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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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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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Quality Matters (QM) Webinar: Designing Engaging Discussion Boards

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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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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 ONLINE CONFERENCE FOR FACULTY AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNERS (JULY 12 – 14)

BbWorld16Live Live Streaming July 12th-14th

 

Live Streaming Online: July 12th – 14th

BbWorld Live is comprised of single-day tracks focused on teaching, learning, and the school-to-home connection with sessions offered for K-12, Higher Education, or Corporate & Government Training.

 

The Higher Education sessions on July 14th will include:

11:30AM ET

Rocket session: great teaching in a world of connected students
Multiple presenters

Love a TED talk? Who doesn’t! We took that format and supercharged it. Introducing rocket sessions: 7-minute sessions that pack a punch. Not sure what to expect? You won’t be disappointed in these seven rocket sessions. Topics include:

  • Engaging your students via text message
  • Integrating video into your courses
  • Social presence in online learning

 

12:35PM ET
Superheros collaborate! Teaching virtual teamwork
Graceful Beam and Sharon Wilson
Georgia Northwestern Technical College

A once-feared online capstone class has been transformed into an epic adventure for students at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Buckle up for an exciting ride with Graceful Beam and Sharon Wilson as they highlight how they used online collaboration tools to revamp a course that was once dreaded by all, and is now a student favorite.

 

1:30PM ET
KEYNOTE
Dr. Howard Gardner
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dr. Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences. However, he’s a man with many hats. He’s authored over 30 books and received honorary degrees from over 30 institutions in recognition of his work’s impact on education. He’s been named one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. Join us for this rare, online keynote address just for faculty.

*Note: Can’t make all of the other sessions? Simply register for the KEYNOTE session only!

 

2:30PM ET
A week-long faculty institute drives big results
Michelle Dames
Austin Community College

Austin Community College developed a week-long faculty institute centered around instructional design. The program mirrored the focus of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric’s four key elements: course design, interaction & collaboration, assessment, and learner support. Tune in as Michelle Dames outlines the design of the institute, shares resources, lessons learned, and results of a self-efficacy survey.

 

3:00PM ET
The top 10 things you didn’t know you could do in Blackboard Learn
Tammy Jolley
Blackboard

Your job is to deliver great teaching for your students. Our job is to make sure that you have access to the best tools for your classroom. In this session (included by popular demand) Tammy uses her 19 years of experience in education to highlight the most exciting capabilities of Blackboard Learn, our flagship LMS, that you can start using today.

 

3:30PM ET
Building (attr) active courses: A session on instructional design
Tim Boon
University of Leuven

Engaging students in online courses can be quite challenging. Good-looking and well-structured courses help students stay motivated. By embedding web 2.0 tools (Google Drive, Prezi, Padlet, …) and using just a tiny bit of coding you can make your Blackboard courses stunning and a lot more interactive. Tim Boon will show you how.

 

4:00PM ET
A response to the challenge of digital accessibility
Harriette Spiegel
University of Tennesse, Martin

What does it mean to create “accessible course documents”? At colleges and universities, we’re all seeing a strong emphasis on ADA compliance, which has taken on new meaning as online courses and digital content become the norm. In this interactive session, accessibility expert Harriette Spiegel will walk through the step-by-step protocol for creating accessible content and discuss recent trends in accessibility.

 

4:30PM ET
Featured speaker: making sense of the new world of digital credentialing
Carla Casilli
Badging + Credentials expert

More than five years have passed since the inception of the open badges experiment, and in that time the concept of digital badges has moved steadily into the general consciousness. As this idea evolves, so do its many opportunities and challenges. Part technology and part conceptual approach, the digitization of representations of learning now includes wide-ranging considerations such as competency-based education and e-portfolios, as well as professional development. This presentation will explore the evolving dimensions of this work.

 

Join online for FREE!

Register by Midnight on July 1 for a chance to win an iPad.

 


FREE Accessibility Webinar: 8 Tips for Addressing Standard 8

Overwhelmed by the idea of meeting Section 508 requirements? Not sure if you are truly addressing the five Specific Review Standards under General Standard 8? In this free webinar, participants will look at eight steps they can take toward making their digital content accessible for all users. High-level topics will be discussed, as well as nuts and bolts ideas such as heading levels, alt text, descriptive links, captioning and transcripts, and specific examples of how faculty can meet Standard 8. Takeaways will include a greater awareness of accessibility issues and a number of practical resources.

8 Tips for Addressing Standard 8
March 16, 2016
1 PM to 2 PM EDT

Catherine Artac, Instructional Designer and Technologist with Minnesota State University Moorhead, will facilitate this free event. Register now as space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Can’t make it? This QM Success Story will be recorded and available to subscribers after the session.


September is Accessibility Month at WCET

The month of September is Accessibility Month at WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). To recognize the importance of accessibility, WCET is offering several blogs and free webcasts on accessibility issues and Best Practices:

Free 60 Minute Webcasts:

WCET’s Frontier’s Blog will also feature several blogs on accessibility:

  • Jarret Cummings, Director of Policy and External Relations, EDUCAUSE, will write a post about the new accessibility legislation that he is working on with the National Federation for the Blind.
  • Howard Kramer, Professional Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder, will blog about the why’s of accessibility.

To learn more, visit WCET’s website.


Dr. Perry Samson coming to UT to promote Lecture Tools

·      Are you interested in having your students be more active and engaged during your lectures?

·      Do you ever wish students asked more questions during your lectures?

·      Do you wish you knew what your students were thinking during class?

If so, you will likely be interested in learning more about a new product, LectureTools, that will beavailable for your use beginning Fall 2014!

Lecture Tools is a system similar to “clickers” that is designed to improve student engagement and attentiveness but includes expanded functionality. It allows instructors to import any existing slideshow and to enhance their presentation in a number of ways. Students can interact with the content by means of embedded multiple choice, open ended response and imagequestions. Students can also submit questions in real time that can be answered during the current class or at a later time. Students can take notes withinLectureTools for later reference and can even mark which slides they find confusing so that you know when they have questions. LectureTools contains a number of reporting features that will allow you to assess students’ participation after class, anonymously for the group or for individual students.

We are very pleased to announce that the developer of LectureTools, Dr. Perry Samson, will be here on Thursday, February 20. Dr. Samson is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at The University of Michigan. Dr. Samson will demonstrate the features of LectureTools and also share with you his personal story – why he developed LectureTools and how it has helped him enhance his own teaching in large group settings.

Lecture Tools is an application that has the potential to increase your interaction with students as well as students’ interaction with your content in classes of any size.

Please join us on February 20 at one of the following:

9-10 am in SU 2582
12-1 pm in COB 1210
3-4 pm in SU 2582

To register, please visit https://utdl.edu/DL_training/.

 


Respondus Monitor: Instructor Training & Case Study

Wed, Oct 23, 2013 2:00 PM EDT (45 minutes)

Registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/484328720

This training will cover:

  • How to prepare your courses and your students for using Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser
  • How to enable Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser for tests
  • How to review the assessment data collected, including student videos
  • Best practices and tips for success

A recorded session about how leading strategies and technologies are being implemented at Jacksonville State University in Alabama is also available via this link http://sloanconsortium.org/node/412616