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Upcoming Live Webinars - 2016


Tuesday, January 26
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Accessibility Testing: Bridging the Gap Between Developers and End Users
Learning Level: All

This webinar will look at accessibility testing and identify and discuss potential gaps between the developers’ stated accessibility of a website and the experience of end users. Although all accessibility elements are important, some components may be more critical to functioning than others, and it helps to understand the experience of end users. We will also talk about strategies for involving faculty in positive ways and how to get needed information to students with disabilities.

Webinar Objectives:

  • To develop an understanding that end users may not be aware of navigational accessible enhancements, so there may be a gap to be bridged when assessing accessibility.
  • To share our experience that faculty understand accessibility issues better when they are able to see someone use a screen reader.
  • Although all accessibility elements are important, some components may be more critical to functioning than others.

Karen Sorensen is the accessibility advocate for online courses at Portland Community College (PCC) in Portland, OR. She has been in this position for five-plus years since Distance Education at PCC took on the challenge to ensure online courses are accessible to students with disabilities. Before this position, she was a web developer for five years on the college web team. She has a master’s in education: policy, foundations and administration from Portland State University. She is passionate about web accessibility.

Phyllis Petteys is an accessibility specialist for disability services at Portland Community College in Portland, OR. Prior to coming to PCC in 2013, she was an assistive technology specialist for 18 years, working in higher education as well as in the community.

Angel Chesimet has worked with accessibility testing at PCC for three years. In addition, she has contracted with other universities, publishers, and community agencies on accessibility projects. She specializes in adaptive technology for individuals experiencing visual impairments which she uses in her personal and professional life. Angel holds a master’s in clinical rehabilitation counseling from Portland State University and has a private practice helping with adjustment to disability. She is passionate about inclusion and equality for everyone.



Tuesday, February 2
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Using Online Instruction to Prepare Students for Lab in a Technical Program
Learning Level: Intermediate

The Medical Assistant Program at Dakota County Technical College offers an online hybrid program along with a traditional on-campus program. The hybrid program was started in 2009 and has successfully graduated six cohorts. This webinar will present the process and tools used to develop and deliver the Medical Assistant Program in an online hybrid format. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and ideas for creating a vibrant, interactive online environment for online and online hybrid students.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Participants will discuss online preparation of students for lab settings
  • Participants will identify online teaching techniques that could be implemented in their own courses.

Patrice Nadeau had a BS and MS in clinical laboratory science. Early in her career she worked in hospital and clinic settings as a bench tech, supervisor, and technical consultant. She has been teaching in the Medical Assistant Program at Dakota County Technical College since 1994, starting as an adjunct before becoming the full-time director of the program in 2001.  



Tuesday, February 9
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Teaching World Languages in the Virtual Classroom
Learning Level: All

While the virtual classroom provides remarkable convenience and flexibility, it can also be a challenging environment for both instructors and students. This webinar will provide suggestions for how to succeed as a language instructor in the virtual classroom. The focus will be on how to prepare students for the virtual classroom experience, how to plan and facilitate live sessions that keep students engaged, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

Webinar Objectives:

  • How to prepare students to succeed in the virtual classroom.
  • How to keep students engaged in the virtual classroom.
  • How to avoid common pitfalls.

Steven Hartlaub, PhD, has been a language instructor at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN for nearly 15 years. He has extensive experience teaching Spanish and French using web-conferencing software such as Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, and Wimba Classroom.  


 eLearning Conference Break


Tuesday, TBD
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Federal Regulations Update
Learning Level: All

Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act has been underway for more than a year. James Hermes, Associate Vice President for Government Relations with the AACC, will discuss the reauthorization of the HEA and will provide an assessment of key Federal regulations and activities that have impacted online learning. Topics will include Financial Aid regulations, ADA compliance, USDOE and USDOL efforts with Open Educational Resources and online education, and College Promise. ITC Board member Fred Lokken will discuss the status of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). The session will include the opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Provide updated information on critical federal regulations and the HEA re-authorization
  • Provide updated information on the status of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
  • Afford the opportunity to answer specific questions and concerns from webinar attendees

James Hermes, Associate Vice President for Governmental Affairs, American Association for Community Colleges (AACC)

Fred Lokken, ITC board member and professor of political science, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada, chairs the ITC Advocacy Committee, is author of the ITC Annual National Distance Education Survey and has served on the ITC Board of Directors for the past twelve years. He is also a commissioner for the Western Interstate Compact for Higher Education (WICHE) and has twenty years of DE administrative experience. 


Archive Webinars

If you are unable to participate in the live presentation, an archived version will be available online for 60 days after each live event or the date you purchased it. 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).

ITC Webinars September 2015

Step by Step: Transiting to Open Educational Resources
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Presenter: Megan Benefiel, Project Specialist, Learning Design and Solutions, University of Maryland University College

As of Fall 2015, all undergraduate courses at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will use electronic resources at no cost to the students. Presenter Megan Benefiel will examine the lessons they have learned along the way that will influence their approach to the upcoming milestone – 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 over $5 million in student savings.

Accessibility Tips for Online Course Design
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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.

The Power, Possibilities and Perils of Video in Teaching and Learning
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Presenter: Angela Mathis, Video Producer/Digital Media Instructor, Prince George’s Community College

In today’s video-obsessed culture, educators need to know how they can harness video, as an effective educational tool inside and outside of the classroom. As a professional video producer and digital media instructor, Angela Mathis, will share innovative ways to use video to enhance teaching, engage students, reinforce learning and promote student success in higher education. Mathis will highlight research supporting video in education and provides interesting examples of how video can help faculty flip their classrooms and enrich their online courses.

Participants will learn the different styles of faculty and student produced videos, receive advice on the best types of instructional videos to create, find out what types to avoid and discover resources to help you get started. This media-rich webinar is sure to inspire you to brainstorm and develop ideas for using videos to help your students succeed.

ITC Webinars October 2015

It's Not Just Another Acronym: BYOD—Transforming the Campus
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Presenter: Steve diFilipo, Chief Information Officer, Milwaukee School of Engineering University

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) acronym has introduced an element of F.U.D. (fear. uncertainty. doubt.) across university campuses—the on-campus conversation continues regarding policy, security and platforms. However, the concept for distance learning should be a given. Online students will ‘bring their own device,’ although there are some considerations to ensure the UX (user experience) is transparent. Steve diFilipo will take a brief trip down BYOD memory lane, note the current trends in BYOx and examine in detail the technical and pedagogical aspects of providing a robust and positive learning experience. Steve's career in technology and education has spanned more than 30 years. He co-authored the Educause ECAR research "The Consumerization of Technology and the Bring-Your-Own-Everything (BYOE) Era of Higher Education." He is also is the principal at JRS, LLC, an agency that provided technical currency to organizations and businesses adopting digital, mobile, social strategies. He has also held executive positions at Rowan College, Quantum Think, Campbell Soup and Deborah Heart & Lung Center.

Capturing the Spirit: Virtual Writing Center with Reference Support
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Presenter: Janice Lathrop, Head of Reference, and Dr. Jessica Rabin, Professor of English and Director of Writing Tutoring, Anne Arundel 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. Winner of the 2014 Innovations Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College, 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!

Complying with Copyright and Ownership Issues in Distance Education
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Presenter: Dr. 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.

Congress passed the TEACH Act in 2002 to amend 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."

ITC Webinars November 2015

Mobile Technologies can Make Learning Engaging and FUN!
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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!

Streamlined Online Course Development Process
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Presenter: Jennifer Veloff, M.Ed., PMP, Associate Dean of Academic Technology, Pasco-Hernando State College

The implementation of an online course design and development process at a small-scale higher education institution required a good foundation and established partnerships amongst all stakeholders. The process brings together a skilled instructional design team that includes an instructional designer, multimedia specialist, and a subject matter expert (SME). By bringing this team together and streamlining the process, the college now has a more robust online program that has produced more than 100 interactive, engaging, and effective online courses to date. Jennifer Veloff will discuss the entire process from start to finish and lessons learned along the way.

Growing Online Peer Led Study Groups in Virtual Supplemental Instruction (VSI)
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Presenter: Jacqueline S. Tyler, Director, Supplemental Instruction (SI), and Lynette Delprete, Faculty Mentor for SI, Anne Arundel Community College

Supplemental Instruction has provided a supportive and collaborative learning environment to master content in traditionally difficult courses. Given the cultural and technological changes in higher education today, SI at Anne Arundel Community College is adopting new best practices that will help the broad range of needs of its students. VSI (Virtual Supplemental Instruction) is the online component that was added to enhance the developmental experience of the student. Learn how we kept the traditional SI model and transferred it to the online environment.

ITC Webinars December 2015

Changing Attitudes to Online Learning and Faculty Training
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Presenter: Liz Watkin, Instructional Designer, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Designed by AB Tech’s instructional support and online learning department, MOIP is a year-long training curriculum for online and hybrid instructors that aims to create a group of instructors who can help others with basic course design before the instructional support office begins its formal college course review. Instructors will become an authority in online learning, provide students with an accessible online learning environment, and become advocates of change within the faculty culture: promoting new instructional methodologies, mentoring others and instigating continuous improvement in their departments. Liz Watkin will describe the ins and outs of this innovative solution for AB Tech.

How You, Too, Can Observe and Evaluate Online Teaching
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Presenter: Thomas J. Tobin, Ph.D., MSLS, PMP, Coordinator of Learning Technologies, Center for Teaching and Learning, Northeastern Illinois University

One of the hidden challenges about online courses is that they tend to be observed and evaluated far less frequently than their face-to-face course counterparts. This is party due to the fact that many administrators today never taught online courses themselves when they were teaching. Participants in this Webinar will learn six "secrets" to performing meaningful observations and evaluations of online teaching, including how to use data analytics, avoid biases, and produce useful results even if observers have never taught online themselves. Faculty members, online support staff, and administrators are the primary audiences for this Webinar.

Funky and Free
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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.