UA systemsFour Collat School of Business professors recently spoke on “Engaging Students with Interactive Online Tools,” at a University of Alabama System Scholars Institute that focused on the use of technology in teaching, research and service.

Professors John Hansen, Arline Savage, Keri Larson and Stephen Yoder described how each uses technology to engage students in both online-only classes as well as in face-to-face classes that blend online features to enhance student learning.

Dr. Hansen described how he uses the web conferencing platform Adobe Connect ™ to allow students to make sales presentations, in his professional sales classes.

Dr. Larson told the audience that she asks her social media students to apply a wide variety of technology tools, including a “wiki” website that allows collaborative editing, Pinterest™, and Twitter™.

Both Dr. Savage and Mr. Yoder use VoiceThread™ in their graduate Master’s of Accounting courses. VoiceThread™ is an interactive collaboration tool that allows students to make audio and video comments. Dr. Savage described how she utilizes the tool for case studies, and Yoder noted that he uses it to simulate CPA-client consultations.

The UA System Scholars Institute fosters a shared community of knowledge among the three UA System campuses, on technology-related topics . In 2014, participants explored best practices and new ideas in three tracks: “Research and Technology: Exploration and Discovery,” “Teaching in the Digital Age,” and “Social, Community, Service: The World as Classroom.”

The Collat professors were assisted by Randi Kirkland, who directs the school’s online instructional design program.