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Online Learning Consortium

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2015 - 2016 Online Workshop Schedule

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May 16- May 22

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. In this workshop, you will address these new roles and explore best practices, sustainable solutions, and transformations made possible through technology for student advising and support.

05/15/16 at noon
May 16- May 22

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.

 

05/15/16 at noon
May 16- May 22

Introduction to Audio & 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.

05/15/16 at noon
May 16- May 22

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.

05/15/16 at noon
May 16- May 22

Developing Your Social Media and 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.

 05/15/16 at noon
May 16- May 22

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.

05/15/16 at noon
May 17- May 17

Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use, Part 2

Copyright infringment 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.”

05/16/16 at noon
May 18- May 20

 Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty

With the change in format from ground-based courses to online and hybrid courses, different criteria may need to be considered for evaluation of faculty effectiveness. In this workshop, you will focus on designing or refining evaluations used for online faculty, which can consist of student evaluations, peer evaluations, and overall evaluations. You will learn about different models for evaluation, theory, and strategy with a focus on evidence-based methods for effective evaluations.

05/17/16 at noon
May 18- May 20

 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.

05/17/16 at noon
June 06- June 12

 Fundamentals: Framework 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. In this workshop, you will explore various well-known and well-respected quality frameworks that can help you improve the quality of your online course.

 06/05/16 at noon
June 06- June 12

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.

 06/05/16 at noon
June 06- June 12

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.

 06/05/16 at noon
June 06- June 12

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.

 06/05/16 at noon
June 08- June 10

 Creating Rubrics

Rubrics are an effective tool to evaluate learning and promote effective feedback practices. In this workshop, you will learn how to create an 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.

06/07/16 at noon
June 08- June 10

 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.

06/07/16 at noon
June 20- June 26

 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.

06/19/16 at noon
June 20- June 26

 Exploring Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics is a growing area of interest across the academy. New technologies can enable faculty and administrators to gather data about how students are interacting with digital learning environments, such as the campus LMS, and other institutionally provided platforms. This data can be used to inform the future design of courses, platforms and even the development of predictive tools that can guide individual students towards success. During this one week workshop, we will learn about the fundamental concepts and approaches used in this quickly evolving field. Designed with the practitioner in mind, this applied analytics course will include examples of learning analytics approaches and projects happening within higher education as well as learning how to build capacity toward an analytics project or strategy. Participants will learn how to identify small scale, proof-of-concept learning analytics projects and methods that they can try at their own institutions.

06/19/16 at noon
June 20- June 26

 New to Online: Essentials Part 2, Converting Your Course

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 and 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.

06/19/16 at noon
June 20- June 26

 Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility

Improving access to online education means, among other things, ensuring that you online course materials, teaching and learning activities, and assessments are accessible for all learners. This workshop will help you better understand the legal framework for accessibility in online education and how learners with disabilities participate in online classes. You will also explore practical application of procedures for instructional designers, instructors, developers and administrators to create ADA compliant online courses.

06/19/16 at noon
June 20- June 26

 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.

06/19/16 at noon