The Minnesota Learning Commons offers free monthly webinars. The webinars are hand selected by members of the Minnesota Learning Commons Coordinating Committee and include highly rated presentations from the past year’s Summit, presentations on special projects by educators from around the state, and more.
Six Ways to Engage Students Online
January 17, 3:00 p.m. CST
Join us to explore a high-tech and high-touch method for supporting online students to make them feel engaged as part of their campus community. Throughout this presentation, you will walk through six different methods that helped to increase online students' participation in virtual activities. Improve your student engagement and success rates by one or more of the following: 1. Zoom 2. Atomic Learning (LearnIt, DoIt, ProveIt) 3. Cengage (Mindtap) and/or Pearson (MyIT Lab) 4. ReadSpeaker 5. Ted Talks/YouTube 6. Office365. We will demonstrate how we use these products in a variety of blended and online courses with the result of engaging students with access to rich learning applications. LTI Integrations and Definitions, Web Conferencing with Zoom, Student Self-Help with Atomic Learning Publishers, LTI: Pearson and Cengage Mindtap, Text to Speech with ReadSpeaker, Videos in Ted Talks, and/or YouTubeOffice365, Widget in D2L Brightspace. With Q/A at the end.
Topic Area(s): Learner Engagement Strategies
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT -06:00)
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Past Webinar Topics
In this workshop, you will be introduced to several easy-to-implement discussion techniques that can be used for online, blended, or face-to-face courses. We will explore how to create a structured debate online and how your students can become the expert on the topic using the "Hot Seat" concept, or how students can demonstrate the application of course concepts on discussion boards. All techniques will allow you to create a lively and engaging conversation for your online or face-to-face courses. Templates, assignment directions, and examples will be provided.
Presenter: Mary O'Brien is an Instructional Design Specialist in the Adult Continuing Education (ACE) department at Winona State University (WSU). In this role, Mary supports online faculty through the WeTeach program and serves as campus Quality Matters coordinator for WSU. She has experience teaching online and face-to-face (F2F) in K-12, higher education and international courses.
Presented on October 18, 2018
The U of M Twin Cities College of Design offers a semester-long Creative Problem-Solving Course for its undergraduates with both online and traditional face-to-face options. Based on data from the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, the online students did not benefit as much from the course. We discuss the results of the data analysis and the broader literature on the subject, and what they may tell us about creative problem-solving skills specifically, and the potential for online learning in general. Takeaways: 1. Much remains to be learned about the effectiveness of online learning. 2. Certain subjects may lend themselves better to online learning than others. 3. Overall course grades, often used to measure of outcomes, may not capture the impact of the learning environment.
Justin Baker has been a creative professional in the advertising industry, developed performance and stress management training for athletes and educators, and is now studying the human factors that impact problem-solving at the University of Minnesota. His mission is to inspire the next generation to take on the daunting systemic problems of Planet Earth with creativity, and compassion.
Presented on September 20, 2018
A to Z: Techniques to Leverage Learning
Presented by: Dihanna Fedder on May 3, 2018
Creating Academic Technology Competencies and a Faculty Development Curriculum
Presented by: Nima Salehi, Christina Petersen, Peg Sherven, Sara Hurley, and Christiane Reilly, University of Minnesota on April 5, 2018
Beyond Captioning: Tips and Tricks for Accessible Course Design
Presented by: Jenessa Gerling and Karen LaPlant, Hennepin Technical College on March 1, 2018
Inclusivity: Universal Design Strategies for the Online Classroom
Presented by: Sarah Keene, Rothenberger Institute, University of Minnesota on February 1, 2018
Designing for English Language Learners in Your Online or Blended Course
Presented by: Nancy McGinley Myers, University of St. Thomas, on January 4, 2018
Creating a Culturally Proficient School System by Leveraging Technology as a Catalyst for Change
Presented by: Stacie Stanley, ISD 191 and Rachel Gorton, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools, on December 7, 2017
Getting Frogs to Market in a Wheelbarrow: Strategies for Managing eLearning Projects with Faculty-Driven Teams
Presented by: Mary Katherine O’Brien and Kelly Vallandingham, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota on November 2, 2017
Authoring Open Textbooks
Presented by: Melissa Falldin, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, on October 5, 2017
Web Writing for Online Courses
Presented by: Ann Fandrey, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, on September 7, 2017
Gentle Project Management: Shepherding Pedagogical Change
Presented by: Sara Schoen and Annette McNamara, University of Minnesota, on May 4, 2017
Creation and Adoption of OER: A Sustainable Statewide Model
Presented by: Jon Fila, Intermediate District 287 on April 6, 2017
Online Learner Discussion Self-Grading: Sharing of an Innovative Teaching-Learning Strategy
Presented by: Dr. Nancyruth Leibold, Southwest Minnesota State University Mankato and Dr. Laura Schwarz, Minnesota State University Mankato, on March 2, 2017
Exploring the Flipped Side: Inside and Out the Flipped Classroom
Presented by: Caroline Hilk, Kate Borowske, Gina Erickson, and Nicole Nelson, Hamline University on February 2, 2017
Engaged Brains: Strategies for Mastering Learner Engagement
Presented by: Tracy King, InspirEd, on January 5, 2017
Making Accessibility Accessible: Engaging Instructors Empathetically
Presented by: Cynthia Sarver, University of St. Thomas, on November 3, 2016
They Aren’t Wrong, We Are: Designing Online Courses for How Students Actually Use Them
Presented by: Ellyn Buchanan, Sara Hurley, and Audra Kerlin, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, on October 6, 2016