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2014 Conference - Activating The Social Brain with Web Conferencing
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About this session:

At a recent Pearson keynote, Matthew Lieberman, a renowned researcher in social neuroscience, made reference from his research that online learning might not be a good learning environment if the social brain was not activated.  He inferred from his functional MRI study of social pain and mentioned that the human need to connect might be more basic than food and shelter.   His brain scan research affirms what some educators observe that meaningful connection is critical to online learning. In fact, Lieberman singled out asynchronous teaching as a major challenge in online learning.  The lack of social interaction and collaboration often impedes learning motivation.  The social brain needs to be turned on so that online students become motivated, have better knowledge retention, and experience higher order domains of learning.  Web conferencing administered in online courses could be a critical tool in activating the social brain provided it is used in a highly interactive format.  Unilateral synchronous teaching would not be a good use of this tool as it doesn’t generate social learning.  Without a high level of interactivity, synchronous teaching could be as boring as a face-to-face lecture that doesn’t promotion any social interaction.  This presentation will discuss with examples and case studies how web conferencing could be used as a great tool to turn on the social brain in online learning. 

The presenter will engage the audience with faculty stories and student testimonials how social presence has impacted online learning.  The presenter will also demonstrate how a web conferencing tool is used system-wide for enhancing connection between instructor and students and student s and students.  The session will include questions that involve the audience via virtual clickers and model for the audience how their social interactions could enhance their learning during the session.  Toward the end of the presentation, the presenter will share some strategies and useful tips on how to bring 100% of distance instructors to adopt web conferencing in all distance programs.

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About the presenter:




Brandon Baker, Adventist University of Health Sciences 

Brandon is currently the Media Technology Specialist at Adventist University of Health Sciences, in Orlando, Florida.  At ADU his role is to manage and maintain the daily video broadcasts between Orlando and Denver, CO.  He also assists in integrating technology into classrooms and offices at the main campus, and produces any video content the University desires. Before coming to ADU Brandon was a Video Production Technician with Orange County Public Schools.  He has a BFA in Television and Film from Florida State University.  He has over 10 years of experience in K-12 media integration on a large scale.  He also has extensive film and video production experience and has worked with clients such as the Orlando Magic and HGTV.





Ron Novy, Adventist University of Health Sciences

Ron is the Assistant Director of Faculty Support and Media Technology at Adventist University of Health Sciences.  At ADU he manages and oversees Classrooms,  meeting and event spaces on the Orlando campus,  and classrooms and video conferencing systems on the Orlando and Denver campuses. As well as working with faculty and providing training in the use of technology, LMS admin for courses and user accounts. Investigates new educational technologies in general or as requested by faculty. Design, plan and frequently builds the technology for classrooms and meeting spaces including our Panopto lecture capture system. He has a BT in Media Graphics from Andrews University. He has taught digital art & video and yearbook to high school students and has over 25 years of experience in educational media technology.