I had a great experience using VoiceThread in my online class last Fall and this year I’m using it for my Syllabus overview. This is a super easy way to provide students with a personalized syllabus summary in an online course. I’ll be using the FREE version of VoiceThread again this year.
I’ll be sharing my experiences teaching with VoiceThread at the Magna Teaching with Technology conference in St. Louis on Oct. 7, 2018. The title of my presentation is “Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning Principles with VoiceThread.”
I’m using FlipGrid for the first time this year starting with class introductions. We will use both tools during the course to move beyond text-based discussions. FlipGrid and VoiceThread give us asynchronous opportunities to hear and see one another, and build a sense of community within the course. I have approval to do a study to explore how using FlipGrid and VoiceThread impact proven principles of good practice.
I decided to add FlipGrid as a required participation tool after hearing from a few faculty who tried it out in their online course and claimed their students loved it! I also like the fact that FlipGrid is now part of the Office 365 suite so educators can now take advantage of features only previously available be a paid license.
Finally, giving students an opportunity to explore these technologies supports several outcomes for a course about teaching, learning & technology. I can’t wait to give them a try!