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Social Media’s Role in Your Online Classroom

Most educators realize that they need to apply social media tools to their online classrooms but aren’t sure which tools are most effective or why. These presenters will share practical examples and stories from years of online teaching experience using wikis, blogs, twitter, and more. Practical research and student survey results on virtual teamwork, plus supporting students to collaboratively develop a ‘living course textbook’ will also be discussed.

Dr. Datta Kaur Khalsa, University of Maryland University College
Dr. Kay Lehman, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Dr. Datta Kaur Khalsa is  currently Professor and Chair of  University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) Graduate School Department of Education and teaches in the MEd in Instructional Technology program. With over 35 years of experience in education, she has been involved with program development, teacher training, and administration in a number of university and K-12 settings, as well as designing and teaching online graduate courses since 2000. Her current research focus includes virtual teamwork, online communities, assessment, and the policy, training, and organizational structure related to global, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary project-based learning.
Dr. Kay Lehmann has won a number of awards for her outstanding efforts in the field of education including the Milken National Education Award and the Washington Award for Excellence in Education.  She has also received the Don Ackerman Research Fellowship to support her research on the formation of cooperative learning in online classes.  Her award winning classroom methods utilizing appropriate technology integration into the classroom curriculum and hands-on constructivist teaching have been transferred to her professional development efforts.  Dr. Lehmann earned her Ph.D. from Walden University in 2007 and her Masters degree in Online Teaching and Learning from California State University, East Bay and is Adjunct Professor for University of Wisconsin, Stout.