ODEE DELTA Webinar Recording (4/5/2018): “They Know, They Care”: Recovering Struggling Students in the Online Context (Audrey Begun and Jennie Babcock)

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Lifeguard by Md. Shafiul Alam Chowdhury

Recording available at http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p4hzrdo7e7v/

It is easy (well…) to tell when a student in your in-person class is struggling: you can see their detachment, their boredom, their sleeping, their scowling, their sadness, their confusion, their disappointment. Online courses don’t provide the same access. In some cases, an instructor may never lay eyes on a particular student. So how does a person even know that a student needs help?  And when you know, what can you do about it?  Are we compelled simply to write off some percentage of our online students as lost sheep?

Dr. Audrey Begun and Dr. Jennie Babcock offer some concrete strategies to resist that fatalism in this webinar (recorded Thursday, April 5, 2018).  Drawing on their years of experience in teaching and advising, as well as insights and methodology from the discipline of Social Work, they describe four domains of specific steps instructors can take to reduce the likelihood students will start to struggle, recognize quickly when it is happening, and intervene usefully.

Recording available at http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p4hzrdo7e7v/

What is Digital Flagship? (webinar recording)

Last week we were excited to host Cory Tressler from ODEE for a webinar discussion about Digital Flagship.  He explained what it is and how it will impact the university and paused for Q/A throughout.  If you were unable to attend the webinar live, below is a link to the webinar recording.  (Please pardon the abrupt start of the recording as the preliminary introductions were inadvertently cut off.)

If you have any questions about Digital Flagship, please email digitalflagship@osu.edu.

Webinar recording: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p85i2euixuw/

Webinar Recording: Keeping It Together: Coordinating Multi-Section Courses (11/9/2017)

Webinar recording available at: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p3ko8c9bcak/

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The struggle is real.  It takes a village to provide quality education to thousands of students, and that effort only becomes more complex as education becomes hybrid and even fully online.  How to ensure that students learn what they need regardless of which section they enrol in (without squelching the opportunity for variety and specialization)?  How to provide an ever-rotating cast of instructors with the training and support they need?  How to gather and manage data and information about how it’s all going and make sure that other departmental stakeholders know about it?  While it rarely leads stories about the impact of the Digital Revolution on universities, this layer of the puzzle is crucial for making sure it all works and that the fancy new tools and opportunities the future is making available help students and do not just become a fog of chaos.

In this webinar, Dr. Melissa Beers and Dr. Kristin Supe discuss their experience coordinating the exemplary Introduction to Psychology course at Ohio State.  Ranging from the philosophical to the logistical, they shared useful insights about things like how recent LMS features simplify creating the dozens of course shells, the importance of training, and the importance of research. Bonus points for the Harry Potter references.  It was a fun time!

Webinar Recording: Collaborating Live in an Online Environment

Male student studying with computer at 11th floor Thompson libraryWhether you are teaching an online, hybrid, or face-to-face course, at some point during the course you may want to engage with your students synchronously via the Internet.  You may have a remote guest speaker, a need for students to meet in groups, student presentations, you name it.  All of these experiences and more can be done through two OSU supported tools: Collaborations within CarmenCanvas and CarmenConnect.  On September 20th, Jacob Bane and Marcia Ham presented different ways each of these tools could be used to engage with students live outside of the traditional classroom.  Click the following link to view and listen to the recording of the 1-hour webinar: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p1poexawu4r/.

Please join the Office of Distance Education and eLearning’s DELTA team on October 17th when Dr. Matthew Stoltzfus will present a webinar discussing the topic of metacognition in an online course.

Webinar Recording: A Beginner’s Guide to the Ohio State eLearning Toolset (8/31/2017)

View the recording at http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p458d5horg7/

You know the old saying, “When all you have’s a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail”?  Back when I started with ODEE (before it was ODEE), that was nearly true of the tools available to instructors at Ohio State: there was Carmen and there was CarmenWiki.  Since then the toolset has grown like the pit crew for a NASCAR team, and there is no longer just a single way to do most things.  To help sort through the options and provide a high-level map of what-all systems are available for free to every instructor at Ohio State, our colleague Valerie Rake stopped by the studios at Mount Hall on August 31, 2017 to present a basic explanation and illustration for each system, as well as details about how to get help getting started.

Webinar Recording: Teaching Large Courses Online (7/25/2017)

View the webinar recording at http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p5p8lcegg1n/

In this webinar, Dr. Brian Lower  and his team, Kylienne Shaul and Ella Weaver, talked about some of the steps they have taken to develop a deeply engaging large online course, ENR2100: Introduction to Environmental Sciences. They will especially describe how they have used writing-based assessments and peer-review processes to enable students to think more deeply about the material and extend their understanding through interaction (in both on-ground and online versions of the course).

2013 in-person ENR Poster Session, the inspiration for a virtual poster session assignment that helps drive student engagement in the large course.  For more information and examples of student work, visit https://u.osu.edu/environmentalsciencesymposium/

ODEE DELTA Webinar Recording: Starting on the Right Foot: Helping Students Navigate Research Projects Online (3/15/2017)

Link: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p5qavhyf3d5/
Date: 3/15/2017

If you are teaching, you are almost by definition an expert researcher, which can make it difficult (ironically) to provide clear guidance to novice researchers, such as your students. Steps in the process that you complete so automatically that you may have stopped noticing that you are doing it — such as framing clear research questions and ignoring useless and misleading sources — can be serious obstacles for your students.

In this webinar Chris Manion (Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator at the OSU Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing) and Amanda Folk (head of Teaching and Learning at the OSU Libraries) discussed straightforward steps you can take and resources you can make use of in your course to help your students conduct purpose-driven research that will extend and feed their learning.

Real World Writing in Online Learning

Yesterday, as a part of our celebration of National Distance Learning Week (#NDLW), Chris Manion and his team from Writing Across the Curriculum presented a webinar on incorporating real world writing in online learning.  In case you were unable to attend, here is a link to the recorded session: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p4e3dxhvgxl/.   Please feel free to post any questions you have about the webinar discussion here.

Have an idea for a future webinar topic?  Let us know by clicking on the Webinars tab at the top of this blog site!

Ready, Set, Engage! Interactive OER for Student Engagement Webinar

When?  THIS FRIDAY, 11/4 from 12-1pm (EDT).""

Where?  Link: https://carmenconnect.osu.edu/oida 

Who?  Presented by Lynn Lease, PhD

Topic Overview

Wish your students would be more engaged? Come explore the world of interactive Open Educational Resources! In this webinar, we will explore and discuss repositories filled with interactive OERs, often linked directly to educational standards, shifting the paradigm from passive text-based instructional materials to interactive and engaging content. Participants will receive a checklist with specific strategies for locating, selecting, implementing, and evaluating interactive OERs.

Presenter Bio

Lynn Lease, PhD is the founding Director of the Center for Educational Excellence providing support for on-campus faculty in curriculum development, instructional design, student assessment, and teaching and learning strategies. She earned her PhD in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design for Online Learning. Beyond her position at UNOH, Lynn serves as a Master Reviewer for Quality Matters and is a member of the Ohio Instructional Designers Association.

Access Link: https://carmenconnect.osu.edu/oida

(Feel free to forward the meeting link to others who might want to join.)

Sponsored by:  Ohio Instructional Designers Association

The Ohio Instructional Designers Association is open to all of those who are passionate about education. The group is not limited to those who have the position title of “Instructional Designer.” Instructional Design can occur throughout the world of education. The group contains educators fulfilling various roles around the state of Ohio.

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ODEE DELTA Webinar Recordings: Improving Student Online Learning through Writing, October 4, 2016 and April 26, 2017

Update: Our WAC colleagues generously delivered an encore presentation of this webinar on April 26, 2017, which featured some exciting discussions of specific examples and experiences by the team and webinar participants.  A recording can be viewed in CarmenConnect.

Writing is well-understood to be a powerful tool for learning, but it can seem daunting to include writing in an online course.  DELTA recently partnered with experts from OSU’s Writing Across the Curriculum program to present an hour-long webinar that describes how to incorporate writing in your online classes most effectively and without over-burdening yourself. For those who were not able to attend in real-time — or who might want to review the excellent discussion — we are hosting a recording of the webinar in CarmenConnect.

In this recording, you can learn how to design engaging, effective assignments that won’t overload your ability to grade them. Learn ways to pitch the complexity of writing assignments to your learning goals, ranging from brief informal writing through longer complex projects. Presented by Dr. Chris Manion, Nora McCook, and Genevieve Ritchie-Ewing of the OSU Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing and hosted by the OSU Distance Education Learning and Teaching Academy.

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