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Pre-Conference Workshops - eLearning 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014

Morning Sessions: 7:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. (times include lunch & transportation) actual workshop time 8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Afternoon Sessions: 10:15 a.m.—3:30 p.m. (times include lunch & transportation) actual workshop time 12:15 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

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

Register to attend any of these workshops when you submit your conference registration to attend eLearning 2014.  Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop, so register as soon as possible! Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.

Morning Workshops
7:30am Meet in Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel Lobby
7:45am Buses Leave Hilton Lake Buena Vista
8:15am Buses Arrive Valencia College
8:30am–11:00pm Session Time
11:15am–12:15pm Lunch
12:30pm Buses Leave Valencia College
1:00pm Buses Return to Hilton Lake Buena Vista

Afternoon Workshops
10:15am Meet in Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel Lobby
10:30am Buses Leave Hilton Lake Buena Vista
11:15am Buses Arrive Valencia College
11:15am–12:15pm Lunch
12:15pm–2:45pm Session Time
3:00pm Buses Leave Valencia College
3:30pm Buses Return Hilton Lake Buena Vista

Morning Workshops

The First-Semester Experience for eLearners - Morning
Jean Runyon, 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 2014 conference attendees.

Bootcamp: How to Use an Arsenal of Course Design Tools - Morning
Heather Dawson, Instructional Designer, and Nikki Massaro Kauffman, Interface Designer, Penn State University

Are you an "army of one" when it comes to designing and developing online distance education courses? Are you properly equipped to tackle the challenge of presenting engaging, interactive and accessible content to all of your students? Use the arsenal of tools Penn State University created to address the problem of scaling interactive and media-rich content for more than 400 course sections each semester.

In this workshop you will have hands-on experience using several tools to solve everyday instructional design needs. You will combat text-heavy content by using some ready-made chunking and navigation tools; complex ideas by creating infographics and other image tools; and, passive learning by including interactive glossaries, self-check items, and more.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.

Comprehensive Online Student Services: Transforming the Student Experience at Sinclair Community College - Morning
Christina Amato, TAACCCT Grant Student Services Lead, Sinclair Community College

Since students increasingly expect to meet their educational needs without ever having to step on campus, college staff are under increasing pressure to provide instantaneous assistance and access, across a broad realm of college services. Higher education administrators face a difficult charge: find ways to engage students more than ever before, with diminishing resources. Sinclair Community College and its online division, SinclairOnline, faced this dilemma in 2009. In five years, the college's online student population tripled, during a period of regional economic decline and decreased state revenue. Antiquated, labor-intensive processes favored face-to-face interaction, while large numbers of online students were left “in the cold” to navigate the college remotely or fall through the cracks.

Christina Amato will explore SinclairOnline’s response to higher education's continued need to “do more with less.” Centering on a holistic approach to engage online students, she will explore the process for identifying and prioritizing student need, the fundamentals for streamlining e-services, and how to develop communication strategies for online students with limited staff and resources. Essentials of comprehensive academic coaching for students will be explored, with hands-on testing of open-source coaching and degree-planning tools created and implemented by Sinclair.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.

A Little MOOC Goes a Long Way: Massive, Open, and Online Learning Strategies for Any Online Course - Morning
Richard L. Edwards, Executive Director, iLearn Research, Ball State University

MOOCs are a hot topic in post-secondary education. Most of the discussion so far has been about how to scale up existing online courses to new, unprecedented scales of global participation. But what if we reverse that trajectory and ask what MOOC practices might be able to tell us about how to improve any online course, not only the ones with massive and open enrollments?

This workshop is based on sharing the lessons learned from Ball State University's MOOC Initiative. In Spring 2013, Ball State offered three MOOCs through the Canvas Network: Gender Through Comic Books, Investigating Film Noir, and Pre-Calculus Algebra. In each MOOC, Ball State leveraged its long-term experience as a leader in online education and piloted new approaches to student engagement, content delivery, instructional design, and learner assessment. In this 2.5-hour workshop, Richard L. Edwards will cover teaching and learning strategies that were designed for large and open learning environments and explore how they can be modified for adoption in any online course. This session will include practical, ready-to-use strategies that can benefit any online course at any scale.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.

iPadagogy: Incorporating Digital and Traditional Teaching Strategies - Morning
James May, Ed.D, Faculty Fellow for Innovation and Technology, Valencia College

Today’s students are digital natives who are easily engaged and motivated when new technologies, like the iPad, are integrated into instruction. Whether you are just learning about the iPad or are well-versed in many of its nuances, this workshop will give you the iPadagogy you need to redeploy a wide variety of digital and traditional teaching and learning strategies in your classroom and beyond.

Beginning with “Ten Things iPad Users Should Know But Probably Don’t!” and ending with “Augmenting Reality: Teaching and Learning for Generation Next” this highly interactive workshop will showcase a wide variety of strategies and applications that can be applied across the curriculum to help teachers improve learning, engagement, communication, information sharing and more. Participants will gain hands on experience with many FREE applications and cloud-based Web 2.0 technologies that they can employ with their own students. Participants will leave with an extensive digital handbook filled with high quality apps, Web sites, digital resources and classroom-proven strategies for using these new technologies across the curriculum.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.


Afternoon Workshops

Designing High-Quality Online Courses for Student Success - Afternoon
Rhonda Spells, Executive Director, eLearning Services, Prince George’s Community College

What does a high-quality online course look like? In this session, we will discuss standards of best practice necessary to design high-quality online courses that focus on student success. In 2013, Prince George's Community College embarked on an online course redesign project aimed at increasing student success.

During this hands-on workshop, participants will have an opportunity to explore the redesigned online courses for ideas and best practices for student success. Participants will receive worksheets and other strategies that can be used as a starting place to create a design plan for a high-quality online course.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.

I Dig Digital Storytelling - Afternoon
Kari Frisch, Speech Communication Instructor, Central Lakes College

In this presentation, attendees will learn how digital storytelling can be used in almost any field to engage participants, capture attention and personalize material in ways that lead to deeper learning. Participants will experience first-hand how this teaching and learning style contributes to greater connections both inside and outside of the learning environment.

Kari Frisch will share practical tools and resources in an active learning setting providing the gateway for easy implementation in almost any discipline. Come share the fun and passion for teaching and learning through the power of digital storytelling. Kari has taught completely-online courses for the ten semesters and has presented at eLearning conferences and seminars across the United States. In 2009 the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Board of Trustees awarded her the Outstanding Educator Award.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.

Developing Minimum Expectations and Standards for Faculty and Students - Afternoon
Fred Lokken, Dean of TMCC WebCollege, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Loraine Schmitt, Director of Distance Education, Portland Community College

Do some of your faculty fail to check into class on a regular basis? Are they slow in returning student emails or calls? Do your students assume they are enrolled in a self-paced class? Driving you crazy?!

This workshop is designed to help eLearning administrators develop a set of solutions that will include formal policies and practices for your program/campus, including: process for developing policies and practices, who to involve on your campus, and how to ensure continuous improvement. The workshop will include group interaction and discussion as well as examples of standards documents in use at other campuses.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.

Open, Open Everywhere: The What, Why, Who and How of Finding and Adopting High Quality Open Educational Resources - Afternoon
Jean Runyon, Associate Vice President, Learning Advancement and the Virtual Campus, Anne Arundel Community College; James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources and Distance Learning, College of the Canyons; and, Una Daly, Community College Outreach Manager, OpenCourseWare Consortium

At a time when colleges are focused on maintaining access with limited resources, an increasingly proven way to lower student costs and support faculty innovation is to adopt open educational resources (OERs). At this hands-on session, participants will learn about the variety of ways colleges are implementing OERs to benefit students and how they can implement open education practices at their own institutions.

The presenters will address the following questions: Why practice openness? What are the varieties of open? How can you find OER? Can OER be accessible to students with disabilities? How do you gain local buy-in from multiple constituencies? Finally, the presenters will provide information on how to get involved in the open education movement. Participants should be prepared to identify instructional materials for a specific class or discipline.

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.

iPad Workshop: Apps for Teaching and Learning - Afternoon
Matthew Evins, Instructional Design and Technology Specialist, Advanced Learning Technologies, Miami University

Do you have an iPad? Are you using it only to check e-mail and surf the Web? Have you explored any apps that can help you CREATE content? It's easy to see that there is no shortage of apps available to help make the most of your handy device, but how does one gauge the quality of an app? From screen capturing, note taking, file sharing and more, participants will explore some of the endless possibilities.

Matthew Evins will look at a variety of apps you can use to enhance productivity and increase efficiency, while critically evaluating their usefulness. Participants are encouraged to come with their iPads and/or iPhones to explore and play. Do you have apps to recommend? Bring them along! This session will be interactive, so don't be afraid to speak up!

Space is limited to 25 participants (first come, first served). Priority seating is given to eLearning 2014 conference attendees.