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OLC Town Hall III: Research in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning
Start Date: 5/3/2018Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Date: 5/3/2018End Time: 11:00 AM

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Town Hall III: Research in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning

May 3, 2018
Behrakis Grand Hall South and via Zoom

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Immersive Media (VR) Content Creation for Distributed Online Learning

Nick Jushchyshyn, MFA

Access to Immersive VR content is now trivial for online distance learners, thanks to the proliferation of widely available, low cost VR viewers. Coupled with built-in support for immersive formats adopted by existing internet distribution channels, access to immersive, VR content is now routine. With existing tools already in use at Drexel University’s Digital Media Department, capture and distribution of real-world lectures, events, demonstrations and learning spaces as immersive content for use by distance learners is also a routine process.

This presentation will provide an overview of current immersive VR content creation workflows, as well as inexpensive playback technologies with “on-your-doorstep-tomorrow” availability for online faculty and students.

Nick Jushchyshyn  is Program Director for Animation, Visual Effects & Immersive Media in the Westphal College of Media and Design. Coming from a background in feature film animation and visual effects on films including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, his research focuses on the development and application of production pipelines for VR/AR and other immersive media formats in areas including education, cultural heritage, medicine and narrative experiences.

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Drexel University’s Global Classroom Program

Dana D’Angelo, MBA

Adam Zahn, MS

Since 2013, Drexel University’s Global Classroom program has provided a collaborative online international learning (COIL) experience for over 1,500 Drexel student and students from our international partners through over 55 courses. This session will cover the history of how the Global Classroom program was developed by the senior international office, the goals and impact of COIL at Drexel for both students, and faculty, and use of international, innovation, and interpretation to develop global communities and bridge students from different cultural backgrounds. A case study from Drexel business faculty will be discussed as an example of COIL course development, synthesis, and expansion. Staff and faculty will discuss how they developed partner relationships, engaged their students in project-based learning through COIL, and will provide evidence of success and expansion. Finally, the panelists will explain how they leveraged these COIL courses into research of teaching and practice.

Adam Zahn  is Associate Director of Global Engagement in the Office of International Programs where he works with faculty to develop and strengthen their international research goals, manages the Global Classroom program, and oversees the Global Engagement Scholar program for undergraduate students. He is an instructor for the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement's Introduction to Civic Engagement courses and has worked closely with university colleagues to develop global-local initiatives and programming. He has presented and published on the Global Classroom at numerous domestic and international conferences.

Dana D’Angelo  is a Clinical Professor.  She has also served as a LeBow College of Business Center for Teaching Excellence Fellow, as well as Associate Director in the Office of Faculty Affairs.  Dana is a Visiting Lecturer at Leeds University (UK), and holds CPA and CMA certifications, and is a licensed trainer in the Ennea International Five Lens Program. Her areas of interest and research include global classrooms and alternative study abroad (for which she has spent the past five years developing multiple new programs), team leadership development and experiential education. Her work has been published in journals such as Global Education and Academy of Business Research, and she has presented at conferences both in the US and internationally.

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From “Required" to Dynamic: Innovative Strategies to Transform Discussion Boards 

Kristen Betts, Ed.D.

Discussion boards are a cornerstone activity in most online and hybrid courses and typically require students to “Read, Post, and Reply” to their peers and/or the instructor.  This Pecha Kucha presentation will provide strategies that can be easily be integrated into current or planned online and hybrid courses to transform the discussion board experience for students and faculty.  The presentation will connect discussion boards to principles of learning as well as constructivism, social constructivism, and transformative learning.  Strategies, technologies, and artifacts will be shared to highlight and demonstrate ways in which discussion boards can be used to support active learning, mastery, and real-world transfer.

Dr. Kristen Betts  is a Clinical Professor at Drexel University. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education serving in key leadership positions within private, public, and for-profit institutions. Dr. Betts’ expertise is in online and blended learning, course/program design, online pedagogy, Brain Targeted Teaching, and faculty development. 



Contact Information:
Name: Reina Lopez
Phone: 215.571.4594
Email: reina.m.lopez@drexel.edu
Creese Student Center - Behrakis Grand Hall South
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