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Here are titles, presenters and dates for ITC’s professional development Webinar series through July 2015.

If you are unable to participate in the live presentation, an archived version will be available online for 60 days after each live event. Registrants are free to share the archive information with your staff during this time (note that ITC owns the copyright for these Webinars so we appreciate your not making or storing any copies).

Registration costs only $50 per Webinar, 20 for $900 ($45 each), or all 36 calls for $1,620 ($45 each). These fees are double for non-ITC members. The cost is the same to access the live or archived versions. Choose any of the presentations we have scheduled so far, and carry over a credit for what remains, to take advantage of the 20 Webinar package. A big thank you goes to Anne Arundel Community College for contributing the use of their Blackboard Collaborate Web platform to us so we can keep our costs down!

We welcome your ideas and recommendations for Webinar topics and presenters as we schedule our Webinar presentations through July 2015!

  • Are there any topics of interest to you for which you would love some assistance or ideas?
  • What challenge is dogging your distance learning program?
  • Is there a Webinar you would like to offer to members of your staff?
  • Is your college doing some amazing things in distance learning that you would like to share with ITC members?

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September 2014

Coaching to Completion: Sinclair Community College and Student Support in Competency-Based Programs
Sept. 16, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Christina Amato, Student Retention Coordinator, Sinclair Community College

In 2012, Sinclair Community College won a Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, to develop competency-based IT programs online. Using the case management foundation developed at the college in 2010, SinclairOnline set out to adapt a more robust, technology- and data-driven support model for CBE students. Christi Amato will explore SinclairOnline’s student support evolution, from early case management practices with online students, to new processes developed to support students in the CBE classroom and beyond. In particular, she will explore the CBE program’s development of student pathways for success, technology tools, use of predictive data to guide student progress toward milestones, and automation of routine interventions with at-risk students.

Mobile Technologies can Make Learning Engaging and FUN!
Sept. 30, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Jeannine Burgess, Instructional Technology, Palm Beach State College

Studies show that instructors can create more interactive lessons with mobile technologies. Mobile tools can help instructors be more organized, encourage students to be more self-directed, and enhance an instructor’s ability to implement quality, engaging, digital content into online classes. Jeannine Burgess will share concrete strategies for implementing m-Learning activities. She will provide links to mobile apps and share examples of interactive activities, with their success rates in various disciplines. For example, she will demonstrate how students can use mobile technologies to present a topic, capture a moment, or share an idea. Attend this session to learn how to effectively integrate technology to help students learn, and implement engaging activities to make learning FUN!

October 2014

Offering Online Tutoring Services to Online Students
Oct. 3, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time (New Rescheduled Time)
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Presenter: Deborah Hardwick, Manager of Online Tutoring, Houston Community College System

Houston Community College began offering asynchronous, multi-subject online tutoring in September 2006. The program does not, and was never intended to, only serve distance learning students, but that population is an important part of its mission. They tried synchronous chats in several subjects and formats, but were unhappy with the results. So they decided to focus on what they do best: text-based writing tutoring in English and all subjects that require papers. They also offer math, chemistry and physics tutoring, as well as tutoring in a growing number of workforce programs. The program has grown in scope, number of students served, number of tutors, number of subjects offered, and budget - all in a time of diminishing resources. Join Deborah for a discussion of what works for them and what you can do at your institution!

Deborah Hardwick, online tutoring supervisor, has taught academic ESL, developmental English, and freshman English at HCC since 1981. She designed the English tutoring program at Southwest College and supervised it for 15 years. She is the primary architect of the eight-year-old online tutoring system at HCC and has supervised it since its inception in September 2006.

Innovative Techniques for Teaching a Hands-On Lab Course Over the Internet
Oct. 7, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Jennifer A. Herzog, Assistant Professor of Biology, Herkimer County Community College

A stumbling block for offering entire degree programs online is the requirement that students complete at least one lab science course to graduate. In response, Jennifer Herzog developed an online general biology course for non-science majors taught with an accompanying hands-on laboratory component.

This course is completely asynchronous, and open to traditional and non-traditional students. Herzog devised several methods for conveying the on-campus learning environment over the Internet. For the course's lecture section, she uses movies, novels, TV shows and interactive Web sites to reinforce concepts and principles, while students analyze current biological issues by threaded discussions. Students purchase a LabPaq lab kit and manual from a company called Hands-On Labs so that they can perform hands-on experiments at home. Course assessment is built directly into the modules: students can use online office hours, question and "talk to the professor" areas to provide instant feedback on activities, examinations and Herzog's teaching methods. Students provide more in-depth responses through a culminating activity in a questionnaire format.

Interactive Tools to Promote Student Engagement in Hybrid, Online and Face-to-Face Classes
Oct. 14, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Lynda Randall, Professor of Secondary Education, California State University–Fullerton

Lynda Randall will discuss several Web 2.0 tools the staff at California State University–Fullerton piloted in various curricular contexts at their university, including VoiceThread, Voki, xtranormal, QR Codes, and Socrative. Some used SoftChalk LessonBuilder to create interactive, Web-based lessons. Others created literature circles in face-to-face and online learning environments. All of the strategies produced positive results and generated enthusiasm on the part of students and instructors, as they learned how to optimize the applications to enhance teaching, cognitive and social presence. Several instructors created short recorded video presentations using green screen technology to share their experiences with the campus community. They have proven to be a valuable professional development resource.

State Authorization Regulations and Reciprocity
Oct. 21, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Marianne Boeke, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

Although the U.S. Department of Education has put federal regulations for state authorization on hold, states expect institutions to follow their laws and regulations before out-of-state institutions can enroll students or perform other regulated activities in their state—whether there is a federal regulation or not. Given the complexity and expense of gaining authorization in multiple states for an institution, it seems clear that a reciprocal agreement, such as the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), is the most promising way to ease the burdens of institutional compliance for state authorization. SARA is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. Marianne Boeke will discuss the “pause” for the federal regulations, provide an overview of SARA, and offer an update on SARA membership.

Complying with Copyright and Ownership Issues in Distance Education
Oct. 28, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Fritz Dolak, Copyright and Intellectual Property Office Manager and U.S. Copyright Office's Copyright Agent, Ball State University

Fritz Dolak will provide a comprehensive overview of what educators need to know in order to comply with copyright laws and respect intellectual property in a distance education environment. He will provide the basics for applying a fair use test to determine whether an educator can legally use copyrighted materials in his or her online course.

In 2002, Congress passed the TEACH Act which amended the U.S. Copyright Act to allow educators at accredited higher education or recognized K-12 institutions to transmit portions of legally-acquired audiovisual works over distance learning networks, without having to first obtain permission from the work's copyright owner. The CONFU Multimedia Guidelines were crafted to give educators specific portion limitations so they can comfortably comply with fair use limitations and not fear retribution. Fritz will also review the list he created for the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education, "Do's and Don'ts for Transmitting Copyrighted Materials."

November 2014

Funky and Free
Nov. 4, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Milissa Copeland, Instructional Designer III, University of Central Oklahoma

In her role as an instructional designer, Milissa Copeland introduces and shares innovative and inspirational ways faculty can share their knowledge and content with their online and face-to-face students. Since budgetary issues are a huge concern for many institutions, Copeland will share and demonstrate how faculty members can create a sense of engagement and community within their online class by using a variety of funky and free tools that are available. Anyone who develops or teaches online courses can use these tools—in higher education, corporate America, at for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Capturing the Spirit: Virtual Writing Center with Reference Support
Nov. 18, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Janice Lathrop, Head of Reference, and Dr. Jessica Rabin, Professor of English and Director of Writing Tutoring, Anne Arundel Community College

Winner of the 2014 Innovations Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College, the AACC Virtual Writing Center with Reference Support uses desktop and voice conferencing to provide synchronous writing tutoring and research assistance, promoting retention and success for academically vulnerable student populations. Offering flexible, seven-day-a-week scheduling, the Virtual Writing Center maintains the student-driven pedagogy of traditional writing center tutoring and library instruction. After two years of pilots and planned growth, the service is now open to all enrolled students: all subjects, all delivery modes. Learn how we captured the spirit of traditional writing tutoring and research support in the online environment, what we discovered in the process, and how you can adapt this cutting-edge service to your institution's needs!

December 2014

State Authorization: One Institution’s Path toward Compliance
Dec. 9, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Christina M. Sax, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Outreach and Innovation, and Stefanie Pfister, Distance Education Compliance Coordinator, Shippensburg University

The presenters will offer a case study of Shippensburg University’s path toward compliance with out-of-state authorization requirements. They will focus on the many internal policies, infrastructure, resources, processes, internal partnerships, and communications that Ship established and put into place for both initial and ongoing compliance. This session will provide attendees with a model and set of tools that can be adapted for use at their institution to establish and sustain processes and activities related to the state authorization requirements. (Note: This session will not provide a comprehensive overview or status update of the state authorization regulations and requirements, SARA, or filing requirements in each state.)

Crafting and Implementing a Successful Online Advising Program
Dec. 16, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Audra Barrett, Vice President of Student and Instructional Services, and La’Kendra Higgs, Director of Admissions/Registrar, Dallas Colleges Online

There have been a lot of presentations on pedagogy, instructional technology, and learning management systems, but there is a real need to serve students remotely. Audra Barrett and La’Kendra Higgs will discuss the ups and downs of providing student services online. Discussion topics will include admissions, advising, and tutoring. They will also provide an overview of the online services they offer at Dallas Colleges Online—from Skype to Chat. They will offer resources on customer service to surveys of satisfaction. Participants will learn about the resources they need to begin the process of setting up these online student services.

January 2015

The Transition to Open Educational Resources at University of Maryland University College
Jan. 13, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Megan Benefiel, Project Specialist, Learning Solutions Group, Instructional Services and Support, University of Maryland University College

By Fall 2015, 100 percent of all undergraduate courses at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will use electronic resources at no cost to the students. As we approach this milestone of this initiative, presenter Megan Benefiel will examine the lessons they have learned along the way that will influence our approach to the upcoming milestones – 100 percent of all graduate courses by Fall 2016. She will discuss the process UMUC established and the program's  most significant challenges and accomplishments, including nearly $3.5 million in student savings in Fall 2014.

How Connecting Community College Students to the World is Thriving at SUNY Ulster
Jan. 20, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Hope Windle, Instructional Designer, Richard Cattabiani, Director of International Programs, and Chris Seubert, Program Coordinator, Academic Travel, SUNY Ulster

Our students have lives, jobs, and families. Traditional student travel abroad is out of the question, but we know international exposure is critical for any student trying to broaden his or her horizon. At SUNY Ulster, we reach our students where they are. We offer short term travel. We offer online international collaborations embedded into courses. We offer multiple ways for students to connect with their cohorts in other countries. We help them broaden their horizons culturally, gain new insights about their world, and become prepared to communicate globally for the work environment in the process.

We will walk you through a variety of hands-on and online approaches and the internationalization process on the SUNY UIster campus. We will discuss the array of courses we run, including academic travel and international online collaborations. We will discuss how we garnered faculty enthusiasm by making connections to professional development. Our grass roots approach has been fruitful in making sure faculty buy-in is strong. Happily, we have been so successful that we recently incorporated the internationalization of courses within our college's new strategic plan. Join us! We will provide plenty of opportunities for your questions and feedback.

Universal Design for Learning: Jumping in and Going Deep
Jan. 27, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Christopher Shamburg, Ed.D., Professor and Coordinator, Educational Technology Leadership Doctoral Program, Graduate Program in Educational Technology, New Jersey City University

Christopher Shamburg will look at Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a philosophy and a set of techniques to make learning accessible to the widest body of students. He will focus on the ethos of UDL and its applications for students with both low incidence and high incidence disabilities. He will review popular guidelines for UDL as well as other models. He will also explore apparent conflicts within the UDL approach and suggestions for navigating these principles.

February 2015

Universal Design Down and Dirty
Feb. 3, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Alana McFall, Department of Special Education, Towson University

In this Webinar, Alana McFall, Towson University lecturer, UDL proponent and advocate for students with special needs, will provide several practical and savvy strategies you can use to reach and teach all of your students. Universally-designed curriculum practices will not only enhance your students’ learning, but will, in fact, help you to exceed your own expectations as a star educator. All students in face-to-face traditional classroom settings and in fully-online environments can benefit from UDL strategies. Alana will offer you down-and-dirty tips and techniques you can implement immediately in your teaching practice, as well as insight into why a universally-designed curriculum is optimal for all students and teachers. Alana’s goal is to help you make your life easier while enabling your students to achieve greater learning outcomes. Join us on this fast and furious ride today, and start implementing UDL strategies tomorrow!

Flipped Advising with ePortfolios to Impact First Generation Student Engagement
Feb. 10, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: G. Alex Ambrose, Ph.D., Professor of Practice & Associate Program Director, Notre Dame ePortfolio Engagement Program, Concurrent Associate Special Professional Faculty, University of Notre Dame

Advisors are too often overbooked with draining surface-level, information, and transactional student meetings that just deal with pins and paperwork. How can we shift the advising paradigm to focus on passions and purpose through deeper and more transformational meetings? How can we pre-engage students so they “do their homework” before they meet with us, leading to a more engaging meeting? How can the ePortfolio also function as a platform for re-engaging them after the meeting and beyond? How can we improve first generation student engagement?

Solution: Flip the advising process through the Advising ePortfolio by both expecting students to update it before meeting with their advisors and, most importantly, empowering them outside of face-to-face meetings with a way of taking a more active, reflective role in their educational path. Advising ePortfolios (as opposed to showcase ePortfolios) are a teaching tool designed to assist students in improving their decision-making, goal-setting and planning skills, skills which are necessary in order to be actively engaged in managing their own learning. The ePortfolio also gives students the opportunity to begin to collect, organize, and present multimedia evidence (i.e. papers, projects, pictures, videos, and reflections) of learning experiences (class, work, research, time abroad, and/or service).

March 2015

Accessibility Tips for Online Course Design
March 3, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Colleen Fleming, Instructional Designer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Inclusive course design improves the quality of online education for everyone, not only students with disabilities, and should be a priority for all schools. However, the process of making an online course accessible can seem intimidating and many educators may not know where to start. This presentation will outline what you need to know about key accessibility issues in online higher education and provide you with practical tips for improving the accessibility of your online materials. Colleen Fleming will discuss helpful software tools, faculty and staff training, clear communication with students, and how to incorporate accessibility standards into the course design process.

Stories from the Sandbox: Building the Sandbox
March 10, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Cheryl Stanley, Instructional Designer, Kristi Baldwin, and Wayne Breau, Great, Falls College Montana State University

What happens when you send the entire eLearning department to a technology conference? Come find out about our adventures in creating a Sandbox Classroom, and how it stemmed from a conference just like the ITC eLearning Conference! We will share our story of what it took to create a technology-rich environment that also needed to be safe, wireless, innovative, exciting and most of all… fun and easy to use. We will explain what we used, why we chose it, and how it impacts the learning in the space. Still, the space isn’t the focal point of our adventures in the sandbox. Student learning is! The technology has allowed instructors to better use their time while challenging students to learn through a discovery approach. Finally, our team will explain how we did this and share the data from the space. After this session, you will be able to create your own Sandbox Classroom, or apply this to the classrooms already on your campus. We will walk you through our process so that you will be able to easily start working in your new space next fall!

Credit Hour Verification
March 17, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Melanie Morris, Professor Business Law, and Pattiann Kletz, Associate Professor, Business, Raritan Valley Community College

In the spring of 2013, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) began its journey toward compliance with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s policy on credit hour. The presenters will illustrate the faculty-driven process RVCC adopted to demonstrate compliance, and will discuss the methodology behind the work RVCC faculty completed in the area of credit hour equivalency for online courses. The resulting product is a faculty self-audit, wherein faculty apply a set of generalized metrics to quantify the length of instructional time in an online course. Once submitted, audits are peer reviewed by a reviewer who has been trained in the review process. Melanie Morris convened the original committee as the interim director of online learning and Pattiann Kletz was a member of that committee and is currently a reviewer.

Latest Trends in Teaching with Technology: A Technology Integration Framework
March 24, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Sarah Bryans-Bongey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, and Ernesto Hernandez, MLIS Emerging Technologies Librarian, Nevada State College

Emerging Technologies Librarian, Ernesto Hernandez, and Assistant Professor, Sarah Bryans-Bongey, will provide practical and creative ways to address and adopt timely and technology-rich approaches to teaching and learning. Join this session to see real-world examples and share ideas aligning to an essential array of instructional technology trends. Discover instructional design and teaching tools and strategies for the use of mobile devices, Open Educational Resources (OERs), and accessibility, as well as examples of how to make your web-enhanced or online lessons more interactive and collaborative. The session is appropriate for those seeking to plan, support, and deliver engaging and technology-rich classes, activities, presentations, or workshops in online, blended, and f2f settings.

Influence the Moment: A Cross-Functional, Integrative Approach to Student Retention
March 31, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Emma J. Zone, Ed.D., Vice President of Academic Operations, Colorado Technical University

Who owns student retention within higher education institutions? The question of student success and who is accountable is one with which administrators often grapple. Perhaps, however, the question we should be asking regarding student retention is not “who” owns it but “how?” How can we make a focus on student retention something that becomes part of the daily fabric of all facets of our institution? In this Webinar, we will discuss how to design and implement a cross-functional retention strategy that relies on goal-driven initiatives that are measurable and scalable. By leveraging points of view from across functional areas, we can create and implement a strategy that influences the student success culture as a whole.

April 2015

What Happens in Vegas Online Stays Online
April 7, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Kari Frisch, Instructor, Central Lakes College, and Matthew Evins, Instructional Designer, WinWholesale, Inc.

We are not surprised to learn we all leave digital footprints for the world to see. But how are we preparing ourselves (and our students) for an eternal reputation in the digital landscape? The presenters will discuss digital reputations and other topics, such as security, semantics, and moving beyond digital netiquette. We all want to do a better job balancing the pros and cons of living, studying, working, and communicating in the eWorld—but the longer we wait, the harder it becomes! It is important to be proactive so what we put "out there" does not come back to hurt us. We joke that "what you do in Vegas stays in Vegas," but protecting your digital footprint and e-reputation is no laughing matter: "what you do online really does stay online."

Using a Virtual Case Study to Teach Nursing Concepts and Increase Student Engagement
April 14, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: April Mackey, BScN, RN, Professional Academic Advisor, Sandra Bassendowski, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan

"Choose Your Own Nursing Adventure: Ethics, Advocacy and Infection Control" is a Web-based case study that encourages students to make real time decisions and receive immediate feedback and results from their choices. Based on the format of the children’s book series, it brings together several key nursing concepts: ethics, advocacy, and infection control and is a dynamic online learning tool to increase student engagement in the classroom.

The presenters will introduce disruptive technology as a key aspect in student learning, both in face-to-face and online instruction. They will examine the "Choose Your Own Nursing Adventure" case study as an evolution from a traditional case study faculty have used in undergraduate nursing education, to a virtual case study engages students by increasing motivation to learn, adds an element of fun, reinforces learning, and provides a higher level of critical thinking within the teaching and learning spaces. The presentation will demonstrate a sample virtual case study that can be used in nursing education. In addition, the presenters will include time for a discussion about the creation and development of this innovative strategy.

Social Media—A Powerful Tool that Supports Teaching and Learning
April 21, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Maria Schellhase, Faculty, Business Administration, and Janet Latricia King, Senior Analyst in e-Learning, College of Southern Nevada

Social media offers a free, effective way to connect with students, share resources, customize learning, and support instructional objectives in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. Instructors can use Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, to draw upon real-time information from industry leaders. Social media not only allows instructors to engage students with up-to-date information from these sites to enhance course topics and concepts, but these sources can keep faculty members abreast of the latest changes, discussion topic trends, and technologies. This real-time environment keeps students from reiterating what others have already posted and forces them to reflect and evolve to a higher level of learning. Learn how to incorporate social media into your courses and experience an easy way to increase student engagement and retention.

Faculty-Created Media: Enhancing Student-Faculty Connections in Traditional, Flipped, Hybrid, and Fully-Online Programs
April 28, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Elizabeth Wellins, Instructional Designer, University of Redlands

After their president directed them to infuse technology across all course formats (traditional, flipped, hybrid, and fully-online), Elizabeth Wellins will discuss how the University of Redlands staff created and incorporated individualized, faculty-created, video-based, media objects into their courses to achieve a more deliberate, personalized student learning experiences. Their instructional design process features three entry points which faculty members can choose from, according to their skill level, time investment, and desired outcome. Wellins will describe several instructional video projects they completed, including one from a faculty member from their school of music and one from a university librarian.

May 2015

Federal Regulations for Distance Education—What's Next? Ask the Experts!
May 5, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Fred Lokken, Dean, WebCollege Division, Truckee Meadows Community College; Russ Poulin, Deputy Director, Research & Analysis, WCET, Ken Salomon, Thompson Coburn, LLC

The presenters will review and provide updates on some key distance education issues of late. They will look at Congress's latest work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, state authorization and the SARA solution, financial aid fraud, ADA accessibility, academic dishonesty, and student authentication requirements of the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008. These initiatives follow six years of rule-making, failed rule-making, court decisions, “dear colleague” letters, reports from the Inspector General, and a few cases of real progress!

Using Course Analytics to Inform Teaching, Learning and Assessment
May 12, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Janet Latricia King, eLearning Senior Analyst, College of Southern Nevada, and Kendall Hartley, Associate Professor, Educational Technology and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Graduate College, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Although instructors have used statistics for years, learning management systems have only recently provided personal and detailed records on learning activities and assessments. The use of this data could be a means for transforming teaching and learning through predictive analytics and actionable insights. Presenters Janet Latricia King and Kendal Hartley will focus on a pilot study the College of Southern Nevada conducted to use learning analytics to inform teaching, learning and assessment.

How Your Students Would Design Your Online Course
May 19, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Amy Pilcher, Program Coordinator, Iowa State University

Course design is based on multiple formats: from the learning management system to faculty preferences. Learn what students prefer to see, how to encourage them to become more engaged, and how to help to facilitate their learning and appreciation of the course. Learn about course design features that can reduce the amount of time faculty need to administer a course and communicate with students. Learn tips, shortcuts and technologies that can improve the student learning experience and reduce the amount of time faculty spend on each course.

June 2015

Student Voices: Online Student Success
June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Bill Knapp, Chief Academic Technology Officer, Lakeland Community College

While the percentage of online enrollments at Lakeland Community college continues to grow (as compared overall declining student enrollment), today's completion agenda requires special focus on student success and the online learner. Historically, learning outcomes, retention and GPA for online students have lagged behind those same outcomes for face-to-face on-campus instruction. In Fall 2013, Lakeland Community College convened faculty, staff and administrators—from multiple departments and divisions—to identify gaps and assess the state of the delivery of online student support services. In Spring 2014, the team asked online students how the college could better support their success. Bill Knapp will share the student voice concerning online student success and what they are discovering about online learners, learning outcomes, and persistence.

They're Dropping like Flies—Retention Strategies and Best Practices for Online Courses
June 9, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Karen Hyman, Professor, College of Southern Nevada

Research has shown that online course outcomes for student retention, persistence, and success can be problematic for certain student populations. Recent projects have examined community college students, with a focus on student diversity, Hispanic students, adult learners, and under-prepared college populations. This research recommends ways to configure and teach online courses and has found that incorporating best practices for teaching online can help authenticate students while promoting retention and success. If we don’t address these issues, for-profit companies and think tanks will only too-happily sell legislators and system administrators pricey but shoddy “fixes” that will cost faculty jobs and/or our academic freedom. Within this context, Karen Hyman will discuss best practices for training faculty and adjuncts to teach online.

New to Online Faculty Training: The Next Generation
June 16, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Andie DiMarco, Interim Assistant Dean, Online, Berkeley College

Berkeley College found that the key to successfully on-board and retain online faculty is to continue to scaffold the “five Ms”—modeling, mentoring, meeting, maturing, and maintaining. Administrators emphasize collaboration among chairs, deans, the online faculty support team, and the office of the assistant provost, to take training to the next level. Each of the “five M” support system components involves learning to use technology and multimedia that promote engagement and interaction, and apply effective practices from quality rubrics.

Where is Your Library: Bridging the Gap between Serving On-campus and Online Students
June 23, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Emily King, Digital Services Librarian, and Caprice Roberson, Instructional Service Librarian, College of Southern Nevada

The College of Southern Nevada’s (CSN) library services are working to ensure online students have the same opportunity as face-to-face students to develop their research skills and access high-quality scholarly material. CSN librarians will discuss: the types of high-quality library materials students and instructors can access online, how the library integrates these resources into its campus learning management system to meet students where they are, how the library uses optimized online discovery tools to find online library resources that fit online learners’ needs, how online students interact with librarians in an online environment, and how librarians work with instructors to highlight online resources for students.

July 2015

Improving eLearner Student Success and Retention: What Works
July 7, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Ken Jarvis, Professor, Hotel Restaurant Management, and Sandy King, Professor, Communications; Coordinator, Academy of Excellence

By reviewing the literature on student success and retention/persistence for eLearners, Ken Jarvis and Sandy King will isolate the top strategies to increase success. Then, they will share some national models of best practice to increase the success of online students. They will also share what Anne Arundel Community College's Academy of Excellence is doing to promote eLearner success on their campus.

Closed Captioned Videos in Online and Hybrid Courses: Does Captioning Really Make a Difference in Student’s Learning?
July 14, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Graetz, Instructional Designer/Technologist, Inver Hills Community College

Many times the general population sees closed (or open) captioning as something that only benefits those that have a hearing impairment. In light of recent lawsuits regarding captioning, it is important to briefly understand how captioning contributes to successful student learning. Students who take distance courses online are from all walks of life and they all have different learning needs. This session will focus on recent research in open captioning required for viewing in online developmental Math courses as well as a means to make courses more accessible to those students who have hidden disabilities.

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July 21, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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