Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC)

Collaborative Learning through Social Networking: Making Time Travel Possible in Any Subject

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About the Presentation

Listeners of this presentation will hear how an instructor turned her inactive discussion forum and transformed it into a highly interactive learning environment. She transferred the learning medium from a discussion forum to a role-playing forum using a format that was very familiar to her students -- "Ning" pages. Ning is an online tool that enables groups of people to establish their own social networks, similar to Facebook pages. The method used is one that can be used across disciplines. The assignment was well received by students. They started conversing immediately. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Jamie Henke is a Faculty Associate at UW-Madison where she teaches for the School of Music and the Division of Continuing Studies. Her top teaching awards include the Hilldale Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction as a Teaching Fellow in the UW-Madison Teaching Academy. She published the first truly online music theory textbook entitled "Theory Gizmos: Fundamental Tools to Understand, Analyze and Build Music" and is co-founder of MACRO, a music theory pedagogy organization. Jamie's teaching incorporates traditional as well as online instruction in a range of courses from counterpoint and composition, to theory and history. She is the coordinator for Independent Learning in music and Online Continuing Education. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and a Ph.D. in music theory.

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