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Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions

Using Adobe Connect to Maximize its Pedagogical Value

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Alejandra M. Pickett

State University of New York System Administration, SUNY Online

Designing and planning for effective and efficient online engaging interaction in synchronous online instruction is not intuitive. It takes knowledge, skills, and a commitment to continuously improve your online course design and delivery. This book is full of information and resources that target practical active learning approaches specific to synchronous online interaction that you can adapt and apply in your own online instruction, and supports you in your efforts to do that in a reflective, mindful, and an intentional way. I highly recommend this book.
Jane Bozarth
Since the pandemic forced so much in-person instruction onto virtual platforms the literature has been flooded with tips for converting instruction from one format to another, much of it offered in generalities and perhaps too-generous assumptions about existing skills - and much of it doing little more than rehashing previous work. This new book provides fresh content, particularly by way of welcome step-by-step help for executing ideas like
Stephen Cummings

University of Iowa School of Social Work

We're way beyond just porting what we do in traditional classrooms to the online environment. This book is essential for educators working hard to to improve the online learning experience with real best practices. This is a practical guide that addresses myths about the online environment, using a framework of equity to make the learning experience a truly inclusive one for students. the focus on truly engaging students with the class content, rather than constantly managing student behavior, is truly inspiring.
Jennifer Hofmann

InSync Training

Virtual classrooms have been around for 20+ years - but still most publications are anecdotal and promotional. "Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions is different. It s a resource on virtual learning that is focused on maximizing the instructional technology (in this case, Adobe Connect) but based on research and drawing on different experts in the field as strong contributors. This book provides the "why", the "how" and examples of activities in that maximize engagement. Worth space on your virtual bookshelf.
Matthea Marquart

Columbia University School of Social Work

Matthea Marquart is a social worker, leader, educator, and online education expert. She is the Assistant Dean of Online Education at Columbia University’s School of Social Work (CSSW), a Senior Lecturer teaching innovative courses, and the creator and co-facilitator of CSSW’s Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses. She began working with CSSW's Online Campus in 2014 during beta testing and launch preparation, helped launch the Online Campus in 2015, and has focused on collaborating on the online program's continuous improvement and growth since then. Her team’s work with CSSW’s Online Campus has won numerous awards, including from the International E-Learning Association, the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, the United States Distance Learning Association, and Chief Learning Officer Magazine. Matthea publishes and presents frequently, including over 125 invited and refereed talks, workshops, keynote speeches, and conference sessions about education, training, teaching with technology, and nonprofit management.

She is honored to have been recognized by the Council on Social Work Education’s Women’s Council as a Feminist Mentor, by the Network for Social Work Management with an Exemplar Award for exemplary performance and leadership as a social work executive leader, by the White House and Americorps with a President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award in recognition of volunteer service to community and country, and by the NYC chapter of the National Association of Social Workers with an Emerald Leadership Award for 16-25 years of exemplary leadership and contributions to the Social Work profession. Matthea began working in education in 1997, and in online education in 2008. She holds a BA in English from Emory University and an MS in Social Work from Columbia University. She is passionate about student-centered teaching and learning, and can be reached on Twitter, on LinkedIn, or on her website.

Lia W. Marshall

Columbia University School of Social Work

Dr. Marshall is currently the Manager of Course Development and Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work (CSSW) and co-facilitator of CSSW’s Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses. She has 10 years of public health and medical research administration experience in immunology, oncology and chronic disease prevention and management where she developed an expertise in managing NIH grants, in clinical trial administration, and health policy. Her research interests include older adult well-being, and aging-well-in-place by investigating the interconnections between social isolation, mobility, and the built environment. Her academic interests are in distance learning in higher education and Social Work education as a whole.

Dr Marshall received a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Masters of Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). She is passionate about social justice and health equity.

Rebecca Yae-Eun Chung

Rebecca Y. Chung, LMSW, is the Program Manager for the Online Campus at the Columbia University, School of Social Work, and the Director of Management and Impact at STYRO Matters. She is also currently serving a 2-year appointment term with the National Unification Advisory Council, a presidential consultative body for South Korea. Her roles in different sectors and fields provide her with a unique perspective to contribute to a more socially equitable world.

Ms. Chung’s professional experience ranges across international development, administration and management, strategic planning and programming, policy analysis, and direct service. She has previously worked for the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, UNDP, the United Nations, and a number of grassroots international organizations. In the past few years, Ms. Chung has also been internationally recognized as an emerging leader in the field of social work and nonprofit management. She was honored by the Network for Social Work Management as a Mark Moses Distinguished Fellow in 2018, the Workforce Magazine as a Top-40-Under-40 Game Changer in 2019, UPCEA as an inaugural Bethaida “Bea” González Diversity in Leadership Scholar in 2020, and City & State and NYN Media as a rising Nonprofit 40-Under-40 leader in 2021. She has also been recognized for numerous awards with her team each year.

Ms. Chung holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, with a concentration in Social Enterprise Administration and a field of practice in International Social Welfare. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, with a double minor concentration in Computer Science and Technology, and Music. Ms. Chung is proud to serve her many communities and finds great meaning in her commitment to social justice and equality.

Kristin Garay

Columbia University School of Social Work

Kristin Garay has been the Manager of Online Campus Technology at Columbia University School of Social Work since 2017. She graduated from Columbia School of Social Work's (CSSW) 16-month program in 2016 with a clinic focus in the areas of health, mental health & disability. Her field placements were at the Ali Forney Center and New York- Presbyterian Hospital's School Based Health Centers. She became a Live Support Specialist (LSS) at CSSW's online program in 2016 before assuming her current role as Manager of Online Campus Technologies in 2017.
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