Session 4​​: Using Social Media to Engage Students in Online and Blended Learning Environments

Lecturer: Dr. Danny Glick
Date:  February 23, 2017 
Online classes pose special challenges for teaching and learning. Notable among these challenges is the tendency for students to feel like anonymous spectators rather than active, collaborative participants. In this interactive and engaging session, participants will learn how to engage students in technology-enhanced learning environments through social media. Join Dr. Glick in order to gain valuable insights into:
Using social media for educational purposes; 
Reducing feelings of loneliness and the lack of a sense of community in online courses through social media; 
Fostering formative assessment in social media-enhanced courses.   
Dr. Glick will use case studies and success stories from across the globe to exemplify how social media tools can be effectively integrated into online and blended courses.
Dr. Danny Glick ​
Dr. Glick is a research affiliate at the University of California, Irvine working with Prof. Mark Warschauer in the Digital Learning Lab. Danny’s research focuses on the relationship between learning processes and outcomes in online, blended and synchronous-enhanced learning environments.
Danny is an educational researcher, learning technologist and CALL implementation specialist with nearly two decades of global experience in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating small- and large-scale technology-enhanced programs for the K-12 market, academic institutions, government agencies and organizations in both developing and developed countries. Since 2004, he has worked as the Director of Pedagogy and Research at Edusoft, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Services (ETS) that develops blended and distance learning English as a Foreign Language programs for ministries of education, universities, corporations, private language schools, and K-12 schools around the world, reaching millions of students in more than 30 countries. Currently Dr. Glick is the pedagogical director and PI of a national technology-enhanced language program taken by over 600,000 public school students in Peru.
He is a frequent keynote speaker and reviewer for leading educational technology research journals. Dr. Glick’s research interests include but not limited to learning effectiveness in technology-enhanced learning environments, dropout prevention algorithms, game-based learning, and MOOCs.​