Collaborating to Streamline Quality Course Creation
Whether it’s a team working on combining technology and pedagogy to create a learning ecosystem; peer-to-peer training for teachers in a virtual learning environment; or educators involved in a peer-based development process for online courses, the old adage “two heads are better than one” hasn’t lost its potency. Under discussion in this Panel will be integrating pedagogical need and technology tools to support teaching; examples of practices for teachers undergoing the transition from brick-and-mortar classrooms to virtual environments; and strategies to grow the number of courses that can be used as a turnkey solution when enrolment increases - and a lot more.
Pål Simen Hem
Nettskolen Vestfold, Norway
Speaker has 20-years of teaching experience within ICT. He is in the process of completing his master's thesis on interactional design and practice in virtual classrooms.
Electronics engineer, 3 year, 1987
Business economy, 1 year, 1997
Coaching and Human Resource Development, 1 year, 2002
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, 1 year, 2005
ICT-studies, 1,5 year, 2014
Teached in both private and public schools. Part-time Educational Technology Strategist for 8 years and full-time for the last 2 years.
Presently employed at Nettskolen Vestfold. Nettskolen Vestfold is a government-owned initiative in the county of Vestfold, Southern Norway. We provide a technological solution which combines virtual real-time lessons with flipped classroom didactics in the form of data driven e-learning platforms. We provide courses in foreign languages. This will provide students with more choice and differentiated learning. We also provide courses in mathematics at various levels in order to provide high achieving students a fastlane track through high school as well as examfocused courses. We believe we have expertise in virtual teaching in real-time, training teachers to become engaging online teachers and make them experts at using data driven knowledge drawn from e-learning platforms. We believe our proposal will fit this year’s conference theme of Learning to Love Learning, as the presentation demonstrates how to develop teachers’ professional competence. The research presented will shed light on development practices for virtual teachers to enhance their teaching and thus love their job even more
TCC Connect Campus-Tarrant County College System, USA
Dr. Carlos Morales is founding President of TCC Connect Campus, the largest and fastest growing of the six campuses that are part of Tarrant County College District, which delivers eLearning and Weekend College programs to non-traditional students. He is responsible for the educational endeavors of more than 20,000 students served by 500+ faculty.
Dr. Morales is an instructional technology scholar, a visionary and dynamic leader with experience at undergraduate, graduate, public and private institutions of higher education and an educator, presenter, and author. His experience spans more than 20 years as a faculty member of Biology and Science Education in the classroom and online. He has held progressive administrative roles as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Ana G. Méndez University System-Virtual Campus; Executive Director of Academic Technologies at Lock Haven University and Instructional Designer at New Jersey City University.
Carlos is the author of internationally peer-reviewed academic articles, book chapters and has conducted more than 70 refereed conference presentations. Throughout his career, Dr. Morales has used technology to improve teaching and learning. He is enthusiastic about incorporating technology advancements that engage students in the learning process and that help faculty to enhance teaching methods. He has accomplished this through the development of instructional technology training sessions, designing and implementing technology-enriched classrooms and the development of fully online college degrees. He is a sought out expert and leader in higher education innovation; experienced creating converged learning environments (online, hybrid and web-assisted) and as well as adult and accelerated learning opportunities. Dr. Morales serves on a number of boards at the regional and national level in the United States and is actively engaged as a peer reviewer on editorial boards for academic journals in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and the European Union.
Dr. Morales graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology and Science Education, and received his doctorate, from Capella University in Instructional Design for Online Learning. He was a Frye Fellow in 2009 and in 2012, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities named him a Millennium Leadership Fellow.