Here is an opportunity to see what a thesis defense is like when conducted at a distance. Annie Sheffield will be defending her thesis live from China via Adobe Connect. The defense is open to the public and may be attended online.
Here is more information about the event:
Thesis Defense Date and Time: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 5:00 pm (Mountain Time), Education Building Room 331
A live broadcast of this defense will be available online at: http://edtech.adobeconnect.com/anniethesis/
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Thesis Title: Teaching Culturally Diverse Students from International Schools: What Online Educators Have to Say
Abstract: This study was designed to discover how online teachers use technology to reach their multicultural international school students. In-depth interviews of twelve international school online teachers were conducted. The topics for the interviews focused on the technology-based strategies that teachers use to meet the needs of multicultural students. The results showed that the tools used by online teachers for international secondary schools closely matched the uses of tools recommended in the literature. Sometimes, however, course design limited the choices teachers were allowed to make regarding tools for supporting students' multiple ways of learning and for encouraging discussion and collaboration. The results of the study will help online teachers reflect upon the effectiveness of their current strategies for connecting with international school students despite cultural differences. It will also serve as a foundation for determining best practices.
Supervisory Committee: Dr. Chareen Snelson (Chair), Dr. Ross Perkins, Dr. Dazhi Yang
Good luck Annie!
Will it be possible to see this presentation afterwards? The timing doesn't workout for me, but I would very much like to see it?