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eLearning Innovations: CSUN Professor Finds that Zoom Increases Engagement and Sense of Community in Students

September 11, 2017

Abraham Rutchick
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"At this year’s California State University, Northridge eLearning Showcase, faculty demonstrated how technology can enhance the learning experience of students in the classroom. Presentations included Abraham Rutchick’s Hybrid 2.0: Real-time Online Section (ROS), Kaitlin Bahr’s BioStatsBuddy app and Sally Spencer’s Interactive Simulations: Bridging the Gap Between Course and Career. In this series, CSUN Today profiles each of these projects. This story looks at psychology professor Abraham Rutchick’s Hybrid 2.0: Real-time Online Section (ROS).

Hybrid 2.0: Real-time Online Section (ROS) uses Zoom, an app containing video and audio, slides and a chat window for students to ask questions.

In Rutchick’s class, the use of Zoom increased students’ engagement. Those who were not able to make it to campus or have a far commute could take the course from a distance or watch lectures online, increasing the attendance and participation online. A chat option also allowed them to participate in class by letting them ask questions through a moderator."

Read the complete article at CSUN Today