W1: Developing and Sharing Asynchronous, Personalized, and Interactive Learning Solutions: An E-Learning Workshop for Interactive Google (Bring your own device)

ID: 49585 Type: Workshop
  1. Ami Gates, Kaplan University, United States

Monday, November 14 1:30 PM-5:00 PM

E-Learning and asynchronous learning technologies continue to advance traditional, distance, and blended learning environments. An emergent challenge faced by all educators is offering personalization to a growing number of students with an expanding variation of backgrounds. Advances in technologies, including free technologies such as Google Apps and Docs, have enabled strides in the development and dissemination of asynchronous and interactive learning tools. Interactive and asynchronous learning tools allow students to work at their own pace, in their own time-frame, and while receiving personalized and knowledge-specific feedback. Interactive Google Documents are a form of directed and feedback-based learning that is student-controlled, rather than instructor-controlled, thereby allowing each learner to migrate through the interactive Document in a manner that most effectively suites their learning style and requirements.


This workshop will offer examples and step-by-step instruction on the development and sharing of interactive and personalized Google Documents, the incorporation and utilization of videos and visuals, as well as an overview of Google Apps, Docs, and Cloud (Drive).

Topical Outline

Proposed Time Required: 3.5 - 4 Hours I. Example of two interactive Google Documents (herein referred to as TutorDocs) A. Example 1: TutorDoc on finding the confidence interval for an unknown population mean as a commonly challenging statistical problem. a) Participants will explore and travel through the interactive Document to experience its options, personalization, and goals. B. Example 2: TutorDoc on exploring the anatomical parts of the human digestive system. a) Participants will explore and migrate through the interactive Document to visualize the robustness of the learning experience offered. II. Discussion and initial questions about TutorDoc examples A. Under what circumstances might this type of interactive and asynchronous Document be effective? (Or ineffective)? B. To what topics (from the perspective of the Participants) might this application best lend itself? C. What limitations or concerns do Participants have about this method of instruction? D. Initial comments and questions. III. Introduction to Google A. The interconnection between Google Drive, Apps, and Docs. B. Sharing and editing in Google. C. Privacy and protection in Google. D. Uploading, downloading, and file and folder organization in Google. IV. Introduction to interactive Documents A. Thinking of a Google Document as an “interlinked graph”. B. Visualizing the overall “flow” of the Document using graphical design. C. The “Build and Test” method for development. V. Hands-on development of an Interactive Google Document A. Creating, naming, and accessing a new Document. B. Inserting and manipulating images. C. Inserting/Embedding YouTube Videos. a) Notes on screencasting and creating personal video tutorials. b) The <InvalidTag> HTML Tag versus the URL option. c) Embedding versus linking within a Document. D. Creating internal and external links using images a) Setting portions of an image to link to different locations (internal and external). b) Linking backwards and the “Return” option. E. Creating “Knowledge-Check Questions” with interactive answer options a) Building the questions and choices. b) Internally linking each choice to an individualized Page. c) Offering hints and help for each choice as a linked option. d) Linking back and moving forward. F. Pulling it all Together a) Sharing and Privacy b) The pdf option. c) Questions and Discussion

Experience Level



Dr. Ami Gates has a PhD in Computer Engineering with Applied Analytics from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Mathematics Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Dr. Gates has been an educator, developer, and a technology/analytics consultant for 20 years. Dr. Gates is a Professor of Math and Statistics at Kaplan University Online and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University (Department of Computer Science).


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