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Selecting Materials and Strategies


When teaching online, you don't have the same rich interactions you might have with your students in a face-to-face classroom.  That doesn't mean it is gone forever, you may just need to rethink about the materials you are using and how you are presenting them.  The resources in this area will help you think about how your students interact with the material, with you, and with each other.   Click here to register.


Journey to Online - Developing Your Course (ONLINE)

Developing a high-quality online course requires attention to activity and assessment design, content delivery techniques, and the student experience. This course takes an in-depth look at alignment, engagement, and scaffolding as important components of high-quality online courses. It does this by considering how courses and lessons are organized, the connections between objectives and assessments, the different types of assignments and activities, and how learning materials are presented.

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Online “Pit” Classes

Online classes work best with smaller class sizes, but due to the unusual circumstances, we may have to teach large classes in an online format. Ideas and best practices will be discussed in order to help alleviate some of the burden. We don’t want this fall to be the pits!

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Creating an Accessible Online Classroom for students With and Without Disabilities

Creating a course for students with disabilities can sometimes feel like a daunting task.  The truth is that there are several simple techniques that can help ALL learners experience your course in a manner that works for them.  Through a series of case studies, presenters will walk participants through the methods and strategies that will help build a more accessible course for every student. 

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Grading at the Speed of Light

Like King Arthur’s quest for the Grail, instructors are on an endless quest to make grading easier.   Thankfully, Canvas has tools that can make that happen. In this session we will explore some of these tools including SpeedGrader, rubrics and bulk download/upload.  The session will include tips and tricks on how to use the tools as well as hints on how to set up discussions and assignments to allow the tools to be used more effectively.

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Into the Great Wide Open: Diversify Your Course
Materials with OER and Library Resources

Librarians Erin McArthur and Joe Pirillo will guide you through options for moving beyond the textbook and incorporating alternative resources in your online course, including Open Educational Resources (OER) and library materials such as ebooks, case studies, and streaming video. Faculty guests will be invited to share their experiences using diversified materials in their courses.

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Labs Online??  Is that Possible?

STEM laboratory courses often include hands-on learning experiences, which teach students skills that are critical to succeeding in science. In the current environment, we may have to rethink frequent face-to-face experiential learning activities in courses that include a lab. How can we shift focus and provide similar skills and experiences in an online or hybrid environment?  In this session, we will discuss learning outcomes for lab courses and assessments that achieve these outcomes and explore a range of possible tools to provide alternatives to traditional laboratory experiences in STEM for your students.

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Superheroes Need Not Apply: Teaching with HyFlex and
Modified Tutorial Course Models

In order to meet the crisis related to the increased spread of COVID-19, to ensure the continuation of instruction, and to increase the likelihood of retaining students, instructors are being asked to teach their face-to-face courses in one of two models this fall: HyFlex or Modified Tutorial. There's been a lot of confusing information on campus about these two models. And, frankly, there's a lot of fake news out there about them as well.

This workshop has been created to address those confusions and provide much needed information about the HyFlex and Modified Tutorial models In turn, it will highlight useful strategies by which to implement in your classrooms in ways that are doable and won't demand you be a superhero.


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To Meet, or not to meet, That is the Question:
Asynchronous or Synchronous Online Teaching

Traditionally online courses in higher education have a fairly strict, “No online meetings” policy.  Online learners need the flexibility to attend class any time day or night.  The issue now is that we are no longer teaching to online learners, we are teaching to face to face learners using alternative delivery methods.  What difference does that make?  What is an instructor to do?  This session will use results from the University’s student survey to explore online meeting options and provide tips and best practices for using synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  

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