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2014 - 2015 Online Workshop Schedule

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March 27 - April 3

Creating Infographics for Learning

Infographics use data and graphic design to tell stories, teach concepts, and present information. Online activities integrating visual data can develop content literacy and analytic thinking. In this workshop you will learn how to locate, evaluate, and integrate infographics into your teaching, as well as explore the possibilities for creating infographics with your data. You will review the research behind what makes infographics so compelling, and why they are effective cognitive tools for communicating information and data.

3/26/15 at noon
March 27 - April 3

Strategies for Improvement: Quality Scoreboard

The OLC Quality Scorecard is a tool for online administrators to measure the quantifying elements of quality within online education programs in higher education. In this workshop you will get an overview of the OLC Quality Scorecard, explore how the OLC Quality Scorecard can be implemented in your institution and evaluate your institution based on a few chosen quality indicators from the OLC Quality Scorecard. This introductory workshop provides basic information on the OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs. This workshop will also highlight the newest version of the scorecard which has 75 indicators organized into 9 categories.

3/26/15 at noon
March 27 - April 3

New to Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself.  This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers and will be supported by sample documents such as online syllabus, discussion rubric etc. There will also be an hour-long optional (recorded) live session where you will get a chance to meet your facilitator to discuss important topics related to online teaching and ask your questions.

3/26/15 at noon
March 27 - April 3

Managing Faculty Workload

While online faculty value the flexibility of online teaching, the reality of the 24/7 classroom can be daunting in terms of faculty workload and faculty burnout. In this workshop, you will explore research-based strategies to assist faculty in managing their time more effectively and reducing the risk of burnout. You will review practical workload management tips and tools for both new and veteran faculty. Finally, you will develop a workload management plan that will help improve the online faculty experience.

3/26/15 at noon
March 27 - April 3

Strategies to Improve Retention

One of the biggest challenges in online education today is the high rate of students who do not continue with their programs to completion. In this workshop, you will explore factors impacting retention and possible solutions for overcoming those challenges at your institution. You will review research-based strategies for increasing the retention rates of online students, improving satisfaction and increasing success. You will evaluate best practices with evidence from other institutions to create a plan that will help you to retain students in your classes and throughout your programs.

3/26/15 at noon
March 27 - April 3

Creating Concept Maps

Concept mapping is a research-supported strategy for improving online learning effectiveness. Concept mapping is not only a learning tool, but also can be used for teaching and assessment. In this workshop you will explore some of the many ways you can use concept maps in various phases of the teaching and learning cycle.

3/26/15 at noon
April 3 - April 10

Facilitating Group Work Online

Group work poses challenges for faculty and students for a number of reasons, including lack of online technology skills, time conflicts, differences in team member participation, as well as logistics such as design and student satisfaction with group work activities. In this workshop you will learn how to address those challenges by participating in a collaborative group work activity. During the activity you will experience effective group work processes and develop a group work activity for use in your teaching.

4/02/15 at noon
April 3 - April 10

Introduction to Mobile Apps and Tablets

Combined with educational apps, tablets have become powerful educational tools. Based on recent surveys, mobile apps are the fastest growing dimension of the mobile space in higher education right now, with impacts on virtually every aspect of informal life, and increasingly, every discipline in the university. So, how can this popular technology be used to benefit both students and instructors? What are the implications and limitations that need to be considered regarding course access, design, delivery and assessment? In this workshop, you will explore these benefits and challenges to determine ways to effectively integrate mobile apps and tablets into your own courses.

4/02/15 at noon
April 3 - April 10

Designing a Flipped Classroom

Flipped learning is a model of teaching in which the more passive learning activities such as watching lectures, happen outside of the classroom, saving more in-person class time for interactive activities. Flipping the classroom is currently one of the most popular trends in education at all levels! In this workshop, you will explore different flipped design models and the educational benefits of the flipped design. You will gain a deeper understanding of how to implement this strategy into your own teaching.

4/02/15 at noon
April 3 - April 10

Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction and Engagement

Student engagement can be one of the most important indicators for a successful class experience. In this workshop, you will explore theories and practices that foster student engagement in your own courses, including the use of multimedia feedback, discussion techniques, and group involvement. You will learn about the barriers to engagement, and how you can best address these challenges, and develop a plan for your course which will lead to greater student involvement and engagement.

4/02/15 at noon
April 8 - April 10

Designing with Accessibility in Mind

How accessible is your online course? What steps can you take to make it more accessible? In this 3-day problem solving asynchronous workshop, you will work with your accessibility specialist facilitator and your fellow participants to explore and answer these and other related questions, and evaluate the accessibility of your course materials. Then you will develop an actionable plan for improving the accessibility of your online course.

4/07/15 at noon
April 8 - April 10

Exploring Interactive Video Tools

Interactive video content encourages active learning and participation from students. In this workshop, you will explore free online video tools and easy to implement strategies for creating interactive video. The interactive video format enables you to add quizzes, embed resources, and place discussion questions directly into your videos, transforming the learning experience from passive to one that is engaging for students.

4/07/15 at noon
April 10 - April 17

Designing Developmental Education Courses

Many educators argue that developmental education courses cannot be taught online. However, many higher education practitioners – particularly those at community colleges – have discovered ways of not only delivering developmental education online, but doing so effectively. In this workshop, you will explore considerations for teaching online developmental courses, including sound curriculum design and online pedagogy that promote student engagement and success. Emphasis will be on instructional strategies that address the unique challenges of web-based developmental education courses.

4/09/15 at noon
April 10 - April 17

New to Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself.  This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers and will be supported by sample documents such as online syllabus, discussion rubric etc. There will also be an hour-long optional (recorded) live session where you will get a chance to meet your facilitator to discuss important topics related to online teaching and ask your questions.

4/09/15 at noon
April 10 - April 17

Fundamentals: Engaging Learners in Online Discussions

Well-designed online discussions address a number of research-based strategies critical to effective online learning and improved educational outcomes. Through online discussions, student-student and student-content interactions are increased, and both faculty and students can collaborate in the learning process as they explore new perspectives. In this workshop you will learn how to engage learners in effective discussions, explore different strategies and tools that can be utilized in designing effective discussions to improve educational outcomes.

4/09/15 at noon
April 10 - April 17

Fundamentals: Frameworks for Quality Design

Quality course design is one of the many things that need to be considered in online and blended instructional models. Many institutions and organizations have carried out extensive research and published useful guidelines and rubrics to help ensure the design of quality courses. There are numerous quality frameworks for online courses, online programs and online teaching. This workshop will help you explore various well-known and well-respected quality frameworks that can help you improve the quality of your online course.

4/09/15 at noon
April 10 - April 17

New to Online: Putting Your Content Online

Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in an online course can be challenging. Decisions such as what formats to use and when to use synchronous or asynchronous strategies are an important part of course design.  In this workshop, you will develop strategies for migrating content from the face-to-face to the online environment. You will learn to determine when to use asynchronous or synchronous methods, and you will explore tools for easily converting various types of content into web-appropriate formats.

4/09/25 at noon
April 14

Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use, Part 2

Copyright infringement lawsuits against colleges and universities are no longer hypothetical – they are reality. Numerous universities around the country have been sued for everything from illegally posting articles and book chapters to e-reserves and learning management systems, to improperly streaming video and digitizing books for the purposes of facilitating research and providing access to patrons with disabilities. In this workshop, you will learn what the courts have said about these lawsuits. Further, you will develop a working familiarity with the “transformative use” doctrine and its growing importance to educational fair use and the continuously expanding collection of “Best Practices in Fair Use.”

4/13/15 at noon
April 15 - April 17

Introduction to Screencasting Tools

Screencasting enables you to capture anything on your screen, add an audio narration, and share the resulting presentation with your students. Screencasting tools can help you create course orientations, present mini lectures, provide assignment feedback, and even support students’ technology use. In this workshop, you will look at a variety of web-based, desktop and mobile screencasting tools to find the right one for your teaching and learning needs. You will engage in the process of creating a screencast, including planning, storyboarding, preparing your screen, recording and publishing.

4/14/15 at noon
May 5

Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use, Part 1

Whether you are new to online course design and delivery, or a seasoned professional looking to deepen your knowledge on the ins and outs, it is increasingly true that possessing a working familiarity with copyright and fair use is a professional necessity. In this workshop, you will first develop an understanding of the basic framework of the applicable law, and more importantly, will learn how to avoid copyright infringement through the application of the Six Rules for Course Design. You will also get answers to important questions like: Do you know how to use copyright law to protect an idea? How long does copyright last? If a use is educational, does it always quality as fair use? Register to get answers to these questions and more from your content-expert facilitator.

5/04/15 at noon
May 15 - May 22

Exploring Online Math Labs

Online math labs can be used to extend student learning beyond the classroom, enabling them to practice and experiment with the concepts they are learning in class. In this workshop, you will explore various examples of successful online math labs. You will review the research on why this type of learning is helpful for students, and consider how the integration of online math labs can improve your math courses in any modality.Online math labs can be used to extend student learning beyond the classroom, enabling them to practice and experiment with the concepts they are learning in class. In this workshop, you will explore various examples of successful online math labs. You will review the research on why this type of learning is helpful for students, and consider how the integration of online math labs can improve your math courses in any modality.

5/14/15 at noon
May 15 - May 22

Strategies for Improvement: Quality Scorecard

The OLC Quality Scorecard is a tool for online administrators to measure the quantifying elements of quality within online education programs in higher education. In this workshop you will get an overview of the OLC Quality Scorecard, explore how the OLC Quality Scorecard can be implemented in your institution and evaluate your institution based on a few chosen quality indicators from the OLC Quality Scorecard. This introductory workshop provides basic information on the OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs. This workshop will also highlight the newest version of the scorecard which has 75 indicators organized into 9 categories.

5/14/15 at noon
May 16 - May 22

Creating Effective Presentations

Presentations in the online environment need to creatively engage students to help them process and understand content in the absence of a face-to-face faculty member. In this workshop you will discover elements of an effective presentation that support learning, explore a process for creating presentations, and develop skills for preparing presentations for online delivery.  You will have the opportunity to practice easy-to-master graphic and information design principles that will increase the effectiveness of your online presentations.

5/15/15 at noon
May 20 - May 22

Creating an Interactive Syllabus

The syllabus is one of the most essential elements of any college level online course – however students often overlook the syllabus and therefore miss out on key information about the expectations of your course. In this workshop, you will explore a variety of tools which can be used to design a syllabus that is better organized, more visually interesting, and engaging for your students. By adding a clear navigation structure, multimedia, and interactivity you can grab students’ attention, improve their ability to access the information, and clearly convey your key points.

5/19/15 at noon
May 20 - May 22

Creating Rubrics

Rubrics are an effective tool to evaluate learning and promote effective feedback practices. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and use rubrics to efficiently and consistently evaluate student work. You will discuss the qualities that make a rubric successful, while exploring best practices for grading and assessing students in the online environment.

5/19/15 at noon
May 27 - May 29

Exploring Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) is a term that was first adopted by UNESCO to describe “digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and re-use for teaching, learning and research.” In this workshop you will learn how to locate high-quality, free content that can be used in online teaching and learning. This workshop will also cover a variety of OER issues including quality assurance, licensing, and use.

5/26/15 at noon
May 29 - June 5

New to Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself.  This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers and will be supported by sample documents such as online syllabus, discussion rubric etc. There will also be an hour-long optional (recorded) live session where you will get a chance to meet your facilitator to discuss important topics related to online teaching and ask your questions.

5/28/15 at noon
May 29 - June 5

Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback

According to research, feedback on learning is a key factor for improving the learning outcomes and student satisfaction.  While giving effective feedback can help drive your students towards success in your course and help them to better understand the material, it can also take a lot of time. In this workshop, you will identify different feedback strategies along with effective methods for providing feedback to your students efficiently. Many of the practices explored in this workshop can also help increase student engagement in the class and help with faculty satisfaction and workload management.

5/28/15 at noon
May 29 - June 5

Strategies for Supporting and Advising Students

Online and blended education programs create additional opportunities, challenges and roles for Student Services. How are your students doing in their online and blended courses? What challenges are they facing? As campuses reach out to students through new web interfaces, technologies, and portals, such services also improve access for face-to-face students. This workshop addresses these new roles and provides best practices, sustainable solutions, and transformations made possible through technology for student advising and support.

5/28/15 at noon
May 29 - June 5

Introduction to Collaboration tools

Online collaboration tools enable students to communicate, collaborate, and problem solve despite physical distance. In this workshop, you will explore a variety of collaboration tools including, but not limited to, Google Docs, Skype, and Google Hangouts, to analyze their strengths and weaknesses. You will discuss how these tools can be integrated into your online and blended courses to enhance the student learning experience and engagement.

5/28/15 at noon