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MnLC Monthly Professional Development Webinars

The Minnesota Learning Commons offers free monthly webinars. These 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.

What is Virtual and Augmented Reality's Role in Higher Education?

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. CDT

Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) have been talked about for several years as a "next big thing." We hear how they will teach our students empathy, allow them to learn and interact with content in new ways and enable new types of distance education. While VR has had success in the entertainment area and there have been exciting use cases in K-12 and Higher Education, many of us are still waiting for a "killer app" in higher education. Are VR/AR just examples of overhyped technology in search of a problem? Where can VR/AR make a meaningful difference in teaching and learning? In this webinar, we will discuss the values and limits of VR/AR, how to support the creation of educational environments and software and critically examine VR/AR's role in higher education moving forward.

Presented by: Jonathan Koffel, Carolyn Bishoff, University of Minnesota; Scott Spicer, University of Minnesota Libraries; Dave Paschke, South Central Service Cooperative

Webinar details

Link: umn.zoom.us/j/249632923

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. CDT

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Past Webinar Topics

The Digital Divide: Providing Equal Access in an Era of Online Delivery
Presented by: Jon Fila, Intermediate District 287. April 23, 2020.

Developing Creativity in the Classroom
Presented by: Brad Hokanson, University of Minnesota. March 26, 2020.

SCRUM for Educators: How We Get Things Done, Accomplish More, and Stress Less
Presented by: Ben Drewelow and Mike Smart, Intermediate District 287 . February 20, 2020.

Are We Doing Enough to Help Faculty Teach Online?
Presented by: Elizabeth Harsma, Minnesota State University, Mankato. January 16, 2020.

Building Quality Online Experiences: Program Standards, Training, Design
Presented by: Nancy McGinley Myers, Lisa Abendroth, Kevin Henderson, Hannah Hedegard, University of St. Thomas. December 12, 2019. 

Think Your Way Out of the Problem
Presented by: Pamela McGee, Denise Gorsline, Joshua Behl, Minnesota State University, Moorhead. October 17, 2019.

Recipes for Effective Online Teaching: Curated Videos Plus Activities
Presented by Susan Tade, University of Minnesota; Nima Salehi, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota. September 19, 2019.

What Makes a Question Effective?
Presented by Treden Wagoner.

Infuse Spatial Thinking into Your Curriculum (link to YouTube)
Presented on February 21, 2019.

Six Ways to Engage Students Online (link to YouTube)
Presented by Karen LaPlant, Hennepin Technical College; Dr. Sheri Hutchinson, Minnesota State College and University System. January 17, 2019.

Creating Multimedia Discussion Boards to Increase Student Engagement 
Presented by Mary O'Brien, Winona State University. October 18, 2018.

Can Creative Problem Solving Be Trained Online?
Presented by Justin Baker, University of Minnesota. 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