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Pre-Conference Workshops - eLearning 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Morning Workshops: 8:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m. (bus leaves hotel at 7:30 a.m., includes lunch)
Afternoon Workshops: 12:15 p.m.—2:45 p.m. (bus leaves hotel at 10:15 a.m., includes lunch)

These workshops will take place at College of Southern Nevada. The meeting times are when participants need to meet in the lobby of the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino to board the bus that will travel to College of Southern Nevada. Registration is $90 to attend one session, $150 to attend two sessions. The registration fee includes transportation and a box lunch at College of Southern Nevada.

Register to attend any of these workshops when you submit your conference registration to attend eLearning 2015.  Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop, so register as soon as possible! Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Morning Workshops
7:30am Meet in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Lobby
7:45am Buses Leave Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
8:15am Buses Arrive College of Southern Nevada
8:30am–11:00pm Session Time
11:15am–12:15pm Lunch
12:30pm Buses Leave College of Southern Nevada
1:00pm Buses Return to Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Afternoon Workshops
10:15am Meet in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Lobby
10:30am Buses Leave Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
11:15am Buses Arrive College of Southern Nevada
11:15am–12:15pm Lunch
12:15pm–2:45pm Session Time
3:00pm Buses Leave College of Southern Nevada
3:30pm Buses Return Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

Morning Workshops

Promoting Accountability and Completion in the eLearning Environment: A System of Assessment
Jean Runyon, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Learning Advancement and the Virtual Campus, Anne Arundel Community College

The assessment of student learning outcomes is fundamental to ongoing, reflective improvements to support eLearner success, retention, and completion. Participants will examine components of an outcomes assessment model designed to promote student success at the course level and will explore a variety of formative and summative assessments techniques that can be used in online and blended courses to demonstrate proof of learning. Participants will also discuss strategies designed to build and sustain a culture of assessment through broad engagement of college constituents, to facilitate the collection and use of learning outcomes data, and to improve the online learning environment for students.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Re-examining and Reflecting on Retention
Kari Frisch, Online Speech Communication Instructor, Central Lakes College

What’s the trick to high online retention? That’s a question Kari Frisch has been asking herself for several years. Since 2009 she has had a total of over a thousand students enroll in her classes and has had only 4% withdraw. Over the years she has reexamined and reflected on these numbers, her course design, and course delivery, in order to identify factors that might account for this low withdrawal rate. What she found was that the question on how to retain students does not have one simple answer.

Kari will present the top techniques she believes accounts for the low withdrawal rate in her classes. She will highlight teaching ideas, best practices and even some course management tools transferrable to most disciplines. Participants can easily implement most ideas into existing online courses, regardless of the course management system. She will also share some additional recommendations and resources for helping others reexamine and reflect on their own class retention. This is an interactive session so be prepared to participate, learn and have a little fun!

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Captioning and Accessibility
Scott McAffee, Disabled Student Programs and Services, College of the Canyons

Confounded by captions? Befuddled with 508? When you hear the words “accessible design,” do you want to run and hide under your desk? Worry no more! During this highly entertaining and energetic training, Scott McAfee will demonstrate how important and easy accessible design can be in a fun, entertaining and scholarly hands-on presentation.

This training will focus on how section 508, closed captions, and accessible design fit into today’s modern online instruction design and deployment; what access tools, tricks, tips, and work around possibilities are available; hands on instruction and activities with captioning tools and other accessible design software; and fabulous prizes awarded to active participants.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Classroom of the Future
John Makevich, Director of Strategic Planning and Operations, California Community College Online Education Initiative

Several disruptions are converging in higher education: budgets are tighter, tuition is higher, and financial aid debt is spiraling out of control. Massively open online courses (MOOCs) have made ripples on the surface of teaching and learning while slick vehicles for learning, such as the Khan Academy, continue to amaze in their ability to reach the millions. John Makevich will challenge the assumptions of education as we know it. What new types of content will influence today's online courses? What factors should we consider as we plan for the growth, or contraction of, existing online programs? What resources will we need? Participants will have the opportunity to "tear the walls down" and re-envision the way students will be learning in five, ten, and 20 years. You will likely be quite surprised at how much we can see education evolve.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Technology Toolkit: Active Learning Tech Tools to Engage and Excite
Amber Mayse, M.A., Instructional Designer, and Dr. Sarah Bryans-Bongey, Assistant Professor of Education, Nevada State College

Looking for effective ways to energize the teaching and learning process? Many (if not most) leading frameworks and standards, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), suggest educators use active and technology-rich approaches to teaching and learning. Join an instructional designer and an assistant professor for this workshop highlighting a constellation of easy-to-use tools for teaching. Set in a computer lab, this session will walk the active-learning-walk by providing participants with hands-on activities along with demos and resources. Attendees will emerge with new skills and strategies for using engaging tech tools for student learning, including apps for creating, collaborating, collecting, organizing, exploring and storing.

This dynamic and active session is dedicated to the cause of student engagement through technology. We hope you will join this session and come ready to reveal your own favorite free or low-cost app for inclusion in a collaborative/community listing to be shared among workshop attendees.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.


Afternoon Workshops

The First-Semester Experience for eLearners
Jean Runyon, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Learning Advancement and the Virtual Campus, Anne Arundel Community College

As colleges consider online learning to be central to their mission of providing adults with access to high-quality learning opportunities, they face increasing demands to ensure their online learners can successfully achieve their academic, professional, and personal enrichment goals. First-time online students represent a population that may not achieve their academic goals as evidenced by the withdrawal rates in online courses.

Jean Runyon will provide an overview of best practices and student success models designed to support the learners during their first eLearning experience—from the time a learner considers enrolling in an online course, during the critical first two weeks of the semester, and throughout the course.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Strengthening Course Design
Brenda Boyd, Director of Professional Development and Consulting, Quality Matters

In this workshop, participants will examine the six Quality Matters (QM) Specific Review Standards related to alignment, and apply them to their courses. The concept of “alignment” means all course elements are working together to ensure students meet the desired learning outcomes.

Using the QM Standards and Annotations as their guide, participants will develop an individualized improvement plan noting strengths and areas for improvement. The plan will also include prioritization of improvements and determining resources needed to make the changes.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Open Educational Resources: Roadmap to Adoption
James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning, College of the Canyons; Una Daly, Outreach Manager, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER); and, Dr. Donna Gaudet, Department Chair, Mathematics, Vice President, CCCOER

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are openly licensed permitting their use and re-use. OERs can reduce costs for students and give faculty more control over instructional materials. This sounds promising but what do college leaders need to know before promoting campus-wide OER adoption? How do you engage and gain buy-in from multiple stakeholders for the multi-year journey to sustainability of an OER initiative?

Join this workshop from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) to understand how to articulate the benefits and challenges of using OER. Learn from case studies of colleges that have successfully taken OER adoption to scale. Use our template derived from the experiences of many community colleges engaged in OER to develop an adoption roadmap for your own department or college.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Going Mobile with Course Content
Jesus Moreno, Project Manager I, Emilio Ramos, District Director of Educational Technology, Dallas County Community College District

Jesus Moreno and Emilio Ramos will discuss how colleges are incorporating mobile technologies, such as smartphone devices, iPads, and tablets, into their classrooms. How are instructional designers and faculty responding to the growing demand for mobile courseware?

The presenters will offer best practices on how to create mobile content, such as the best type of text to use, blocking unwanted information, page distribution, and screen size ratio. They will also discuss the use of open education resources and accessibility issues. Participants will not only learn about pedagogy for mobile teaching and learning, but how they can make their learning content readable on a mobile platform!

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.

Using Technology to Enhance Learning in Hybrid and Face-to-Face Courses
Nancy Webb, Senior Analyst, Office of eLearning, and Michelle Chan, Senior Analyst, Office of eLearning, College of Southern Nevada

This workshop will demonstrate three important components necessary for effective integration of technology in enhancing learning in hybrid and face-to-face courses. We will take a look at how using Mind Map Tools to help us with generating ideas and steps necessary for the entire curriculum planning process. Through the development and availability of effective faculty development and professional networking, faculty will be able to collaborate in various means and to share ideas to improve teaching and be creative in using existing available technology and tool sets to provide more engaging hybrid and face-to-face courses.

Tools such as Skype (for collaboration), VoiceThread (for online presentation), Prezi (face-to-face interactive presentation), Emaze (face-to-face interactive presentation), Canvas (learning management tool where faculty can collaborate and interact with each other and students). With the availability of emerging technologies, we can easily create different types of online learning communities to allow students for increasing participations and engagements with their colleagues and faculty, therefore creating the lifelong bonds that eventually improve student retention and academic and social success stories. Again, tools such as Canvas (learning management and collaboration tool), BigBlueButton (collaboratioin tool with recording capabilities), and Collaborate within Canvas, SmartThinking (online tutoring tool) can be used to create such online learning communities.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2015 conference attendees.