Tapped In Member Perspectives:Meet Maria Avgerinou
Maria Avgerinou (MariaAV) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Instructional
Technology, at the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment,
College of Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.
Although I was only recently introduced to TAPPED IN, I have already used it
extensively with my students, internationally-based colleagues and their classes,
and with the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) delegates last November.
As my teaching for this academic year concentrates on distance and online education,
for many of the synchronous communication sessions (small groups) I organize for my
graduate classes, I prefer to use TAPPED IN as it is an extremely user-friendly,
versatile, and reliable platform. Students of various Information/Technological
Literacy levels, including those that do not possess the latest technology at home,
have repeatedly reported how comfortable they are communicating through TAPPED IN.
I often invite colleagues working in the same subject area, to join my classes as
guest tutors. Sometimes we also extend the team-teaching experience to include
their classes as well. Again, TAPPED IN has proved to support our online activity
Finally, when we organized the Annual Conference of International Visual Literacy
Association, at Malardalen University Sweden last November, TAPPED IN was used to
support the virtual presentations of delegates that were unable to travel outside
the US as a result of the recent American tragedy.