Speakers and workshop leaders will include experts in instructional technology as well as faculty with extensive experience in classroom videoconferencing or other collaborative technologies:
- Patricia A. McGee, PhD (Associate Professor of Instructional Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio), via video and web conference
- Aziza Ellozy, PhD (Director of the Center for Learning & Teaching, Associate Dean for Learning Technologies, American University in Cairo)
- Ahmad ElZorkani (Manager, Multimedia Services, Center for Learning & Teaching, American University in Cairo)
- Mohamed Fahmy Menza, PhD (Office of the Core Curriculum, American University in Cairo)
- Mike Lattanzi, PhD (former professor of political science, American University in Cairo)
- Patrick Mason, PhD (Claremont Graduate University, California)
Are you interested in bridging your class with a class at another institution, or connecting your students in a meaningful way with experts and guests from off campus?
Do you want to improve the way you design your courses -- and use videoconferencing, Blackboard, Word Press, Google Docs, or more innovative technologies -- for such collaborations?
This workshop will be an opportunity to learn about and exchange best practices and innovative ideas for the use of videoconferencing and other collaborative learning technologies, in a participative group environment with colleagues from similar institutions. The workshop will cover a variety of issues related to using technology -- videoconferencing, learning management systems, web-based collaboration tools, blogs and social publishing platforms, voice discussion threads, and other technologies -- for virtual/online classroom collaboration. The focus will be on technologies supporting virtual collaboration between classes at different AMICAL institutions, but much of this could also be relevant to purely local hybrid (blended learning) classes that include a significant online component or that bring in external speakers/participants virtually.
Through presentations, demonstrations, discussions and practical activities, the program will elicit best practices and innovative ideas around topics such as:
- eCollaboration for Learning
- The right technology for the right learning context:
- Simulating face-to-face presence
- Sharing and collaborating on work in progress
- Sharing/exposing students’ final products
- Creating community
- Content/pedagogy/administrative issues related to inter-institutional teaching collaborations
- Local initiatives and ideas for collaborative projects
For further details, see the accompanying preliminary program and a detailed description of the “eCollaboration for Learning” workshop.
Who should attend?
This event is aimed particularly at faculty from AMICAL member institutions. Ideally, interested institutions should send a team including at least one faculty member and an instructional technologist. Teams should have a strong interest in working together on using technology to engage in collaborative learning projects. Priority will be given to teams that bridge a class they plan to teach with partners outside of their campus, in particular with classes at other institutions around the world and at other AMICAL institutions. Those planning to use videoconferencing for class collaborations are especially encouraged to attend. We will be inviting a number of speakers to join us virtually, but all attendees must be physically present; we hope that the face-to-face contact with other AMICAL peers will facilitate future teaching collaborations among members of our consortium.
Support for attendance
Thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, AMICAL is pleased to be able to support the cost of attendance, including travel, housing and most meals, for a limited number of teams from AMICAL member institutions. Support, which will be in the form of a reimbursement for travel expenses following attendance at the workshop, can be requested in the registration form.
Housing will be provided for all participants at the Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo Hotel, used frequently for AUC events and very close to the AUC campus, in New Cairo. Rooms will be reserved for an arrival on 10 November and departure on 13 November unless indicated otherwise in the registration form.
Please use the online form for registration. Registration will close on 8 October 2012; replies to requests for financial support will be sent out by 15 October 2012.
For questions regarding the workshop, please contact one of the organizers:
- Jeff Gima (Director, AMICAL) - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Aziza Ellozy (Director of the Center for Learning & Teaching, Associate Dean for Learning Technologies, American University in Cairo) - email@example.com
- Ahmad ElZorkani (Manager, Multimedia Services, Center for Learning & Teaching, American University in Cairo) - firstname.lastname@example.org