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SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2015

The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.


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Saturday, March 21 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Universal Video Collaboration: It Has Arrived, and We’re Doing It

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The session will cover the basics of utilizing video collaboration (via BlueJeans) to enhance learning environments in an academic setting. It will cover various use cases—including enabling synchronous learning—as informed by the deployment within World in Conversation in the College of the Liberal Arts. It will also demonstrate and emphasize the usability of BlueJeans through an integration into a custom registration web application built by World in Conversation. The usability and flexibility aspects of BlueJeans will be highlighted and demonstrated as they cannot be overstated. These things fundamentally separate the service from the myriad other services available and make it an ideal choice for enhancing education in the classroom.

The session will engage the audience by giving them access to the registration web application via smartphone during the presentation to illustrate the automated sign-up process for potential users to emphasize how easy and hassle-free it is. Some attendees will then be invited to join a live video session on their phone to demonstrate how quickly a session can be set up, and what it looks like in practice (accounting for reverb by asking those participants to use headphones or exit the room). The session will conclude with a discussion on the future of collaborative learning and why usability must be at the forefront of any technology system implemented for education.

Speakers
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Sam Richards

Director of Development, World in Conversation
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Tim Taylor

IT Consultant


Saturday March 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 206

Attendees (26)