2016 TxDLA Conference

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM: Breakout Sessions
Create Engaging Online Discussions Using Social Psychology and Game Elements
Discussion can be a powerful learning activity, but online discussions sometimes fall short of their potential. An instructional designer from Texas State University and a psychology professor from the University of Hawai'i collaborated to use social psychology and game elements to design online discussions that students find motivating and engaging.
Track: Trends in Educational Technology
Room: Travis A (Floor 3)
Mr. Patrick Smith, Texas State University, Asst. Director of Instructional Design
Patrick Smith has been a part of the Texas State family for over a decade. Moving to Texas after earning a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University, he worked as an instructional designer for 9 years, and was promoted to assistant director of his department in 2015.

He and his best friend/colleague, Dr. Alexander Nagurney from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, presented a collaborative gamified course design at the 2014 TXDLA conference in Corpus Christi. That course went on to win the 2015 international Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award.