Catherine Alexander

This presentation provides a reflective review based on six semesters of instructional design and pedagogy regarding the use of state-of-the-art (SOA) Etechnologies in the undergraduate university classroom and laboratory. The presentation utilizes two specific Etechnologies, but the pedagogical approaches may be applied across many disciplines using alternate Eresources. The first specific resource is Dr. Tom Garrison’s globally utilized Etextbook “Oceanography” with online support materials, including SOA graphics, videos, audio recordings, tutorials, and vocabulary study tools. The Etextbook also includes recently recorded collaborations with NatGeo marine scientists, who link their real-world research and experience with key concepts that are important to the study of transdisciplinary marine sciences. The presentation includes a student presentation of Elaboratory development that utilizes Google Earth (GE) Data layers to engage each student in virtual discovery and interaction with their ocean, 21st Century style via GEs packaged KMZ files and data layers produced by other professionals in academia and the public and private sectors (i.e., NOAA, USGS, Princeton professors, etc.). The combination of these Etechnologies in the study of earth systems is highly engaging, providing stimulating visuals for deep learning with discovery. Pedagogical efforts to bridge the gap between the idea of using Etextbooks and actually implementing them have resulted with success, measured qualitatively with a focus on engaged student interest and quantitatively with measured success on quizzes and exams. Positive and negative aspects of why we should develop and implement these types of ELDs, including societal, ecological, and economic considerations, are touched on, and will include student testimonies regarding their experience with these specific Etechnologies. This presentation, with interactive discussion, comments, or insights from attendees, should benefit advancement of similar, or broader, emerging learning designs, as well as current and prospective students, staff, and faculty who are considering Etechnologies for their course(s).


Catherine Alexander · May 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

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