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Common Success Factors Designing Collaborative Learning using Educational Technologies

This session shares a mixed-methods study of six instructors who utilized digital technologies to improve student collaboration and learning among students. These technologies include social media, collaboratively written online documents, webinars, clickers, simulation games, and web technologies. A cross-case analysis identified common success factors and suggestions for other instructors who are considering applying these technologies to their own courses.
Karen Skibba, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jennifer Herman, Niagara University
Danyelle Moore, Niagara University
Dr. Karen Skibba is an instructional designer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies where she consults with faculty on developing online and hybrid courses and using technology to enhance student learning. Karen has authored book chapters and presented at national conferences on experiential travel learning, blended learning and programs, adult learning, and faculty development.
Dr. Jennifer Herman directs the Center of Excellence in Teaching at Simmons College in Boston. She has also worked as an education writing consultant for over ten years and has designed training programs and curricula for higher education, federal, and non-profit clients. She teaches courses in writing, literature, and education and publishes and presents at both national and international conferences on faculty development, online education, and instructional technology.

Danyelle Moore is the instructional support specialist in Niagara University’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning.  She is a resource to support faculty efforts in their advancement of SoTL, purposeful technology incorporation, and best practices of teaching into the curricula.