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IGI Global Online Symposium Series Featured Southern California Tide Pools LIVE

By IGI Global on Mar 9, 2011
On Monday, February 28th, IGI Global and Elluminate hosted an online symposium featuring Kimberly Mann Bruch from the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) at the University of California, San Diego. The hour-long presentation took place from the Point Loma tide pools during a low tide. This gave Ms. Bruch the opportunity to discuss with us the technology that she and HPWREN have developed such as extended battery power to run the laptop computer, as well as portable video equipment that is submergible. The flora and fauna of the tide pool area was also discussed as we saw snails, sea anemones, and birds. The attendees included a 4th grade class from Wyoming, college students, professors, and other educators from all over the world. To view the recording of the symposium, please visit our symposium page. Ms. Bruch has been featured in Cases on Technological Adaptability and Transnational Learning: Issues and Challenges and the Journal of Cases on Information Technology (JCIT), where she discussed how technology can connect education communities with hard-to-reach science sites.

IGI Global will be hosting its next online symposium on April 18th at 4:10 pm EST with Dr. Leonard Shedletsky. Dr. Shedletsky's presentation is titled Producing Increased Interaction and Critical Thinking in the College Classroom: In Search of Authentic Online Discussion. Dr. Shedletsky's presentation will include an overview of research on online discussion in education and will raise questions about what teachers can do to increase interaction and critical thinking in the virtual classroom. Some scholars say that we do not really lead a discussion as much as we are led by it, and others would suggest that we design and structure discussions in order to move them forward. We will attempt to resolve these opposing views and seek to learn what teachers can do to facilitate authentic discussion. Students from a senior seminar on discussion will take part to offer their views as we open the symposium for discussion. To take part in this discussion, please sign up on our symposium page.

Dr. Lenny Shedletsky is a professor of Communication at the University of Southern Maine. He is the co-editor of and a contributor to Cases on Online Discussion and Interaction: Experiences and Outcomes, published in 2010 by IGI Global.

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