Faculty Publications and Presentations

Publication Date

July 2008

Document Type

Conference Presentation


Presentation made at The 2008 LiveText Collaboration Conference: Encompassing Learning Through Innovation in Chicago, Illinois, 3-25 July, 2008


The challenge of using any new system for learning (technologically based or otherwise) is determining the process for not only its use but also its adoption (whether it is rapid, gradual or otherwise). Thus is the general challenge of introducing innovation, in educational and commercial endeavors alike. This session examines the gradual adoption of LiveText as the complimentary course management system for assignments associated with an Elementary Education Methods course. The session means to share experiences, gathered insights, challenges and successes collected through the experiences. The undergraduate course discussed, Teaching Social Science in the Elementary School, uses LiveText for portfolio development, unit and lesson development, collaborative tasks and for web-quest and problem-solving assignments. The course is offered in a hybrid/ blended format to sophomores and juniors seeking k-5 licensure. The session reviews examples of assignments in the analysis portion of the presentation. Further, the presentation and discussion makes available feedback from instructors and students on the adoption and the subsequent use of the tool set. Finally, the presentation presents an opportunity to share lessons learned through the adoption and use process by not only the presenter but session attendees as well.