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Friday, June 24 • 10:00 - 10:50
CON11.14 - Tools of Engagement Project: On-demand Discovery Learning Educational Development

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Today’s students have grown up in a participatory, interactive digital culture while many instructors lag behind in employing educational technologies that engage and empower learners. This educational technology gap needs to be overcome if we expect instructors to be able to implement the “Community of Inquiry” (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000) and other frameworks for creating vibrant 21st century learning communities. Those students who are able to leverage digital tools as learners are also more likely to achieve the digital literacy recommended by connectivist learning theory (Siemens, 2005).

Session attendees will learn about how they can leverage the The Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) to explore free educational technology tools they can use to empower their students to become digitally literate learners. The TOEP website (http://suny.edu/toep) features self-paced discovery exercises including tutorials and resources relating to the use of audio, video, blogs, wikis, collaborative spaces, social bookmarking, mobile apps, and more. TOEP also provides a vibrant social-network community as an avenue for peer support and inter-campus collaboration to enable the transfer of valuable skills between faculty and from faculty to their students. Campus-based Fellows support participants in the community providing mentoring and coaching. Participants earn digital badges for activity completion. Other educational development award incentives are awarded through a peer-review process.

The session will include small group discussion about each of the TOEP discovery exercises to help the attendees learn how each tool can be leveraged for student learning activities. Attendees will also discuss the challenges and advantages of this innovative educational development model including how it might be implemented on their campus.

Garrison, D.R., Anderson, T. & Archer W. (2000) Critical Inquiry in a Text-Based Environment: Computer Conferencing in Higher Education. The Internet and Higher Education 2(2-3): 87-105

Siemens, G. (2005). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning 2(1): 3-10

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Christopher Price

Christopher Price is the Academic Programs Manager for the SUNY Center for Professional Development.
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Cherie van Putten

Instructional Designer, Binghamton University
Cherie van Putten is an Instructional Designer in the Center for Learning and Teaching at Binghamton University, State University of New York. She is also the Assistant Director for the Tools of Engagement Project. Cherie holds a master's in Adult Education from Penn State University... Read More →

Additional Authors

Roberta (Robin) Sullivan

Roberta (Robin) Sullivan is an Online Learning Specialist in the Center for Educational Innovation at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is the Tools of Engagement Project Director.

Friday June 24, 2016 10:00 - 10:50 EDT
Weldon Library 258