On October 22, 2010 the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) held its annual Fall Conference at Mott Community College in Flint. Three Lawrence Tech faculty members presented at this conference, which drew over 100 educators from around the State of Michigan. ETOM is a non-profit organization dedicated to the use of instructional technology in higher education with an emphasis on distance learning. Established in December of 1980, ETOM has, and continues to be, a valuable resource for Michigan colleges and universities, related businesses, other educational organizations, and other interested individuals. Bill Drummond of eLearning Services has served on the ETOM Executive Board since 2006, and served as President in 2007. Lawrence Tech hosted the ETOM Fall Conference in 2008.
Professor Chris Emmons of the College of Management delivered a presentation she co-authored with Marija Franetovic of eLearning Services titled “Reflective Learning and Student-Instructor Interaction” and detailed work she and Marija have been doing with an undergraduate hybrid (partly online and partly on ground) class using the Discussion Board and the new Journal tool in Blackboard to support student reflection of in-class activities, their personal presentations, and required readings.
Dr. Peter Chang, also from the College of Management, gave a presentation on “An Online Cross-Referencing Tool that Accelerates the Learning of English and Foreign Languages”. This tool analyzes a text and creates hyperlinks from acronyms and words to be described or translated (AWTBD) to their description or translation, accelerating user comprehension. It also quickly identifies the frequency of use of a word or acronym in a text and identifies relationships among groups of words.
Professor Peter Beaugard of the College of Architecture and Design spoke about “Revisiting the Quality and Variety of Graphic Design in Online Education”. In this presentation Professor Beaugard showcased several student projects that illustrated emerging teaching and learning methods informed by the study and practice of graphic design. The five student-created prototypes of eLearning tools demonstrated effective strategies for designing visuals and content for successful online learning environments.
Bill Drummond, who attended the conference, remarked on how well represented Lawrence Tech was. "Dozens of presentation proposals were received by ETOM, and of the twenty-four chos en three were from Lawrence Tech. This shows what leaders our faculty members are in the use of instructional technology." ETOM offers an Online Instructor Certification cou rse, which many LTU Online instructors have taken, and will soon offer an Advanced Course covering such topics as creating multimedia content, incorporating video and audio, integrating social applications, and emerging technologies. For more information about ETOM and other conference opportunities, please contact eLearning Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.