Sloan-C Institute: 2013 Online Workshop Schedule

 

2013 / 2014 Workshop Registration

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January
DateWorkshop Title, Description, and ObjectivesTrack

01/04 - 01/11

Effective Online Classrooms: Adult Learning

Adult learners tend to be self-directed learners who seek out educational opportunities that will provide solutions to specific problems or that address a specific professional objective. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to discuss how to design online courses with adult learners in mind.

Objectives
- Identify characteristics of adult learners
- Identify appropriate teaching strategies for adult learners

Online Learners

01/04 - 01/11

Exemplary Institutions: Addressing Faculty Motivation

Increasing motivation in yourself or the faculty you're responsible for managing can have a positive impact on the quality of online courses and can also help decrease faculty burnout. In this workshop, you will explore and discuss reasons for loss of motivation and strategies to increase motivation so that you can develop a plan to motivate yourself or your faculty throughout the academic year.

Objectives
- Identify strategies to motivate and engage you or your faculty
- Develop a plan to motivate yourself or your faculty throughout the academic year

Online Management

01/15

Certificate Program - January Cohort Begins

The Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. The certificate consists of a 9-week foundation course and three electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus.

Certificate Program

01/18 - 01/25

Assessment Techniques in Online Learning

Assessments, when designed well, provide information on student learning. This information can guide both students and faculty toward more effective teaching and learning practices. In this workshop, you will learn about techniques, tools, and practices and apply that learning to the development of your own assessment strategy.

Objectives
- Identify formative and summative assessment techniques
- Develop an assessment strategy for your online course

Online Design

01/18 - 01/25

Successful Online Outcomes: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is an important issue for all of higher education, and of particular interest to the distance education community, given changing expectations of accreditors. This workshop will help you explore the issues of cheating and plagiarism in higher education as well as techniques and tools for campuses, departments, and classrooms to decrease the incidence of cheating. Both practical information and research data will be explored in this workshop.

Objectives
- Identify the causes of cheating
- Describe tools and strategies to minimize cheating

Online Learners

01/18 - 01/25

Learning Environments: Twitter

Social media provides opportunities to enhance and improve engagement and achievement. By exploring examples of these efforts at the course, program, or institutional level, and making clear connections to course and program goals, faculty, staff and administrators can identify meaningful ways to engage learners using social media. This workshop will help you explore twitter as a potential social media option for your course, program, or institution.

Objectives
- Describe uses of Twitter for courses, programs, and institutions
- Identify relationship between social media strategies and student outcomes

 

Online Tools
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February

02/01 - 02/08

Exemplary Institutions: Ensuring Program Quality

The identification of quality online education programs satisfies a great need in our field and has been requested by many online education administrators as a tool for program improvement. The assessment of quality online education has never been more important as competition continues to fiercely increase and students all over the world are clicking to find a respectable degree program. This workshop will provide best practices and recommendations for implementing the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs.

Objectives
- Identify strategies for implementing quality scorecard in your institution
- Discuss examples of best practices for each quality indicator

Online Management

02/01 - 02/08

Assessment Techniques in Social Media

How can educators identify student achievement in learning environments that are dynamic and decentralized? How can assessment of student learning in social media improve student success? How does such assessment affect workload? You will be introduced to practical formative and summative assessment strategies that you will apply as you develop your own assessment strategy for a course using social media.

Objectives
- Identify formative and summative assessment strategies for social media
- Develop an assessment strategy for a course that uses social media

Online Design

02/01 - 02/08

Effective Online Classrooms: Learner Diversity

While the online learning environment can obscure the fact, our online classes can be quite culturally diverse. This diversity has the potential to enrich our courses, but it also can put up barriers. In this workshop, you will learn about some of the unique challenges facing faculty and students in culturally diverse courses and how to address those challenges effectively so that everyone can feel comfortable in the learning environment.

Objectives
- Identify cultural diversity issues
- Identify strategies for effectively addressing cultural diversity issues in online courses

Online Learners

02/01 - 02/08

Learning Environments: Mobile Apps

Mobile apps can add an entirely new dimension to the teaching and learning activities in your online course. And, if you don't find the app you need, you could always consider creating it yourself with some easy-to-use tools. In this workshops, you will explore a wide variety of apps, including apps/programs that let you develop your own!

Objectives
- List some apps available for you to use in your online course
- Describe strategies for effectively implementing those apps in your course

Online Tools

02/15 - 02/22

Successful Online Outcomes: ADA and Accommodation on the Web

Improving access to online education means, among other things, ensuring your online course materials, teaching and learning activities, and assessments are accessible for all learners. In this workshop, you will explore the various accommodations and universal design principles that can make your course more accessible.

Objectives
- Identify types of accommodations needed for different disabilities
- Describe specific accommodation strategies you would use in given scenarios

Online Learners

02/15 - 02/22

New To Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Gain important online learning experience as you explore critical differences between teaching online and face-to-face, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design. Your explorations will include research-based readings and discussions with other new online teachers. This exploration will culminate in a quiz that will help you focus your future online teaching skills and knowledge explorations.

Objectives
- Describe differences in course design, roles, and expectations for online courses
- Explain relevant research impacting course design, roles, and expectations in online courses

Online Design

02/15 - 02/22

Embrace Asynchronous Tools

There are many asynchronous teaching tools available and mastering them can be challenging for any educator. But it’s not that difficult and the payoff can be dramatic. In this workshop you will explore how to incorporate basic through advanced online asynchronous tools for a diverse spectrum of users.

Objectives
- Describe how to effectively incorporate asynchronous tools into your course
- Develop an asynchronous activity for your course

Online Tools

02/15

Blended Learning Mastery Series

The Blended Learning Mastery Series is a series of three workshops focusing on the research, teaching, and assessment of blended courses. Successful completion of the series results in a Recognition of Mastery in Blended Learning.  Learn more and register for Blended Learning Mastery Series.

 

Online Design: Blended Learning Mastery Series

 

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March

03/01 - 03/08

New To Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Gain important online learning experience as you explore critical differences between teaching online and face-to-face, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design. Your explorations will include research-based readings and discussions with other new online teachers. This exploration will culminate in a quiz that will help you focus your future online teaching skills and knowledge explorations.

Objectives
- Describe differences in course design, roles, and expectations for online courses
- Explain relevant research impacting course design, roles, and expectations in online courses

Online Design

03/01 - 03/08

Effective Online Classrooms: Military Students

More military members are taking college classes than ever before and you may be wondering how to assist these learners effectively. In this workshop we will explore information and resources that can be helpful to those who teach military students. We will look at the role of the military base Education Service Officer (ESO), review the military rank structure, talk about deployments and other obstacles military students may encounter during class, and examine what being a 'military friendly' institution really means.

Objectives
- Define a "military-friendly" institution
- Describe how you can teach military students more effectively

Online Learners

03/01 - 03/08

Learning Environments: Tablets

In the past 12 months alone, college student use of tablets, such as the iPad, has tripled (Pearson 2012). How can this increasingly popular technology benefit both students and instructors? What are the implications for student learning as well as for instructor support? What limitations and features should be considered in course access, design, delivery and assessment? In this course, we will explore these questions and apply them to your individual course concerns.

Objectives
- Identify tablet-based learning environment benefits and challenges
- Develop a learning plan that integrates tablets effectively into your online course

Online Tools

03/01 - 03/08

Exemplary Institutions: Addressing Faculty Workload

The valued flexibility of online teaching poses unique challenges for faculty and their teaching schedules: the reality of the 24/7 classroom can be daunting in terms of faculty workload and faculty burnout. This workshop offers strategies that enable online faculty to more effectively manage their time demands while teaching online and to reduce potential for burnout. It will be of value to individual faculty trying to manage their own workloads as well as anyone responsible for managing faculty.

Objectives
- Describe strategies for managing administrative and teaching workload
- Develop a workload management plan for yourself or your faculty

Online Management

03/01 - 03/08

Massively Open Online Courses: The Basics

Few trends have had such a broad impact on higher education as the arrival of the massively open online course ( MOOC). Institutions are employing MOOCs to address faculty development, test the viability of course offerings, achieve instant notoriety and reach new degrees of community and levels of markets. The full story of how MOOCs will ultimately change higher education is still out, but the focus it places on the role of large scale learning will shape education and institutional learning in the years to come.

Objectives
- Describe how the strategy and purpose shape the MOOC experience
- Identify MOOC best practices

Online Trends

03/01

Mobile Learning Mastery Series

The Mobile Learning Mastery Series is a series of three workshops focusing on the research, teaching, and assessment of courses using mobile learning environments. Successful completion of the series results in a Certificate of Mastery of Mobile Learning.  Learn more and register for the Mobile Learning Mastery Series.

 

Online Design: Mobile Learning Mastery Series

03/13

YouTube for Learning

This is a 4 hour synchronous event that will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm ET. Supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE LMS and will be available for you to access beginning on March 13th.

YouTube is being used in a variety of ways by numerous educational institutions to support online teaching and develop learning communities. In this half-day synchronous workshop, you will explore the potential uses of YouTube to support your teaching goals so you can develop a plan to use YouTube in your own courses.

Objectives
- Identify uses of YouTube appropriate for your course
- Create a plan for using YouTube to support your teaching goals and online learning community

4 hour Synchronous Workshop

03/15 - 03/22

Assessment Techniques for Collaborative Teams

Developing and communicating clear assessment strategies for group work will lead to greater student satisfaction and more effective learning. This workshop will focus on the wide variety of formative and summative assessment strategies that you can use in your online courses. You will then use that information to develop your own group work assessment strategy.

Objectives
- Identify formative and summative assessment strategies for group work
- Develop an assessment strategy for a course that uses group work

Online Design

03/15 - 03/22

Student Satisfaction: Engagement Online

Research shows that student engagement is a critical factor in student learning success. In this workshop, you will explore the many ways, based on theory and research, you can foster student engagement in your own courses. This will help you develop your own plan to improve student engagement in your courses.

Objectives
- Describe strategies that help overcome obstacles to student engagement
- Develop a plan to improve student engagement in your online course

Online Learners

03/15 - 03/22

Successful Online Outcomes: Improved 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 to improve educational outcomes.

Objectives
- Identify strategies to improve online discussions
- Develop a plan for engaging online discussions in your course

Online Learners

03/15 - 03/22

Embrace Synchronous Tools

Synchronous (real-time) tools provide unique opportunities for engaging learners and improving learning outcomes. In this workshop, you will learn how to incorporate a variety of synchronous tools to address specific teaching and learning needs.

Objectives
- Describe how to effectively incorporate synchronous tools into your course
- Develop a synchronous activity for your course

 

Online Tools

03/27

Using Facebook in a Teaching Context

This is a 4 hour synchronous event that will take place on Wednesday, March 27, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm ET. Supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE LMS and will be available for you to access beginning on March 27th.

Attention Facebook users! Join your Sloan-C friends for an exciting half-day synchronous hands-on exploration of teaching and learning options in Facebook. Facebook offers unique opportunities for teaching, yet also poses some interesting challenges. In this workshop you will collaborate to develop plans for using Facebook effectively for teaching in ways that exploit the benefits while overcoming the challenges.

Objectives
- Identify potential benefits and challenges of using Facebook effectively in a higher education setting
- Create a plan for using Facebook to support your teaching goals or classroom community

4 hour Synchronous Workshop
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April

04/02

Certificate Program - April Cohort Begins

The Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. The certificate consists of a 9-week foundation course and three electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus.

Certificate Program

04/12 - 04/19

Learning Environments: Using Mahara ePortfolios in STEM Courses

The ePortfolio system Mahara, made available via the HP Catalyst Grant, offers exciting opportunities for creating learner-centered environments, assessing learning, and providing documentation of evidence-based learning. In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the Mahara ePortfolio system and learn how to integrate ePortfolios into your online courses.

Objectives
- Describe how to incorporate evidence-based learning in STEM courses
- Develop evidence-based learning strategies in STEM courses using the Mahara ePortfolio System

Online Tools

04/12 - 04/19

Student Satisfaction: Flipped Learning Online

In courses that have both an online and face-to-face component, the 'flipped design' is one that has lecture materials being accessed online and learning activities being done in the physical classroom. In this workshop, you will explore the benefits of the flipped design and learn how to implement this design in your own courses.

Objectives
- Describe the flipped classroom design
- Develop a flipped design plan for your online course

Online Learners

04/12 - 04/19

Powerpointless: Building More Effective Presentations without PowerPoint

PowerPoint had a revolutionary impact on presentations, but this tool is essentially one-way and does not easily invite continuing engagement, interaction and collective community building. Web-based presentation / publication alternatives exist that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, provide full discussion and continuing dialog. In this workshop, you will examine a number of these alternatives and learn how to use them for your own online courses.

Objectives
- Describe the potential shortcomings of PowerPoint for 21st century learning environments
- Use web-based technologies to create a sample presentation

Online Tools

04/12 - 04/19

Exemplary Institutions: Addressing Copyright Compliance

Copyright infringement lawsuits against institutions of higher education are not hypothetical: numerous universities around the country have been named in lawsuits alleging various types of infringements involving everything from posting articles and book chapters to e-reserves, course web sites, or learning management systems to streaming video and digitizing orphan works. In this workshop, you will learn how to avoid copyright infringement through application of Six Rules for Course Design as well as Fair Use guidelines.

Objectives
- Describe six rules for course design as they pertain to avoiding copyright infringement
- Identify Fair Use guidelines

Online Management

04/12 - 04/19

Leadership in Online Education: Policy

As online and blended learning continues to transform access to education, it frequently calls into question  traditional policies and practices at the core of our educational system.  Student demand for flexible learning options, challenges to the Carnegie seat-time,based on credit hour, state authorization, increased calls for transparency and proficiency, security, intellectual property concerns, and accreditation are just some of the issues facing administrators in this dynamic arena. This workshop discusses the implications of these emerging trends for policy makers and educators and offers strategies for coping and succeeding as education leaders.

Objectives
- Describe strategic questions surrounding educational policy as they relate to your institution
- Evaluate tools and resources to track policy changes

Online Management

04/12 - 04/19

Teaching in an Open Environment

The rise of MOOCs and large-scale courses offered through Coursera, Udacity, and EdX confers a new level of preparation and facilitation to educators. Open boundaries, transparency, and access to vast networks provide new considerations for facilitation. Authority, control, expectations become negotiated or defined. Learning and community become uniquely personal and intertwined. The transformation of education from limited access to open access calls into question rigor, evaluation, assessment, accreditation, and value of theory versus skill-based learning. This workshop draws from best practices in Online Learning to meet this new paradigm.

Objectives
- Analyze your philosophy of teaching and learning and how it impacts your approach to teaching in a MOOC
- Analyze differences in teaching and learning, including assessment, in a MOOC

Online Trends

04/19 - 04/26

New To Online: Converting Your Course

Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in online course can be challenging. This workshop will help you develop the knowledge and skills, including the ability to use different free online conversion services, necessary to easily convert different types of content into web-appropriate formats.

Objectives
- Identify web-appropriate content formats
- Use different conversion strategies based on original content format

Online Design

04/19 - 04/26

Successful Online Outcomes: Group Work

Collaborative group work, an effective teaching and learning strategy, 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 grading of group work activities. In this workshop, you will learn how to address those challenges so you can develop effective group work activities that encourage learning and improve satisfaction with the group work process.

Objectives
- Identify successful models for group work
- Develop a group work activity

Online Learners

04/19 - 04/26

Embrace Web 2.0 Tools

There are numerous online apps (Web 2.0 technologies) that can be quite useful for teaching and learning in online courses. However, finding and learning how to use those tools effectively can be a challenge. In this workshop, you will explore and evaluate several different free Web 2.0 technologies you can use in your course.

Objectives
- Explain how to use Web 2.0 technologies to improve engagement and learning
- Evaluate Web 2.0 technologies for their appropriateness to your online course

Online Tools

04/19 - 04/26

Learning Environments: PLE

As online teaching and learning expands beyond the Learning Management System, it is important for faculty to understand how to leverage the opportunities inherent in the creation and use of a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for them and their students. PLEs can be used to communicate with others, collect and organize teaching and learning resources, and even provide a place to demonstrate the evidence of learning. In this workshop we’ll examine PLEs and begin building our own.

Objectives
- Identify components of a Personal Learning Environment (PLE)
- Develop your own PLE

 

Online Tools
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May

05/03 - 05/10

New To Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Gain important online learning experience as you explore critical differences between teaching online and face-to-face, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design. Your explorations will include research-based readings and discussions with other new online teachers. This exploration will culminate in a quiz that will help you focus your future online teaching skills and knowledge explorations.

Objectives
- Describe differences in course design, roles, and expectations for online courses
- Explain relevant research impacting course design, roles, and expectations in online courses

Online Design

05/03 - 05/10

Student Satisfaction: Feedback

According to research, feedback on learning is a key factor in improved learning outcomes and student satisfaction. Of course, feedback can also take a lot of time so it is also a factor in faculty workload. In this workshop, learn about different feedback strategies and methods for providing effective and efficient feedback.

Objectives
- Identify feedback strategies
- Describe methods for providing feedback efficiently and effectively

Online Learners

05/03 - 05/10

Learning Environments: Teaching & Learning with Online Science Labs (STEM)

Virtual, remote, and blended online laboratory learning experiences have been successfully incorporated into a variety of educational programs. This workshop will introduce participants to the types of virtual, remote and blended labs in Science, and focus on clearly defining laboratory student learning outcomes.  

Objectives
- Identify types of virtual, remote, and blended labs used in science
- Describe how to effectively incorporate virtual, remote, and blended labs into your online course

Online Tools

05/03 - 05/10

Leadership in Online Education: Structures and Models

For over a decade, Sloan-C has been tracking trends and best practices in online education. Central to this practice has been the Quality Framework of the Sloan-C Pillars. The pillars have served as touchstones of institutional quality in the field of online learning for many individuals and institutions.  This workshop looks at models of online learning through the lens of access, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction, learning effectiveness, and scale (cost effectiveness and commitment). Participants will review successful institutional and programmatic models and structures and determine models which can be effectively initiated to address their own or institutional needs.

Objectives
- Analyze models for successful characteristics applicable to all institutions
- Develop an institutional plan formulated on models suited to your institution

Online Management
05/14 12:00-4:00pm ET

YouTube for Learning

This is a 4 hour synchronous event that will take place on Tuesday, May 14, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm ET. Supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE LMS and will be available for you to access beginning on May 14th.

YouTube is being used in a variety of ways by numerous educational institutions to support online teaching and develop learning communities. In this half-day synchronous workshop, you will explore the potential uses of YouTube to support your teaching goals so you can develop a plan to use YouTube in your own courses.

Objectives
- Identify uses of YouTube appropriate for your course
- Create a plan for using YouTube to support your teaching goals and online learning community

4 hour Synchronous Workshop

05/17 - 05/24

New To Online: Legal Guidelines

Knowledge of Fair Use and the TEACH Act is essential to all online teachers. This workshop will help you explore these legal issues and prepare you to appropriately apply these concepts in your own online courses.

Objectives
- Define Fair Use guidelines
- Identify TEACH Act requirements and regulations

Online Design

05/17 - 05/24

Successful Online Outcomes: Avoiding Student Stress

Students experiencing stress can not learn as effectively as they would under normal conditions so, to improve learning outcomes, it is important that you be able to recognize and address stress-related issues in the online course. In this workshop, you will explore definitions, sources, and symptoms of stress and learn strategies to minimize stress in order to improve learning.

Objectives
- Explain the causes of student stress
- Identify strategies to reduce student stress and its impact in online classes

Online Learners

05/17 - 05/24

Enhancing Distance Learning with Audio and Video

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.

Objectives
- Describe research-based strategies for educationally effective audio and video content
- Apply educationally effective strategies in the creation of audio and video content for your online course

Online Tools

05/17 - 05/24

Online Literacy Issues: Strategy for Currency

It is difficult to image a time when higher education faced such a multitude of service challenges from industry, students, and faculty. Online education, electronic distribution and modularization of knowledge, and open resources and learning provide additional avenues for interruption and institutional change. This workshop examines strategic policy and thinking for the road ahead and explores how online and e-classrooms can be employed to control cost, keep institutions well-positioned, and make the most of this competitive market.

Objectives
- Analyze strategies to excel in the increasingly competitive higher education market
- Develop a plan to help your institution become a leader in this competitive environment

 

Online Trends

05/17 - 05/24

Retention Challenges and Solutions

Online programs have the potential to increase student enrollments; however, institutions of higher education need to address retention issues in order to take advantage of that potential. In this workshop, you will explore factors impacting retention and possible solutions for overcoming those challenges at your institution.
 
Objectives
- Identify the most significant challenges to retention of online students
- Discuss solutions for retaining online students
 

Online Management
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June

06/06

Using Online Learning Strategically to Improve Educational Quality

This is a 4 hour synchronous event that will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm ET.
Supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE LMS and will be available for you to access beginning on June 6th.

Online education has long been defined by its capabilities for increasing access to learning. Now, online educators are taking on the new challenge of using online learning to improve quality. How are you using online learning to improve the quality of education at your institution? how could you improve educational quality more strategically? This half-day synchronous workshop, facilitated by John Sener, author of The Seven Futures of American Education,  is designed to help you learn how to do that in an organized, focused manner through a process by which you will identify pressing challenges, develop a rationale, identify criteria, and select strategies for improving educational quality. Faculty and administrators identify realistic next steps for moving from understanding to effective action.

Objectives
- Select / formulate one or more strategies for using online education to improve quality at your institution.
- Describe how to apply action steps for implementing selected strategies at your institution

4 hour Synchronous Workshop

06/07 - 06/14

New To Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Gain important online learning experience as you explore critical differences between teaching online and face-to-face, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design. Your explorations will include research-based readings and discussions with other new online teachers. This exploration will culminate in a quiz that will help you focus your future online teaching skills and knowledge explorations.

Objectives
- Describe differences in course design, roles, and expectations for online courses
- Explain relevant research impacting course design, roles, and expectations in online courses

Online Design

06/07 - 06/14

Leadership in Online Education: Financials and Economics

Online and blended learning programs can provide increased access to education and additional revenue streams for institutions facing competition and financial challenges.  In moving to online programming, institutions face a number of similar questions. How can online and blended programs grow without negatively impacting existing services and programs? How do programs be aligned with mission and vision while at the same time addressing competition? What effects program sustainability? These issues and successful models will be reviewed and discussed during the workshop.

Objectives
- Describe best practices in online budgets and investments
- Develop a realistic plan for financial success in online and blended programming

Online Management

06/07 - 06/14

Student Satisfaction: Advising and Support

Online and blended programs have placed additional opportunities and challenges on Student Services. As campuses reach out to students through new web interfaces, technologies, and portals, such services also improve access for face-to-face students. The outreach and growth places Student Services in a leadership role during economically changing times for institutions and students. This workshop recognizes this new role and studies the best practices, sustainable solutions, and transformations made possible through technology for student advising and support.

Objectives
- Identify research-based best practices to help you connect with and provide advising and support to more students
- Describe how various technologies and online social media services can be used for advising and support

Online Learners

06/07 - 06/14

Teaching STEM Concepts Using Student-Built Games

Student-built games require the learner to understand course content at a systems level, thus engaging the learning process through the demonstration of course concepts, terminology, and science through modeling relationships among those topics. In this workshop, based on National University's work on the HP Catalyst Grant, you will learn about techniques and tools you can use to successfully introduce student-built games into your online STEM courses.

Objectives
- Describe basic principles of game design
- Apply principles of game design to development of learning outcomes

 

Online Design

06/07 - 06/14

Learning Environments: Using Mahara ePortfolios in STEM Courses

The ePortfolio system Mahara, made available via the HP Catalyst Grant, offers exciting opportunities for creating learner-centered environments, assessing learning, and providing documentation of evidence-based learning. In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the Mahara ePortfolio system and learn how to integrate ePortfolios into your online courses.

Objectives
- Describe how to incorporate evidence-based learning in STEM courses
- Develop evidence-based learning strategies in STEM courses using the Mahara ePortfolio system

Online Tools

06/18

Certificate Program - June Cohort Begins

The Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. The certificate consists of a 9-week foundation course and three electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus.

Certificate Program

06/21 - 06/28

New To Online: The Quality Matters Rubric

The Quality MattersTM Program is designed to improve the quality of online courses by establishing a peer-review quality assurance process. This workshop will help you explore the Quality Matters rubric and will provide you with the framework to improve the quality of your online course, from reviewing your course to developing an improvement plan.

Objectives
- Identify the standards of the Quality MattersTM Rubric
- Use the Quality MattersTM Rubric to review your online course
- Develop a course improvement plan

Online Design

06/21 - 06/28

Multimodal Design

Multimodal design, focusing on student-centered learning environments, places choice of delivery and content under learner control. Emerging technologies and improved learning management systems provide faculty with new opportunities to exploit the benefits of multimodal design by providing multiple course delivery options and course content formats. In this workshop, you will be introduced to various teaching and learning theories relevant to multimodal design in order to include multimodal design options in your own courses.

Objectives
- Analyze various teaching and learning theories and their impact on multimodal course design
- Design an activity with multimodal content and delivery options

Online Trends

06/21 - 06/28

Search Engines: Finding and Using the Right Search Engines

Google and Bing dominate the search engine marketplace, but they are not the only – and in some cases not the best – research tools available. We will examine the range of Internet search tools that are available with an emphasis on those that will best serve those in education. Unique engines such at Touch Graph, Exalead, RaRoi, Blinkx, Wolfram Alpha, Internet Archive, Hakia, WhoZat, and the Good Search Engine may not be household terms, but these and others have unique, useful qualities for those searching the Web.

Objectives
- Identify alternative search tools
- Analyze the strengths and potentials of various alternative search engines in order to select the right search engine for your specific needs

 

Online Tools

06/21 - 06/28

Learning Environments: GIS Tools for Critical Thinking

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, from the humanities to STEM fields. Additionally, the critical thinking and problems solving skills developed can be applied anywhere.  This workshop will introduce you to spatial thinking and cognition, with an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving, using open source and free online tools.   

Objectives
- Describe potential applications of GIS to your discipline
- Use GIS tools to capture, analyze, and present data from your discipline

 

Online Tools
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July

07/12 - 07/19

New To Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Gain important online learning experience as you explore critical differences between teaching online and face-to-face, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design. Your explorations will include research-based readings and discussions with other new online teachers. This exploration will culminate in a quiz that will help you focus your future online teaching skills and knowledge explorations.

Objectives
- Describe differences in course design, roles, and expectations for online courses
- Explain relevant research impacting course design, roles, and expectations in online courses

Online Design

07/12 - 07/19

Effective Online Classrooms: Adult Learning

Adult learners tend to be self-directed learners who seek out educational opportunities that will provide solutions to specific problems or that address a specific professional objective. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to discuss how to design online courses with adult learners in mind.

Objectives
- Identify characteristics of adult learners
- Identify appropriate teaching strategies for adult learners

Online Learners

07/12 - 07/19

Exemplary Institutions: Addressing Faculty Motivation

Increasing motivation in yourself or the faculty you're responsible for managing can have a positive impact on the quality of online courses and can also help decrease faculty burnout. In this workshop, you will explore and discuss reasons for loss of motivation and strategies to increase motivation so that you can develop a plan to motivate yourself or your faculty throughout the academic year.

Objectives
- Identify strategies to motivate and engage you or your faculty
- Develop a plan to motivate yourself or your faculty throughout the academic year

Online Management

07/19 - 07/26

Assessment Techniques in Online Learning

Assessments, when designed well, provide information on student learning. This information can guide both students and faculty toward more effective teaching and learning practices. In this workshop, you will learn about techniques, tools, and practices and apply that learning to the development of your own assessment strategy.

Objectives
- Identify formative and summative assessment techniques
- Develop an assessment strategy for your online course

Online Design

07/19 - 07/26

Successful Online Outcomes: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is an important issue for all of higher education, and of particular interest to the distance education community, given changing expectations of accreditors. This workshop will help you explore the issues of cheating and plagiarism in higher education as well as techniques and tools for campuses, departments, and classrooms to decrease the incidence of cheating. Both practical information and research data will be explored in this workshop.

Objectives
- Identify the causes of cheating
- Describe tools and strategies to minimize cheating

Online Learners

07/19 - 07/26

Learning Environments: Twitter

Social media provides opportunities to enhance and improve engagement and achievement. By exploring examples of these efforts at the course, program, or institutional level, and making clear connections to course and program goals, faculty, staff and administrators can identify meaningful ways to engage learners using social media. This workshop will help you explore twitter as a potential social media option for your course, program, or institution.

Objectives
- Describe uses of Twitter for courses, programs, and institutions
- Identify relationship between social media strategies and student outcomes

 

Online Tools

07/19 - 07/26

New to Online: Converting Your Course

Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in online course can be challenging. This workshop will help you develop the knowledge and skills, including the ability to use different free online conversion services, necessary to easily convert different types of content into web-appropriate formats.

Objectives:
- Identify web-appropriate content formats;
- Use different conversion strategies based on original content format

Online Tools

07/24

12:00 - 4:00pm ET

Easy Course Enhancements to Improve Access

This is a 4 hour synchronous event that will take place on Wednesday, July 24th, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm ET. Supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE LMS and will be available for you to access beginning on July 24th.

How accessible is your online course? What steps can you take to make it more accessible? In this half-day synchronous workshop, you will work with others to explore and answer these and other questions of accessibility and then develop an actionable plan for improving the accessibility of your online course.


Objectives
- Evaluate the accessibility of materials in your online course
- Identify methods for improving the accessibility of your course materials
- Develop an action plan to improve the accessibility of your course materials
4 hour Synchronous Workshop

07/26 - 07/28

Make a Great First Impression: Engaging Introduction Activities

Set the pace this semester with interactive, multimedia introduction activities! During this 3 day session, you will work at your own pace to explore and experience a number of easy and practical multimedia tools compatible with all major learning management systems. At the end of this workshop, you will have a plan you can use this semester for engaging intro activity.

Objective
- Create engaging introduction activities using multimedia

Online Design

07/29

1:00 - 3:00pm ET

Spice Up Your Weekly Announcements Using Multimedia

This is a 2 hour live event that will take place on Monday, July 29, from 1:00-3:00pm ET in Blackboard Collaborate.  Preparation activities and supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE Learning Management System and will be available for you to access beginning on July 22.

Do you wish your students actually read your weekly announcements? Learn how to create media-rich weekly announcements that engage, inform, and create a strong teaching presence. Join us LIVE during this fun and practical 2 hour session as we explore and practice using several quick and easy audio, video and animation tools easily embedded into your learning management system or viewed on mobile devices. Give us two hours - We’ll give you the tools you need to rock your course.

Objective
- Create multimedia announcements

2 hour Synchronous Workshop

07/30

3:00 - 5:00pm ET

Set Your Students Up for Success with a Course Orientation Video

This is a 2 hour live event that will take place on Tuesday, July 30, from 3:00-5:00pm ET in Blackboard Collaborate.  Preparation activities and supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE Learning Management System and will be available for you to access beginning on July 23.

Guide your students to a successful start! A course orientation video can help your students feel and be successful from the moment they enter your online course. Join us for this 2 hour live workshop and create your own online course orientation video using your choice of a few easy to use online video tools.

Objective
- Create a course orientation video

2 hour Synchronous Workshop
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August

08/01

12:00 - 4:00pm ET

Creating Interactive Learning Opportunities with Video

This is a 4 hour live event that will take place on Thursday, August 1, from 12:00-4:00pm ET in Blackboard Collaborate.  Preparation activities and supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE Learning Management System and will be available for you to access beginning on July 25.

Learning should be an active process; however, learning through video is often a more passive learning experience. Fortunately, there are ways of creating video content that encourages active learning and participation without requiring a lot of technical skills.   In this workshop, you will learn about various strategies and several free, online tools to help you create interactive learning opportunities with video. So, join us in this workshop and experiment with adding quiz questions, building in discussions, or embedding other content in the video you use for your online and blended courses.You'll have a lot of fun creating the content and your students will enjoy learning from it.

Objective
- Create interactive video content

4 hour Synchronous Workshop

08/02 - 08/04

Grab Your Students' Attention with an Interactive Syllabus

Do your students ignore your syllabus? Are they missing key information? Do you find yourself answering the same questions repeatedly? Yes? We can help! During this 3 day workshop, you will gain all the skills you need to easily add interactivity to your syllabus so that information is easy to find and so repetitive questions are reduced.

Objective
- Create an interactive syllabus

Online Design

08/02 - 08/09

Powerpointless: Building More Effective Presentations without PowerPoint

PowerPoint had a revolutionary impact on presentations, but this tool is essentially one-way and does not easily invite continuing engagement, interaction and collective community building. Web-based presentation / publication alternatives exist that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, provide full discussion and continuing dialog. In this workshop, you will examine a number of these alternatives and learn how to use them for your own online courses.

Objectives
- Describe the potential shortcomings of PowerPoint for 21st century learning environments
- Use web-based technologies to create a sample presentation

Online Tools

08/02 - 08/09

New To Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Gain important online learning experience as you explore critical differences between teaching online and face-to-face, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design. Your explorations will include research-based readings and discussions with other new online teachers. This exploration will culminate in a quiz that will help you focus your future online teaching skills and knowledge explorations.

Objectives
- Describe differences in course design, roles, and expectations for online courses
- Explain relevant research impacting course design, roles, and expectations in online courses

Online Design

08/02 - 08/09

MERLOT: Putting Educational Innovations into Practice

MERLOT seeks to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty-designed courses. It’s a free and open online community perfect for faculty who want to create and share learning materials. In this workshop, you will explore and learn how to use the MERLOT site and its many exceptional resources.

Objectives
- Use MERLOT to create learning materials collections
- Contribute learning materials to MERLOT

Online Tools

08/02 - 08/09

Exemplary Institutions: Ensuring Program Quality

The identification of quality online education programs satisfies a great need in our field and has been requested by many online education administrators as a tool for program improvement. The assessment of quality online education has never been more important as competition continues to fiercely increase and students all over the world are clicking to find a respectable degree program. This workshop will provide best practices and recommendations for implementing the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs.

Objectives
- Identify strategies for implementing quality scorecard in your institution
- Discuss examples of best practices for each quality indicator

Online Management

08/02 - 08/09

Effective Online Classrooms: Learner Diversity

While the online learning environment can obscure the fact, our online classes can be quite culturally diverse. This diversity has the potential to enrich our courses, but it also can put up barriers. In this workshop, you will learn about some of the unique challenges facing faculty and students in culturally diverse courses and how to address those challenges effectively so that everyone can feel comfortable in the learning environment.

Objectives
- Identify cultural diversity issues
- Identify strategies for effectively addressing cultural diversity issues in online courses

Online Learners

08/02 - 08/09

Learning Environments: Mobile Apps

Mobile apps can add an entirely new dimension to the teaching and learning activities in your online course. And, if you don't find the app you need, you could always consider creating it yourself with some easy-to-use tools. In this workshops, you will explore a wide variety of apps, including apps/programs that let you develop your own!

Objectives
- List some apps available for you to use in your online course
- Describe strategies for effectively implementing those apps in your course

Online Tools

08/16 - 08/23

Assessment Techniques in Social Media

How can educators identify student achievement in learning environments that are dynamic and decentralized? How can assessment of student learning in social media improve student success? How does such assessment affect workload? You will be introduced to practical formative and summative assessment strategies that you will apply as you develop your own assessment strategy for a course using social media.

Objectives
- Identify formative and summative assessment strategies for social media
- Develop an assessment strategy for a course that uses social media

Online Design

08/16 - 08/23

Successful Online Outcomes: ADA and Accommodation on the Web

Improving access to online education means, among other things, ensuring your online course materials, teaching and learning activities, and assessments are accessible for all learners. In this workshop, you will explore the various accommodations and universal design principles that can make your course more accessible.

Objectives
- Identify types of accommodations needed for different disabilities
- Describe specific accommodation strategies you would use in given scenarios

Online Learners

08/16 - 08/23

Embrace Asynchronous Tools

There are many asynchronous teaching tools available and mastering them can be challenging for any educator. But it’s not that difficult and the payoff can be dramatic. In this workshop you will explore how to incorporate basic through advanced online asynchronous tools for a diverse spectrum of users.

Objectives
- Describe how to effectively incorporate asynchronous tools into your course
- Develop an asynchronous activity for your course

Online Tools

08/16 - 08/23

Using Social Media in a Crisis Situation

From on-campus violence to natural disasters, crisis situations in higher education are unpredictable and in many cases, very difficult to manage. In such matters, leaders must respond effectively and quickly to mitigate the current situation, communicate appropriately to stake holders and the surrounding community, develop procedures that minimize the potential for future occurrences, and encourage confidence in the long-term success of the institution. The power of social media can be used to help leaders accomplish these goals and manage through and beyond the crisis. In this workshop, you will review examples of efforts made by other institutions. You will also identify strategies for using social media in a crisis situation and incorporate such strategies into your institutional crisis communication plan.

Objectives
- Identify strategies for implementing the use of social media in a crisis situation at your institution
- Develop a crisis communication plan that incorporates selected strategies at your institution
 

Online Management

08/16

Blended Learning Mastery Series

The Blended Learning Mastery Series is a series of three workshops focusing on the research, teaching, and assessment of blended courses. Successful completion of the series results in a Certificate of Mastery of Blended Learning. Learn more and register for the Blended Learning Mastery Series.

 

Online Design: Blended Learning Mastery Series

08/29

12:00 - 4:00pm ET

YouTube for Learning

This is a 4 hour live event that will take place on Thursday, August 29, from 12:00-4:00pm ET in Blackboard Collaborate.  Preparation activities and supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE Learning Management System and will be available for you to access beginning on August 22.

YouTube is being used in a variety of ways by numerous educational institutions to support online teaching and develop learning communities. In this half-day synchronous workshop, you will explore the potential uses of YouTube to support your teaching goals so you can develop a plan to use YouTube in your own courses.

Objectives
- Identify uses of YouTube appropriate for your course
- Create a plan for using YouTube to support your teaching goals and online learning community

4 hour Synchronous Workshop

 

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September

09/03

Certificate Program - September Cohort Begins

The Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. The certificate consists of a 9-week foundation course and three electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus.

Certificate Program

09/06 - 09/13

Effective Online Classrooms: Military Students

More military members are taking college classes than ever before and you may be wondering how to assist these learners effectively. In this workshop we will explore information and resources that can be helpful to those who teach military students. We will look at the role of the military base Education Service Officer (ESO), review the military rank structure, talk about deployments and other obstacles military students may encounter during class, and examine what being a 'military friendly' institution really means.

Objectives
- Define a "military-friendly" institution
- Describe how you can teach military students more effectively

Online Learners

09/06 - 09/13

Learning Environments: Tablets

In the past 12 months alone, college student use of tablets, such as the iPad, has tripled. How can this increasingly popular technology benefit both students and instructors? What are the implications for student learning as well as for instructor support? What limitations and features should be considered in course access, design, delivery and assessment? In this course, we will explore these questions and apply them to your individual course concerns.

Objectives
- Identify tablet-based learning environment benefits and challenges
- Develop a learning plan that integrates tablets effectively into your online course

Online Tools

09/06 - 09/13

Exemplary Institutions: Addressing Faculty Workload

The valued flexibility of online teaching poses unique challenges for faculty and their teaching schedules: the reality of the 24/7 classroom can be daunting in terms of faculty workload and faculty burnout. This workshop offers strategies that enable online faculty to more effectively manage their time demands while teaching online and to reduce potential for burnout. It will be of value to individual faculty trying to manage their own workloads as well as anyone responsible for managing faculty.

Objectives
- Describe strategies for managing administrative and teaching workload
- Develop a workload management plan for yourself or your faculty

Online Management

09/06 - 09/13

Massively Open Online Courses: The Basics

Few trends have had such a broad impact on higher education as the arrival of the massively open online course ( MOOC). Institutions are employing MOOCs to address faculty development, test the viability of course offerings, achieve instant notoriety and reach new degrees of community and levels of markets. The full story of how MOOCs will ultimately change higher education is still out, but the focus it places on the role of large scale learning will shape education and institutional learning in the years to come.

Objectives
- Describe how the strategy and purpose shape the MOOC experience
- Identify MOOC best practices

Online Trends

09/06 - 09/13

New To Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Gain important online learning experience as you explore critical differences between teaching online and face-to-face, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design. Your explorations will include research-based readings and discussions with other new online teachers. This exploration will culminate in a quiz that will help you focus your future online teaching skills and knowledge explorations.

Objectives
- Describe differences in course design, roles, and expectations for online courses
- Explain relevant research impacting course design, roles, and expectations in online courses

Online Design

09/06

Mobile Learning Mastery Series

The Mobile Learning Mastery Series is a series of three workshops focusing on the research, teaching, and assessment of courses using mobile learning environments. Successful completion of the series results in a Certificate of Mastery of Mobile Learning. Learn more and register for the Mobile Learning Mastery Series.
 

Online Design: Mobile Learning Mastery Series

09/20 - 09/27

Enhancing Distance Learning with Audio and Video

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.

Objectives:
- Describe research-based strategies for educationally effective audio and video content;
- Apply educationally effective strategies in the creation of audio and video content for your online course

Online Tools

09/20 - 09/27

Assessment Techniques for Collaborative Teams

Developing and communicating clear assessment strategies for group work will lead to greater student satisfaction and more effective learning. This workshop will focus on the wide variety of formative and summative assessment strategies that you can use in your online courses. You will then use that information to develop your own group work assessment strategy.

Objectives
- Identify formative and summative assessment strategies for group work
- Develop an assessment strategy for a course that uses group work

Online Design

09/20 - 09/27

Student Satisfaction: Engagement Online

Research shows that student engagement is a critical factor in student learning success. In this workshop, you will explore the many ways, based on theory and research, you can foster student engagement in your own courses. This will help you develop your own plan to improve student engagement in your courses.

Objectives
- Describe strategies that help overcome obstacles to student engagement
- Develop a plan to improve student engagement in your online course

Online Learners

09/20 - 09/27

Successful Online Outcomes: Improved 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 to improve educational outcomes.

Objectives
- Identify strategies to improve online discussions
- Develop a plan for engaging online discussions in your course

Online Learners
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October

10/04 - 10/11

Student Satisfaction: Flipped Learning Online

In courses that have both an online and face-to-face component, the 'flipped design' is one that has lecture materials being accessed online and learning activities being done in the physical classroom. In this workshop, you will explore the benefits of the flipped design and how to implement this design in your own courses.

Objectives
- Describe the flipped classroom design
- Develop a flipped design plan for your online course

Online Learners

10/04 - 10/11

Powerpointless: Building More Effective Presentations without PowerPoint

PowerPoint had a revolutionary impact on presentations, but this tool is essentially one-way and does not easily invite continuing engagement, interaction and collective community building. Web-based presentation / publication alternatives exist that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, provide full discussion and continuing dialog. In this workshop, you will examine a number of these alternatives and learn how to use them for your own online courses.

Objectives
- Describe the potential shortcomings of PowerPoint for 21st century learning environments
- Use web-based technologies to create a sample presentation

Online Tools

10/04 - 10/11

Exemplary Institutions Addressing Copyright Compliance

Copyright infringement lawsuits against institutions of higher education are not hypothetical: numerous universities around the country have been named in lawsuits alleging various types of infringements involving everything from posting articles and book chapters to e-reserves, course web sites, or learning management systems to streaming video and digitizing orphan works. In this workshop, you will learn how to avoid copyright infringement through application of Six Rules for Course Design as well as Fair Use guidelines.

Objectives
- Describe six rules for course design as they pertain to avoiding copyright infringement
- Identify Fair Use guidelines

Online Management

10/04 - 10/11

Leadership in Online Education: Policy

As online and blended learning continues to transform access to education, it frequently calls into question  traditional policies and practices at the core of our educational system.  Student demand for flexible learning options, challenges to the Carnegie seat-time,based on credit hour, state authorization, increased calls for transparency and proficiency, security, intellectual property concerns, and accreditation are just some of the issues facing administrators in this dynamic arena. This workshop discusses the implications of these emerging trends for policy makers and educators and offers strategies for coping and succeeding as education leaders.

Objectives
- Describe strategic questions surrounding educational policy in 2013 as they relate to your institution
- Evaluate tools and resources to track policy changes

Online Management

10/04 - 10/11

Student Satisfaction: Feedback

According to research, feedback on learning is a key factor in improved learning outcomes and student satisfaction. Of course, feedback can also take a lot of time so it is also a factor in faculty workload. In this workshop, learn about different feedback strategies and methods for providing effective and efficient feedback.

Objectives:
- Identify feedback strategies;
- Describe methods for providing feedback efficiently and effectively

Online Learners

10/16

Exemplary Institutions: Strategies for Engaging Faculty in Online Faculty Development

This is a 4 hour live event that will take place on Wednesday, October 16, from 12:00-4:00pm ET in Blackboard Collaborate.  Preparation activities and supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE Learning Management System and will be available for you to access beginning on October 16.


Despite extensive research in effective faculty development practices, there is still a significant divide between theory and practice. This workshop will give an overview of three different research-based strategies to engage faculty in online development, including the challenges and opportunities inherent in each. The research presented will help faculty members/administrators improve their current online faculty development models.


Objectives
- Analyze and discuss 3 strategies for engaging faculty in online faculty development
- Develop an action plan to implement one or more strategies in your current faculty development offerings

4 hour Synchronous Workshop

10/18 - 10/25

New To Online: Converting Your Course

Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in online course can be challenging. This workshop will help you develop the knowledge and skills, including the ability to use different free online conversion services, necessary to easily convert different types of content into web-appropriate formats.

Objectives:
- Identify web-appropriate content formats
- Use different conversion strategies based on original content format

Online Design

10/18 - 10/25

Successful Online Outcomes: Group Work

Collaborative group work, an effective teaching and learning strategy, 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 grading of group work activities. In this workshop, you will learn how to address those challenges so you can develop effective group work activities that encourage learning and improve satisfaction with the group work process.

Objectives
- Identify successful models for group work
- Develop a group work activity

Online Learners

10/18 - 10/25

Embrace Web 2.0 Tools

There are numerous online apps (Web 2.0 technologies) that can be quite useful for teaching and learning in online courses. However, finding and learning how to use those tools effectively can be a challenge. In this workshop, you will explore and evaluate several different free Web 2.0 technologies you can use in your course.

Objectives
- Explain how to use Web 2.0 technologies to improve engagement and learning
- Evaluate Web 2.0 technologies for their appropriateness to your online course

Online Tools

10/18 - 10/25

Learning Environments: Teaching & Learning with Online Science Labs (STEM)

Virtual, remote, and blended online laboratory learning experiences have been successfully incorporated into a variety of educational programs. This workshop will introduce participants to the types of virtual, remote and blended labs in Science, and focus on clearly defining laboratory student learning outcomes.  

Objectives
- Identify types of virtual, remote, and blended labs used in science
- Describe how to effectively incorporate virtual, remote, and blended labs into your online course

Online Tools

10/18 - 10/25

Learning Environments: Using Mahara ePortfolios in STEM Courses

The ePortfolio system Mahara, made available via the HP Catalyst Grant, offers exciting opportunities for creating learner-centered environments, assessing learning, and providing documentation of evidenced-based learning. In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the Mahara ePortfolio system and learn how to integrate ePortfolios into your online courses.

Objectives
- Describe how to incorporate evidenced-based learning in STEM courses
- Develop evidenced-based learning strategies in STEM courses using the Mahara ePortfolio System

Online Tools
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November

11/01 - 11/08

New To Online: The Essentials

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Gain important online learning experience as you explore critical differences between teaching online and face-to-face, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design. Your explorations will include research-based readings and discussions with other new online teachers. This exploration will culminate in a quiz that will help you focus your future online teaching skills and knowledge explorations.

Objectives
- Describe differences in course design, roles, and expectations for online courses
- Explain relevant research impacting course design, roles, and expectations in online courses

Online Design

11/01 - 11/08

Student Satisfaction: Feedback

According to research, feedback on learning is a key factor in improved learning outcomes and student satisfaction. Of course, feedback can also take a lot of time so it is also a factor in faculty workload. In this workshop, learn about different feedback strategies and methods for providing effective and efficient feedback.

Objectives
- Identify feedback strategies
- Describe methods for providing feedback efficiently and effectively

Online Learners

11/01 - 11/08

Leadership in Online Education: Structures and Models

For over a decade, Sloan-C has been tracking trends and best practices in online education. Central to this practice has been the Quality Framework of the Sloan-C Pillars. The pillars have served as touchstones of institutional quality in the field of online learning for many individuals and institutions.  This workshop looks at models of online learning through the lens of access, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction, learning effectiveness, and scale (cost effectiveness and commitment). Participants will review successful institutional and programmatic models and structures and determine models which can be effectively initiated to address their own or institutional needs.

Objectives
- Analyze models for successful characteristics applicable to all institutions
- Develop an institutional plan formulated on models suited to your institution

Online Management

11/08 - 11/15

New To Online: Legal Guidelines

Knowledge of Fair Use and the TEACH Act is essential to all online teachers. This workshop will help you explore these legal issues and prepare you to appropriately apply these concepts in your own online courses.

Objectives
- Define Fair Use guidelines
- Identify TEACH Act requirements and regulations

Online Design

11/08 - 11/15

Successful Online Outcomes: Avoiding Student Stress

Students experiencing stress can not learn as effectively as they would under normal conditions so, to improve learning outcomes, it is important that you be able to recognize and address stress-related issues in the online course. In this workshop, you will explore definitions, sources, and symptoms of stress and learn strategies to minimize stress in order to improve learning.

Objectives
- Explain the causes of student stress
- Identify strategies to reduce student stress and its impact in online classes

Online Learners

11/08 - 11/15

Being Competitive in the Distance Learning Marketplace

It is difficult to image a time when higher education faced such a multitude of service challenges from industry, students, and faculty. Online education, electronic distribution and modularization of knowledge, and open resources and learning provide additional avenues for interruption and institutional change. This workshop examines strategic policy and thinking for the road ahead and explores how online and e-classrooms can be employed to control cost, keep institutions well-positioned, and make the most of this competitive market.

Objectives
- Analyze strategies to excel in the increasingly competitive higher education market
- Develop a plan to help your institution become a leader in this competitive environment

Online Trends

11/08 - 11/15

Enhancing Distance Learning with Audio and Video

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.

Objectives
- Describe research-based strategies for educationally effective audio and video content
- Apply educationally effective strategies in the creation of audio and video content for your online course

 

Online Tools

11/08 - 11/15

Retention Challenges and Solutions

Online programs have the potential to increase student enrollments; however, institutions of higher education need to address retention issues in order to take advantage of that potential. In this workshop, you will explore factors impacting retention and possible solutions for overcoming those challenges at your institution.
 
Objectives
- Identify the most significant challenges to retention of online students
- Discuss solutions for retaining online students
Online Management
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December

12/06 - 12/13

Teaching STEM Concepts Using Student-Built Games

Student-built games require the learner to understand course content at a systems level, thus engaging the learning process through the demonstration of course concepts, terminology, and science through modeling relationships among those topics. In this workshop, based on National University's work on the HP Catalyst Grant, you will learn about techniques and tools you can use to successfully introduce student-built games into your online STEM courses.

Objectives
- Describe basic principles of game design
- Apply principles of game design to development of learning outcomes
Online Design

12/06 - 12/13

Student Satisfaction: Advising and Support

Online and blended programs have placed additional opportunities and challenges on Student Services. As campuses reach out to students through new web interfaces, technologies, and portals, such services also improve access for face-to-face students. The outreach and growth places Student Services in a leadership role during economically changing times for institutions and students. This workshop recognizes this new role and studies the best practices, sustainable solutions, and transformations made possible through technology for student advising and support.

Objectives
- Identify research-based best practices to help you connect with and provide advising and support to more students
- Describe how various technologies and online social media services can be used for advising and support

Online Learners

12/06 - 12/13

Leadership in Online Education: Financials and Economics

Online and blended learning programs can provide increased access to education and additional revenue streams for institutions facing competition and financial challenges.  In moving to online programming, institutions face a number of similar questions. How can online and blended programs grow without negatively impacting existing services and programs? How do programs be aligned with mission and vision while at the same time addressing competition? What effects program sustainability? These issues and successful models will be reviewed and discussed during the workshop.

Objectives
- Describe best practices in online budgets and investments
- Develop a realistic plan for financial success in online and blended programming

Online Management

12/06 - 12/13

Embrace Web 2.0 Tools

There are numerous online apps (Web 2.0 technologies) that can be quite useful for teaching and learning in online courses. However, finding and learning how to use those tools effectively can be a challenge. In this workshop, you will explore and evaluate several different free Web 2.0 technologies you can use in your course.

Objectives:
- Explain how to use Web 2.0 technologies to improve engagement and learning;
- Evaluate Web 2.0 technologies for their appropriateness to your online course

Online Tools

12/10

Accessibility, Technology, and Mobile Learning: Whose Job Is It, Anyway?

This is a 2 hour live event that will take place on Tuesday, December 10, from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm ET in Blackboard Collaborate. Preparation activities and supporting documents for this workshop are located in our MOODLE Learning Management System and will be available for you to access beginning on Dec 10th.

The increased popularity of mobile learning platforms in online education brings along some issues related to the accessibility of these platforms for students with disabilities. In this workshop you will examine the legal and practical accessibility issues and investigate the accessibility of a few popular mobile learning platforms.

Objectives: 
  • Develop an Action Plan that addresses mobile learning access issues and student support.

 

 

12/13 - 12/20

Student Satisfaction: Engagement Online

Research shows that student engagement is a critical factor in student learning success. In this workshop, you will explore the many ways, based on theory and research, you can foster student engagement in your own courses. This will help you develop your own plan to improve student engagement in your courses.

Objectives:
- Describe strategies that help overcome obstacles to student engagement
- Develop a plan to improve student engagement in your online course

Online Learners

12/13 - 12/20

New To Online: The Quality Matters Rubric

The Quality MattersTM Program is designed to improve the quality of online courses by establishing a peer-review quality assurance process. This workshop will help you explore the Quality Matters rubric and will provide you with the framework to improve the quality of your online course, from reviewing your course to developing an improvement plan.

Objectives
- Identify the standards of the Quality MattersTM Rubric
- Use the Quality MattersTM Rubric to review your online course
- Develop a course improvement plan

Online Design

12/13 - 12/20

Search Engines: Finding and Using the Right Search Engines

Google and Bing dominate the search engine marketplace, but they are not the only – and in some cases not the best – research tools available. We will examine the range of Internet search tools that are available with an emphasis on those that will best serve those in education. Unique engines such at Touch Graph, Exalead, RaRoi, Blinkx, Wolfram Alpha, Internet Archive, Hakia, WhoZat, and the Good Search Engine may not be household terms, but these and others have unique, useful qualities for those searching the Web.

Objectives
- Identify alternative search tools
- Analyze the strengths and potentials of various alternative search engines in order to select the right search engine for your specific needs

Online Tools

12/13 - 12/20

Multimodal Design

Multimodal design, focusing on student-centered learning environments, places choice of delivery and content under learner control. Emerging technologies and improved learning management systems provide faculty with new opportunities to exploit the benefits of multimodal design by providing multiple course delivery options and course content formats. In this workshop, you will be introduced to various teaching and learning theories relevant to multimodal design in order to include multimodal design options in your own courses.

Objectives
- Analyze various teaching and learning theories and their impact on multimodal course design
- Design an activity with multimodal content and delivery options

Online Trends

12/13 - 12/20

Learning Environments: GIS Tools for Critical Thinking

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, from the humanities to STEM fields. Additionally, the critical thinking and problems solving skills developed can be applied anywhere.  This workshop will introduce you to spatial thinking and cognition, with an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving, using open source and free online tools.   

Objectives
- Describe potential applications of GIS to your discipline
- Use GIS tools to capture, analyze, and present data from your discipline

Online Tools
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