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2016 Online Workshop Schedule

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July 25 -

July 31


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.

07/24/16 at noon

July 25 -

July 31


Designing Courses with a Multimodal 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 viewing examples from best practices in multimodal content design.

07/24/16 at noon

July 25 -

July 31


Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback

According to research, feedback on learning is a key factor for improving 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 efficiently providing feedback to your students. Many of the practices explored in this workshop can also help increase student engagement and improve faculty satisfaction and workload management.

07/24/16 at noon

July 25 -

July 31


Exploring App Smashing

Mobile apps for tablets, such as the iPad, offer many innovative applications for both teaching and learning, both in the traditional classroom as well as online. But, what happens when you combine a number of apps to create something new? Answer: App Smashing!

Join us as we explore some of the most interesting ways App Smashing is being used to increase teaching effectiveness and encourage deeper learning. You will add multiple ideas and App Smashing “recipes” to your instructional toolbox and be ready to implement them in your own teaching.

 

07/24/16 at noon

July 25 -

July 31


Fundamentals: Supporting New Online Learners

Students who are new to the online environment can face many challenges as they enter this digital learning space. In this workshop, you will explore strategies for developing a coherent and structured environment to help your new online students achieve success and satisfaction. You will review research and established standards to identify and explore best practices and strategies to support online learners. You will construct a student support plan that integrates those strategies within the constraints of your own institution.

07/24/16 at noon

July 25 -

July 31


Strategies to Improve Retention

Today, one of the biggest challenges in online education is the high rate of students who do not complete their programs. In this one week asynchronous workshop, join an expert facilitator from the OLC Institute as you identify the most significant retention challenges and learn how research-based strategies can be employed to increase retention and improve student satisfaction and success. With your colleagues from the field, you will evaluate evidence-based best practices from other institutions as you develop a plan that will increase student retention in your own institutional setting.

07/24/16 at noon

Aug 08-

Aug 14

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.

08/07/16 at noon

Aug 08-

Aug 14


Introduction to Mobile Apps & 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.

08/07/16 at noon

Aug 08-

Aug 14


 Exploring Competency Based Education

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.

08/07/16 at noon

Aug 08-

Aug 14


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.

08/07/16 at noon

Aug 10-

Aug 12


Creating an Interactive Syllabus

 The syllabus is one of the most essential elements of any college level 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.

08/09/16 at noon

Aug 10-

Aug 12


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.

08/09/16 at noon

Aug 22-

Aug 28


Facilitating Group Work Online

Online group work poses challenges for faculty and students for a number of reasons, including differing technology skills, variances in team member participation, as well as logistics such as time and schedule conflicts. In this experiential workshop you will learn how to address those challenges by participating in a collaborative activity that models effective group work processes. Together your team will build and share a list of strategies, current resources and models to facilitate the design and development of your own group-based learning activity. 

08/21/16 at noon

Aug 22-

Aug 28


Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning

Are you looking for new multimedia strategies for your virtual classroom? Join experts from the OLC Institute as we explore an easy to use and often overlooked online video editing option, the YouTube Editor. This widely used video sharing website offers educators the opportunity to create multimedia resources that can be easily embedded into most learning management systems. In this collaborative learning environment, you will learn to implement effective video editing strategies as you combine and remix images, video, sound, narration and text for your own short video production.

08/21/16 at noon

Aug 22-

Aug 28

Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement

Students 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.

08/21/16 at noon

Aug 22-

Aug 28

 New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started

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.

08/21/16 at noon
Aug 22-

Aug 28

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools

Presentations are an important method for delivering content to students in the online environment. In this workshop, you will explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue. You will explore techniques for making presentations more interactive and meaningful for students, and hold their attention in asynchronous environments.

08/21/16 at noon 
Sept 12 - Sep 18

Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty

Adjunct and non-tenured faculty play a pivotal role in the success of online programs. Whether they are industry specialists, retired academics, freelancers or scholars, an institutions’ ability to effectively orient and engage part-time faculty in the institutional culture is even more important online. In this workshop, you will explore strategies for providing effective support for these faculty, including training, faculty development, and recognition for quality work. You will learn how to develop effective faculty support strategies for their own programs and institutions.

09/11/16
Sept 12 - Sep 18

Intro to Digital Badges

Although digital badges stemmed from the gaming world, and then found their way into MOOC frameworks, badges have now found their way into wider uses in education and the use of badges has been gaining momentum in recent years.

Badges can carry with them evidence of achievement of skills and competencies; therefore, badging can also empower learners  by allowing them share evidence of their accomplishments and skills with broader communities.

However, implementing a digital badging system should be carefully thought-out. Badges should be designed in a way to efficiently link to evidence of the learning, and they should carry value. In this workshop we will explore the benefits and challenges of implementing badging and explore the potential for your own course or institution by thinking about specific guidelines and evaluation criteria to establish the value of the badge.

09/11/16
 Sept 12 - Sep 18

Fundamentals: Engaging Learners in Online Discussions

Well-designed online discussions address a number of research-based strategies critical to effective online learning and improved learning outcomes. Through online discussions, student-student and student-content interactions increase, and both faculty and students collaborate in the learning process as they explore unique perspectives. Join an expert facilitator from the OLC Institute in this seven-day asynchronous workshop to learn strategies for engaging learners in effective discussions as well as tools that can be employed to foster learner engagement and improve learning outcomes. Throughout the workshop, you will develop a plan for creating engaging and effective online discussions in your courses.

 09/11/16
 Sept 12 - Sep 18   

Exploring Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling combines multiple media formats to create impactful 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 into your courses

 09/11/16
 Sept 12 - Sep 18   

Intro to Audio & Visual 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.

 09/11/16
 Sept 13 - Sep 13   

Intro to Copyright & 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 learn how to avoid copyright infringement through the application of 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 qualify as fair use? Register to get answers to these questions and more from your content-expert facilitator.

 09/13/16
  Sept 14 - Sep 16  

Intro 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.

 09/13/16
  Sept 14 - Sep 16  

Creating Multimedia Introductions

Multimedia can be used to increase social presence in online courses by making a personal connection to the students and engaging them in the learning experience. In this workshop, you will explore and experience a number of easy and practical multimedia tools compatible with all major learning management systems. By the end of the workshop, you will have a multimedia activity you can immediately add to your course, and the experience to create many more.

09/13/16
  Sept 26 - Oct 02  

New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started

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.

 09/25/16
Sept 26 - Oct 02   

Developing Your Social Media & Digital Presence

What does your online identity look like today? Have you Googled yourself lately? In academia, it is becoming increasingly vital to publish and share your teaching, service, and research knowledge. Besides developing an online presence and utilizing social media for professional development, faculty and staff are actively utilizing open and digital channels to support, learn, and contribute a thriving network of connected scholars. In this workshop, you will explore meaningful ways to craft an active, online persona, learn about strategies to effectively include social media and digital resources for your professional development, and understand how an online community of practice can enhance the work you do.

  09/25/16
 Sept 26 - Oct 02  

Strategies for Supporting & 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.

  09/25/16
 Sept 26 - Oct 02  

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.

  09/25/16
 Sept 26 - Oct 02  

Designing Gamified Learning Environments

Game environments encourage collaboration, inquiry-based learning, repetition, practice and control. In this workshop, you will use theories and principles from game design to develop learning environments that motivate and engage students in a creative way. By understanding elements of game design theory, you will begin to adopt and incorporate these elements which promote engagement into your online and blended courses. You will explore elements such as role playing, point systems, competition and collaboration.

  09/25/16
 Sept 28 - Spt 30  

Exploring Open Educational Resources

The term Open educational resources (OER) was first adopted by UNESCO in 2002 to describe materials used to support education that can be freely accessed, reused, modified, and shared in order to improve the quality of curricula and teaching and reduce costs.  In this workshop, you will learn where to find high quality, openly licensed materials and how to reuse them.  We will also cover creative commons licensing, attribution of open educational resources, and accessibility considerations.

  09/27/16
Sept 28 - Spt 30

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 accessibility of your course materials. Then you will develop an actionable plan for improving the accessibility of your online course.

09/27/16
Sept 28 - Spt 30

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.

09/27/16
Oct 10 - Oct 16

New to Online Essentials Part 1, Getting Started

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.

10/09/16
 Oct 10 - Oct 16  

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.

 10/09/16
 Oct 10 - Oct 16  

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..

 10/09/16
 Oct 10 - Oct 16  

Intro to Collaboration Tools

Online collaboration tools enable students to communicate, collaborate, and problem solving 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.

 10/09/16