and facilitator of Moodle for Teachers workshops at IT4ALL and conducting collaborative projects globally. As an expert in Constructivist education, she has helped to link Web 2.0 with educational theory. A Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. since 2001, Dr. Smirnova regularly teaches face-to-face, blended courses in Curricular Planning, Methods of Teaching and online Teaching with Technology, Literacy and Technology courses with Moodle. She is a certified Smart Board trainer. Dr. Smirnova runs professional development workshops for college faculty, pre-service and in-service teachers in the Mid-Hudson region of New York and internationally. Previously she was professor of education at Volgograd State Pedagogical University (Russia), where she also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. Her prolific publications include books, chapters, papers and conference presentations world-wide.


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