This week was a very busy week. We worked on our Midterm Projects. I decided to find out what Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro could offer in the classroom. It is a very interesting program and has so much to offer both learners and instructors. I became so involved in trying it out that I wanted to know how it really works. I invited some of my classmates to help me try it out. One of them took me up on the offer and I presented my midterm project on the site. It was a great learning experience. The software allows you to divide learners into groups where they can have different discussions and the host can monitor the rooms. The host uses a webcam to show her/his face. Any presenter can "raise their hand" and make a comment. There are places to chat, take notes, and make comments. The host has the right to turn microphones off or on so that not everyone is talking at the same time.
I can see where learners would really be able to participate. Learners and instructors can go back and access the class at anytime during the course. I found it to be a very interactive way to teach students who might not be able to come to class or who are taking only online classes. It is also a great tool to use for f2f classes. If a student was not able to make it to class, they could access the class later or they could participate from home. No more excuses for the students not coming to class.
I hope that I will be able to use this software in the future. Maybe if I can get a full time position in an academic institution, I can use it. My free trial will be up soon, so I want to use it as much as possible.
We put our work together on a wiki space to share with our classmates. There were three of us in our group and everyone posted their tools and how they are used. We wrote the conclusion together. I designed the title page. I think that as a whole everything worked out well.
The following are the links:Midterm assessment wiki Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro