Thinking Outside the Box (TwT)


Kelly Taylor-Hulan (@TaylorHulan) gave us an upbeat presentation on some of the ways she is using technology creatively while continuing to straddle the real and virtual worlds in which her learners live and learn.

She spoke about translating traditional practices to the online classroom, and it is clear that she is enthusiastic about keeping her students engaged and helping them to experience a personal connection with their instruction, whether online or in F2F learning environments. She is a firm advocate of giving presents, and continues to utilize snail mail for sending surprises like an invitation to her Online Holiday Party (which includes an exam review). She also sends her learners goodies like snacks which they can eat during the Online Party. While she still sends electronic certificates to recognize students’ successes, she also sends an old-fashioned hard copy in the mail.

I think my sketchnote captures these ideas, and reading it now, the presentation comes back to me immediately. What I haven’t captured is Kelly’s infectious enthusiasm for teaching. You really had to be there for that!

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