Friday, June 6, 2014

Some Virtual Presentations from Online Teaching Conference 2014

For the first time, we've sold out all seats to the Online Teaching Conference, but - thanks to the wonders of online teaching technology - you can attend many sessions virtually. In fact, you can attend some of the sessions before the conference even begins! Several sessions were pre-recorded for various reasons, and will not be presented during the actual conference June 20 and 21. So stick on a name tag and enjoy! (We had so many virtual presentations, I'll have to spread these out over several posts.)

5 Ways to Encourage Student Engagement Online. This presentation outlines 5 methods successfully utilized to enhance student engagement: the use of the group function in Collaborate to produce a video project; the use of student podcasting; the use of student voice applications for discussion forums; the student use of Camtasia for individual ad group online projects/presentations; the use of the journal on, for example, Blackboard and other LMS's. Student responses to these methods and sample work are showcased during the presentation. By Douglas Borcoman of Coastline Community College.

Creating a Community of Acceptance for Students with Asperger's Syndrome. Students with learning disabilities caused from Asperger Syndrome face many challenges. These challenges can derive from difficulties pertaining to social interaction in the classroom and collaboration when working in a group environment. The presentation provides a strategy the includes indicators signaling the need for additional instructor intervention and how to encourage communication and collaboration.  By Dr. Henry Roehrich of Park University.

Creating an Online Interactive Syllabus. This presentation shows how to create an interactive and engaging electronic syllabus. Learn how to create a magazine look for your syllabus in full color that includes hyperlinks in an index. This is a great way to engage your students from the start of the class. By Deanna Heikkinen of Los Angeles Valley College.

Cyberbullying of Faculty in Online Classrooms. The number of students enrolled in online courses is increasing. With the growth, online learning is experiencing an increase in cyber-assaults, written and verbal assaults, and cyber=bullying. The presentation addresses the growing problem of faculty bullying by students in the online classroom. Policies and protections available to online faculty are addressed, with recommendations for preventing and addressing cyber-bullying. By Michael Eskey of Park University.

Decreasing Student Procrastination Through E-Mails and Multimedia Tools in Online Courses. A research study on student procrastination examined the impact of using a multimedia method o Voki videos (animation) as well as consistent e-mail communication as a strategy to increase on-time student postings of the weekly discussions and written assignments. Based on the methods, the researchers hypothesize that there will be a connected impact with higher levels of student retention and greater interactivity leading to higher levels o student satisfaction with online learning. The findings will be used as a form of best practices in order to improve student interactivity and student retention online. By Sonja Bethune and Steve Brownson of Ashford University.

Designing Successful Faculty Training for Online Teaching. As online courses and programs in the colleges increase year by year, the training of online instructors has not kept up with "the demand for excellence," according to Dr. Rena Palloff, one of the authors of The Excellent Online Instructor (2011). This workshop discusses research into the characteristics of good online instructors and courses, the pedagogy paradigm shift for instructors, as well as current faculty development models such as Quality Matters, all of which contribute to producing the excellent online instructor. Faculty training models that are developing in the colleges are also discussed. By Dr. Rolando Regino of Victor Valley College.

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