Presented by: Dr. Gail Hughes
Dr. Gail Hughes, UALR Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, is meeting the challenge of teaching the most technologically sophisticated generation of our time by creating relevant and innovative online teaching platforms. During the October 8th, 2007 ATLE luncheon, Dr. Hughes shared her experiences in meeting this challenge.
During the discussion, Hughes led the audience through the current online course she designed for the graduate program in Educational Leadership. This course utilizes vocally narrated PowerPoint presentations along with video uploads that combine lectures with Power Point presentations. These videos offer a multisensory experience that is visually similar to a television weather report.
Hughes was not always as tech savvy as she is today, so she understands the seemingly insurmountable knowledge and time commitment it takes to master innovative online teaching. Hughes said, “[I have] taken every WebCT course offered by the STaR office”
Dr. Hughes’ hard work has certainly paid off. Her courses are interesting, high-tech, and inspiring to those who work with WebCT. In addition to offering online and web-enhanced lectures, Hughes gives traditional lectures to graduate students in research and statistics. Hughes’ teaching experience includes teaching developmental mathematics at Henderson State University, National Park Community College, and The University of Memphis.
Here are the handouts provided at the seminar: