Amy Simons: Simulating newsroom meetings using VoiceThread

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Missouri School of Journalism Professor Amy Simons shares an award-winning assignment she create called "Hold a Monthly Web Strategy Meeting," in which students analyze data and present strategies for growing a news website's traffic.

Students use VoiceThread to present their strategies asynchronously to peers, who respond in the roles of skeptical colleagues. VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia tool that allows people to leave comments using voice, text, audio files, or video.


Asmaa Albadawai

Asmaa Albadawi, M.A.T.

Instructional Designer II

Areas of expertise include language arts and science education, educational pedagogy, learner engagement, classroom management, curriculum design/development, and instructional coaching.

Liz DuPlessis

Liz du Plessis, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Manager of Instructional Design

Liz du Plessis is a Manager of Instructional Design for Missouri Online. She is committed to supporting faculty in the cultivation of equity-minded online learning experiences that support the needs of diverse students. She is proud to have nearly 20 years of experience teaching college History across modalities on a part-time basis and is adjunct faculty in the Department of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia.