Online Teaching Community

The purpose of the Online Teaching Community is to share creative teaching ideas, best practices and policies, and ideas for research in online teaching. The group is interaction-based and the content we discuss is up to its members — so bring your questions and issues and the tips and tricks you’ve learned along the way to these online meetings. 

Recurring Event
Date(s): Sept. 11, 2020; Oct. 2, 2020; Nov. 6, 2020; Dec. 4, 2020; Jan. 8, 2021; Feb. 5, 2021; March 5, 2021; April 2, 2021; May 7, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
Location: WebEx

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning welcomes instructional experts from iDesign to lead virtual workshops focusing on strategies to enhance online teaching and learning:

Preventing Virtual Classroom Fatigue

Zoom, Webex, and other web conferencing tools have become the ideal solution for teaching when in-person is not possible. However, Zoom fatigue for faculty and students is a very real issue! In this session, we’ll offer tips and ideas on how to utilize this face-to-face time with your students to increase engagement. We’ll discuss various instructional strategies you can use during this class time to break it up and keep students engaged. Finally, we’ll offer suggestions for utilizing other tools, such as Blackboard, in tandem with your virtual class sessions.

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 843 9289 8881
Presenter(s): Carmen Christopher and Rebecca Kelley
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Using VoiceThread Effectively

By enabling simple audio and video recording, VoiceThread can stimulate authentic interaction and establish social presence in your online course. How can you use it in ways that enhance learning and increase engagement? When is audio and video recording a better choice than a text-based discussion, and when is it not? If you have these questions and others, join us for a special workshop on Using VoiceThread Effectively. We will begin with a few samples of how to use VoiceThread to create engaging activities. Next, we’ll offer tips on how to maneuver the technologies. Finally, we will discuss some best practices related to voice and video in your learning management system.

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
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Carmen Christopher is a Lead Learning Architect at iDesign. She has been a full-time teaching faculty member in higher education and an endowed chair for academic support services for over two decades. Her graduate degrees are in rhetoric, textual studies, and communication. Instructional design specialties include universal design and assessment.

Bill Egan is a Learning Architect with iDesign. He has over 10 years of instructional design and teaching experience in K-12 and Higher Education. He holds an M.Ed in Business Education from Bloomsburg University and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Presentation on Providing Quality Assessment Feedback

What are some effective ways to give feedback to students on quizzes, short answer questions, and essays? In this session, from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 16, we will explore best practices for delivering feedback, and we will share different types of rubrics instructors can use to focus feedback for students. As part of an open discussion at the end of the session, please consider bringing along an assignment or class scenario you are currently using but might not be functioning in the way you hoped. We’ll open the session for peer feedback and discussion.

This presentation is provided by iDesign instructional design support specialist Sharon Jumper in coordination with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm EST
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