EDUCAUSE 2013 Presenter Profiles: Dr. Dan Anderson

EDUCAUSE is a conference where higher education IT professionals meet to network and learn from each other to help boost education success. If you missed the first post of the series, check it out. Of course, TechSmith will be there, so be sure to visit us at booth #1531 to learn the how-to’s of creating engaging and interactive content to help you teach online.

Meet Dr. Dan Anderson:Dr. Dan Anderson

“I’ve been doing digital work at universities for the last two decades. In my teaching, I focus on educational opportunities that tap into students’ creativity. I strive to engage students, and video creation goes a long way toward motivating them and giving them avenues for expressing themselves. I’m also interested in new ways of creating and sharing knowledge. Working with multiple media, especially video, enables authors to use communication strategies that extend the familiar approaches we find in print. In my own, I experiment with these opportunities, using screen-based video to develop alternative scholarship.”

Screen Composing and the Future of Education

Writing can be a gateway to literacy and higher-order thinking. But what happens when the composing space shifts to the screen, with images, video, and sound?  Join me as I share first-hand experiences from writing and literature students and explore how screen recording affects assessment, motivation, and engagement in the classroom.

Watch the Presentation:

Wednesday, Oct. 16th: 11:00AM, 2:30PM, 5:00PM
Thursday, Oct. 17th: 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM

Also Scheduled: Wednesday at 12:30PM and Thursday at 12:00PM we will have a Google Hangout so you can share your ideas with the TechSmith developers back at the office.

An Interview with Dan:

How did video production in your English class become a topic of interest? In other words, what started it all?
I’ve been working with video in teaching for many years, but my latest focus really began with creating tutorials using videos and screencasting for my own projects. Working on textbooks over the years, I began pushing on the screencasting genre to extend tutorials with more abstract instruction. Eventually, I began to create scholarly essays using elements of the screen. The progression has moved me from familiar tutorials to more challenging video essays to seeing the computer screen itself as a potential composing space. Since my courses emphasize digital composing, bringing the video and screen activities into the classroom was a natural fit.

Can you briefly explain what your presentation will be about?
I will be demonstrating student projects to talk about rhetorical moves that become possible when the entire screen becomes a composing space. I will also detail the ways these activities can inform best practices in teaching.

Looking at your own class using tech, what are some outcomes you find most beneficial to the students?
The most beneficial aspects are not linked to technology as much as they are to the challenges and engagements that can be woven into teaching activities through strategic uses of technology. Breaking away from the familiarity of traditional classroom activities through the application of technology can lead to higher levels of engagement for students.

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Feel free to connect with Dr. Dan Anderson on Twitter @iamdan or check out his blog.