Embedding interactivity successfully into courses (Free Webinar)

Wednesday 22nd June 2022, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm New Zealand Time

ZOOM Webinar

In the last couple of years, educators and institutions have faced rapid changes to fully online learning and teaching. However, online learning can lack flexibility and interaction, due to a number of reasons. This webinar focuses on the highly relevant topic of how to embed interactive, flexible learning successfully into courses.

To achieve interactivity and flexibility in the online and face-to-face mode, expertise in design for learning has to be developed alongside technical competency so that the questions of how? and why? are considered in tandem. It is also important that educators move from technical questions and how a tool functions to the rationale for the use of a certain pedagogical strategy for which a tool could be used. Furthermore, underlying concepts need to be considered about how people learn, the type of learning required and ways to support learning to achieve a particular learning outcome.

Interactivity

Join this free FLANZ webinar to hear our presenters consider the following questions and more:

  • Why should we care about what students do and offer activities?
  • How can we utilise online learning to add value to face-to-face learning?
  • What are the underpinning principles?
  • What could embedding look like?
  • Which strategies work in certain situations and with a certain class size?

Our presenters will share their experiences through a short presentation or activity each, followed by time for questions and discussion. Their individual stories will combine to a rich canvas on how to achieve interactivity at various levels and contexts of learning.

Our presenters

  • Hinerangi Eruera Murphy (Ngāti Awa; Te Whare Wānanga ō Awanuiārangi in Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • Jacqui Thornley (University of Auckland)
  • Stephen Bright (Ngāti Kahungunu; University of Waikato)
  • Sue Tickner (University of Auckland)

Register for this free FLANZ webinar to receive access.

Realities of social media use in education: dangers and pitfalls

Professional Pathways Blog

This blog represents the views of the author and does not represent any official position by FLANZ

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My previous three blogs on the theme of social media use in education highlighted some of the benefits for educators and students. This blog will highlight some dangers and pitfalls.

These fall into the categories of access, digital literacy, privacy, data protection and social factors

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Social Media in Tertiary Education: moving outside the walled garden

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This blog represents the views of the author and does not represent any official position by FLANZ

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The second blog post in this series of four briefly outlined options for secondary school teachers to leverage the functionality of social media platforms. This third post examines in more depth the benefits for tertiary students. The same caveats still apply though; faculty need to be aware of their institutional policies and adhere to national legislation, particularly in the realm of privacy and data protection.

The Ubiquitous Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 

The vast majority of tertiary providers, certainly the Universities and Polytechnics & Institutes of Technology (ITP) and Industry Training Organisations (ITO) host their own virtual learning environment (VLE). They do this to integrate the learning resources and articulated learner journey with backend enrolments, identity and payments systems. VLEs have become a common experience for most adult learners in formal education. Continue reading “Social Media in Tertiary Education: moving outside the walled garden”

Practical uses of Social Media in Secondary School: some important things to be aware of

Professional Pathways Blog

This blog represents the views of the author and does not represent any official position by FLANZ

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Given how acclimated most students are to some form of social media, it is worth exploring how such tools may benefit their learning journey. Each social media platform offers different opportunities, from simply making classroom announcements to having live synchronous sessions. Social media represents immediacy, or presence, that can make the student feel more in touch, more supported than the traditional discussion board.

Teachers thinking about making use of social media should always know both their institutions’ guidelines and national legislation. School policies may restrict the use of mobile devices in the classroom and national legislation around data protection and privacy needs to be considered.

My last blog outlined some of the broad opportunities and challenges represented by the use of social media in education. In this blog, I Want to focus on the potential benefits of social media for learners and teachers in formal compulsory schooling, particularly secondary. Continue reading “Practical uses of Social Media in Secondary School: some important things to be aware of”

Social Media in Education: big picture, equity and purpose

Professional Pathways Blog

This blog represents the views of the author and does not represent any official position by FLANZ

male hand holding am iphone with social media icons
Photo by Tracy Le Blanc from Pexels

Personal communication devices, our smartphones, have become indispensable for many of us. They have undoubtedly opened up opportunities for increased communication and information retrieval. But what about formal education? What place is there for social media tools in schools, colleges, universities and work-based learning?
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