Helping Faculty Create Different Student Interactions with a New Online Conversation Platform - Sponsored by CirQlive

Wednesday, February 20 | 10:45AM–11:30AM PT | Pacific Ballroom C, Second Floor
Session Type: Featured Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Traditionally, academic discussion tools support a single interaction mode: rapid conversation, multiparagraph reading reactions, brainstorming, and so on. While each mode has its place, faculty typically select a single tool for their entire course and are often dissatisfied when it does not fully meet their needs. NYU is developing a platform that allows instructors to choose different modes of student interaction they want to encourage, assignment by assignment. This session will provide an overview of the project and a demo of the tool, which will eventually be released as open-source software.

Outcomes: Identify the types of student engagement that faculty typically want to facilitate in their online course sites * Understand the limitations inherent to many of the single-mode conversational tools currently available * Learn about NYU's development of a new conversation platform that provides faculty with multiple modes of student interaction


  • Kyle Blythe

    Product Lead, New York University
  • Ben Maddox

    Chief Instructional Technology Officer, New York University
  • Jeff Pasch

    Senior Director, Academic Applications, New York University
  • Clay Shirky

    Vice Provost, EdTech, New York University

Resources & Downloads

  • ConversationToolSlidespdf

    Updated on 11/26/2019