LED Research Group Impact at 2019 InnovateX

The LED Research Group made an impact at InnovateX on May 16, 2019 at the Ohio State University. We gave two sessions at the conference in the Experience and Excite tracks, and presented our ideas to a packed audience of academics, practitioners, and students.

Our first session was “Digital Engagement: What Students Want from Your Online Class?” In this session, Drs. Ana-Paula Correia and Rick Voithofer hosted a panel of current and former students who had taken online courses for the Master of Learning Technologies at the Ohio State University. The panelists include LED members, Karen Bruce Wallace, Erin Clarke, and Cara North, as well as Anna Leach and Robbie McCord. They shared their thoughts on how to make online classes more engaging. They discussed the technologies and teaching methods they preferred, shared recommendations and solutions to help instructors improve their online teaching, and talked about how they applied their learning beyond their online course. Afterwards, they participated in a robust question and answer session, where they fielded a range of challenging questions from the audience.
Panel on Digital Engagement, May 16, 2019 at InnovateX

Panel on Digital Engagement, May 16, 2019 at InnovateX

Our second session was “Creating Interactive Learning Experiences.” In it, Cara North, incoming LED member Sean Hickey, and Karen Bruce Wallace explored the importance of choice in learning. They examined how choice could improve learners’ engagement, covered principles of using choice in learning, and offered a range of applications in the form of interactive demos. The demos included adventures built in Camtasia and Storyline, Keynote, and Twine.

Creating Interactive Learning Experiences, May 16, 2019 at InnovateX

In addition, the three presenters structured the session around the idea of choice. The audience could choose from whom they wanted to hear, what topics they wanted to be explored, and help to navigate the demos. That way, the audience could experience the power of choice for themselves.

LED had a fantastic time at InnovateX, and hope to return next year!

Come and Learn from LED at Innovate on 16 May 2019

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LED members will be presenting at two highly interactive, engaging sessions at InnovateX on 16 May 2019.

Digital Engagement: What Students Want from Your Online Class

10:15-11:00, Great Hall Meeting Room 1

Meaningful engagement in online learning is a major challenge when teaching at the college level. Do you know what students want from your online class? In this interactive panel presentation, students from Ohio State’s online Master of Learning Technologies program candidly discuss their experiences with teaching methods and technologies in higher education. Gain insight from a variety of students, and take the opportunity to ask them your questions.

Creating Interactive Learning Experiences

11:15-12:00, Great Hall Meeting Room 1

Did you flip pages in narrative adventures such as Choose Your Own Adventure? Did Black Mirror: Bandersnatch snatch your attention? Both excite their audience by offering meaningful choices and encouraging multiple attempts through branching storylines. Learn how the research behind—and applications of—choosing your own adventures inlearning can inspire curiosity and encourage higher-order thinking. Experiment with sample games created through simple presentation software, an eLearning module, and video.

Come and start your conference experience by learning with LED!

 

North and Hickey Win National Award in Instructional Design

Cara North and Sean Hickey (incoming LED research group member) received the “Best in Show” award for their eLearning game entitled Multiple-Choice Mayhem at the Learning Solutions, March 2019.

Multiple-Choice Mayhem teaches the user how to identify common item-writing flaws that make the answer apparent or allows a test-taker to easily eliminate several choices. This eLearning game was designed to prepare subject-matter experts for creating more effective multiple-choice assessments. Hickey and North created the game after realizing the existing teaching tools were not effective and contained information that was outdated.

Designed in the style of a 1970’s television game show, Multiple-Choice Mayhem presents users with 7 multiple-choice trivia questions. Users may miss one or two but will generally find the questions easy. After answering the questions, the user will then learn through a brief animation and explanation of why the item was easy to answer. Hickey and North designed the game to have the player to learn the consequences of bad item-writing firsthand to help them recognize the value of following item-writing standards and to avoid pitfalls. Since its launch in September 2017, Multiple-Choice Mayhem has been viewed and played by more than 600 people.

“Best in Show” award at the Learning Solutions conference, March 2019.

The Learning Solutions conference is an annual conference from the eLearning Guild, a professional organization for those in the field of learning and development. More than 1,500 human resources, learning and development, training, and eLearning professionals from more than 15 countries attend the three-day conference to get practical learning and training content they can take home and apply immediately.

The last evening of Learning Solutions is DemoFest, a showcase of attendees’ best eLearning, video, and training programs. A month prior to the event, attendees must apply to participate. For 2019, 40 products were selected to participate in categories that included Academic, Alternative, Blended Learning, Business Process, Game-Based Training, Immersive/Simulation, and Video. Conference participants attend DemoFest and vote for the best demos. One “Best in Show” award is given to each of the eLearning vendor demo and the non-vendor attendee demo with the most votes. In addition, the highest vote earner in each category is given an award for that category. Multiple-Choice Mayhem won “Best in Show” (non-vendor) as part of DemoFest.

Congratulations Cara and Sean!

Learning Solutions conference, March 2019.

Ohio State’s Innovate, here we go again…

Last year LED research group led a 45-min session on “Shifting the Balance: Engaging Students as Collaborators in Online Course Redesign” at 2018 Innovate that attracted more than 100 participants who engaged in collaborative design activities.

During this January writing retreat, LED research group members worked diligently on creating different session ideas for InnovateX, the Ohio State’s annual conference in online learning and teaching. The Request for Proposals is now open and asks for new ways to excite students about learning, explore teaching opportunities outside the classroom and delve into the student experience.

Hurry, the deadline is January 25, 2019!

LED writing retreat, January 18, 2019.

North presents at Central Ohio ATD and Greater Cincinnati ATD Conferences

LED research group member Cara North recently presented at Central Ohio Association for Talent and Development and Greater Cincinnati Association for Talent and Development annual conferences. The Association for Talent and Development is the oldest and largest professional organization for learning and development professionals across the world.

The Central Ohio ATD Conference, Learning Technologies and Design Day, was September 18, 2018, and held at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. North served on the conference committee and had two presentations and facilitated a panel. North presented with her podcasting partner, Joseph Suarez, eLearning Developer at Cardinal Health. North and Suarez led a session called Podcasting for Learning, which focused on getting started technically with creating a podcast as a learning solution. Additionally, North presented with Sean Hickey, Lead Curriculum Developer at Ohio State’s Center on Education and Training for Employment. North and Hickey’s session, None of the Above: Common Pitfalls for Multiple-Choice Assessment was presented in a gameshow format and was the highest rated session of the day. Finally, North facilitated the closing general session panel: How Do You Keep Up With the Pace of Technology?. The panel included the conference keynote speaker Mike Taylor, Jeff Zoller, Learning and Development Specialist at AEP, and Joseph Suarez.
Hickey and North

The Greater Cincinnati ATD Powers of Possibilities Conference was October 5, 2018, at the Savannah Center in West Chester, Ohio.  North was an invited presenter and lead a table topics discussion Twitter – Building Knowledge 280 Characters at a Time.

North is President-Elect of Central Ohio ATD and is looking forward to providing more leadership and programming opportunities to emerging professionals.

LED research group represented at EdMedia 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

EdMedia + Innovate Learning is a premier international conference in educational multimedia, hypermedia & technology-enhanced learning that spans all disciplines and levels of education attracting researchers and practitioners in the field from 70 plus countries.

‘I Am Pleased to Inform You That…’ Insights and Advice on Getting Published in Educational and Instructional Technology a session designed for the EdMedia’s Emerging Scholar Stream offered by Ana-Paula Correia and her colleague from Indiana University, Curt Bonk.

Slides and resources can be found at: https://t.co/IIZmrHahQl and https://tinyurl.com/ycnazffm

Another presentation on the successes of students creating online discussions was also delivered at EdMedia 2018. It offered a novel pedagogical approach for online discussions by presenting reflections on a case where online students were permitted to create and facilitate online discussions.

The session was named No prior experience necessary: Reflecting on the learning experiences offered by student-created online discussions. Resources on the topic were shared with the audience: https://tinyurl.com/yb2ua3ah

Proceedings book article available here:
https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/f/184582/

LED interactive session at Innovate 2018

The Internet is a powerful democratizing force, allowing people in disempowered positions to discover their voice and power to shape their community. Yet, often within online classrooms, the traditional teacher-student hierarchy is not simply preserved but intensified. Teachers have sole control over course design and content creation, which they present as a finished product for students’ consumption.

Learning & Experience Design research group presented at Innovate 2018. This was a 45 min session on “Shifting the Balance: Engaging Students as Collaborators in Online Course Redesign” that attracted more than 100 participants who engaged in collaborative design activities. 

This session introduced participants to an alternative, presenting a case study where students in an online graduate-level program at a research university participated in redesigning a course they have taken or are going to take. The instructor introduced the case, and then the students shared stories of how they have co-designed, are co-designing, and will co-design the course and the benefits they gained from it. The session concluded with a discussion and Q&A around practical strategies that participants can use to involve their students in redesigning educational content.

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Ana-Paula Correia represents LED at AERA

Ana-Paula Correia actively participated at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in NYC in April. She joined the paper session on “Considerations on the Design of Online Learning Events,” co-led Special Interest Group Online Teaching & Learning (OTL) business meeting, was the Discussant for the Symposium on Social Presence in Online Learning, and networked with her many colleagues and friends. LED group is now working on research proposals for the 2019 AERA annual meeting in Toronto!

Speaking at the “Considerations on the Design of Online Learning Events” session.

 

Presenting awards at OTL business meeting.