Two of my proposals were accepted for presentation at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference in Austin, TX. I’d love to connect with any of my readers who are also going to SITE. This will be my third time to attend this conference. This time around, I’ll be sharing the outcomes of my dissertation and participating in a panel on gaming for educational purposes. I will be the newbie gaming researcher on the expert panel sharing a job aid for other educators who would like to get started.
Here’s my current schedule for the conference: (All times are Central Standard Time.)
1. Brief Paper: Use of Online Role-Playing Games With Language Learning Strategies to Improve English Grammar, Listening, Reading, and Vocabulary, March 6, 2017 at 3:00- 4:00 P.M. (my session is last), in the Capitol A Room at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. (This was my original dissertation title. It’s now called A MMORPG with Strategic Activities to Improve English Grammar, Listening, Reading, and Vocabulary. My dissertation committee included: Burke Johnson (Chair), Univ. of South Alabama, Rick Van Eck, Univ. of North Dakota, James Van Haneghan, Univ. of South Alabama, and Susan Martin, Univ. of South Alabama, USA.
2. Panel Session: Exploring the Rules of the Game: Games in the Classroom, Game-Based Learning, Gamification, and Simulations, March 8, 2017 at 4:15-5:15 P.M. in the Capitol North Room at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. Panelists include:
Jana Willis, Univ. of Houston-Clear Lake,
Spencer Greenhalgh, Michigan State Univ.,
Larysa Nadolny, Iowa State Univ.,
Sa Liu, Univ. of Texas,
Tugce Aldemir, Penn State World Campus,
Sandra Rogers, Univ. of South Alabama,
Monica Trevathan, Tietronix Software,
Susan Hopper, Pedagogical Balance of Effective Learning
Wendy Oliver, Thrivist, USA
For the complete schedule of the conference, select this link. A special thanks to the Instructional Design and Development Graduate Association and USA Student Government Association in funding my travel and conference fees!
Join me in Mobile, AL this November 2nd-4th for the Mid-South Educational Research Associations (MSERA) 2015 annual meeting. Click this link to see the full conference schedule. The conference takes place at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel on Water Street downtown. For more information on the MSERA, visit their Website. The great thing about #MSERA is that they are friendly and welcome newcomers—and they remember your name the time they see you!
I’ll be making two brief paper presentations and chairing these same sessions. Here’s my schedule:
2:00 eLearning Session in Grand Bay Room I/II: November 3 (Thursday)
Rubric to Evaluate Online Course Syllabi Plans for Engendering a Community of Inquiry
Sandra A. Rogers & James Van Haneghan, University of South Alabama
10:00 Instructional Design Session in Windjammer Room: November 4th (Friday)
Magis Instructional Design Model for Ignatian-based Distance Education
I wanted to celebrate the milestone of reaching 1000 followers on my blog! Thanks to all of you who subscribe to Teacherrogers’ blog on WordPress. My first blog post was in 2010, but I didn’t really become active until 2011. This will be post #139. I also blogged for TESOL International Association during 2011-2012 on their website. Additionally, I blogged for a workforce education nonprofit I spearheaded in 2007-2009. Some of those blogs have been republished here.
As a subscriber or regular reader, you know that I strive to provide you with relevant information on instructional design, learning theories, integration of technology and social media into the learning environment, as well as specific information in my areas of interest (second language acquisition, gaming, and e-learning). My blog posts also serve as an archive of my learning. This provides me with a place to review and reflect. I hope my blogs have provided you with the information you needed or, at the very least, an idea or link to follow up.
Thanks again for following me on this journey of social blogging! Please join me in this celebration by leaving me a comment.
Two of my proposals were accepted for presentation at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference in Savannah, GA. I’d love to connect with any of my readers who are also going to SITE. This will be my second time to attend this conference and my first time in the city of Savannah. I can’t wait!
Here’s my current schedule for the conference: (All times are Eastern Standard Time.)
Join me in Lafayette, LA this November 4-6th for the Mid-South Educational Research Associations (MSERA) 2015 annual meeting. Click this link to see the full conference schedule. For more information on the MSERA, visit their Website. The cool thing about this conference is that everybody brings their paper and not just the PowerPoint slides to handout to attendees. I ended up with tons of great research papers to read afterwards!
I’ll be making two presentations on gaming. Here’s my schedule:
11:00 Assessment Session: November 4th
Trace Effects Program Theory Evaluation
Sandra A. Rogers and R. Burke Johnson, University of South Alabama
(This is a repost of the EVO2015 Call for Participation from Nina Liakos.)
Dear EFL/ESL Educator,
Since 2001, the Electronic Village Online, a project of TESOL’s CALL Interest Section, has been offering free online professional development sessions to language teachers world-wide. It is my pleasure to announce the Call for Participation for the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2015. This year, we are offering 13 fabulous five-week sessions on a variety of topics, including teaching pronunciation, using Moodle, creating electronic textbooks, flipped learning, making Machinima in Second Life, using Minecraft to teach English, and more.
For a complete listing and abstracts, visit the Call for Participation at http://evosessions.pbworks.com. To enroll in a session, follow the instructions on the session page. Please note that registration for the sessions will take place from January 5 – January 11, 2015. The sessions begin on January 12 and continue until February 15. To register for a session, follow the instructions on that session’s page (Session pages are linked to the CfP.).
EVO sessions are free (you usually need only a computer with Internet access and a desire to learn) and open to all, whether or not you are a TESOL member. They carry no academic credit, and participants may choose the level of involvement that works for them. Mark your calendars now for EVO registration, January 5 – 11. And get ready for an unforgettable experience!
Please share this invitation with your colleagues and e-lists, and thank you for helping us to spread the word!
Nina Liakos, EVO Lead Coordinator
On behalf of the EVO Coordination Team
Note: Read more about EVO from my previous blog posts.
This summer, I read Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave for a course assignment. If you’re not familiar with it, see this YouTube video of a professor’s lecture and animation:
Plato’s allegory reminded me of the chains we place on ourselves as adult learners. Ever since I graduated from college, I’ve encountered adults who profess the age-old idiom: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” As an educator, I confronted this in the Peace Corps when working with artisans, in college when teaching languages, and even within my own family dealing with challenging tasks.
I exclude my mother and myself from this. She never allowed anything to keep her from learning something new. She instilled in me the gumption to apply myself to any task, no matter how difficult it may appear to be. From experience, I can assert that I’ve been successful at learning various difficult things as an adult. For example, I learned to speak Portuguese at age 30, Latin dance at age 40, and statistics at age 50. Of course, this list is only cursory. I share my successes with my students to let them know that learning can occur at any time in your life.
The fable is related to learning theory and technology in many ways. First, as instructional designers, we must keep ourselves informed of the latest research on multimedia practices. Otherwise, we’ll become slaves to our own (or others) beliefs. I have a growth mindset. I want to know what the research indicates as an effective practice and then immediately start to apply it. Of course, I have my hunches or intuition about how things should be presented. However, I’m open to learning new ways to bring about improved learning outcomes.
Second, we will face opposition and disbelief in our practices and informed knowledge when we enter the workforce as novice instructional designers with our advanced degrees. Naysayers of scientific findings will state that a certain empirically based practice will not work at their institution. They may even state that they’ve tried it before with no improvement. We’ll need to build a good reputation and gain buy-in from others in regards to introducing new ideas. Otherwise, we may fall prey to Groupthink.
I’m very excited to be going to the AACE conference for the first time. AACE stands for the Association for Advancement of Computing in Education. They’re hosting the World e-Learn conference in New Orleans, LA at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street! Here’s my presentation schedule:
October 28th at 10:00-11:00: How to Make Your Online Course Accessible, a roundtable on how to meet ADA requirements will take place in the Gallery along with many other roundtable conversations in the same room.
October 28th at 11:55-12:15: Trace Effects Logic Model, a brief paper on an informal program theory evaluation in Salon 828. I’ll also be serving as the presider over the other sessions until 1:00 p.m. in this room.
I hope to see you there! I’ll be volunteering at the registration desk on Monday from 1-5 p.m. and Thursday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Come by to say hello! I’ll be tweeting about the conference @teacherrogers with the hastag #elearn. Afterward, I’ll create a Padlet virtual wall with all of my presentations, photos, and tidbits I learn at the conference.
“The more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled.― Paulo Freire