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2015 - 2016 Online Workshop Schedule

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 June 26 - July 3

Exploring Spatial Thinking with GIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools help capture, analyze, and present geographical data in a way that allows users to observe and interpret spatial patterns. This type of data analysis and interpretation is critical in almost every discipline, including geosciences, human health, business, history, and STEM fields. Additionally, the critical thinking and problem solving skills developed through the use GIS of can be applied anywhere. This workshop will introduce you to spatial thinking and cognition, with an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving, using powerful yet easy to use dynamic web mapping tools.

 6/25/15 at noon
 June 26 - July 3  

Exploring Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling combines multiple media formats to create memorable learning experiences that engage both the mind and emotions of the learner. In this workshop, you will explore the elements of an effective digital story, including point-of-view, voice, sound, images and pacing. You will observe examples of digital storytelling in education and discuss what makes them effective learning experiences. Finally, you will look at implementation strategies for adding these stories to your courses.

 6/25/15 at noon
 June 26 - July 3

Designing Courses with a Multimedia Approach 

Multimodal course design creates a learning environment which is conducive to various learning styles by delivering the same content in multiple formats. In this workshop, you will explore strategies for developing content in various formats by using visuals, audio and video to engage a diverse set of learners. You will explore the research-based foundation of why this approach to learning design is effective, while reviewing examples from best practices in multimodal content design.

 6/25/15 at noon
June 26 - July 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.

6/25/15 at noon
July 17 - July 24

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.

7/16/15 at noon
July 17 - Jul 24

Creating Effective Assessments

An important component of successful online teaching is developing efficient assessment strategies and methods. In this workshop you will explore formative and summative assessment techniques used in online education and develop assessment strategies suitable for your online course. You will create a plan to help align learning objectives and activities with assessments. You will explore the differences between summative and formative assessments, and discuss strategies for implementing them. Integrating multiple forms of assessment allows students more opportunities to evaluate their performance.

7/16/15 at noon
July 17 - Jul 24

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.

7/16/15 at noon
 July 17 - Jul 24

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.

 7/16/15 at noon
 July 17 - Jul 24

Exploring ePortfolios

ePortfolios provide a learner-centered environment conducive to reflective and evidence-based learning, and are considered the center of a student’s personal learning environment. In this workshop, you will explore how ePortfolios enhance deep learning, view examples of well-designed and effective ePortfolios, and reflect on the role that ePortfolios could play in your online courses and programs.

 7/16/15 at noon
 July 21 - Jul 21  

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.”

 7/20/15 at noon
 July 22 - Jul 24  

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.

 7/21/15 at noon
 July 22 - Jul 24  

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.

 7/21/15 at noon
 July 29 - July 31  

Strategies to Increase Faculty Motivation

Faculty satisfaction and motivation are key factors in determining the success of an online program. In this workshop, you will examine research on intrinsic and extrinsic motivating factors and inhibitors for online faculty, and develop strategies to increase faculty motivation and engagement in your institution. You will learn from the experience and practices of others, and walk away with an action plan to motivate your online faculty.

 7/28/15 at noon
 July 31 - Aug 7  

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.

 7/30/15 at noon
 July 31 - Aug 7  

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.

 7/30/15 at noon
July 31 - Aug 7

Exploring Competency Based Instruction

Competency based education measures student achievement of stated outcomes, rather than time spent on specific learning activities. In this workshop, you will explore the elements of competency based education to better understand how you can structure self-paced, learner focused, outcomes driven learning environments which measure student achievement through the collection of learning artifacts. You will develop an understanding of how to define competencies and how to set up ways for students to then demonstrate their ability to meet those competencies.

 7/30/15 at noon
July 31 - Aug 7

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.

7/30/15 at noon
Aug 14 - Aug 21

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.

8/13/15 at noon
Aug 14 - Aug 21

Introduction to Audio and Video Tools 

Audio and video provides faculty and students with unique opportunities to present information, communicate, and provide content and logistics support in online and blended classes. Additionally, according to research, the use of audio and video can foster a sense of presence, increase engagement, and improve learning outcomes. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to effectively create and use audio and video for your courses using various free tools.

8/13/15 at noon
Aug 14 - Aug 21

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.

8/13/15 at noon
Aug 19 - Aug 21

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.

8/18/15 at noon
Aug 19 - Aug 21

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.

8/18/15 at noon
Aug 26 - Aug 28

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.

8/25/15 at noon