Part 4: Fall 2016 Labs

49 Google Hangouts with Nicole Olthafer — 11.11.2016

Last week’s Active Teaching Lab was about using Google Hangouts for engaging students. Nicole OlthaferThe platform is useful because the vast majority of public K-12 schools use Google Classroom, so students are familiar; and everyone on campus already has an account. Nicole Olthafer, from Online Course Production services, shared her experiences using Google Hangouts for a live presentation.


  • While Google Hangouts is simple for friend-to-friend chatting, using it with a moderator for a production-level event requires a more significant understanding. Practice and explore!
  • Chats can be moderated, special effects can be employed, and several other Google Hangout “Apps” are available — but these come and go. Check out the latest, and don’t presume that they’ll stick around.

Active Teaching Labs are held every Friday from 8:30-9:30am in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out the upcoming labs or read the recaps from past labs — or see them all in one place in our new  Active Teaching Lab ejournal ( To stay informed about upcoming Labs, check back to this website or sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

Nicole’s story

Want to know what happened next? Watch the discussion video:

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