How do I make my (TLC@AOM) presentation more interactive?
December 23, 2013 5:45 AM   Subscribe

I am preparing a 30 minute presentation proposal for the Teaching & Learning Conference at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting next year. One of the evaluation criteria is “evidence of a dynamic and interactive session”. I just want to describe a new teaching methodology in an online learning environment, so how do I make the session “dynamic and interactive”? What are the expected types of activities? Any help would be much appreciated! Bonus points if you attended the TLC@AOM last year! Thanks in advance!
posted by Bobka to Education (4 answers total)
Best answer: Consider how you can involve your audience at various steps. Can you ask them to think about specific problems they might have in their classes that your methodology would be related to? If they teach online classes themselves, you can have places where you pause to allow them to jot down and discuss specific ways they would be able to implement this within their course. Think-Pair-Share is good for directing the discussions -- jot it down, talk to your neighbor, share with the larger group. Another thing would be to consider showing a sample student walking through this new online learning experience vs. just telling about it. This could be live, or even a video that you've been able to put together with a student.
posted by bizzyb at 6:55 AM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: It is so good when a session varies from the old talk-and-PPT model, so good on you for figuring it out.

Bizzyb's ideas are very good. Sharing the interface live online seems like a natural for this.
But of course, good pedagogy begins with lighting up some internal motivation. At the start of the session, you could have people pair up or be in 3s or 4s and write down their top 3 concerns or questions about online learning, or write in response to a prompt like "What are 3 things you fear about online learning? What are three things you hope to achieve with online learning?" You can take a few representative answers from the crowd - depending on how many people you have, you can transcribe this list on paper or screen for reference, or just remember them - and then refer back to those questions throughout the event, creating a strong link between their needs/interests/fears and what you present.

Make SURE you leave time for discussion. Too often, sessions like fill up with presentatation and there is no time for audience responses. Practice and be disciplined!

30 minutes is not too long, so though you should use interactive techniques, you will probably need to limit them to one or at most two, but do include them. They are more time-consuming but also result in much more audience engagement, so they are worth it!
posted by Miko at 7:36 AM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Some of the best teaching presentations I've seen have actually used the techniques they were describing as part of the session. Can you use your methodology as part of the presentation? It's a bit like what computer programmers mean when they say eat your own dog food!

As an example, I've been shown the benefits of using electronic voting handsets in a session where we were all given one and used them as part of the talk (e.g. "have you ever used voting handsets before? vote now!")
posted by firesine at 9:05 AM on December 23, 2013

Response by poster: Thanks so much everyone!
posted by Bobka at 8:17 AM on January 3, 2014

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