Effectively Integrating Instructor-Generated Learning Materials in a Distance Education Environment

Session Description
In an online classroom environment, learning materials are often publisher-generated and instructor visibility can be perceived as low by students. A strong instructor presence is important because it improves student affective learning, cognition, and motivation (Baker, 2010). This presentation will discuss how online faculty can integrate instructor-generated materials, strengthening their presence while increasing student engagement and understanding.

A study conducted by Jennifer S. Hegeman found that integrating instructor-generated learning aids “not only placed a greater emphasis on conceptual understanding, but also positioned the course instructor prominently in the role of content provider, enhancing the course instructor’s teaching presence in the online environment” (Hegeman, 2015, p. 84 ). Therefore, best practices will be identified, such as chunking information, providing assignment support, providing an opportunity for students to ask questions, and being a part of the dialogue throughout the course. The use of tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Perusall, and podcasting will also be addressed.

Marsha Morgenstern
Marsha Morgenstern, University of Phoenix, AZ

  • M.A. Adult Education and Training, University of Phoenix
  • M.A. Business Communication, Jones International University
  • 11+ years experience in higher education
  • Associate Faculty, University of Phoenix, Pittsburgh Technical College
  • Communication and Marketing Administrator, Women In Bio
Jennifer Waldo
Jennifer Waldo, Pittsburgh Technical College, PA

  • DBA (ABD) Grand Canyon University
  • MEd. Innovative Instruction, Seton Hill University
  • MBA University of Pittsburgh
  • B. A. Westminster College
  • 25+ years within industry and higher education
  • Faculty member Pittsburgh Technical College
Marisa Haney
Marisa Haney, Pittsburgh Technical College, PA

  • M.S. Business Education, Robert Morris University
  • B.S. Business Management with a concentration in Tourism Management
  • 12+ years experience in higher education
  • Hospitality/Business Instructor, Pittsburgh Technical College
Session Type
45-Minute Interactive Session
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