Magna Online Seminars

How to Engage Students with Interactive Online Lectures


Featured Higher Education Presenter: John Orlando, Ph.D.

Of all the technological innovations that have found their way into the classroom in recent years, few are as exciting as VoiceThread. It’s a remarkably effective tool for facilitating collaboration and interaction–between students and faculty, and also among students themselves–in both face-to-face and online classrooms.

Fundamentally, VoiceThread allows faculty to create and post presentations based on slideshows, video, text and/or other media; students can then respond, comment and append things (using the same variety of media) to share with both the instructor and fellow students.

In this seminar Dr. Orlando explains:

  • The innovative ways VoiceThread facilitates participation.
  • The wealth of feedback tools VoiceThread supports–video, text, phone, “doodling” and more.
  • How VoiceThread builds a strong sense of community among students and faculty.
  • How students can use VoiceThread to actively help build and support lecture content.
  • How student contributions can be used as legacies, for future classes to build on.
  • How related technologies, including Video Ant and Windows Movie Maker, can further enhance the students’ learning experiences.
  • How to set up and deliver in-class polls using smartphones.
  • And much more.

Your presenter

John Orlando, Ph.D., is currently program director for two of Norwich University’s online master’s programs. In addition, he’s a consultant, course developer, lecturer and veteran of more than a decade in education technology.

John has delivered lectures on distance education administration and business continuity management for distance education at University Continuing Education Association conferences, at the University of Wisconsin Conference on Distance Education and Teaching, and through webcasts. He has also published in business continuity management for higher education.

Who will benefit from this seminar?

  • Faculty members
  • Department Chairs
  • Instructional technologists
  • Adjunct instructors
  • Distance learning staff

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