Symposium on WebCT Looks at Best Practices in Distance Education

Posted: March 2, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Friday, March 4, the Instructional Resource Center will host a daylong symposium, “WebCT: Best Practices in Distance Education,” in Innovation Hall, Room 204, beginning at 9 a.m.

This event will feature faculty members from programs across the university that have distance education courses and/or components. It will include some demonstrations of various technologies. Marilyn Mobley McKenzie, associate provost for educational programs and chair of the university’s Distance Education Committee, will give an update on distance learning programs at Mason.

The program schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.—Jerry Drake, WebCT Systems Administrator

9:30 a.m.—Marilyn Mobley McKenzie

10:30 a.m.—Goodlett McDaniel, Beverly Boyd, Brenda Sheingold, and Sheryl Pinto, College of Nursing and Health Science, will discuss the new MSN in Nursing Administration and Education Certificate Web-based Program delivery model.

11:45 a.m.—Jerry Drake will give an introduction to the new 4.1 WebCT version, scheduled to be initiated this summer.

1 p.m.—Wanda Mally, Graduate School of Education and John Haskins School of Public and International Affairs, will present two case studies that examine lessons learned from courses delivered at a distance for the first time.

2 p.m.—Lisa Marie Aird of the Instructional Resource Center will demonstrate streaming media, with a detailed look at how it is produced and incorporated into WebCT at George Mason. Mark Pullen, Computer Science, will demonstrate his teaching product, the Network EducationWare, which allows the instructor to present to a group of students in the classroom simultaneously with another group online.

2:15 p.m.—Sarah Nutter, Michelle Marks, and Paige Wolf of the School of Management will demonstrate the ClassroomPlus program of WebCT courses in MBA and bioscience studies.

Faculty members are invited to attend the entire event, or individual sessions of interest. To register, click here.

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