Skip to Content

Center for Teaching Excellence

  • Adobe Connect

Beyond Broadcasting Lectures: 5 More Things You Can Do With Adobe Connect


Online educators are always searching for ways to re-create the diversity and richness of face-to-face interactions in the virtual classroom. Faculty in USC’s College of Nursing use Adobe Connect to achieve this goal. It enables faculty to bring in guest speakers, produce software tutorials, facilitate small group projects, conduct student presentations, and engage in role play exercises. All of this, of course, requires a bit of creativity and willingness to experiment. In this workshop, faculty share what’s been done with Adobe Connect to deliver graduate and undergraduate courses, how it affects the learning outcomes, and what students think about it.

About the Presenters

Dr. Eileene Shake has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has experience working in clinical practice, education, and healthcare administration. She is currently serving as Director of the Center for Nursing Leadership and Director of Organizational Leadership in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the USC College of Nursing. Her areas of expertise include teaching nursing administration, nursing leadership, conceptual basis of health systems, health policy and politics, systems theory, and complexity theory. Dr. Shake has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes in the traditional classroom and online. She is a strong believer in innovation and a staunch supporter of using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Vera Polyakova-Norwood is the Director of Online Learning in the College of Nursing, where she assists faculty with design, development, implementation and evaluation of online courses, modules and activities. She has led numerous workshops on technology-based teaching and learning for USC faculty and graduate students.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.