Registration Open: 2016 Winter Institute for Online/Blended Teaching

DSC_3940The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce that registration is open for the winter session of Institute for Online/Blended Teaching.

This highly interactive workshop demonstrates teaching best practices using a variety of teaching methods and technology tools.  The structure of this course not only allows you to explore new teaching and course design methods, but it also enables you to participate in activities that provide you with experience in being an online “student.”

By the conclusion of the institute, participants develop a D2L learning module which includes pedagogically-appropriate assessments, discussions, and additional learning materials. This module will be created with the assistance of instructional designers and feedback from colleagues. Additionally, participants become proficient in using web conferencing, creating high-quality video in an on-campus media studio, and using web-based tools to encourage student academic integrity.

Objectives:

  1. Develop a D2L-based module for the online or blended course you will be teaching
  2. Demonstrate pedagogically-sound course design in the D2L course module
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing the following instructional technologies:
    1. D2L Learning Management System
      1. D2L Dropbox
      2. D2L Quizzes
      3. D2L Discussions
    2. D2L Rubrics
    3. D2L Grade Center
    4. Turnitin Suite
    5. Respondus LockDown Browser
    6. WebEx
    7. On-campus recording studios
  4. Investigate and evaluate various approaches to ensuring online course quality
  5. Evaluate techniques to provide effective feedback in the online environment
  6. Describe and demonstrate approaches to building community online

Dates for the 2016 Winter Institute:

  • December 2: Face-to-Face meeting, 1:00-4:00 pm
  • December 9: WebEx, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • January 6: Face-to-Face meeting, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • February 10: WebEx, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • March 10: Face-to-face, 1:00-4:00 pm

All faculty and academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to apply to attend. However, the workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Applications are due Monday, November 7, 2016.

Link to Application:  2016 Winter Institute Application

If you have questions about this, or any other LTC resources, feel free to contact us:  ltc@uww.edu

Community of Practice for Online/Blended Education

DSC_3940All University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty and staff are invited to participate in a campus-wide community of practice for online and blended education.

The Community of Practice for Online and Blended Education began in the spring of 2015, thanks to a grant from OPID.  Its purpose is to serve as a campus-wide forum to develop, share, and document best practices in teaching online and blended (hybrid) courses at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  In addition, it provides a support network for those teaching with technology.

The purpose of our meetings is to build community and meet others who are excited about teaching in the online and/or blended format.

Fall Meetings:

Thursday October 13, 2016
2:00-3:30 pm, UC259a
Signup: 
https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14848

In this session, Stephanie Douglas and Jodi Galvan will share the materials they created for an Online Bootcamp for General Learners, as part of a LEAP project.  Galvan and Douglas piloted these resources in courses in Spring 2015 and surveyed their students for feedback.

The students responded positively, and stated that they helped them to understand if online learning is a good fit for them, reduced fear and anxiety, and gave them time management skills to help them succeed.  Given the success of the project, most of these materials were integrated into the UW-Whitewater Starter Course template.

Thursday December 1, 2016
2:00-3:30 pm, UC259a
Signup: 
https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14849

In this session, the recipients of the Community of Practice project grant will share the results of their projects.  Two projects were funded:  the development of an accessibility template for the ECE4U program, and the creation of assessment videos.

If you have questions about this please contact the Learning Technology Center at ltc@uww.edu or 262.472.1004.

Active Learning Workshop Series

Active Learning:  Engagement, High-Level Thinking & Enhanced Learning

ClassroomIn 1987 Chickering and Gamson wrote that “learning is not a spectator sport,” and in 2016 their words still fit.  Active learning involves students in the learning process, leading to better retention and student outcomes.  The LTC and LEARN Center are please to co-sponsor a 3-part workshop series focused on active learning.  This series will explore a variety of approaches to active learning, applicable to both face-to-face and online learning environments.

Attendance at all 3 sessions is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Session 1:  Active Learning, an Introduction
September 15th, 11 am – noon, UC 262
Facilitators:  Elizabeth Simpson & Barbara Beaver
Signup at: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14784

This session will examine the definitions and possibility of active learning, and explore why it is a continuing trend in higher education.  We’ll address examples from here on the UW-W campus, as well as others from UW System and across the nation.  Participants will gain suggestions for the integration of active learning in their own courses, examples assignments, and techniques.

Upcoming Sessions:

Session 2:  Incorporating Active Learning Strategies into your Teaching: Evidence-Based Practices, Case Studies, and Stories from the Field.
October 19th, 12:30-2 pm

Session 3:  The Unique Challenges of Active Learning in an Online/Blended Environment.
November 17th, 11 am – noon

If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact ltc@uww.edu.

Accessibility and D2L: April 20 & 21, 2016

DSC_3956The innovative use of technology in higher education continues to provide new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning. The Learning Technology Center (LTC) Spring 2016 “Snackable Series” is a special collaboration with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).

This workshop will explore the most common issues regarding accessibility in D2L, and advice for better results.  Topics will include document types, tables, colors, pop-up windows, alt-tags, and screen-readers.

Accessibility and D2L Sessions:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016:  Noon to 1 p.m.
Location:  iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14601

Thursday, April 21, 2016:  11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link: https://uww.webex.com/uww/j.php?MTID=m48d1b13b62fedd7cc71cfddd9a37fc82
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14602

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Exploring the Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment: Opportunities and Challenges

ELIOn April 27-28, 2016 from 11:00 – 2:30 p.m., you are invited to join members of the UW-Whitewater community to attend, “Exploring the Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment: Opportunities and Challenges,” a two-day, online focus session, organized by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) (http://www.educause.edu/eli).

Join your campus colleagues for an important face-to-face dialogue while exchanging ideas with ELI’s national online teaching and learning community on the subject of the Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment:

Here’s a paradox: grousing about the LMS is a favorite sport on most campuses. Yet nobody seems to think they could possibly do without one (or two or three). This successor environment will be enabled by digital technology, driven by a vision of a learner-centered approach to higher education, and will demand a great deal of innovation and creativity to realize it. During this focus session we’ll review some of the discoveries that informed the ideas in the ELI’s NGDLE white paper, and then, together with participants, collaboratively unpack the key components of this next-generation environment including

  • interoperability
  • accessibility and UDL
  • learning analytics, advising, and assessment
  • leadership and organizational considerations

By engaging in the focus session program, participants will

  • Understand the scope of a next-generation digital learning environment,
  • Learn about the teaching and learning community’s consensus on what this environment needs to enable,
  • Explore the ways in which the NGDLE framework is relevant to your institutional opportunities and challenges, and
  • Learn about current and possible future applications and practices that are consonant with the NGDLE framework.

Event Details:

April 27, 2016, 11:00 am-2:30 pm
Location:  UC 69
Please register:  Day 1 Exploring the Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment: Opportunities and Challenges

April 28, 2016, 11:00 am-2:30 pm
Location:  UC 68a
Please register:  Day 2 Exploring the Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment: Opportunities and Challenges

Full program details can be found at http://www.educause.edu/events/eli-online-focus-session-2016.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Digital Storytelling Workshop: Registration Open

David and JimThe Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce a special workshop May 18-20 on digital storytelling.  The workshop will be facilitated by Jim Winship, Professional Storyteller and Professor of Social Work.

Digital Storytelling, also referred to as a “Digital Media Narrative,” has gained momentum and visibility as a modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. The process of digitally integrating images, music, narrative, and voice “makes meaning” through the development of characters, situations, experiences, and insights with deep dimensions and vivid colors. This form of expression has also gained credibility as an avenue to achieve course learning outcomes.

Participants will create a digital narrative or story to share with the UW-Whitewater community or to improve learning outcomes in their courses. The goal of this workshop is to create a compelling digital work that is two to three minutes in length. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have written a story, recorded the voice narration of the story, supplemented it with background sounds, and enhanced by a sound track and the use of visual images. Participants can also use the techniques learned to help students develop digital stories for their course.

Here are some insights on digital storytelling from past workshop participants:

“I got intellectually re-energized, more aware of the ‘heart’ at the center of education, more passionate about telling my stories.”- Marjorie Rhine, Professor, Languages and Literature

 

“The camaraderie of the participants was very moving and so were the emotional content of the stories shared.”- Max White, Associate Professor, Art

 

“I am changed as a result of the power, wisdom, and generosity of spirit shared by Jim Winship. He shared himself, and as a result, each participant was encouraged to share themselves as well.” – David Reinhart, Lecturer, Philosophy and Religious Studies

For more information and video examples of digital stories created by UW-Whitewater faculty, please see the Digital Storytelling wiki page.

To apply for the workshop, go to the Digital Storytelling Application by April 11, 2016.  Participation is limited to 12 participants.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Learning Technology Center (LTC) at ltc@uww.edu or call 262-472-1004.

Accessible Presentations, March 16 & 17, 2016

DSC_3956The innovative use of technology in higher education continues to provide new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning. The Learning Technology Center (LTC) Spring 2016 “Snackable Series” is a special collaboration with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).

The March workshops will address the common issues with presentations (both face-to-face lectures and online), captioning, and some advice for creating presentations with accessibility in mind.

Accessible Presentations Sessions:
Wednesday, March 16, 2016:  Noon to 1 p.m.
Location:  iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112
Registration: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14599

Thursday, March 17, 2016:  11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link:  https://uww.webex.com/uww/j.php?MTID=mf28c4fb36127d237c681ce9cfcf960e0
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14600

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Registration Open: 2016 Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching

DSC_3940The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2016 Summer session of the Institute for Online/Blended Teaching.

If you need to design a new (or refresh an older) online or blended course, please consider participating in this unique opportunity to collaborate with other UW-Whitewater instructors and explore proven course design strategies and best practices. This intensive and highly interactive workshop demonstrates teaching best practices using a variety of teaching methods and technology tools. The structure of this course not only allows you to explore new teaching and course design methods, but it also enables you to participate in activities that provide you with experience in being an online “student.”

The session will consist of online components, face-to-face meetings on the Whitewater campus, and web conferencing sessions.

Dates and Requirements:

The focus of the institute is to learn and practice online teaching skills, and will only briefly address D2L mechanics.  Applicants must have familiarity with basic D2L features, such as creating content, discussions, and drop-box assignments.

There are 5 mandatory meetings for the Institute; three “in-person” face-to-face sessions on the UW-Whitewater campus, and two web-conferencing meetings. The institute begins with a one-half day orientation session on April 29,  a full day meeting on May 27, and a concluding half-day meeting on July 29. In addition, there are two WebEx meetings scheduled for June 3 and July 1.

All faculty and academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to apply. However, the workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Applications are due Friday, April 1, 2016.

Before applying, please review the syllabus: 2016 Summer Institute Syllabus

Apply Here:  2016 Summer Institute Application

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Snackable Series: Spring 2016

DSC_3956The innovative use of technology in higher education continues to provide new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning. The Learning Technology Center (LTC) Spring 2016 “Snackable Series” is a special collaboration with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).

Accessibility in Documents:  February 17 & 18, 2016

All instructors, whether teaching face-to-face or online, deal with documents like PDFs and Word on a regular basis.  This workshop will address common issues and share advice regarding document types, accessible syllabi, and how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro for OCR.

Accessibility in Documents Sessions:
Wednesday, February 17, 2016:  Noon to 1 p.m.
Location:  iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14597

Thursday, February 18, 2016:  11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link: https://uww.webex.com/uww/j.php?MTID=m9f2792132a37518cfb775dd38bd6c283
Registration: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14598

Accessible Presentations:  March 16 & 17, 2016

This workshop will address the common issues with presentations (both face-to-face lectures and online), captioning, and some advice for creating presentations with accessibility in mind.

Accessible Presentations Sessions:
Wednesday, March 16, 2016:  Noon to 1 p.m.
Location:  iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112
Registration: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14599

Thursday, March 17, 2016:  11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link:  https://uww.webex.com/uww/j.php?MTID=mf28c4fb36127d237c681ce9cfcf960e0
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14600

Accessibility and D2L:  April 20 & 21, 2016

This workshop will explore the most common issues regarding accessibility in D2L, and advice for better results.  Topics will include document types, tables, colors, pop-up windows, alt-tags, and screen-readers.

Accessibility and D2L Sessions:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016:  Noon to 1 p.m.
Location:  iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14601

Thursday, April 21, 2016:  11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link: https://uww.webex.com/uww/j.php?MTID=m48d1b13b62fedd7cc71cfddd9a37fc82
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14602

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Webinar Opportunity: Integrating Evaluation and Feedback for Pedagogical Change

DSC_3956Improve Your Online Teaching:  Integrating Evaluation and Feedback for Pedagogical Change

Noon to 1:00, January 25, 2016

Room: UC 259A

Please join us for this fascinating webinar, presented by Jean Mandernach, the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University.  In this presentation she will examine strategies for evaluating online teaching and explore how we can utilize evaluation data to enhance the quality of our online teaching.  We will have the opportunity to ask her questions, and a short informal discussion will follow the webinar.

After participating in this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Integrate formative and summative evaluation strategies into their online classrooms.
  2. Operationalize teaching behaviors that align with best practices in online education.
  3. Create a holistic strategy for utilizing teaching evaluation data to enhance online instruction.
  4. Utilize self-, peer-, and administrative evaluation data to drive pedagogical change.

Signup:  http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14480

For more information, visit: Educause Events

Additional Resources:

Palese, K. & Mandernach, B. J. (2015). Data analytics and predictive modeling: The future of evaluating online teaching. eLearn Magazine.

Mandernach, B.J., Donnelli, E., Dailey, A., & Schulte, M. (2005). A faculty evaluation model for online instructors: Mentoring and evaluation in the online classroom. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 8 (3).

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Technology Center.