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Pre-Conference Workshops—eLearning 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016

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 Rio Salado College. The meeting times are when participants need to meet in the lobby of the Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley to board the bus that will travel to Rio Salado College. Registration is $90 to attend one session, $150 to attend two sessions. The registration fee includes transportation and a box lunch at Rio Salado College.

Register to attend any of these workshops when you submit your conference registration to attend eLearning 2016.  Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop, so register as soon as possible! Priority seating is given to eLearning 2016 conference attendees.

Morning Workshops
7:30am Meet in the Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley Lobby
7:45am Buses Leave the Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley
8:15am Buses Arrive Rio Salado College
8:30am–11:00pm Session Time
11:15am–12:15pm Lunch
12:30pm Buses Leave Rio Salado College
1:00pm Buses Return to the Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley
Afternoon Workshops
10:15am Meet in Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley Lobby
10:30am Buses Leave the Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley
11:15am Buses Arrive Rio Salado College
11:15am–12:15pm Lunch
12:15pm–2:45pm Session Time
3:00pm Buses Leave Rio Salado College
3:30pm Buses Return the Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley

Morning Workshops

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

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 2016 conference attendees.

Incorporate High-Impact Practices into Your Course and Program
Jillian Kinzie, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research Indiana University School of Education NSSE Institute

Learn about high-impact practices that enhance student learning and success in a time of diminishing resources and growing student needs. High-impact practices are a set of engaging curricular and co-curricular experiences that have been widely shown to improve college student achievement, development and retention, especially for historically-underrepresented students. Participants will learn about high-impact practices, identify those relevant for their course and program, and craft approaches to implementing in instructional practice.

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

OER Workshop
Lisa Young, Instructional Design and Educational Technology Faculty, and Donna Gaudet, Ph.D., Department, Scottdale Community College

Learn the ins and outs for implementing open educational resources (OERs) at your institution. Whether you are a faculty member who is approaching the integration of OER at the course level or an administrator looking to expand OER use campus-wide, you will learn the basics of OER—what they are, the open licensing framework, and where to find them. Not only will you leave with a number of resources you can use right away, you will come away with a roadmap of how to implement an OER project, potential pitfalls and lessons learned.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2016 conference attendees.

eLearning Accessibility
Karen M. Sorensen, Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses, Portland Community College

Hold on to your hats! During this hands-on workshop, Karen Sorensen will demonstrate how you can make your Web pages, Word documents, .pdf documents, and PowerPoint presentations accessible to the students at your college. She will review the steps you need to know to caption a video. She will also discuss what you need to consider when faculty and staff members at your college adopt third party materials, such when they want to incorporate homework Web sites, created by outside publishers, into their online courses.

This workshop will provide participants with many training materials you can use to supplement learning at your institution, but you will also be able to edit these documents to meet the needs of the students, faculty and staff at your college.

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

Instructional and Fun Tools That Tantalize—IFTTT
Brandon Ballentine, Director of Educational Technology Services, and Audrey Williams, Vice President of Information Services, Pellissippi State Community College

It may seem like the explosive growth of Web 2.0 tools is behind us, but there are still plenty of new sites, services, browser extensions and other tools students and faculty can use to enhance student engagement and increase productivity. Brandon and Audrey enjoy exploring the Web universe in search of these kinds of tools and discovering how they can use them in the classroom—and outside as well!

Expanding on their former podcast, “the Audrey and Brandon show of sharing technology, education and laughs” (ABS of STEAL), this workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore and experiment with several new tools such as If This, Then That (IFTTT), as well as revisit some workhorses. Remember to bring your own tools to share with the group!

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


Afternoon Workshops

CBE101: How to Get Started with Competency-based Education
Christina Amato, Project Manager, Accelerate IT, and Nancy Thiebault, Dean, eLearning, Sinclair Community College

Competency-based Education (CBE) is everywhere—but transitioning from conversation to action is a big challenge for many institutions. How do we get started? Will faculty support it? How do we find the right students? How will we flexibly deliver courses and remain financial-aid compliant?

Untangling questions and creating a plan to deliver CBE can be overwhelming. Attend this workshop to learn from the pioneers—who have answered these questions and more—to develop your own CBE plan. Attendees will review the project planning components of program strategy, workforce relationships, curriculum, delivery, and learner support. You will also work through guided exercises to create a personalized CBE blueprint for your own campus.

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

Creating a Home-Grown Comprehensive Online Peer Review Process
Amy Jo Swing, English Instructor, Lake Superior College

Lake Superior College’s (LSE) quality online teaching and learning initiative, the Program for Online Excellence in Teaching (POET), includes faculty-led peer review of online courses and instructors, accompanied by mentoring, faculty training, and administrative evaluation.

Learn about LSE’s comprehensive online peer review process, which includes evaluation and conversations about teaching as well as technology and course design. Participants will have access to all of LSC’s peer review documents and go through a practice peer review with an annotated rubric on a sample D2L class. This hands-on session will include time for questions and discussion on how in-house peer review can be an integral and sustainable part of a complete quality online program.

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

How to Incorporate Social Media into Your Classroom Instruction
Maria Schellhase, Faculty, and Nancy Stachura Webb, M.Ed., Senior Analyst, eLearning and QM Coordinator, College of Southern Nevada

Join us to explore the benefits of using social media in your course. When used to support course objectives and outcomes, social media can increase student engagement and empowerment. It offers instructors an effective way to connect with students, share resources, customize learning, and support instructional objectives in an online, hybrid, and traditional classroom setting.

Social media provides a platform you can use to engage students with up-to-date information from sites—such as Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Vine—to enhance course topics and concepts. These sources also keep instructors abreast of the latest changes, discussion topic trends, and technologies. Workshop participants will not only explore the benefits of using social media in the classroom, but you will also learn how to implement this tool within classroom discussions and assignments.

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

iPad Essentials: Make the Most Out of Your e-Teaching Tool!
Matthew Evins, Instructional Designer, WinTraining, WinWholesale, Inc.

Do you have an iPad? Are you only using it to check email and surf the Web? Have you explored any Apps that can help you CREATE content and foster productivity? There is no shortage of Apps available to help you make the most of your handy device—but which apps are worth the effort? How do you filter out the junk?

With screen capturing, note taking, file sharing and more, we will play with and evaluate some amazing apps and prove that the possibilities are endless! Participants are encouraged to come with their iPads and iPhones to explore and play. Do you have an app to recommend? Bring it along! This session will be nothing but interactive, so do not be afraid to speak up!

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

Practical Tools for Student Engagement and Retention
Kari Frisch, Communications Instructor, Central Lakes College

Learn about the best practices and techniques Kari Frisch incorporates to engage students—she typically retains 95 percent of her students in her online courses at Central Lakes College. There is not one simple answer when it comes to student engagement and class retention. This interactive hand’s on workshop will include time to play with and explore some of Kari’s favorite online tools. Learn what works for Kari and take home some ideas about what techniques and Web 3.0 tools will work for you in your classroom and on your campus.

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