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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
Go with the Flow: Understanding Flow Experience in Online Courses

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"The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile" (Cskszentmihalyi, 1990, p.3).

Flow experience is the "creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake" (Cskszentmihalyi, 2004, http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow/transcript?language=en#t-106152). This session will explore flow experience as it applies to learning design, discuss ways to create learning experiences that promote flow experience, and share student feedback regarding course aspects that affect flow experience, intrinsic motivation, and student enjoyment (note: enjoyment is expressed in terms of "happiness" in flow experience research).

Most online courses at the Smeal College of Business adopt simulation games, case-based learning, and project-based learning. It is always challenging to assess how motivated students are as well as how much they are actually enjoying their learning experience in the online environment because we can only rely on limited information provided by SRTEs and other course evaluations.

In fall 2014, we began collecting data from students to understand more about their virtual classroom experience including learning objectives, activities, time spent on course-related activities, level of challenges, subjective performance, and level of enjoyment. In this session, we will share our findings in both quantitative and qualitative ways. In addition to sharing our findings, we will integrate polls, games, and discussions to encourage participants to engage and share their experiences and questions. Come join us in the journey to online happiness!

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Renee Ford

Instructional Designer, Penn State University-Smeal College of Business
My name is Renee Ford and I am a learning designer with a background in workplace learning & performance. I am passionate about design and innovation. I enjoy working collaboratively toward mission and goal accomplishment while encouraging systemic, organizational health. I believe that online learning, when designed well, is an opportunity to create quality, engaging curricula in a way that meets the needs of diverse learners. This is why... Read More →
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I-Pang Fu

Instructional Designer, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University

Saturday March 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 204

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