Quality Student Experiences
Visualizing the Possibilities in Online Discussions: Transforming the Way Instructors and Students Create and Share Knowledge
Three aspects of traditional online learning environments—the linear nature of discussions, the lack of visuals, and limited ownership of ideas and knowledge—challenge authentic engagement and deep learning. This session highlights research on student and faculty experiences using a new discussion platform and uncovers the possibilities of online learning.
Learning Objectives:
Examine the shortcomings of traditional online learning environments and discussions.
Identify alternatives to traditional discussion boards to promote authentic discussions.
Explore a new discussion platform that helps create authentic, visually-rich interactions.
Intended Audience: Role
Instructional Designers
Intended Audience: Knowledge Level
Experienced with QM
New to QM
Veena Radhakrishnan, Director, Learning Innovation, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
Veena Radhakrishnan earned her EdD in Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning from Johns Hopkins School of Education. She works as the Director of Learning Innovation at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Veena is a Quality Matters (QM) certified Master Reviewer and is experienced in helping faculty consider approaches for aligning university, program, and course learning outcomes, and for advancing course quality, student engagement, and assessment strategies.
Patrick Dempsey, Director, Office of Digital Teaching & Learning, Loyola University Maryland
Patrick earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University and holds an M.B.A. in Organizational Management. He has published and presented widely on engaging faculty in instructional design, communities of inquiry and transformative learning, and quality assurance in online classes. Prior to joining the Office of Digital Teaching & Learning, Patrick served as the Instructional Teaching Specialist Supervisor at Johns Hopkins University.