The first two days of ECO 2014 have been packed with so many useful tools that my head is spinning with new ideas for the Human Health Program. It has been inspiring to see real life examples of how they have been used by other faculty and staff at Emory. The tools that stick out as being particularly suited to engaging the Health 100 freshmen are Explain Everything and Screencast-o-matic. The students work in small groups on a class project and both of these apps look promising to use for this purpose. Also, I am interested in exploring Zaption for the Health 300 class as an option to weekly hard copy quizzes or quizzes in Blackboard for the pre-work they are assigned for each class.
Looking over the several pages of notes I have taken already, it struck me how many of my notes were on ideas, comments and concerns mentioned by others in the class. The sharing and connection in the physical classroom is very helpful and important to my own learning and understanding of what is possible. I find it interesting to this dawned on me in a class about online learning!
My big question at this point in the week: How best can this in-person interaction be replicated in a virtual classroom with a large (100-200 students) enrollment?