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Here are titles, presenters and dates for ITC’s professional development Webinar series through July 2014.

If you are unable to participate in the live presentation, an archived version will be available online for 60 days after each live event.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 2014!

  • 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 2013

How'd You Do That? Tips and Tricks That Might Account for My High Online Retention Rate
Sept. 17, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Kari Frisch, Instructor, Speech Communication Department, Central Lakes College (Brainerd, MN)

Kari Frisch tracked her retention rates over several consecutive full-time semesters of online teaching and every class came in between 92 and 100 percent. She will share ten tips and tricks from her online teaching experience that might have contributed to those high results. She will highlight teaching ideas, best practices and even some course management tools which are transferrable to most disciplines. Most ideas can be easily implemented into existing online courses regardless of the course management system. This is an interactive session so be prepared to participate, learn, and have a little fun!

Student Services that Lead to Student Success
Sept. 24, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: April Harris, Coordinator for eLearning, Palm Beach State College

One of the most crucial questions in distance learning (DL) continues to be: “how to improve student retention and success?”  Statistically across the nation, online students have higher withdrawal and failure rates than traditional on-campus students.  Navigating one’s way through online courses in any LMS can be a daunting task for anyone, especially for novices.  Finding the self-discipline and motivation to complete online courses successfully isn’t easy for the first-year student.  In addition to these two major challenges, most DL students are unable to visit their campus to receive the support they may need to be successful.

To make online learning a bit less challenging, the eLearning department at Palm Beach State College is striving to find ways to reach out to its distance learning students via multiple channels to provide coaching and support in their online endeavors.  Additionally, they have standardized their online course structure and delivery to provide college-wide online tutorials and student orientations.  April Harris will discuss some of the major initiatives the eLearning staff at Palm Beach State College has developed and implemented, and the resources the college provides to its students.

October 2013

Providing Library Resources and Services to Online Students: Beyond the Link to the Library Website
Oct. 1, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter:
Ellen Carey, MSLIS, Librarian and Instructor, Santa Barbara City College

With many library resources already online, what does it mean to provide equivalent access for online students? What is the online equivalent of bringing students to the library for research instruction from a librarian? How can collaborations between faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and administrators best serve the research needs and information literacy development of online students?

Ellen Carey will begin with a brief overview of standards and regulations regarding providing access to library resources and services for online students, and will go on to present best practices for moving beyond the minimum requirements. She will detail successful strategies for embedding, and assessing, synchronous and asynchronous information literacy instruction and research support in online courses, and will suggest ways for libraries to extend the “learning space” of the physical library into the online environment.

Open Educational Resources in Higher Education—The Big Picture on OERs
Oct. 8, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Una Daly, MA, Community College Outreach Director, Open Courseware Consortium

You’ve heard about open textbooks and other types of open educational resources (OER). They sound interesting and promise to offer flexible, up-to-date and low-cost resources for your courses, but you’re not quite ready to take the plunge.  You wonder, are these resources of the same quality as traditional textbooks? What colleges and universities are really using them? Will they be around next year when you want to use them again? Come hear about OER, how instructors are using them around the country and the world, what you need to know before adopting OER for use in your course.

Open Education Resources—The Village Approach
Oct. 15, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Donna Gaudet, Mathematics Department Chair, Scottsdale Community College

Hillary Clinton made the saying that "it takes a village to raise a child" famous. We don't often think about our academic departments as villages, but in a way they are.  During this Webinar, Donna Gaudet from Scottsdale Community College's (SCC) math department will present the "village" approach that her department adopted to create and deliver open education resource (OER) materials. SCC uses only OER materials for seven of its math courses—everything from arithmetic to precalculus.  Donna will explain how the project began, the different components and aspects of the program, associated data, and some learnings, successes and challenges.

Offering Online Tutoring Services to Online Students
Oct. 22, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern 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. It does not and was never intended to only serve distance learning students, but that population is an important part of our mission. We have tried synchronous chats in several subjects and formats, but we have not been happy with the results, so we decided to focus on what we do best: text-based writing tutoring in English as well as all subjects that require papers. We also offer asynchronous math, chemistry and physics tutoring. 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 me for a discussion of what works for us and what you can do at your institutions.

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 fifteen years. She is the primary architect of the seven-year-old online tutoring system at HCC and has supervised it since its inception in September, 2006.

The State of State Authorization
Oct. 29, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Marianne Boeke, Ph.D., Research Associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

Despite being struck down by the courts because the Department of Education did not follow proper procedures when it proposed its new regulation on state authorization on Oct. 20, 2010, the proposed requirement raised awareness among states about the variety and scope of out-of-state distance education programs, and alerted them to the fact that they can legally make higher education institutions obtain authorization to teach the students who reside in their states—online or by any other means. Most states have updated their regulations for out-of-state distance education institutions. Meanwhile, national organizations have worked to draft a state reciprocity agreement (SARA), so states can recognize the accredited courses offered by colleges located in other states and vice versa—but it will likely take a couple of years before state legislatures adopt SARA, and some states and institutions will likely choose not to be a part of SARA.

In the meantime, how do institutions begin the process for obtaining state authorization? To address this question, the national association of State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) created a directory of agencies and individuals responsible for implementing state quality assurance laws, as well as a compendium of state laws and regulations. Marianne Boeke, one of the authors for this study, will provide an update on the current status of state authorization, review the inventory itself and the data collected, and discuss steps institutions should take so they be in legal compliance to teach students who reside in other states.

November 2013

Offering Comprehensive Online Student Services at South Texas College
Nov. 12, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Brett Millán, Associate Professor of English, South Texas College

In today’s rapid-paced world, it is difficult for “time-bound” students to benefit from an institutions's student services if they must come to campus to access them. At South Texas College, the distance education department led a cross-functional team to create a comprehensive set of online student services that would serve both online and traditional students.

Brett Millan will discuss the process his college followed to convert these services and the obstacles they overcame to create the college’s virtual campus. Participants will learn about various technologies they can use, the steps they can take to revisit and revise long-established procedures to make them online friendly, and the personnel that should be involved in this process.

Complying with Copyright and Ownership Issues in Distance Education
Nov. 19, 2013 - 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."

December 2013 

Online Course Peer Review: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Dec. 3, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Jason Kaufman, Instructor of Psychology, Inver Hills Community College

The online peer review committee at Inver Hills Community College empowered faculty to design their courses using a best practice approach. Adapted from the Quality MattersTM rubric, peer reviews provided faculty with the opportunity to implement online teaching designs, while protecting academic freedom, in a manner that sought to enhance student learning and promote quality online teaching. The committee reviewed courses over a period of five years. The presenter will describe the Inver Hills online peer review process, share lessons learned, and opine on the future of the process nationally.

Are you Ready to Flip?
Dec. 10, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Tina Rettler-Pagel, Faculty, and Nancy Woodward, Faculty, Madison College

The flipped classroom is a reversed teaching model that delivers instruction to the students in advance through interactive, teacher-created videos and online learning activities and moves discussion, active learning and other activities to the classroom. Students come to class ready to collaborate and learn together in an active, engaging environment. The presenters will discuss key elements of the flipped classroom as well as share how Madison College is preparing faculty to design and teach flipped classes.

Creative Commons Education Strategy & Projects
Dec. 17, 2013 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Its free, easy-to-use open copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give public permission to share and use creative works — with conditions or copyright terms which the author specifies. For example, CC licenses allows authors to easily change the copyright terms for the public use of his or her creative work from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Cable Green will provide an update on major projects at the Creative Commons including: the Open Policy Network, the Institute for Open Leadership, the School of Open, 4.0 licenses, outcomes from the 2013 Creative Commons Global Summit, and Creative Commons Education’s 2014 draft strategy.

January 2014

Crafting an Effective MOOC: One Community College’s Experience
Jan. 14, 2014 - 
2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Pat James Hanz, Dean of Instruction: Library and Technology, Mt. San Jacinto College

In 2012, a statewide economic crisis in California left students waiting at the registration door without enough classes to go around. Cuts were being made at every college. Mt. San Jacinto College cut entry-level courses that met the needs of students who needed remedial courses in favor of transfer-level courses. What should students who don’t assess into college level classes do? Pat James Hanz met with two English faculty members to create an open course to help students assess into freshman composition, or at least, into the next level down, rather than three levels below, the transfer-level comp course.

Hanz met with Daphne Koller at Coursera to discuss “educating the world” and serve San Jacinto students in the process. Coursera agreed to host the course if we could build it. So, they started planning. Within weeks, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued a request for proposals that addressed just what they were trying to do, build entry-level classes. They applied and were funded for $50,000 to develop and implement a basic writing MOOC in partnership with Coursera. Pat James Hanz will share they lessons they learned creating a MOOC for her students and the world!

MOOC—Sharing Lessons Learned
Jan. 21, 2014 - 
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Presenter: Laura Kalbaugh Dean, Academic Success and Transition Resources Wake Technical Community College

MOOCs can potentially change the trajectory of developmental education. Engaging content that is readily available will allow students to refresh knowledge before and after placement testing. What is the benefit? Progression toward a credential in a shorter amount of time for students who are able to navigate the content review on their own.  In 2012, Wake Tech received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the MOOC, "Introductory Algebra Review (IAR)."  Come hear about Wake Tech Community College's progress to date, lessons learned, and future goals for the revolutionary power MOOCs can offer at community colleges.

Captioning with YouTube
Jan. 28, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Scott McAfee, M.A., Access Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, Communication Studies, College of the Canyons

Learn how to create captions and transcripts for your multimedia files—for enhanced learning and section 508 compliance—using the free YouTube Web site.  Participants will learn how to easily adjust settings in their YouTube account so uploaded multimedia files are automatically transcribed and captioned.  Participants will also learn the subtle differences between captions, subtitles, and transcripts; how to adjust and correct captions; and how to download subtitles onto their own computers.

February 2014 

Approaching Accessibility in Online Courses
Feb. 4, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Loraine Schmitt, Director of Distance Education, and Karen Sorensen, Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses, Portland Community College

Are your online courses accessible? Hear about Portland Community College’s strategy and the lessons staff learned when they addressed accessibility with more than 400 instructors who teach approximately 2,400 sections of online classes within a complex four-campus college. The presenters will share the process they used to roll out their initiative, accessibility guidelines, and their phased approach for reaching the college’s goal of ensuring all online classes are accessible.

Specific strategies include: creating an awareness campaign, developing and implementing faculty training, including accessibility in the new course review process, analyzing the resources needed to retrofit existing online courses for accessibility, and instituting discipline-specific collaboration among online faculty. The presenters will share online resources and review tools.

Mentoring Adjunct Faculty to Improve Course Design and Student Success
Feb. 25, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Alyson Indrunas, Interim eLearning Director, Everett Community College

Can two full-time and two adjunct faculty members, one dean, and an eLearning director create an online course to promote professional development for new adjunct faculty? Alyson Indrunas will share strategies administrators at Everett Community College used to collaborate with faculty members and encourage them to use online resources to improve student engagement and retention. The college received a five-year Title III grant which administrators initiated in fall 2012 to strengthen academic programs by improving course delivery. The project focused on instituting faculty development initiatives to expand Quality Matters assessments, use eLearning tools, and develop annual cohorts of newly-hired faculty. Four faculty mentors from three different disciplines led the effort, by providing training, one-to-one assistance, and assessment.

March 2014

Social Media in Higher Education: An Institutional Perspective
March 4, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Christina Sax, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Outreach and Innovation, Shippensburg University

Faculty, students, staff, and administrators use social media in a wide range of ways including, among others, teaching and learning, marketing and admissions recruiting, special interest clubs and groups, and alumni and advancement outreach. These uses raise a variety of policy, legal, risk, governance, academic freedom, free speech, and technical and support issues for the institution.

Christina Sax will provide an overview of these issues, examples of best practice institutional policies, and the process Shippensburg University used to develop its first set of institutional social media guidelines. Objectives: As a result of attending this session participants will: 1) become familiar with the potential issues that impact institutions as a result of the use of social media, 2) gain best practice examples of social media policies and guidelines from several higher education institutions, and 3) gain a model for the development of social media guidelines and policies at their institution.

Preparing Faculty to Teach in Blended Environments: From Zero to 140 in 50 Weeks
March 11, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Henrietta Siemens, Director of the Center for Online Learning, Fresno Pacific University

When Fresno Pacific University implemented a blended learning initiative for nine of its degree completion programs, the Center for Online Learning staff was faced with the task of training and supporting approximately 140 faculty and adjunct faculty to teach effectively in a blended learning environment. Henrietta Siemens will share strategies for creating and implementing a faculty development program that trains and supports faculty who teach in blended environments. She will highlight program implementation strategies, keys to faculty participation, institutional challenges, and training resource issues. These best practices and tips will help other distance education administrators who are planning to implement blended teaching faculty development programs at their institutions.

Developing an Effective Web site to Support Faculty
March 18, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Nichole White, Multimedia Technician, Roane State Community College, Sage Freeman, Media Specialist, and Colin Stapp, Learning Technology Facilitator, Chemeketa Community College

Sharing best practices, offering information about technology resources, presenting materials in an engaging manner, and communicating with faculty in ways that suit their individual preferences are key elements for supporting online faculty. Nichole White created a dynamic Web site using WordPress that informs, engages and inspires her faculty. It is visually-appealing and easy-to-navigate. At eLearning 2013, White attended the presentation Colin Stapp and Sage Freeman offered about how they created a similar Web site. Attend this session to learn how the presenters successfully support their faculty through professional, engaging Web sites that are easy to create and manage through WordPress.

Ensuring Accessibility in Online Education
March 25, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Colleen Fleming, Instructional Designer Adler School of Professional Psychology

Online education presents unique challenges for students with disabilities. Solutions to these challenges are as diverse as the students who may require accommodations in order to get the full learning experience for a course. Some examples of accommodations include providing transcripts or captions for videos, converting documents such as PDFs so that they can be read by a screen reader, making sure that all course functionality can be accessed using a keyboard, and giving students extra time on tests within the learning management system.

Accessible online courses can be developed by using inclusive course design, reviewing courses for accessibility, and training faculty and staff to create course materials that can be accessed by students with disabilities. Making sure that online courses are accessible can be an overwhelming undertaking, but it is possible even with a small staff. Incorporating accessibility as part of the course design, course review, and faculty education process helps prevent rushed attempts to update a course to meet student needs. Colleen Fleming will outline the accessibility requirements for online higher education courses, the accessibility procedures and training that have been implemented at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and practical ways to ensure that online course content can be used effectively by all students.

April 2013

Mobile Technologies can Make Learning Engaging and FUN!
April 1, 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!

Helping Faculty and Students Transition to a New LMS
April 8, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Sandy King, Associate Professor, and Ken Jarvis, Professor, Anne Arundel Community College

When Anne Arundel Community College successfully transitioned from the ANGEL learning management system (LMS) to Instructure Canvas, part of its success was due to involving faculty, staff, and students in the process. The presenters will discuss the migration—from evaluating and selecting the new LMS—to developing and leading training for the whole college community. They will share the strategies that produced the best results, as well as sharing some lessons learned.

The First-Year Experience Program: Helping New Faculty Teach Online
April 15, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Michelle Franz, Faculty Developer, Northern Virginia Community College

As colleges aim to meet the increasing student demand for stimulating, accessible and affordable online higher education options, more faculty face the need to teach in the virtual classroom, even though they may not be comfortable or prepared to teach in a new learning environment.

At Northern Virginia Community College's (NOVA) Extended Learning Institute (ELI) rapid growth in online courses and programs has meant an equal growth in instructional staff. ELI implemented a first-year experience program to provide faculty support and development services to every faculty member who teaches at the institution for the first time. This includes instructional and technology support through professional development, orientation programming, mentoring and evaluation. Michelle Franz will share the different components of ELI's New Faculty Experience program and the process for its development.

Guiding Your Online Students to a Great Start
April 22, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Carl Weckerle, Director, Instructional Technology and Online Learning, and Tom Bradley, Instructional Technology Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning, Macomb Community College

Students who underestimate the time and effort needed to successfully complete an online course tend to drop out or underperform. Macomb Community College has implemented five initiatives to help reduce drop rates and increase student success, which have received overwhelmingly-positive feedback from students and faculty. Administrators working with faculty and receiving input from students overhauled the Web site, created a sample online course, overhauled a required online orientation, created visual reinforcements of critical communication and began opening courses early. All of this was done with a clear focus on setting expectations. Carl and Tom will share data on the initial effects of these initiatives.

Teaching World Languages Online
April 29, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Dr. Steven Hartlaub, World Languages (French and Spanish), and Josephine Books, World Language Faculty, Inver Hills Community College

The presenters will offer strategies for teaching world languages successfully in an online environment. They will place special emphasis on fostering a sense of community among learners, providing a high quality communicative experience, and avoiding some common pitfalls of online language instruction.

May 2014

Fueling Faculty Innovation and Expanding Access with OERs
May 6, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Quill West, Open Education Project Director, Tacoma Community College; Cynthia Alexander, Distance Education Coordinator, Cerritos College, and Paul Golisch, Dean, Information Technology, Paradise Valley Community College

The presenters will describe four projects that use and develop high-quality, accessible open educational resources (OERs) to expand access and improve student outcomes. 1. Tacoma Community College created an OER program director position to help faculty and students identify open textbooks and OERs, an initiative that saved students more than $300,000. 2. Cerritos College helped found the NGLC Kaleidoscope project to create and adopt course designs for high-enrollment classes across multiple institutions. Cerritos is creating the course Introduction to Learning Online which uses OER materials. 3. Maricopa Community College District is developing a comprehensive OER-based math program, which has expanded into a district-wide push to develop OERs for ten highly-enrolled, gatekeeper courses for two-year degrees and transfers. 4. In 2010, Daytona State College adopted an open Educational Psychology textbook to expand access to their pre-service teacher programs.

Offering Students a New Media-Rich and Interactive Online Writing Lab
May 13, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Crystal Sands, Project Director, Online Writing Lab, Excelsior College

Excelsior College developed an online writing lab that (OWL) which is open source, Web-based, media rich, and easy to navigate. It contains extensive instructional and support material for first-year college writing classes. Development of the OWL was funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation. Crystal Sands will demonstrate the various components of the OWL, including the writing process, grammar essentials, the essay zone, locating information and writing with sources, and paper capers, an exciting online game for writing students.

Strategies for Successfully Teaching Math Online
May 20, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Carrie Naughton, Professor of Mathematics, Inver Hills Community College

Learn some strategies for successfully teaching math online! Find out some keys to success, common obstacles, and tested methods that help students and instructors succeed online. Discover the components necessary in planning an online math course and see examples of how one instructor designs her online math courses. Learn what to expect when creating and teaching your own online class.

June 2014

Online Orientations for [Insert you Student Population Here]
June 3, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Chelsie Caile, Coordinator of Southeast Online, Southeast Missouri State University

Most student orientations are geared toward first-time freshman students and do not lend themselves to other growing populations, such as non-traditional, online, military, and international students. Administrators at Southeast Missouri State University developed an online orientation that includes learning modules that describe advising and enrollment, financing and billing, campus resources and campus culture. The modules include text and dynamic content, such as videos and interactive presentations. They incorporated quizzes and other assessment pieces to ensure comprehension. The presenters will demo their online student orientation, share student feedback, and provide a game plan for developing an online orientation at your campus.

What are Embedded Librarians and What Do They Do?
June 10, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Vicki Cone, Distance Learning Librarian, Truxal Library, Anne Arundel Community College

Learn how embedded librarians provide library instruction and teach information literacy skills to students in online courses. Hear about proven strategies for creating an effective library presence in online courses taught in a variety of disciplines. VickiCone will share her experience, explain how she initiates and maintains collaborations with faculty, discuss establishing an embedded librarian service involving other librarians, and provide detail about how to assess the effectiveness of the program. The interactive format will encourage questions and sharing of best practices.

Opening the Book on Open-Sourcing Developmental Education—The “Open Campus” at BPCC
June 17, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: Allison Martin, Director, Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives, Administration, and Russel Johnson, Support Technician, Educational Technology, Bossier Parish Community College

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has design a series of non-credit, developmental, video-based, online courses as counterparts to for-credit offerings, which are accessible in a free, easy-to-access framework, with no strings attached. BPCC's "Open Campus" series targets high school students who are preparing for placement testing, developmental students enrolled in for-credit courses, and students who are homebound, work-restricted, military members or living abroad. BPCC's aims to provide anyone-anywhere-access to quality, developmental instruction in English, math, and reading.

The presenters will share what they learned while creating an efficient, open-source design plan and a possible framework for timelines, expenses, and challenges in applying open-source models to meet their students' instructional needs.

Funky and Free
June 24, 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.

July 2014

Leading a Campus-Wide Strategic Distance Education Discussion: Process, Perils, and Prospects
July 8, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Christina Sax, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Outreach and Innovation, Shippensburg University

Shippensburg University (SU) has been engaged in developing its first strategic academic master plan, through a process that is faculty-led, inclusive and transparent to all stakeholders in a unionized faculty, in a strong shared-governance environment. An important aspect of this university-wide discussion has been the strategic role and future directions of distance education at SU, as well as the review of a large set of distance-education-specific policies.

Christina Sax will offer a framework for conducting such a campus-wide discussion that truly includes all stakeholders; efficiently gathers, manages and incorporates stakeholder feedback; provides full transparency at every stage of the process; and, initiates changes in campus culture, practices and policies. Sax will also point out the potential pitfalls and prospects of such a campus-wide discussion. Participants will learn how to: 1) prepare resources, infrastructure, processes, and institutional culture for engagement in an inclusive and transparent campus-wide strategic discussion, 2) identify topics, issues, and stakeholders which might be appropriate for a university-wide strategic discussion at their institution, and 3) identify potential barriers to, and opportunities that might arise from, a university-wide strategic discussion at their institution.

Innovative Techniques for Teaching a Hands-On Lab Course Over the Internet
July 15, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: 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.

TBA
July 22, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
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Presenters: TBA