Ed Tech Webinars

What are the social media and technology tools used for learning either formal or informal, inside or outside classrooms? How are they used to enhance pedagogy and promote learning? In this webinar series the presenters will share their experience and expertise in using a range of social media and technology tools in teaching and learning.

Fall 2011

You can join the webinar in-person in room AC-4G01, or online at: 

York College Elluminate session (You will need a headset if you want to talk in the Webinar. Please get on the webinar 5 - 10 min earlier to make sure it works on your computer.)

If this is the first time you use Elluminate (also called Blackboard Collaborate), please go to the following site to test and prepare your computer to meet the system requirements:


Digital Storytelling and the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Wednesday, 9/21  3:00 pm—4:00 pm  

Recording   (The webinar stars at 2 min. 15 sec. )

Presenter: Prof. Michael Smith

From this session you will learn how to teach a course in the open web and invite the world to join. Both registered students and open participants interact in a class that uses a large variety of digital tools (Wordpress, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, Skype, etc.) to interact and create stories.

Group Wiki Projects

Thursday, 10/6       12:30 pm—1:30 pm  


Presenters: Prof. William Divale, Prof. Alan Winson

Group projects provide good opportunity for constructivist learning. They also present challenges. In this webinar you will learn how to support, engage students in group work and grade group projects using wiki technology, the challenges and benefits.

Prezi, Slideshare and Scribd

Wednesday, 10/12      3:00 pm—3:30 pm   


Presenter: Prof. Michael Smith

In this webinar you will learn how to use a variety of web-based presentation tools to author and/or host PowerPoint-like presentations.

Facilitating and Grading Online Discussion

Thursday, 10/20      12:30 pm—1:30 pm   


Presenters: Prof. William Divale,  Dr. Wenying Huang-Stolte

How to engage students in online discussion? What rubrics can be used to encourage students’ participation in the discourse and deeper learning? In this session you will learn the strategies of using online discussion to facilitate student learning.

Game-Based Learning

Thursday, 11/3     12:30 pm—1:30 pm


Presenters: Prof. Xin Bai, Prof. Robert Duncan

Why can games in entertainment industry engage users so well? How can we as educators design games to engage students in learning? In this session the presenters will discuss how educators can design games to promote learning. They will introduce rules of game design in classrooms and in digital media and present some digital media tools for designing game-based learning. 

Online Assessment

Wednesday, 11/9      3:00 pm—4:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Wenying Huang-Stolte

What are the issues and concerns related to assessment in online courses? In this session the presenter will discuss about the challenges of the online assessment and the strategies to develop effective online assessment.

Diigo & Delicious

Wednesday, 11/16  3:00 pm—4:00 pm  AC-4G01


Presenters: Prof. Michael Smith, Dr. Wenying Huang-Stolte

In this session the presenters will share their experience in using social book-marking tools such as Diigo and Delicious and how to take advantage of these tools in the classroom and research.