Distance Education Virtual Conference Webinars

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These pre-recorded webinars are accessible via Blackboard Collaborate, so by accessing these, you are not only learning about a topic, but are also getting some tool practice!

Taking Command in the Online Classroom – Teaching Practices that Work

The session will focus on the instructor taking command in the online classroom. The session will be supporting online instructors to effectively manage the virtual space and facilitate online learning, research and inquiry. It will be developed to illustrate the opportunities and challenges of the online learning environment. The session will work to engage students in using the online forum to learn from each other as well as the instructor. The emphasis of the session will be to provide hands-on experiences, skills and materials for instructors to facilitate learning in real online situations that are stressful, embarrassing and legally challenging.

Teacher Presence in the Online Environment: Guidance of Best Practice
The interactive forum will share guidance on research recently completed at Ashford University. The purpose of the research was to obtain a best practice view of strategies for establishing exceptional teacher presence in the online classroom, taking into consideration the cultural evolution of online instruction, recent technology developments, a focus on continuous quality improvement, and inspirational instructor creativity used to enhance critical thinking and exceed student learning objectives. Of key interest were inspired interventions on the part of the instructor with the goal of being ‘seen’, and enhancing student success through building more effective and accessible relationships with online students.

Effective Feedback for Online Learners
Feedback is a necessity for any learning experience. However, communicating feedback is different between the traditional and virtual learning environment. This presentation will review research as well as professional experiences regarding specific dos and don’ts for communicating effective feedback for the virtual learning environment, allowing virtual learners to better gauge their ability, skill, and knowledge learned.

Leveraging Recorded Mini-Lectures to Increase Student Learning

In blended or online courses, do your wonder how to get lecture information to students? When making lecture materials, do you want students to use them? Find out how instructors at the University of Wisconsin-Stout produced mini-lectures for blended and online courses to increase student learning.

How to Increase Student Engagement in Introductory Courses Using Mobile Devices

It has been argued that the use of Internet technology in large classes may help increase interaction between students and instructors and create a more active learning environment (Fitch, 2004; Stephens, 2005).  However, this claim has been challenged by those who worry that the introduction of laptops into class may cause more harm than good (Fried, 2008; Kadoka, 2005; McWilliams, 2005). The introduction of laptops into classrooms provides students tempting distractions from course material, such as communication channels to their peers and social networks that are often difficult to resist.  This presentation includes a presentation of data that suggests that there are pedagogical benefits to the use of mobile devices if those devices if students can use those devices during class to answer questions, ask questions and play a more active role in the class.

Transforming Social Presence Through Course Design: Authentic Implementation of Discussion Tools

Instructional design factors resulted in 900 posts in a semester, when no posts were required. This study investigated course design factors influencing social presence and the development of (ICT) self-efficacy. Instructional design factors that promoted authentic uses of threaded discussions as a vehicle to establish social presence, self- directed learning and cooperative learning resulted in 900 posts in a semester, when no posts were required. Authentic uses of the threaded discussion tool provided an important dimension to the socially constructed knowledge for students with lower (ICT) self-efficacy in an online class.

Social Media’s Role in Your Online Classroom

Most educators realize that they need to apply social media tools to their online classrooms but aren’t sure which tools are most effective or why. These presenters will share practical examples and stories from years of online teaching experience using wikis, blogs, twitter, and more. Practical research and student survey results on virtual teamwork, plus supporting students to collaboratively develop a ‘living course textbook’ will also be discussed.

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