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Effective strategies to prevent cheating in distance learning courses

Here’s a friendly reminder to register for the upcoming Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) Lunch ‘N Learn webinar entitled:

Effective strategies to prevent cheating in distance learning courses

February 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm EST

Presented by Schoolcraft College (MI) Instructional Designers:

No one really knows when the first teacher gave the first group of students the first assessment, but we can guarantee you this – somebody cheated on it. That’s how old this problem is. And as teaching, students, classrooms, and technology have evolved, cheating has remained a prevalent problem.

Today, there’s a concern that cheating is more common in distance learning courses, when in fact there are several studies indicating the percentage of students who cheat online is about the same as it is face-to-face – although the ways in which students cheat do vary. Because of that, there are a lot of tools available for us to catch students cheating in distance learning courses, but this session will focus on three ways that we can prevent it from happening in the first place.

This is a must-attend webinar for higher education professionals, including:

  • Professor, Instructor, Lecturer
  • Instructional Designers
  • Academic Technologist

REGISTER HERE


Teach Online? You Need This List of 17 Course Best Practices!

Register for the upcoming Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) webinar entitled:

January 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm EST

Presented by Blackboard Senior Customer Success Advocates:

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This is a must-attend webinar for higher education professionals, including:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • Academic technology professionals

Reserve your seat today

You’ll learn how to build quality online courses, with a special look at course design, assessment, interaction and collaboration, and learner support.

The top takeaways from the session include:

  1. Examples of exemplary course components in the areas of Course Design, Assessment, Interaction & Collaboration, and Learner Support
  2. A copy of the rubric
  3. Access to our exemplary course community
  4. Information on how to submit a course for recognition

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Spring 2017 Faculty Development Workshops

UT Online is offering a series of faculty development workshops and online certificate courses for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.

Register Now at EventBrite

Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) – Online
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) – Face-to-Face/Whole Day
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Online Teaching Certificate
  • Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) – NEW!
  • Information Literacy Modules Workshop

If you have any questions, please contact UT Online at UTLV@utoledo.edu or (419) 530-8835.

Class size is limited. Register early.


National Distance Learning Week: Free OLC Resources

National Distance Learning Week
In celebration of National Distance Learning Week (November 7-11, 2016), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) invites you to explore resources that will help sharpen your skills and knowledge, along with some great tools to help enhance online programs.

To learn more, visit National Distance Learning Week 2016.

Day Topic
Monday Focus on Learning Analytics
Tuesday Focus on Digital Learning
Wednesday Focus on OLC Conferences
Thursday Focus on Community Colleges
Friday Focus on Open Educational Resources (OER)
Beyond NDLW Focus on Instructional Design & Digital Learning and Leadership Research

5 tools that make online teaching and learning fun and worry-free

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) webinar

When: November 2, 2016 @ 2:00 PM EDT

Presented by:

Naveen Ramnanan, Customer Success Advocate
Blackboard, North America Higher Education

Reserve your seat today

Do you want to deliver online courses that make students forget they aren’t in a physical classroom? Join us to learn about some easy-to-use tools that can help you do just that.

The top takeaways from the session include:

  1. Multiple ways to share content
  2. Diverse tools for promoting active learning and student engagement
  3. Online classroom roadmap development

This is a must-attend webinar for higher education professionals, including:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • Academic technology professionals

Hope to see you there!

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NEW Workshop: Improving Your Online Course (11/18 from 9 AM – 1 PM)

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The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement, so enrolling in the workshop with an online or blended course with a pre-developed course is required.

Space is limited.
Register early via UT Online’s EventBrite Registration Page.

Upon completion of this QM training, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters
  • Apply the essential Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric to your own online course
  • Describe the alignment of at leat one module/unit in your online course
  • Prioitize improvements to your online course

Participants must arrive on time and stay for the duration of the workshop in order to earn a Certificate of Completion.

Prerequisites: 
An online or blended course to improve. (This workshop is not for faculty looking to build a course from scratch.)

What should I bring?
Please bring a completed online or blended course ready to review during the workshop. An IYOC Workshop folder will be provided, including the 5th Edition of the QM Rubric.

Location:
The workshop will be held in Memorial Field House, Room 1060. The Memorial Field House is located in the northwest corner of UT’s Main Campus.

Questions?
Contact Phoebe Ballard, director of instructional design and development, at phoebe.ballard@utoledo.edu or 419-530-4379.


Quality Matters (QM) Webinar: Designing Engaging Discussion Boards

ID Learning Exchange

Designing discussions that engage students — register for a FREE webinar October 11, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Session Title: Designing Engaging Discussion Boards
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Description: This presentation looks at best practices for discussion questions. We explore the best practices presented in leading literature, as well as discuss how we have modified discussions to garner more engagement from students.

Moderator: Amy Grincewicz

OSU

 

CandiePresenter: Candie McKee, Ph.D. — Lead Instructional Designer of Cowboy Quality eLearning Center (CQeL)

Candie McKee has been working in instructional design for more than 15 years via higher education and workplace settings. She’s worked with Quality Matters as a QM-Certified F2F Facilitator, Online Facilitator, Peer Reviewer, and Master Reviewer for the past three years. Her primary focus in instructional design centers on user-centered design that is accessible to all students.

KristinCo Presenter: Kristin Winterrowd, M.A. — Instructional Designer of Cowboy Quality eLearning Center (CQeL)

Kristin Winterrowd has been teaching for more than 13 years and brought her experience in student engagement to the instructional field a few years ago. For the past year she’s engaged with Quality Matters as an internal peer reviewer. Her primary focus in instructional design is centered on student engagement in activities and assessments.

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Competency Based Education: Separating Fact from Fiction

Date: September 30, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 11:00 am
Location: Rocket Hall Room 1530

Presented by: Matthew Pellish of the Education Advisory Board (EAB)
Hosted by: UT Online


About the Session:

Most are saying that yesterday’s hottest trend, the MOOC, is no longer in vogue. But now higher education has turned its attention to the next potential disruption: competency-based education (CBE). As with MOOCs, the hope is the CBE will lower costs, increase access, and improve outcomes – and the fear is that those who don’t adopt it will lose relevance and market share if new programs scale quickly. Higher education leaders are asking how fast and how far their institutions should venture into CBE. This presentation clarifies predominant myths about CBE, identifies lessons learned by early practitioners, and discusses what criteria to consider when deciding whether to launch CBE or another type of personalized learning program.

In this session, members will learn:

  • Industry standard definitions for competency-based education and prior learning assessment
  • Common misconceptions about competency-based education
  • Recent trends in personalized learning
  • Specific costs and risks that must be incorporated into new program implementation plans

**Please RSVP to Tyna Derhay: RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE!**

 

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About the Presenter: Matthew Pellish is the Senior Director of Strategic Research and Education and a national meeting speaker with the Education Advisory Board (EAB). In this capacity, he is responsible for the creation and delivery of strategic and custom research on such industry-spanning topics as higher education business models, online efficiency and effectiveness engagements, career services, social media and marketing, campus IT services, and the future of academic libraries.


UT Online – Fall 2016 Workshops

UT Online is offering a series of faculty development workshops, training sessions, and online certificate courses for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.

Register Now at EventBrite

Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) – Online
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Online Training Course – NEW!
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Responds
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Echo360 Active Learning Platform
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Online Teaching Certificate
  • Using Video for Effective Online Learning

If you have any questions, please contact UT Online at UTLV@utoledo.edu or (419) 530-8835.

Class size is limited. Register early.


FREE WEBINAR: IMPLEMENTING & EVALUATING WEB APPLICATION ACCESSIBILITY (July 7)

3PlayMedia        Online Learning Consortium Formerly the Sloan Consortium

Free Webinar: Thursday, July 7th at 2pm ET

While awareness of web accessibility is increasing, it can often be an overwhelming thing to implement.

In this free webinar, Jared Smith, the Associate Director of WebAIM, will provide an overview of web accessibility. His expertise in the field will leave you with web accessibility tips and strategies that you can implement right away, as well as tools and resources for evaluating your site or web application’s current accessibility.

Jared’s presentation will cover:

  • The principles of web accessibility
  • Accessibility laws and standards
  • The challenges of making web content accessible
  • Tips for implementing an accessible website or application
  • Why you need to test your website for accessibility
  • Tools for evaluating your site’s current accessibility

Register for FREE today!