Keeping Current in Online Learning with Faculty Training Events

Posted: January 29, 2018 8:30:00 AM CST

Faculty training imageSupporting those who teach online helps ensure that students have the best possible learning experience at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Faculty and staff can stay at the forefront of online teaching and learning through a series of eCampus training events this spring—from designing accessible online courses to enhancing instructional video content.

eCampus Instructional Designers will send an email announcement to all UNK faculty and staff when registration opens for each training event this semester.

Spring 2018 eLuncheon schedule

eLuncheons focus on a variety of topics relating to online education and how UNK online faculty can best improve their courses. Topics typically focus on pedagogy or touch on higher education trends.

  • March 29 – Campus Conversation with Dr. Jean Mandernach
    Dr. Mandernach is the Executive Director for the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. The online classroom offers a plethora of instructional opportunities. So many, in fact, that it may interfere with teaching effectiveness. The ubiquity of the online classroom combined with an ever-evolving list of instructional technologies, limitless educational resources, and a plethora of pedagogical tasks (facilitating discussions, grading, feedback, content development, one-to-one communication, etc.) often leaves faculty struggling to prioritize their limited teaching time. While research supports the value and relevance of fostering an engaging, personalized, interactive online classroom, it stops short of explaining HOW to create this experience. To be effective, faculty need to know more than WHAT to do; they need the skills, abilities and tools to implement pedagogical strategies in an efficient and effective manner. Presentation will examine the use of learning analytics and instructional technologies to prioritize teaching tasks, streamline repetitive instructional activities, guide content development, and foster more meaningful student interaction… all without further burdening faculty workload.
Spring 2018 eWorkshop schedule

eWorkshops are short sessions focusing on a variety of topics. By attending the eWorkshops, faculty will focus on pedagogy, technology, and ways to design their course to ensure student success.

  • January 25 - Learning on the Go: How Mobile Can Expand Your Course (archived)
    Using mobile devices in online and blended learning offers many advantages for students and faculty. You will examine and apply mobile capabilities to create mobile content and create  connections (student to content, instructor to student, and student to student). Students and instructors can save time and increase effectiveness while extending learning spaces beyond the classroom. Explore the ways in which you can create content and make connections.
  • February 8 - Act on Accessibility: Using Best Practices to Design Accessible Courses
    How can we make small, concrete changes to help increase student persistence, retention, and satisfaction? Creating accessible courses doesn’t just help students with disabilities, it also helps make educational materials and practices inclusive for all learners. This eWorkshop will present the needs of accessibility for all learners and broaden the focus away from learners with disabilities, while still speaking to those needs, and present reasons why designing with accessibility in mind helps us move toward a larger ease-of-use/general-access diversity framework. Accessibility and ADA considerations are an important part of every educator’s toolbox. Come find out how to include them in yours.
  • February 22 - Doing More with Less: Time Management Skills for the Online Classroom
    Everyone feels like they need more hours in the day. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to add more time to a day, but there is a way to do more with the time you have. Managing your resources and time in your online classes can have a big effect on your day. This eWorkshop will focus on different areas to create a more efficient class for you while not giving up quality for your students. Learn how to save time when teaching your online classes, interacting with your students, grading assignments, and more.
  • March 8 - Blending in: Designing and Teaching Blended Courses
    Educational experiences that are active, social, engaging, teacher-led, and student-owned often lead to deeper learning. Those experiences can be achieved and fostered through a blended course. Join us to experience the collaborative classroom environment, gain ideas to build learning experiences, and tools to implement into your own blended courses.
  • March 29 - The Good, the Bad, and the Educational: How to Create Quality Videos
    How much video is too much? How often should I add video? What format can I use for my videos? How can I record video lectures? If you have asked yourself any of these questions about using video in your blended or online courses, you should attend this eWorkshop. In this session you will learn the basic technical background of videos, best practices of when and how to use videos to add depth and meaning to course content, styles of recordings, and learn methods to record videos to share with your students. There will be a tour of the eCampus Recording and Lightboard Studio, and hands-on video creation. Bring your laptop to test out programs.
  • April 12 - ePortfolios: Using Online Portfolios for Formative and Summative Assessment
    In this eWorkshop, we will start by discussing the concepts of formative and summative assessments and how they fit into online and blended learning. Then we will look at answering the following questions: How do students benefit from portfolios? How can portfolios increase student learning? Can portfolios show skill development? What level of self-reflection can portfolios foster? Lastly, we will discover some of the tools your students can use to create an online portfolio. Bring your laptop to work on portfolio options.

View the archived events, or contact eCampus with questions about upcoming faculty training.

By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: General, eCampus

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