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Online Teaching and Learning Workshops

The Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) Workshop series is created with the intent to explore strategies, assessment, pedagogy, and tools and technology in online education. These workshops are mainly led by EKU faculty with moderate to extensive online teaching experience or by faculty/instructional designer tandems. OTL sessions are 40 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes for Q&A.

Spring 2020

Blackboard Mechanics: Multimedia Grading and Course Reports, View Recording

Microsoft OneDrive, View Recording

Using VoiceThreads to Increase Student Engagement, January 22 from 11-12 | Register Here

Flipping the Grid on Student Interactions, View Recording

Small changes, Big Impact: Using your PowerPoint Lectures Online, View Recording

Cut Your Grading Time by 1/3 without Sacrificing Quality, February 5 from 12:00-1:00 | Add to Outlook | View via Zoom

In this session led by Dr. April Blakely, we will explore options to speed up assessment evaluations in Blackboard using technology tools such as voice commenting and screen overlay tracking. Demonstrations for each tool will be provided, and attendees will have an opportunity to discuss their own strategies and brainstorm new ideas.

Recreating Class Discussion in an Online Environment, View Recording

Review of Best Practices for Use of Blooms Taxonomy in Writing Objectives, View Recording

Course Planning with Backward Design, February 19 from 12-1 | Add to Outlook

Designing and preparing your online and f-2-f courses saps your time and energy every semester? In this session facilitated by IDC's Dr. Nedim Slijepcevic, we will go over the basics of Backward Design, an instructional design strategy which suggests that student learning experiences and instruction should be planned with the course assessments in mind first. We will provide you with the lesson templates and other materials that should help you save time and energy in future course design efforts.

Using Wikis in Online Courses, February 26 from 11:00-12:00 | Add to Outlook | View via Zoom

Using a wiki is an exciting way to get students online involved in group work. In this session, Dr. Marcia Pierce, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, will discuss the pros and cons of wikis, as well as discuss troubleshooting them in an online course.

Critical Reading and eText Social Annotation, March 2 from 11:00-12:00 | Add to Outlook | View via Zoom

Join us for a session on Perusall - free social annotation tool and a learning platform that keeps students on track with the reading assignments. Perusall allows instructors and students to work collaboratively and annotate documents or textbooks before attending class. Students can ask questions and make comments on assigned readings, and their annotations can be scored and integrated with the Blackboard's Grade Center. The session is led by Dr. Matt Winslow, who will demonstrate the Perusall interface, describe its workflow, and offer reflections on his experience with Perusall.

Conducting Hands-On Chemistry Labs Online, Tuesday March 17 at 1:00-2:00 pm | Add to Outlook | View via Zoom

In this session, Dr. Shabnam Haghishahir of the Department of Chemistry will explain how she conducts chemistry labs in her online courses. Shabnam will also explain how she guides students to prepare to do the experiments and how to take online exams.

Design and Use of In-Basket Exercises for Experiential Learning, March 24 from 1:00-2:00 | Add to Outlook | View via Zoom

In-Basket Exams are a promotion tool used by some organizations to select mid-level managers. Candidates for promotion are given the contents of the in-basket and 1 hour to decide how to respond to the management problems facing them. They can also be used in a classroom setting, especially an online class, to give students the experience of making decisions as managers. In this OTL Session, you will learn how to design and conduct an in-basket exercise and provide more experiential learning to your students.

Integrating Popular Culture in Online Learning to Increase Student Engagement, April 1 from 11:00-12:00 | Add to Outlook | View via Zoom

In this session, Dr. Michael Fore of the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, will discuss his experiences in online course design and the use of popular culture to engage students and make course topics more accessible and engaging.

Highlights of 25 Online Teaching and Learning Workshops and More, April 8 from 12-1 | Add to Outlook | View via Zoom

This session is a culmination of lessons learned by leaning into online education at Eastern Kentucky University. Highlights from participation in 25 Online Teaching and Learning workshops and more will be discussed to educate and inspire participants to consolidate their own learning and share best practices for online education. Participants will be asked to share one highlight of their own learning for small group discussion as part of this session. The session is presented by Dr. Ann Callahan from the department of Anthropology, Sociology, & Social Work.

Quality Matters Certification, April 24 from 9:00-4:30 | More info

The Instructional Design Center (IDC) is offering the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) certification course to all EKU faculty and staff. APPQMR is the flagship workshop about the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses. After completing this certification, you will be able to relate the QM Rubric to your course and consider changes that will benefit your online students.

Fall 2019

Blackboard Collaborate, Jonathan SikoraView recording.

Making Expectations Clear and Evaluations Transparent in Online Courses, Dr. Sara Incera | View Recording.

Using VoiceThreads to Increase Student Engagement, VoiceThreadView Recording

Discussion Assignments: One Size Doesn’t Fit All, Dr. Aaron Sciascia | View Recording

Microsoft OneDrive, Esther Tattershall | View Recording

Promoting Self-Assessment and Reflection in Online Courses: Strategies for Engaging the Learner in Course Design, Dr. April Blakely and Esther Tattershall | View Recording

ADA Awareness Month: IT & IDC Present on Using Ally to Check Your Blackboard Files | View Recording.

Using Memes in Classroom Instruction, Clinton Nowicke | View Recording

Take 20 to get 100: A Few Quick Best Practices to Maximize Document Accessibility, Chris Daniel | View Recording.

Grading Contracts and Online classes?, Margaret Frozena and Dominic Ashby | View Recording

Real-World Discussion Boards: New Strategies for Faculty Consideration, Dr. Molly BradshawView Recording

Online, but not Isolated! Teacher Presence in the Virtual Classroom, Dr. Dorie Combs | View Recording

Quality Matters Certification, More info


Spring 2019

Ally, Audio/Video Grade Feedback, Jonathan Sikora, View Recording

Utilizing Rubrics, Chris Daniel, View Recording

Online Course Planning with Backward Design, Nedim Slijepcevic, View Recording

Creative strategies for fostering community and student engagement in your online classroom, Jennifer Fairchild, View Recording

Using VoiceThreads to Increase Student Engagement, George Heines, View Recording

Recreating Class Discussion in an Online Environment, Eileen Shanahan, View Recording

Setting Goals for you and your Students: Online Course Planning and Assessments, Yoshie Nakai, View Recording

Online Cheating - Can Anything Be Done to Prevent It?, Chris Daniel, View Recording

“Dear A11y”: An Hour of Advice about Digital Accessibility, Jennifer Perkins, View Recording (download supporting PDF slides)

Online Student Interaction Activities, Anne Cizmar, View Recording

Creating Unique and Engaging Online Assignments, Jessica Harber, View Recording

Quality Matters Certification, April 19 from 9:00-4:30 | More info

Fall 2018

Student Engagement in Your Course: A Data Snapshot (Esther Tattershall, August 22). View Recording

Using VoiceThreads to Increase Student Engagement (George Heines, VoiceThread, August 29). View Recording

Audio/Video Grade Feedback and other new Bb Features (Jonathan Sikora, August 30). View Recording

Gamified Practice Testing 2.0 in Online Classroom (Dr. Michael Chen, September 4 ). View Recording

Mastering Online Discussions (Dr. Nedim Slijepcevic, Dr. Steve Dwinnells, September 11) View Recording

Online, but not Isolated! Teacher Presence in the Virtual Classroom (Dr. Dorie Combs, September 19) View Recording

Relationship Building without Match.com: 10 Take Home Strategies for Online Student Connectedness (Drs. Brooke Bentley, Angela Wood, and  Margaret Zoellers, September 26) View Recording

How to Build a “Digital Bridge” (Jennifer Perkins, October 2) View Recording

Blackboard's Exemplary Course Award Showcase (Margaret Frozena, October 8) View Recording

Introduction to Smarthinking (Jennifer Koch, Pearson, October 9) View Recording

You Have an Ally in Blackboard! (Jonatan Sikora, October 10) View Recording

Online Teaching Yoga: Combining Pedagogical Strengths with Flexibility in Instruction (Dr. Beth Polin, October 22) View Recording

How I Disrupted My (Boring) Use of Discussion Boards (Dr. Scotty Dunlap, October 24) View Recording

Wikis and Audio/Video Feedback (Dr. Shirley O'Brien, October 29) View Recording

The Case(s) for Formative Feedback: A Dynamic Communications Tool in Online Asynchronous Courses (Chris Danie, November 27l) View Recording


Spring 2018

Barry Burkett: Online Course Timesaving Techniques with Google Docs - View Recording

Voicethread Training: Effective use of VoiceThreads in Online Courses - View Recording

Dr. Steve Dwinnells: Top 10 + 2 Best Practices for Effective Online Teaching - View Recording

Dr. Nedim Slijepcevic: Introduction to Rubrics - View Recording

Dr. MyraBeth Bundy: My Online Teaching and Learning Practices - View Recording

Jennifer Perkins: Designing Documents with an “Access Ramp" - View Recording

Barry Burkett: Metacognition and Online Course Design - View Recording

Dr. Laura Clark and Dr. Dusty Embury: My Online Teaching and Learning Practices - View Recording

Dr. Nedim Slijepcevic: Applying the Quality Matter Certification 

Alix Heintzman: Building better bridges: Race and Inclusivity in Online Courses - View Recording

Dr. Fontaine Sands: My Online Teaching and Learning Practices - View Recording

Sam Williamson: Best Practice Tips & Strategies for Video Editing - View Recording

Dr. Steve Dwinnells: e-Campus Course Evaluations - View Recording


Fall 2017

Megan Jones and Barry Burkett: Online Course Timesaving Techniques with Google Docs and Microsoft Drive  - View Recording

Dr. Ryan Baggett and Mikah Pritchard: Online strategies with an emphasis on engagement or tools and technology - View Recording

Alix Heintzman: Building Better Bridges: Race and Inclusivity in Online Courses  - View Recording

Dr. Donna Corley and Chris Daniel: My Online Teaching and Learning Practices - View Recording

Dr. April Blakely: 10 Things I’ve Learned about Teaching Online - View Recording

Dr. Cindy Hayden: It works for Me in Blended Classroom - View Recording

Jennifer Perkins: Designing Documents with an “Access Ramp” - View Recording

Dr. Steve Dwinnells: Improving Student Retention in Online Courses - View Recording

Jonathan Sikora: What's New in Blackboard SaaS - View Recording

Dr. Alex Varakin: Utilizing Publisher and Free Resources in your Online Classroom - View Recording


Spring 2017

Dr. Laura Clark: -It works for me in Online Classroom (Commonwealth 1801 from noon-1 p.m.). - View Recording.

Dr. Nedim Slijepcevic: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) certification

Dr. Michelle Gremp and Dr. Elizabeth Crane (Commonwealth 1801 from noon-1 p.m.) - Online Tools for Student Engagement: Wikis, Journals, and ThingLink - View Recording

Megan Jones and Barry Burkett: Online Course Timesaving Techniques with Google Docs and Microsoft Drive  (Commonwealth 1801 from noon-1 p.m.) View Google TutorialsView Microsoft Tutorials - View Recording

Dr. MyraBeth Bundy: It works for me in Online Classroom (Commonwealth 1801 from noon-1 p.m.) -View Recording

Jennifer Perkins: A Little Means a Lot: Simple Ways to Improve Online Course Accessibility (Online) - View Recording

Dr. Leslie Hardman - It works for me in Online Classroom. - View Recording

Voicethread Overview - View Recording

Fall 2016


Dr. Zekeriya Eser: Effective use of Camtasia and iSpring in Online Classroom - View recording

Jennifer Perkins: A Little Means a Lot: Simple Ways to Improve Online Course Accessibility - View Recording

Dr. Ryan Baggett and Mikah Pritchard: Online strategies with an emphasis on engagement or tools and technology - View Recording.

Dr. Antoinette Davis and Catherin Beechie: Using lightboard for online instruction

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