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
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!
On 6 May 2018, Karen Bruce Wallace graduated with her Master of Learning Technologies, after successfully completing all the requirements for the degree. She is grateful to all of her professors and peers in the MLT program for helping and supporting her through the journey, and particularly to Dr. Ana-Paula Correia for being a wonderful, inspiring advisor.
Karen Bruce Wallace, with Tamara Wallace, Ana-Paula Correia, and Rick Voithofer
On 6 April 2018 at 11:00 AM, Karen Bruce Wallace presented the final product for her practicum at Nationwide Children Hospital. In attendance were the members of NCH with whom she had worked closely during the practicum: Dr. Tamara Wallace and Dr. Erin Keels from Neonatology, and Jena Hoover and Vian Saggio from Organizational Development. They were joined by Karen Heiser, the Vice-President of Education; Patricia Barr, an Education Coordinator; and Kimberly Cromwell, the Director of Organizational Development. In addition, her advisor Dr. Ana-Paula Correia and her second reader Dr. Rick Voithofer came to observe the presentation.
Immediately after this presentation, Bruce Wallace successfully defended her practicum project, and completed one of the major requirements for the MLT. She defended the work to Correia and Voithofer, who both felt that it had raised the bar for MLT projects.
If you are curious about the MLT practicum, you can read more about Bruce Wallace’s experience in her portfolio.