Google+ acts as new social layer across all Google products. This product is cutting edge and constantly evolving to improve with the latest innovations in technology. Google+ facilitates interaction, discovery, and collaboration through sharing relevant content, creating unique posts, live video broadcasting, and integration with existing Google tools for education. We’ll journey through the platform, learn best practices, and hear from professors who have been leveraging Google+ to create a rich, collaborative virtual learning experience.
This presentation will include a tutorial on how to utilize all Google+ tools and features. This includes creating pages, sharing content, utilizing circles, hosting hangouts, and more. Creating a Google+ business or group page is a seamless process. We’ll walk you through the best practices for creating a functional and engaging page. Circles are the way that one categorizes who they are sharing information with, and whose posts he/she sees. As an educator, you can utilize circles strategically to share information with specific classes, colleagues, and even the to the public.
In addition to circles, Hangouts are key component for maximizing the Google+ virtual classroom experience. Chat with up to 10 people face-to-face, share documents, screenshare, watch Youtube videos together, and have fun with apps! With Hangouts on Air, you can broadcast any Hangout publicly for an unlimited amount of viewers to watch live on Youtube and interact via comments. Once a Hangout on Air is complete, the video recording is automatically uploaded to your Google+ page and Youtube channel. This creates an automatic archive of discussion groups, guest lecturers, and classes taught via Hangout. In addition to becoming familiar with best practices for these features, we will discuss the integration Google+ and all other Google products. This includes apps, search, gmail, documents, and many more.
Professor Mark Green will also be being joining us live via Hangout to share his experience using Google+. Professor Green is promoting a learning community among students in the Product Management class he teaches, offered through Iowa's MBA-PM (Professional and Managerial) program. Google+ will allow for informal interaction between Professor Green and the students between scheduled classes. Mark posts updates about course content as well as links to relevant articles and other resources. Students share assignment, tips, articles, and insights with one another and will be using hangouts to work on projects remotely. By the end of the course, students will have completed a project management report on Google+! Additionally, Professor Green hosts office hour hangouts where students are able to chat with him one-on-one without needing to make the trip to campus. Hear his firsthand experience on the benefits of incorporating Google+ in the classroom and ask questions live.
Professor David Wicks will share his his experience using Google+ Hangouts with graduate education students. Professor Wicks replaced convention asynchronous discussions in an online course with real-time Hangouts in an effort to be more sensitive to student learning preferences. Each week, students had three choices in how they participated in class discussions: 1) Text chat, 2) Video chat, or 3) Add comments to a recording of the video chat. Students shared their perceptions of how this technology impacted teaching and social presence in a survey. Findings from the survey will be shared during the presentation.