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Greg Obi
April 17, 2017 : OUC’s Obi to present on technology and learning practices at 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference


OUC’s Obi to present on technology and learning practices at 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference


Greg Obi, Assistant Professor of Business Management Technology at Ohio University Chillicothe, will be presenting at the 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference: What are Students Learning? at OHIO’s main campus April 25, 2017.


Obi will be showcasing his instructional strategies in technology for the classroom and online learning and will share his experiences with selected tools he uses as a professor.


“It is always a humbling experience to present to one’s colleagues in a workshop or conference,” said Obo. “I find it as an opportunity to learn and exchange new ideas with greater minds than myself. As a new faculty [member] and coming from a regional campus, it even means a lot more to me, since I feel I am not only representing myself, but also showcasing the high quality of faculty and innovative teaching methods in my home campus.”


The conference, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., serves as a means to feature local experts in areas such as creating and aligning outcomes, activities, and assessment; teaching innovations; and educational technology. Anticipated activities will include presentations, panels and open discussions, roundtables, and breakout sessions, which are open to all OHIO faculty/instructors, administrators and teaching assistants.


Using tools such as Remind and Top Hat, Obi has seen remarkable learning outcomes and over 80 percent class participation with these two technologies.


“Over the years of using Remind with my students, I have found that they are more informed of class updates which comes to them as text messages (SMS) on their phones, emails, and push notifications through the app,” he explained. “Before I started using Remind, I found that most students rarely checked their university emails and they only logged into Blackboard to complete assignments without checking the announcement page, even though I set it as the entry point of Blackboard. However, with Remind, the students get the updates wherever they are.”


He additionally noted that with Top Hat, students can register their attendance and utilize content understanding tools to gauge comprehension of the materials.


“Top Hat has helped me know what concepts students needed help with and if I need to clarify or repeat certain areas in class,” he noted.


In his hopes of trying to find better methods of engaging with students, Obi believes that his colleagues can learn from his presentation and find ways to engage their students as well.


 For those interested in attending the conference, it will be held on the 2nd floor of Baker Center on OHIO’s campus. Obi’s presentation will be given during session block three from 1 to 2 p.m.