Best Practices Workshops Announced for March

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces March workshops and webinars in its continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series offers two tracks —online teaching and course development— and this month each track will focus on a different topic.

MARCH SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Effective written communication in the online environment”

Workshop: March 17, 10-11 a.m. (computer lab, 111 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: March 18, 11:30-12:30 (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online teaching workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“How We Design: Significant learning experiences”

Workshop: March 17, 2-3 p.m. (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: March 18, 1-2 p.m. (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online course development workshop or webinar

NOTE: Workshops are face-to-face, held in Saratoga Springs- room locations above. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, March 13th.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

 

Empire State College offers Coursera MOOCs : Registration Now Open

Empire State College (ESC) is offering its first ever Coursera MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) as part of two projects funded last year by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG). Registration is now open at the Coursera site for both courses.

Graphic of a circle with an outer ring and two inner rings. The center ring says metaliterate learner, the next inner ring has the words metacognitve, cognitive, behavioral, and affective. The outer ring has the words participant, communicator, translator, author, teacher, collaborator, producer, publisher, and researcher.

The Metaliterate Learner Figure by Tom Mackey, Trudi Jacobson, and Roger Lipera

The first Coursera MOOC , “Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World,”  launched yesterday, Feb. 2 and has more than 3200 registered participants.  The second, “iMOOC: Mastering American eLearning,” begins March 23 and will be open for enrollment until then, but already has 642 people signed up. Both MOOCs feature videos produced at the Empire State College TV studio with the support of John Hughes, director of media production and resources. In addition, the iMOOC (the “i” is for international) also includes a logo designed by the college’s Office of Community and Government Relations and learning materials prepared by ESC faculty.

Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World” is the result of a collaboration between instructors from Empire State College and the University at Albany. Tom Mackey, Kathleen Stone, Michele Forte and Amy McQuigge, all from Empire State College, worked together with Trudi Jacobson, Kelsey O’Brien, Jenna Pitera and Allison Hosier of UAlbany. This MOOC is supported by another top-tier IITG project as well, “Designing Innovative Online Learning: Integrating a Coursera MOOC with Open SUNY Badging.” Stone, the Coursera manager for this course, explained that the MOOC employs open content developed by the team of instructors on metaliteracy-related topics including:

  • becoming a digital citizen
  • participating as a global contributor
  • creating and curating Information
  • empowered learning: from learner to teacher

The MOOC also features special guests. There is an interview with ESC alums Sandra Barkevich and Anita Di Cianni Brown in which they talk about packaging and sharing information in today’s social media environment. Ronnie Mather, Interim Dean at the Center for Distance Learning, explores questions about metacognitive reflection.  The course includes videos, animated vignettes and other multimedia resources, as well as open resource readings.

iMOOC: Mastering American eLearning” is a collaborative effort among Empire State College faculty and staff: Val Chukhlomin, Bidhan Chandra, Anant Deshpande, Jeannine Mercer, Lorette Pellettiere Calix, Dana Gliserman-Kopans, Amy Giaculli and Antonia Jokelova.  This project is supported by another top-tier SUNY IITG, “iMOOC: A Multiuser Platform for International Students to Navigate U.S.-style Virtual Learning Environments” . iMOOC is a competency-based, skill-building course intended to help non-U.S. students, first-generation immigrants and foreign-born professionals better understand and master American eLearning, as well as other U.S. virtual environments for college and career success. This course also makes use of open educational resources and ESC-developed videos. iMOOC will be piloted by ESC International Programs and SUNY New Paltz, as well as two international institutions, SUNY Korea and Irkutsk State University in Russia, for their on-campus students.

Best Practices Workshops for February

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces February workshops and webinars in its continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series offers two tracks —online teaching and course development— and this month each track will focus on a different topic.

FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Creating a sense of community in your online course”

Workshop: Feb. 17, 10-11 a.m. (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: Feb 18, 11:30-12:30 (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online teaching workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“Think outside the quiz: authentic assessment”

Workshop: Feb. 17, 2-3 p.m. (computer lab, 111 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: Feb 18, 1-2 p.m. (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online course development workshop or webinar

NOTE: Workshops are face-to-face, held in Saratoga Springs- room locations above. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, February 13th.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

 

Best Practices Workshops for January 2015

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team is pleased to announce the workshops/webinars for January 2015 in their continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. Participants in face-to-face workshops or live webinars will receive a certificate of completion.

JANUARY SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Facilitating Online Discussions”

Workshop:  Jan. 20, 10-11 a.m.
Webinar:  Jan. 21, 11:30-12:30
Register here for the online teaching workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“Assess to improve, assess to measure: Formative and summative assessments”

Workshop:  Jan. 20, 2-3 p.m.
Webinar:  Jan 21, 1-2 p.m.
Register here for the online course development workshop or webinar

NOTE: Workshops are face-to-face, held in the Computer Lab, 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, January 16th.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

Best Practices Workshops Announced for December

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces December workshops and webinars in the continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series offers two tracks —online teaching and course development— and this month each track will have a different focus.

DECEMBER SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn: Strategies for engaging your students”

Workshop: Dec. 16, 10-11 a.m.
Webinar: Dec. 17, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Register for the online teaching workshop or webinar.

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“How we design series – Understanding by Design: Setting goals first”

Workshop: Dec. 16, 2-3 p.m.
Webinar: Dec. 17, 1-2 p.m.
Register for the online course development workshop or webinar.

NOTE: Workshops are face to face, held in room 142, 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Dec. 12.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more.
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

Best Practices Workshops Set for November

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces the November workshops and webinars in their continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series has two tracks, online teaching and course development, and aims to help meet one of the college’s highest priorities: student retention, while providing a space in which to learn, practice and discuss best practices for online teaching and course design. Participants in the live workshops and webinars will receive a certificate of completion. November’s Topic:

“Incorporating Interactive Strategies into Your Online Course”

The teaching track will focus on strategies for teaching from a predeveloped master course, while the development track will focus on strategies for designing the instruction.

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
Workshop: Nov. 20, 10-11 a.m.
Webinar: Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
Workshop: Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m.
Webinar: Nov. 19, 1-2 p.m.

NOTE: Workshops are face to face, held in the computer lab at 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. (Registered participants will receive a link).

Register now or visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more.
Registration Deadline: Friday, Nov. 14.
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

Best Practices Workshop Series Continues in October

The Curriculum and Instructional Design (CID) team is pleased to announce the workshops/webinars for October 2014 in the Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. Attend a face to face workshop or live webinars and receive a certificate of completion!

NOTE: October Workshops are held in the computer lab at 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs.  Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. (Registered participants will receive a link).

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK:  Providing Constructive Feedback

  • Workshop:  10/21/2014, 10:00-11:00am
  • Webinar:  10/22/2014,  11:30am-12:30pm (EST)

Register for Teaching Track workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK:
At the end of this course, you should be able to… Writing Learning Objectives

  • Workshop:  10/21/2014, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Webinar:  10/22/2014, 1:00-2:00pm (EST)

Register for Development Track workshop or webinar

Registration deadline: Friday, October 17th.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage for a full schedule of offerings.
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention

About the Workshop Series

The Curriculum and Instructional Design (CID) team is pleased to announce a series of workshops on topics related to online teaching and course development. The workshops aim to help meet one of the college’s highest priorities: student retention. The goal is to provide a space in which to learn, practice and discuss best practices for online teaching and course design.

The workshop series has two tracks. The Online Teaching Workshops are intended for adjunct instructors, but anyone can attend. The Course Development Workshops are targeted toward course developers and anyone curious about online course design. The workshops are based on current research, and you will practice the skills you learn with real-life examples and situations. Our hope is to provide you with practical materials, fresh ideas and constructive skills to use in your teaching and design practice. Workshops will be presented face-to-face and also as webinars to accommodate those at a distance, busy schedules, and learning preferences. (Webinars will be recorded for later viewing).

September 2014 Schedule

Our first workshop and webinar for both tracks is “A motivated student stays at school: Incorporating motivational strategies into online teaching”. The teaching track will focus on strategies for teaching from a pre-developed master course and the development track will focus on strategies for designing the instruction.

Online Teaching Track

  • Workshop: September 16, 10:00-11:00am (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
  • Webinar: September 17, 11:30-12:30 (via Blackboard Collaborate; registered participants will receive a link)

Course Development Track

  • Workshop: September 16, 2:00-3:00pm (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
  • Webinar: September 17, 1:00-2:00pm (via Blackboard Collaborate, registered participants will receive a link)

You will receive a certificate of completion after participating in live workshops and webinars. (Certificates not given for watching recorded sessions).

Registration Deadline:  Friday, September 12, 2014 (for September workshops/webinars).
Register now or visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more.

CDL Instructional Design Team Well Represented at CIT 2014

This year’s SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT), hosted by Cornell University, May 27-30, featured a full schedule of interesting presentations and thought-provoking speakers. The Center for Distance Learning’s Curriculum and Instructional Design Team was well represented with six sessions.

slideA six-member panel presented on “Conquering a Large-Scale Course Conversion,” that addressed some of the challenges and lessons learned during the clean-up of more than 500 online courses, converted in 2013 from the Angel LMS to Moodlerooms, Joule 2. The panel included Kathleen Stone, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Design (CID), as well as CID team members Bob Kester, Bonnie Farrell, Tonka Jokelova, Betsy Braun, and Hui-Ya (Laura) Chuang. Audience members from SUNY campuses considering a similar change expressed appreciation for the group’s insights regarding design issues, team work, goal setting and lessons learned.

Hui-Ya Chuang also presented a well-received and detailed overview of “How to Translate an Online Course into Another Language” in one of the poster sessions. And Kathleen Stone joined fellow members of the Online Accessibility SUNY FACT2 task group to share guidelines and criteria for software and educational resources established to assist campuses in becoming ADA Section 508 compliant. (Co-presenters: Meghan Pereira and Ginger Bidell, Buffalo State College; and Deborah Spiro, Nassau Community College).

Instructional designer Chi-Hua Tseng presented two different Ignite Sessions: “MOOCS: What they are, and what they are not” and “ADA Section 508 Compliance Cheat Sheet.” She also presented an informative poster titled “Mahara 1-2-3: Introducing an e-portfolio platform.”

Exploring Open Education

Members of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Task Force are participating in David Wiley’s Openness in Education course to learn more about open licensing, open content, open access and other facets of open education. In the current course, which began in January, participants explore each topic together and then blog about their discoveries, observations and experiences. Visit the Open Education site to learn more about the course, who’s participating and what they are saying on their blogs.

Detail from OER poster at All College 2012

Detail from OER Task Force poster at All College

The OER Task Force membership includes Ellen Murphy, Kathleen Stone, Michele Ogle, Robert Kester, Hui-ya Chuang, Katarina Pisutova, Claire Miller, Joyce McKnight, Suzanne Hayes, Rebecca Bonanno, Xenia Coulter, and Debbi Staulters. The group shared some of its findings with the Empire State College community in a poster session at the All College Conference on March 28th. If you missed that opportunity, more presentations are coming up.

At the CDL Conference there will be a panel presentation entitled Lessons Learned: An Experience in Open Education, in which group members will provide feedback on their experience taking an open education course.  (Saturday, April 28th at 9:45am).

In May there will be a presentation at the annual Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) called Birds of a Feather, so named to attract an audience of others interested in open education. CIT 2012 takes place at SUNY Stony Brook. (Presentation May 31, 8:30am).

Lastly, on Monday June 4th, Kathleen Stone and Michele Ogle will present at the Capital District Educational Technology Group (CDETG) Conference on their experiences with open education related to Science, Math, and Technology. This year’s CDETG Conference is hosted by SUNY Empire State College, Center for Distance Learning in Saratoga Springs.

Stay tuned for more open education updates!