Talking Pens and Flip-Cameras Transform Learning in Preschool

The availability of multiple forms of technology is changing the way in which young children learn and discover their world. Rather than focusing on how technology fits into existing curricula, this interactive presentation will focus on the new ways technology allows children to create meaning and make sense of their world that extends beyond traditional reading and writing activities using slides and videos.

The Power of Polls: Using Socrative to Engage Students

Research has shown that appropriate use of student response systems in the classroom is an effective way to engage your students by giving them an active role (Klein, 2009). Come learn about the advantages of polling/quizzing in any synchronous classroom setting using Socrative – a unique Internet/App based software that’s free!

Informed Privacy and Terms of Use Policies for Online University Courses

Before gaining access to most course management websites, university students, teaching assistants, and faculty members must first enter a user name and associated password. While log-in and authentication processes imply that a course website and the information contained therein is restricted to registered students, assigned faculty, and teaching assistants, such is not necessarily the case.

Beyond Email: Harnessing Multimedia Tools to Effectively Communicate with Students

Forging a connection between instructors and students presents continued challenges in all course modalities. When Wooten-Blanks (2012) used PowerPoint to share her story including her struggles as a student, grades in her courses went up by about 20%. She said “I realized that my story had impacted the students” (par.2). Sull (2012) stated “Today’s technology allows us to get closer to our students—and lets our personalities really shine through” (par. 9).

Presented by:
Teresa Marie Kelly, MAT, Kaplan University
Sheryl Bone, MAT, Kaplan University
Erica Ellsworth, Kaplan University, Online
Lisa Teitler, Kaplan University

Active Engagement of the Embedded Librarianship in the Online Classroom

The goal of this session is to define the role of the embedded librarian in relationship to implementation of this service in the online classroom. Proactive engagement of the embedded librarian working in tandem with instructors can assist learners with their research. This is especially beneficial in the distance learning environment where learners are using a virtual library. It is the objective of this session to provide information regarding how the embedded librarian can serve as a means for providing information of an array of library resources to faculty and students.

Innovative Online Tools & Resources For Faculty, Staff, Administration, and Students

The mission-driven League for Innovation in the Community College brings new and innovative tools and multimedia resources to community colleges.

Strategic Social Networking for the Online Instructor

Social networking sites are making it easier than ever for online instructors to connect with both peers and students online, but not all platforms and accounts are ideal for this kind of interaction. Educators may encounter questions and concerns about how to proceed with both personal and professional communication via social media. The desire for some level of privacy must be balanced with the growing need for the development of a professional digital identity. But separating communication with friends and family from that with colleagues and students can be challenging.

Multimedia: Creating Opportunities for Student Reflection

This general session seeks to explore the incorporation of interactive approaches, including reflective writing and multimedia, in online courses, specifically focusing on interactive elements in the humanities field. As a point of emphasis, the presenters will use case studies from three courses at Kaplan University, “20th Century Art and Humanities,” “History of Medicine,” and “Days that Changed the World,” each of which the presenters designed and/ or revised as well.

Presented by:
Crystal Hofegartner, Kaplan University
Jennifer Harrison

Using iPad for Language Teaching

I will discuss apps for iPad that can be incorporated in foreign language education. Currently, more than 700,000 apps for iPad and iPhone/iPodTouch are available through the iTunes Store. Some apps are developed specifically for iPad, and others can be shared among these devices. One of the advantages of using iPad over iPhone/iPodTouch is its screen size. This can be a crucial factor when we think of creative usages of iPad for foreign language education.

Presented by:
Satoru Shinagawa, Univ. of Hawaii, Kapopiolani

Improving Student Engagement in Online Courses

This presentation is designed to illustrate the concept of student engagement and enable participants to learn how to increase engagement in online courses. At the end of the session participants will be able to organize their online courses for increased student engagement.

An ICE bridge to collaboration

Two Universities in two different states, jointly offer online courses within one program area. Difficult but not impossible. How about ten universities in 7seven states offering courses within a program? Now you’re thinking about a deep and wide gorge. Do not fret. Others have successfully crossed the gorge and want to tell you about the bridge. Currently, 13 institutions across the nation share over 150 doctoral nursing courses a year with each other.

Patio Chat and other Ways to Train Faculty

The W. P. Carey School of Business has been a leader in online education for graduate business programs for over a decade. More recently, the addition of new undergraduate programs, hybrid courses and faculty taking the lead on course development has created a broad level of skill set among faculty who are utilizing technology in a variety of ways.

Citizen Journalism: Social Media as the Writer’s Canvas

As teachers, we have to consider how voice and authority change in the technological realm of writing. Because students are becoming authors and generators of ideas, their voices and authority move from passive, student voices, to more active voices of experts. This change will influence the dynamic of power in the writing classroom.

Presented by:
Erica Ellsworth, Kaplan University, Online

Providing Student Services 24/7

With increasingly limited resources and high demands from today’s students, institutions are finding it difficult to provide services to all students in a cost-effective manner. Several institutions are turning to technology-based solutions to solve this program. One example is StudentLingo, a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans, and valuable resources focused on helping students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.

Hitting the Mark – Create Questions that Generate Critical Thinking Discussions

How often have you been teaching a class and the discussions have fallen flat? Students are not engaged or the discussion ends quickly without much depth or critical thinking. All too often discussions are lifeless and drudgery for both the students and instructor.

Inclusive E-Learning: Communicating with Students with Impairments

Online learning offers students with hearing or visual impairments new ways to pursue higher or graduate education. How can we contribute toward their success? Certainly some considerations and design steps need to be made at the learning management system or instructional technology level. But as instructors, how can we be more inclusive and welcoming to all students in our classes?

Presented by:
Carlie Andrews, Capella University
Janet Salmons, Ph.D., Capella University

Creating Personalization and Belonging in the online classroom

Abraham Maslow proposed his hierarchy of needs in 1943 to explain human motivation. A corresponding hierarchy of needs could be applied to teaching, especially online and blended instruction. Most instructors design their courses based on the lower level basic needs of a class. Instructors will spend a great deal of time and energy selecting the textbook and carefully focusing on the content. Content for most instructors is equal to food and water in the physiological need category. The next thing most instructors focus on is the design of the course with careful consideration for the buttons, detailed course assignments, and the gradebook.

Continuous Quality Improvement in Online Curricula: A set of guiding principles

The guidelines recommended in this presentation derive from review of the published literature on best practices in online course evaluation; existing quality rubrics for online education, and data captured from students, as to what constitutes quality online curricula.

Using Xtranormal for Education to Engage Language Learners

This workshop will demonstrate Xtranormal for Education (, an application for creating custom animations, where teachers can set up online assignments for students, who will create animated clips that can be shared with the rest of the class.

Providing Professional Development 24/7: Restructuring How We Deliver Training

It’s time to do more with less. Learn innovative and cost-effective strategies that will help your department provide on-going professional development anytime, anywhere. With increasingly limited resources and high demands from faculty and staff, institutions are finding it difficult to provide training in a cost-effective manner. This session will explore a series of online tools faculty and staff can use to provide training 24/7.

Learning, Collaboration, and Community Building with Pinterest

Use of social media in higher education is growing and one of the newer trends within higher education is what is known as online pinboards. Pinterest and educlipper are two examples of the many sites available that allow educators to incorporate pinboard-style, social photo sharing into their curriculum as well as enable administrators to further expand the colleges’ online community. A few colleges in the United States have their own Pinterest pages, including Drake University, Marquette University, Duke University, Seattle University, and the University of Hawai‘i.

Open Educational Resources meets Open English Courses

The move to Open Educational Resources (OER) can be daunting for course developers in the lower divisions, but also offers huge advantages for advancing curriculum and lightening our students’ financial burdens.

Presented by:
Alexis McMillan-Clifton, Tacoma Community College
Kristina Young, Tacoma Community College

Technology Changes Everything: Instructional Technology at Ashford University

The student experience has been molded so that students now have the ability to apply digital literacy within the classroom. We have integrated cutting edge technology into our courses and have had an overwhelmingly positive response from students, faculty, and administrators. This interactive approach has engaged our students, promoting ample opportunity for collaboration and critical thinking.

The Fifth Dimension Series: When Admissions Free, You Pay to Get Out – The full spectrum of MOOCs

The emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is attracting attention comparable to the technology bubble of the late 1990s. From academic blogs on LinkedIn to trade magazines, MOOCs are being debated and discussed with rigor as the idea of offering free higher education to learners in a time of global economic trouble appears a dream come true for many with limited funds seeking advanced education.

Visual mapping and student learning: Online students’ perceptions, challenges and reflections

This presentation will describe and discuss how the use of concept or visual maps can support student learning in teaching online courses. Using data collected from online discussions, the author will describe how students perceive visual mapping as an instructional activity. It will discuss the challenges of integrating this tool into the curriculum of an online course.

Presented by:
Danilo M. Baylen, University of West Georgia

The Effect of Nintendo Wii and Gender to Physical Education Students’ Balance Performance

The aim of this study was to explore whether there is a gender difference in the beneficial effects of Nintendo Wii Fit Plus, which is a series of sports video games used to support Physical Education students’ balance performance. Participants were twenty-six (n=26) undergraduate students, between the ages from 20-22 years old. Thirteen (50%) of the participants were male and thirteen were female (50%). The balance ability assessment was performed with the Biodex stability system. Participants voluntarily completed 24-minute Wii Fit plus sports video games 2 times per week for a total of 8 weeks.

Maintenance and Development of the Library Web Portal at Bryant & Stratton College Cleveland Downtown Campus

Academic library websites have become major service points for both students and faculty, but the professional literature has tended to report primarily on website design and usability testing rather than daily maintenance. In order to contribute to a conversation on the maintenance activity associated with academic library websites and the establishment of best practice guidelines, this paper will first review selected literature addressing library website maintenance and then review daily activities associated with the maintenance of the Bryant & Stratton College Cleveland Downtown campus library portal.

Examining the Role of the Academic Director in Mediating Online Instructor Missteps

This paper will examine the role of the Online Academic Director, a position created in the mid 1990’s at Park University to ensure a positive relationship between adjunct instructors, departments, and online students. Due to the challenging and dynamic nature of online teaching, issues abound between students and faculty, between students and students, between faculty and administration, and between traditional faculty and those who have embraced online teaching.

You Tube Pronunciation Videos in the EFL Classroom

Although Saudi students at the College of Languages and Translation take 4 listening and 4 speaking courses, many students, especially beginners, find English pronunciation difficult. They have difficulty with some English vowels and consonants, associating spoken phonemes with written graphemes, homophones and homographs, stress, intonation, pause and juncture. The presentation aims to show how You Tube pronunciation videos can be integrated in EFL instruction to improve students’ pronunciation.

We Flipped Learning On Its Ear

Developmental educators face the challenge of preparing adult learners for the rigor of college courses. At a major online college, instructors have ten short weeks to ensure learners reach post-secondary standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Fostering motivation in developmental adult learners can be difficult as prior educational experiences may not have been positive.

Presented by:
Teresa Marie Kelly, MAT, Kaplan University
Katie O’Neil, Ph.D., Kaplan University
Sheryl Bone, MAT, Kaplan University

Tools for Tomorrow

Virtualization technology, integration of multiple social media, digital texts, cloud based learning management systems and advanced virtual worlds, promise both an enrichment of the learning experience and an evolutionary shift in the content and and presentation of the classroom experience, including interactive objects and “learning by doing”. These new tools will allow the learning process can become mainly interactive, rather than mainly reactive.

Do Online Discussion Right

It is important to use best practices in online discussions because threaded discussions are becoming increasingly common in online courses. The session will present best practices in using online discussions from related literature, from the presenter’s personal experience in teaching 100 online courses since 2000, and from actual student feedback in those courses. The results include how and when students participate in online discussions and what students think about online discussions.

The Technology Competency Challenge, an authentic online project.

A Technology Competency Challenge was created for an online business course to create and grow an online community of inquiry where people question, reason, connect, deliberate, challenge, and develop problem-solving techniques to help the disadvantaged become more technologically literate and competent, and better-equipped for the 21st Century.

Presented by:
Greg Walker, Ph.D., Leeward Community College

Problem-Based Learning for Capstone Project Teams: Sharing Research Findings

The inspiration for conducting case study research aligns with successfully tutoring adult learners to become problem solvers and critical thinkers, ready for technology challenges of the professional business world. Knowing how to think about and solve problems is a skill needed by technology professions. The research followed on the paper presented by Lauridsen at TCC in 2012. Problem-based learning (PBL) is an ideal protocol for facing the challenge.

It Does Not Have to Be a Headache! Professional Distance Education Content Delivery In a Nutshell

The UNC School of Government (SOG) provides training and continuing education to local and state public officials in North Carolina. One way that the SOG is able to fulfill its mission is through its distance education offerings, which include webinars and e-learning modules. The Instructional Support team within the SOG Information Technology Division is responsible for this service and has offered it more than 100 times.

Presented by:
Robert L. Moore, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government

Recruiting, Training, Mentoring, Observing, Evaluating, and Maintaining Online Adjunct Faculty

The presentation will address the process utilized to recruit, train, mentor, observe, and retain online instructors. Like the majority of colleges and universities in the United States, Park University offers online courses. In fact, More than 80 percent of Park’s enrollments are online courses. In order to maintain sufficient, qualified faculty to teach the large number of courses has required a nationwide recruiting effort.

Creating Community: Using Technology and Social Media to Connect Online Faculty

Kaplan University’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers faculty training and professional development for a primarily online faculty audience. Over the years, we have learned that in addition to creating formal learning situations such as workshops and professional development courses, we also have various opportunities to develop more informal learning and social communities that help our faculty stay connected and engaged with the institution and with one another.

Presented by:
Marla Cartwright, Kaplan University Online

Exploring Perceptions of Online Education

Several researchers and research groups have conducted studies on the growth and quality of online education programs. Researchers have collected data from administrators, faculty, students, and hiring managers on their thoughts, experiences, and perceptions.

Presented by:
Jan P. Tucker, Ph.D, Ashford University

Concept Mapping Web2.0 Tools with Pre-Service Teachers

An overview of the importance of visual elements when working with any audience will be presented. The process of exposing students to web 2.0 concept mapping tools through technology explorations will be covered.

Presented by:
Danilo M. Baylen, University of West Georgia
Cristine G. Goldberg, University of West Georgia

V-Tenn Virtual Tennis in Second Life (SL)

V-Tenn is a virtual sim that provides a variety of information accompanied by virtual simulations for tennis beginners to learn about the basic game of tennis. V-Tenn stands for ‘virtual tennis’, combining the virtual world elements of Second Life (SL) and instructional design. By offering an immersive learning environment, the participant will learn about tennis in various sections of the simulation.

Using Virtual Environments for Training People with Traumatic Brain Injury

The virtual environment, Second Life©, is being used to train people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in employment skill building. The EmployAble Project is a two year grant funded by the Kessler Foundation and located at the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) at the College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa. A full virtual environment training area has been constructed along with an accompanying web-based learning module.

Curating and Creating Video on YouTube

YouTube offers tools for collecting (curating) and creating video directly through the web browser. These tools have been evolving over time and are becoming increasingly sophisticated. It is now possible to record directly from webcam to YouTube, apply effects and corrections to videos after upload, remix video from content provided by the YouTube community, and create interactive video projects such as games, simulations, or chaptered videos.

Design and Construction of a Mixed Reality Space for Enhanced Social Presence

In line with the TCC theme of emerging technologies for learning: best choices and current practices, we are developing a mixed reality laboratory to meet the unique needs of students at a large Pacific university. The speed at which computer technology advances presents tremendous opportunities and challenges for educational technologists to both enhance and transform instructional practices. Advancements in cloud technologies, gaming and virtual worlds systems, and network capacities provide the means for creating educational technologies with tremendous potential to promote positive impact; however, how to best leverage the affordances of these technologies is a question that remains open.

Designing an Interactive eBook and Mobile Application for Second Language Learning

This presentation will describe an activity which sought to answer the question: What is the best technology platform for teaching a second language? In order to answer this question, a rapid prototype was designed and created to test out three formats for accessibility and learning: iBook, PDF, and a web page. The learning content came from a Hawaiian Language learning book, Ka Lei Haaheo, and was based off the first chapter: Pronunciation.

Spherical thought: Over, above, beyond things flat!

Spherical thinking comprises the notion that academic objectives, as well as human interests in general, lie on a curved plane as points equidistant from a center. Spherical thought crosses standard disciplinary boundaries as well as geographical or demographic ones, thereby comprising transdisciplinary dynamic, continuous interactivity. In the twenty-first century, such thought is commonly carried out, often enhanced, with the Internet.

Knowledge Societies and Interculturalsm

To learn a foreign language implies to learn about its culture. There is a very close interrelation between them because language is not only an important aspect of culture, but also a means to access to its cultural expressions.

Presented by:
Guadalupe Carballo, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Establishing Teacher Presence in the Online Environment: Guidance of Best Practice

The interactive forum will share guidance on research recently completed at Ashford University. The purpose of the research was to obtain a best practice view of strategies for establishing exceptional teacher presence in the online classroom, taking into consideration the cultural evolution of online instruction, recent technology developments, a focus on continuous quality improvement, and inspirational instructor creativity used to enhance critical thinking and exceed student learning objectives. Of key interest were inspired interventions on the part of the instructor with the goal of being ‘seen’, and enhancing student success through building more effective and accessible relationships with online students.

Feasibility of Digital Multimedia Language Labs for Interpreting Instruction

The College of Languages and Translation (COLT) prepares translators and interpreters. Some of the courses the students take are language courses (listening, speaking…etc) and 4 types of interpreting courses (simultaneous, consecutive, liaison & sight). COLT has installed 4 multimedia language labs (MLL) currently used for teaching listening and speaking courses, in addition to interpreting courses. Each MLL consists of a teacher’s station and 40 student stations each with a computer, headsets and an audio box.

The Effective Use of Skype in the Online Classroom Environment

Clear communication is key in educational settings. The implementation of Skype in online classroom provides a venue for clear communication. Implementation begins with an initial post from the instructor during the classroom set up by posting their Skype name with instructions as to how to download the free software. Students are encouraged to do this at the start the course in order to be in communication with the instructor and fellow classmates.

All About Blogs: Universal Tool of the Digital Academic

So many new technologies, so little time. The availability of an increasing number of applications and devices can leave us all feeling a little overwhelmed and out-of-date. Finding the time and budget necessary to experiment with everything is unrealistic and as soon as new options emerge others are retired or become obsolete. With functionality in mind, blogging platforms provide not only flexibility, but also an easy-to-learn interface for those interested in a range of online learning activities from community building to professional development.

Use Human Touch to Engage Online Students

Human touch is really all about creating and maintaining relationships. When students sense a trusting, caring relationship on the part of their instructor, students begin to perceive that their online experience is as much about them, or even more so, than the curriculum, projects, and test results. Students feel that their instructor is trying to establish a warm, supportive relationship, their sense of belonging and engagement increases. That’s just human nature.

Participation Matters: Evaluating Shared Leadership in Online Games

This session reflects on how to foster shared leadership opportunities for group work in online learning environments through the study of how the leadership role was shared between virtual team members in an online game. Highlights from the study feature the game environment that was designed by Air University’s Innovations and Integrations Division, the research methods, instruments and a summary of the findings that may assist educators in their online course development.

GAMESMOOC: Lurkers Welcome!

Featuring a guild design and rich media, the GAMESMOOC series of three Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) employed an activity-based learning approach to provide learners with a multisensory experience. Participants played a variety of commercial games, including the World of Warcraft and Minecraft, and reflected on the use of games, game-based learning motifs, gamification and immersive 3D environments in which players and lurkers are welcome.

Reviewing and Evaluating Online Food Tracking / Diet Analysis Programs to Integrate into a Nutrition Course

To enhance student learning online instructors watch for emerging and evolving technologies that can be incorporated into their online courses. Before adopting a program into a course the instructor needs to consider several factors. Some of these include the educational benefits of the program, the ease of use for students, the accessibility for students and the cost of the program. With the cost of attending college rising, finding ways to provide freely available programs is a plus for students.

Web Tools and Media uses in Online and Ground Coursework

Presentation will include tips, ideas, suggestions and sample lesson plans that incorporate web-based sites and tools. Will cover the use of iBooks and iMovie, curation as an instructional and research tool, creating visual assignments using informatics. Examples that can be adapted for many content areas will be demonstrated along with links to sites and available tools. Content will be related to learning objectives and can be re-used as learning objects.

Take Your Classroom Global!

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an introduction to TIG and TIGed that will enable educators to effectively utilize the tools, resources and opportunities offered by these websites. Participants will learn about the tools and resources available for youth and for educators on TIG and TIGed through guided site tours and will learn how educators have used online tools for effective global learning initiatives, and global, collaborative project-based learning.

Creating Synchronous Learning

In this session students will be asked to identify the advantage of an online courses, and then they will be introduced to online synchronous learning. Students who were previously unable to attend traditional classes because of time constraints, personal responsibilities, or distance from campus can now access their course via online instruction. Synchronous learning will enhance the teaching and learning experience. Now students can bridge the gap between the flexibility of online learning and still have the benefits of real time instruction. Not to mention the mastery learning possibilities as a result of the archive content.

Presented by:
James A. Bender, Delta. Ferris and Lansing Community College

International Student Videoconferencing: Bringing Global Encounters to Your Class

TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education presents: Global Encounters! This program program brings together students from across the world through live video conferences that explore global issues and the potential youth have to shape a better common future. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to the purpose and methodology that drive this program, as well as the outcomes experienced among students who have taken part in the program.

All On Board the Web-based Engine driving Wisconsin’s Career Pathways initiative!

Discover how Wisconsin developed a dynamic data-driven application that integrates Programs of Study and student Academic Career Plans within the Career Clusters framework through the Wisconsin Career Pathways Website. Join us in this hands-on workshop as we lead you through this web-based interactive resource.

Education Value Network: An Alternative Future for Education

The current socio-cultural and socio-economic challenges and deficiency necessitate a new education paradigm that often refers to education transformation. Future wellbeing is the ultimate goal of education transformation. Thus, educators need to come up with a model to make learners competent in dealing with new complex situations and real life problems. To this end, this paper tries to illustrate how emerging technologies and modern service logic can be adopted into education transformation.

Presented by:
Kaveh Abhari, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Mya Lin Eveland, Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai`i

Collaborative Research – The “Social” Way!

Conducting research, even as a solo activity can be daunting task. Tracking references and resources can test even the most experienced researcher. Add a team of researchers to the project and the challenges can multiply exponentially. Why not use social reference management tools and technologies to share and collaborate with research colleagues, while storing your references in the Cloud?

Creating Interactive Learning Environments in the Online Mathematics Classroom

Even during a period of decreases in budgets and increases in costs, institutions must still maintain the goal of educating students. While the online classroom enables us to reach larger groups of students and employ the most effective instructors without the hindrance of remote geographic locations we must still acknowledge a population that contains various learning modalities. In this digital age, we continue to search for effective methods to reach all of our students.

MELE: A Culture-based Metaphoric Distance Learning Program

Web 2.0 tools, multimedia resources, and mobile learning platforms facilitate and transform an onsite culture-based workshop into MELE: a dynamic online metaphoric distance learning program with mentoring strategies customized by, and for, Polynesian communities. MELE is an acronym for Metaphoric Educational Learning Experiences.

Applying Critical Thinking in the Classroom: The Importance of Instructor Preparation

Research indicates that academics and students have differing perceptions of what happens in university classrooms, particularly in regard to higher order thinking, in particular, critical thinking. Higher education is challenged with encouraging students to pursue higher-order thinking and often fall short according to industry standards. The current research was directed at responses from full-time and adjunct faculty teaching either face-to-face or online mainly in the disciplines of criminal justice and political science to assess their views and application of teaching critical skills.

Presented by:
Michael Eskey, Ph.D., Park University

Engage the Disengaged: Strategies for addressing the expectations of today’s online millennials

Are we going to engage or disengage our students? The choice is ours. It is certainly not the short attention span of our students or their lack of focus! We are expecting today’s students to learn based on yesterday’s educational strategies. Students want to learn using new strategies and technology! This is not going to be solved by bringing new ‘lesson plans’ into our curriculum, it is much more than that.

I Deserve an “A”: Effective assessment in online courses

How many times have you heard students say, “I deserve an ‘A’”? As online professors, we want our students to learn and earn the grades they truly deserve!! How well is the assessment component of your course structured?

Supporting Study Abroad Students: A Case Study of a Study Abroad Program in the Philippines

Intercultural conflicts occur when people enter a new cultural environment. To overcome intercultural conflicts, it is important to maintain an objective and analytic attitude through shared experiences with others or with a peer group. Based on this assertion, we created a support system for study abroad students. This research is a case study of a study abroad program, started in 2011, by the Faculty of Foreign Language Study at Kansai University, Japan. The role of social media (SNS) is discussed.


Personal Learning Environments (PLE) are being thought of less as specific tools and more of an ideology of customization around individual needs. Mobile devices are gaining popularity in personal computing both in and out of educational settings because of their affordability and accessibility. Apps like Nearpod offer multiple, powerful functionalities in one integrated platform to connect students to peers and content.

Presented by:
Candice Frontiera, University of Hawaii

Integrating Google Blogs into the K-6 Language Arts Classroom To Promote Interactive Learning Communities

Educators must integrate technology into their curriculum with the introduction of State Common Core Standards nationwide in grades K-12. The new standard emphasizes the use of technology including the Internet to produce writing products. Bringing literacies into a classroom is not an easy task for a teacher, especially when two-thirds of teachers feel underprepared to use technology in the classroom (Barone & Wright, 2008).

Presented by:
Mia Beatty, University of Hawaii at Manoa Educational Technology