Growing Online Learning 2015: Faculty Share Lessons Learned

Monday, February 9th - Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Growing Online Learning 2015 Flyer PDF

Ten Tips for Effective Online Teaching

with Brian Udermann

Director of Online Education - University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Ten Tips for Effective Online Teaching

Monday, February 09, 2015, 09:00am to 10:00am
Brian Udermann
Director of Online Education
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
While overall enrollment in higher education has been declining over the past 2-3 years, enrollments in online courses continue to increase. During this webinar, Brian Udermann will cover a variety of effective online teaching strategies based on his experience and research, such as faculty presence, engaging online students, open educational resources and facilitating effective online discussion. Brian will also discuss a number of trends in online education such as MOOCS, mobile learning and gamification.

Brian Udermann has been in Higher Education for 20 years, has been teaching online for 10 years and has served as the director of online education at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse since 2007. He writes a monthly column in the publication Distance Education Report and is a sought after speaker on the topic of online education.

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Teaching a MOOC: Lessons Learned

Monday, February 09, 2015, 02:00pm to 03:00pm
Mark DuBois
Professor, Business, Hospitality, and Information Systems
Illinois Central College
Mark DuBois, a Web Systems instructor, will share his experience teaching a 2-week “web design” boot camp MOOC for Adobe Inc in October, 2014. In addition to briefly reviewing statistics from the course, he will provide tips on what worked well (and what didn't) and the many things to prepare for when tackling a MOOC (including answering questions across 24 time zones).

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Teaching a Science Lab Course Online

Monday, February 09, 2015, 03:30pm to 04:30pm
Kristy Boggs
Professor, Biology
Spoon River College
Kristi Boggs, a biology instructor, will focus on strategies she uses to create engaging student activities using SoftChalk, course management and communication strategies, and lessons learned in teaching lab science online.

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Technology overload! Can we avoid it?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 09:00am to 10:00am
Elizabeth Kershisnik
Professor, Chemistry
Oakton Community College
Elizabeth Kershisnik, chemistry instructor, will share her best practices in helping students get comfortable with technology (acquainting them with the LMS and how to communicate in the online environment) and their roles as online learners (building connections with other online students, etc).

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Using Video to enhance your Course

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 02:00pm to 03:00pm
Meredith Winchester
Instructor, Computers and Digital Media
McHenry County College
Meri Winchester, a digital media instructor, will share her best practices in using video to enhance her courses, from public lectures to private feedback for student work. Some available tools for recording and managing online videos will also be covered.

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Textbook-free Options for Student Engagement and Innovation

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 03:30pm to 04:30pm
Jill Johnson
Faculty, Social And Behavioral Sciences
Carl Sandburg College
Jill Johnson, a psychology instructor, and Linda Lee (Associate Director of Educational Technology & Innovation) will focus on their success in bringing innovation to the online classroom to engage learners. They will provide the tools to create a textbook-free initiative along with strategies used to implement out-of-the-box classroom design in a collaborative structure that increased successful completion.

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Playing Around: How Experimenting with New Methods and Tools Can Produce Surprising Results for Your Online Course

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 09:00am to 10:00am
Timothy Linehan
Instructor, Philosophy
McHenry County College
Timothy Linehan, a philosophy instructor, will discuss his experience bringing game-based course design to his online classes. He also addresses implementation of Piazza, a Q & A application that allows students varying degrees of visibility when contributing to online discussions. Attention is given to ways these tools might be introduced incrementally to avoid an experiment that backfires.

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Creating and Using Video to Guide Online Learning

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 02:00pm to 03:00pm
Val Wittman
Professor, CIS
Sauk Valley Community College
Taking an online course can be an overwhelming experience for students. This session shows how the use of video lectures can support students as they navigate your course. You will learn about the use of video to guide student workflow, review your syllabus, and present homework Val Wittman, a CIS instructor, will show how the use of video lectures can support students as they navigate an online course. In addition, you will learn about the use of video to guide student workflow, review your syllabus, and present homework and assignment solutions.

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Learning Online

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 03:30pm to 04:30pm
Randy Rambo
Instructor, English
Illinois Valley Community College
Randy Rambo, an English instructor, will share what he has learned from his years of teaching English composition online. The session will provide participants with tips designed to help make the experience of online learning effective and engaging for students and enjoyable for the instructor. Time-saving tips for online teaching will also be shared.

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Being a Presence, without always being Present, in your Online Class!

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 09:00am to 10:00am
Kristi Palmer
Professor, Mathematics and Sciences
Richland Community College
Kristi Palmer, a Sociology instructor, will highlight ways to keep students engaged in their online class without putting unrealistic demands on the instructor’s time! Instructors will learn ways to manage their online teaching load, partially by minimizing their time online while still maintaining a high quality class.

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Using Twitter and E-Portfolios to Engage Learners

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 02:00pm to 03:00pm
April Zawlocki
Instructor, Education
College of DuPage
April Zawlocki, an education instructor, will demonstrate how utilizing the free resources transmitted through the Twittersphere can allow students to gain a more global understanding of any content area and develop a professional learning network (PLN). It will also demonstrate how students created a Weebly site that is used as their online portfolio and blog for setting course goals and reflecting on their learning.

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Increase student Engagement with Discussions, Rubrics and Dropbox Assignments

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 03:30pm to 04:30pm
Leslie Van Wolvelear
Associate Professor, Accounting
Oakton Community College
Leslie VanWolvelear, an accounting instructor, will demonstrate teaching techniques shes use to increase student engagement online using Discussions Boards, Rubrics, and Dropbox Assignments. These techniques help students learn from each other, apply course content to real world situations, understand the relevant connections between their current learning and their future, and promote critical thinking.

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