Oliver_DreonOn this episode, we talk with Dr. Oliver Dreon, the Conference Chair of the Teaching Professor Technology Conference. In the first half of our conversation, Dr. Dreon talks about the upcoming conference and what makes this conference different from others. We also talk about how technology is changing how we teach and how students learn.

In the second half of our discussion, Dr. Dreon talks about his Preconference Workshop, Level Up: Including Game Elements in Your Online and Face-to-Face Courses. Neither of us are gamers, but he says this is not just for video-gamers. He discusses the social aspect of playing games and how we can incorporate that into our classes. Dr. Dreon then gives us a preview of his presentation, What’s up with Open Educational Resources (OER)? Along with his co-presenter, Greg Szczyrbak, he will introduce everyone to OER and how they can be used effectively. This led to some interesting dialogue in our conversation.

We sure appreciate the time Dr. Dreon spent with us and look forward to seeing him at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference in Atlanta. For information about the conference, please go to www.TeachingProfessorTechnologyConference.com.  Be sure to also check out Dr. Dreon’s blog, The 8 Blog at https://the8blog.wordpress.com.

Some of the resources mentioned in this episode include:

Authentic Instruction with Technology: A Student-Centered Approach written by Nanette Marcum-Dietrich Nanette and Oliver Dreon available at Amazon.com.

The book, How College Works by Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs available at Amazon.com.

MERLOT, a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. For more information, visit their website at https://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm.

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