This year again, the Curriculum and Instructional Design (CID) team will offer a series of monthly webinars titled Online Course Development Webinars beginning in September that will run throughout the academic year. Though sessions were created for online course developers, all are open to any interested instructors, developers or staff. Please view the flyer for more details and schedule. If you would like to register early or view last year’s recordings, please visit our CID Team Workshop Series website.
Once the academic year begins, we will post details of each month’s offerings on exchange, the CML website, CID team blog, and developer training course.
The Curriculum and Instructional Design team in the Center for Distance Learning ran a workshop/webinar series during the 2014-2015 academic year titled “Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention”. The workshop series had two tracks. The Online Teaching Workshops were intended for adjunct instructors; however, everyone was welcomed. The Course Development Workshops were targeted toward course developers and anyone curious about online course design.
This workshop series was based on current research, with the goal of providing attendees with practical materials, fresh ideas and skills to use in their teaching and design practice. The webinars were recorded for later viewing. The series attracted 131 participants from across the college.
Below are the webinar titles offered. To see the full webinar descriptions or view the recordings, please visit the Best Practices Workshop Series Website (opens in new window).
- A motivated student stays at school: Incorporating motivational strategies into online teaching
- At the end of this course, you should be able to…: Writing learning objectives
- Incorporating interactive strategies into your online course
- “How we design” series – Understanding by Design: Setting goals first
- Assess to improve, assess to measure: Formative and summative assessments
- Think outside the quiz: Authentic assessment
- “How we design” series – Significant learning experiences
- A student-centered approach: Constructivism in online teaching
- Teaching adult learners
- Time on task: Helping retain busy students through effective course design
- Providing constructive feedback
- Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn: Strategies for engaging your students
- Facilitating online discussion
- Creating a sense of community in your online course
- Effective written communication in the online environment
- Time on task: Helping retain busy students and staying sane in the process
- Recognizing and helping a struggling student
Stay tuned for a new series of course development workshops next year on topics such as: Steps for building a course, Universal Design for Learning, Quality Matters, Rubrics, Setting clear expectations, Copyright, and Elaboration instructional design model.
Example of Moodle course page
In anticipation of Empire State College’s adoption of the open-source learning management platform Moodle 2, Ellen Marie Murphy, Director of Online Curriculum at CDL, gave a demonstration of the software on September 22nd. Well attended by CDL faculty and staff, the presentation provided an overview of the platform’s capabilities and offered a snapshot of what a course might look like in Moodle. The system is versatile, user-friendly and offers countless options for collaboration and incorporating media. The date of course conversion from ANGEL to Moodle has not yet been announced, but expectations are for fall of 2012. For those who were not able to participate on the 22nd, the presentation is available via Elluminate here. Approximate length: 30 minutes. (Actual presentation begins about 5 minutes in, due to audio adjustments).
NOTE: Murphy demonstrated her own Moodle2 examples. The Empire State College version may differ somewhat, but not significantly.
Students in the Play, Fantasy and Reality course use Glogster to keep a 15-week reflective journal. In week 15, the final week of the course, they re-read their Glog Journal and create a second Glog to describe their “play” throughout their life. Glogging is a new way to create posters on the web – it’s fun, and free for students.
Glogging allows the expression of opinions, feelings and ideas in a way that isn’t possible with the use of mere words. Students can add background images and themes, graphical representations, photos, titles, audio, links and videos. After a Glog is created, students publish and share theirs with classmates.
UPDATE: Glogster was removed from the course because the company began charging for use. In addition, the application is not ADA compliant.