UM3D Ignite Series 2014 Overview

The Ignite Series is designed to assist you in the delivery of online instruction. These sessions are for faculty and staff who teach online or are developing online courses.

Topic

Overview

Recommended Technology

Best Practices for Online Instructors

Prepare for online teaching and encourage student success in the online environment.

In this session we will review 7 principles for online instruction, including: Communicating with Online Learners, Engaging Online Learners, Active Learning, Assessing Online Learning, Staying on Track, Maintaining Standards, and Differentiating Instruction.

Communicating with Online Learners

Maintain instructor presence and student-instructor engagement in an online course.

In this session, we will discuss basic principles for maintaining a virtual presence as an online instructor. By the end of this session, you will develop a welcome message for your course, arrange virtual office hours, and create a plan for communicating with your online students.

Adobe Connect or BlueJeans, Mediasite, Ensemble, eCw Discussions

Engaging Online Students in Collaboration

Increase student-student interaction and collaboration.

In this session, we will discuss basic principles for engaging online learners and building an online learning community. You will plan group activities and online discussions that encourage students to be active contributors to online course activities.

eCw Discussions, umBlogs, umWiki

Engaging Online Students in Active Learning

Engage students in active learning and encourage the development of higher level skills.

In this session, we will discuss active learning and related concepts, such as project-based learning and cooperative learning. By the end of this session, you will create a plan for activities and assignments that foster collaboration and active learning.

eCw Discussions, umBlogs, umWiki

Assessing Online Learning

Effectively assess learning in an online environment and track student progress.

In this session, we will discuss basic principles for assessing online learning and providing feedback to students. We will also review strategies for tracking student progress within your online course.

eCw Gradebook, eCw Rubrics, eCw View User Progress

Staying on Track

Increase students’ time on task and help your students stay on track.

In this session, we will discuss basic principles for organizing an online course. By the end of this session, you will create a plan for restructuring your course and provide students a guide for navigating the instruction and assignments.

eCw Content Builder, eCw Navigation

Maintaining Standards

Encourage high expectations and student ownership of learning.

In this session, we will discuss basic principles for maintaining standards and rigor in online courses. You will also review the use of tools such as Grademark, revise course syllabi for future iteration of your course, and create learning contracts for your students.

eCw Grademark (TurnItIn)

Differentiating Instruction

Provide pathways to success for students with a variety of learning needs.

In this session, we will discuss basic principles for differentiating instruction and provide an overview of accessibility standards. By the end of this session, you will identify alternate assignment options and a plan for varying the delivery of instruction in your course.

Early Intervention Brown Bag Seminar

Each semester, you will have an opportunity to meet and discuss the current needs and issues of your online students in advance of the early intervention deadline.

Preparing to Teach Your First Online Course

The first day of class is the easiest day of the semester…NOT!

The first class of a course sets the tone for the entire semester. We’ll explore strategies to motivate learning, ideas for personalizing the learning experience and establishing expectations so new students walk away thinking, “This is going to be a great class!”

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