At noon GMT (4 p.m. in UAE) Vance Stevens will give an hour long mini-workshop entitled "Web 2.0 toolkit for teaching and learning academic presentation skills" as a part of the online series of professional development webinars organized by the EdTech Lounge, an initiative of the EdTech Innovation Centre, Higher Colleges of Technology UAE.
Full abstract for the EdTech Lounge presentation:
The presenter recently developed an academic communication course for students at the UAE Naval College, where there are serious challenges in gaining and holding students’ attention and keeping them on task, compounded by the fact that each student has a laptop and is easily distracted. The solution was to utilize the laptops through designing a task-based course that introduced a series of Web 2.0 tools which the students would have to familiarize themselves with and then apply in some aspect of the communications skills they were learning. Participants in the session may have already encountered the tools used (e.g. Google Docs, Prezi, Survey Monkey, Jing, Blogger, Slideshare.net) so the presentation will emphasize how the tools were used to underpin a coherent course incorporating elements such as mindmapping, creating viable surveys, harvesting and analyzing results, capturing screen shots, making effective presentations both in Prezi and PowerPoint, keeping a reflective blog, and documenting the semester’s accomplishments in simple ePortfolios. The presenter will briefly discuss results of action research on student attitudes to the course, using data from a survey created to model the technique to students, and from their reflective blog posts.
The presentation will take place using EdTech Lounge online presentation tools (URL forthcoming).
No password is required and all are welcome to attend any of the professional development workshops in this series.
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