June 7, 2012 - Breakout Session A

Dr. Claire Badaracco, Bellarmine University, Fulbright 2012-13 University of Ulster, Derry, Peace Studies
Sandra Whitehead, Languages and Humanities Department Chair, Rafik Hariri University, Mechref, Lebanon
Ms. Alexandrea Newell, Marquette university class of 2012 (Presenting remotely from USA)

Summary: Presenters will discuss using multiple platforms to manage small group discussion in a linked course with 2 sites in the US and 1 in the Middle East, and include collaborative course content, new desktop videoconference technology, sharing multiple platforms, including Wikispaces for photography and storytelling assignments. Presentation will include collaborative challenges as well as new technologies making hybrid elearning possible.

Gabriel Flacks, Humanities Professor, Champlain College, Saint Lambert QC

Summary: Blogging can provide students an exciting and engaging way to develop knowledge about the world, yet the task requires certain conditions to meet pedagogic goals. This presentation will describe some of the activities and features of the NewsActivist curriculum and associated free website that have led students to improve writing skills and critical thinking skills while developing civic awareness.

Session Moderator: Hope Windle, Instructional Designer, SUNY Ulster

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