ODEE DELTA Webinar: Facilitating Engaging Discussions Online December 8, 2016 and May 23, 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.

It was a cold and windy day outside, one of the best reasons to hold a webinar.  And our colleagues from CSTW‘s WAC program made it well worth the time, providing clear advice and specific examples of ways to improve discussions in online courses.

A recording of the session is available at http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p5qavh2djkr/

Technology Empowered Transformative Learning

Thanksgiving turkey illustrationHappy post-Thanksgiving everyone!  If you are like me, you are still recovering from over-eating wonderful food and, of course, a an edge of your seat game on Saturday.  Whew!

Now that I’m back at work, reading through emails and checking Twitter posts, I have come across a post by the director of the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Dept. of Education, Joseph South.  He discusses what transformative learning is and how technology can be used to empower teachers and students through transformative learning experiences.  Although there is a certain k12 slant to his perspective, much of what he discusses is easily relatable to higher education whether we are talking about face-to-face, hybrid, or online modes of course delivery.  I’d like to share South’s post with you and gather your thoughts on how you have or are thinking of using technology to engphoto of OSU students working together at computer in classage your students in transformative experiences.  Click here to read South’s article. 

Have a great week back at work!


2016 #NDLW National Distance Learning Week Recap

Whew! It’s been a busy and engaging National Distance Learning Week here at the Ohio State University!  With an event each day, we’ve had the opportunity to meet new associates and long-standing colleagues and discuss the rewards and problem-solving opportunities that the internet provides for college education.

Monday: Twitter Chat

On Monday Team DELTA and our MarComm colleague Skylar Fought hosted our first Twitter chat, with an assist from the Center for Online Ed.  With about a dozen attendees from across the country, the conversation demonstrated the power of Twitter to be more than just a mass of disconnected one-liners.

Tuesday: Webinar

On Tuesday, our colleagues in OSU’s Writing Across the Curriculum program presented a webinar on Real World Writing in Online Learning filled with practical tips and scholarly advice for crafting effective online writing assignments with an emphasis on the kinds of activities and assessments that best prepare students for the workplace.

Wednesday: Online Instructors’ Forum

On Wednesday, a small but engaged group of online instructors gathered in the Faculty Innovation Center to dine on Buckeye Donuts and converse about the joys, obstacles, solutions, and needs of those who teach online for Ohio State.  It was the first of what will be a series of DELTA-hosted events designed to build community and provide this new population of teachers with a venue to commune with their online colleagues in much the way they already do with those who teach similar subjects.

Thursday: Blog Chat

This is a short week at Ohio State, with Veterans Day (11/11) observed as a holidy.  Many people leave early.  Thus, for this culimating day of National Distance Learning Week, we are launching an asynchronous Blog Chat, a post the proposes questions for folks to reply and discuss.  We look forward to hearing from you at http://u.osu.edu/delta/2016/11/10/2016-ndlw-blog-discussion/.

2016 #NDLW Blog Discussion

computer-generated icons of a computer screen, a light bulb, and a check markGreetings and welcome to ODEE DELTA’s blog discussion in honor of National Distance Learning Week! To round out our events for the week, we are hosting a blog-based discussion about what makes distance learning effective (when it is), what online instructors need, and what we ought to expect from the future.

To engage in one (and hopefully all three) of these conversations, please post your thoughts on one or other of these topics and reply to what others have to say:


  • Topic #1: What aspect of distance learning do you think works best?  What would you say to peers to recruit them to try teaching (or learning) online?
  • Topic #2: What kinds of guidance and support have you found most useful for teaching online?  What kinds of guidance and support do you think new online instructors most need?
  • Topic #3: What does the future hold for distance learning?
    • Tools?
    • Pedagogical models?
    • Economic arrangements?
    • Institutional pressures?
    • Student demand?

Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to continuing the adventure with you all.


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Marcia Ham

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Henry Griffy

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Skylar Fought

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!

Online Engagement Strategies Twitter Chat (11/7/2016 Monday)

Are you looking for ways to connect with your students via social media? Or maybe you’re curious about the ever-changing realm of Twitter and whether it can play a role in your courses? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

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Image by Pauline Arias

You are invited to join Team DELTA and colleagues from Ohio State and beyond in a Twitter chat on Monday, Nov. 7 from 1 p.m. via the @InnovateOSU account to help celebrate National Distance Learning Week. The theme of this chat is online engagement strategies, where you are encouraged to discuss your experiences in online learning and teaching.

“A ‘Twitter chat’?” You may be thinking. “What’s a ‘Twitter chat’? I thought Twitter was an asynchronous microblogging platform on which millions of users, celebritweens, journalesques, brand marketers, bots, trolls, and major party candidates for the presidency post 140-character utterances and images loosely joined to each other through a basic system of handles and hashtags.  Now you’re telling me there’s some fancy new way to use it that might have use for academic discourse?”


A Twitter chat aims to create a new kind of conversation by leveraging the use of handles (e.g., @InnovateOSU) and hashtags (e.g., #NDLW) to create just enough structure around the torrent that is your Twitter feed in order to bring the raw flat energy of Twitter to subjects that are more often discussed in highly routinized and usually hierarchical ways.  The basic rules are pretty simple:

  1. The organizer posts one or more questions, which they flag using a hashtag set up for the event (in our case, it will be #NDLW)
  2. Anyone can respond to that question tweet by posting a tweet flagged with the organizer’s handle (in our case, it will be @InnovateOSU), and the designated hashtag, #NDLW
  3. Anyone else can continue that thread by adding the other @participant’s handle

For more background on the emerging Twitter chat genre and guidance how to participate, see:

We also recommend getting together with a friend or two, especially if this is your first.

We hope to see you online,



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.

Follow them on Twitter! @ohioida 

Join their group on LinkedIn! https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7484981

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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Using CarmenConnect for Virtual Office Hours

""Earlier this month, Jacob Bane, Sr. Instructional Designer with ODEE, presented a webinar on how to use CarmenConnect to provide virtual office hours to remote students.  As more courses and programs move to online formats, faculty and advisers find themselves rethinking how they connect with their students in meaningful ways.  Although this topic begs for more than one webinar of discussion, Jacob led participants through a few scenarios of how CarmenConnect (OSU’s branded version of AdobeConnect) might be used to help instructors and advisers connect individually as well as in small groups with their students and advisees.  In case you missed it, here is a link to the recording of the 1/2 hour webinar: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p72v4dskw3d/.

For those of you looking to learn more of the “ins and outs” of the CarmenConnect tool, you can access a list of workshops hosted by ODEE by clicking here: http://resourcecenter.odee.osu.edu/workshops.  Workshops are updated regularly.  If you do not see a training on a specific tool, consider attending any of the eLearning Support Office Hours or Virtual Office Hours to receive 1:1 assistance.  Remember that you are welcome to request webinars on topics of interest by clicking the Webinars tab at the top of the DELTA blog site (u.osu.edu/delta).

Applying the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric – Online Workshop starting October 05, 2016


  1. Identify the underlying principles of QM. (Recognize key QM underlying principles and concepts.)
  2. Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  3. Apply the QM Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 to review online courses.
  4. Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric standards.
  5. Apply the concept of alignment.
  6. Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Quality Matters is a community built to empower instructor success in online course design.  QM advocates range from instructors testing the waters of online learning to seasoned veterans. This community recognizes the impact that a well-designed course has on student achievement. Participating in the Applying the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric workshop is the first step to learning this research-driven set of national standards. Completion of training provides instructors an opportunity to collaborate with peers in the design and review of online courses in addition to access to resources including the fully annotated QM rubric. Register today.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APP) is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses.

This workshop is the prerequisite for participants who wish to continue on to the Peer Reviewer Course (PRC).

About the Workshop

  • It is completely online and asynchronous.
  • There are assignments that are due and discussions that you will need to participate in.
  • It lasts two weeks.
    • The workshop opens at 7am on Thu, 10/05/2016 and the last day to turn in assignments is 11:59 on Thu, 10/19/2016.
  • A certified Quality Matters Online APPQMR Facilitator facilitates the workshop.
  • There are no prerequisite requirements for the workshop.
  • Participants can expect to spend about 10-15 hours per week in this workshop to successfully complete it.
  • The Applying the QM Rubric: Syllabus (Abbreviated) can be found using this link
  • Costs $25 per person for OSU and other Ohio QM Consortium Members.

Workshop Delivery

  • The workshop takes place in a Moodle instance. The Moodle workshop is designed, hosted, and created by Quality Matters and is facilitated by an OSU campus QM coordinator. Using QM’s Moodle is the only way to deliver the online version of the Applying the QM Rubric Course. However, the content is applicable and valuable in any higher education online course, no matter what the learning management system may be.

Who should attend?

  • This session is intended for any person interested in creating or improving their online or blended course. All who wish to understand more about Quality Matters are welcome! Those who may find this session especially useful include faculty, instructional designers, administrators and adjunct instructors.

OSU Faculty and Staff Registration Reminders

  • As a reminder, you will need to input an eRequest for payment of workshop fees ($25) before you register for the classes to be in compliance with OSU policy and to avoid the after the fact policy violation.
  • You can find information about submitting an eRequest in this OSU Quality Matters Blog post.

Cancellation Policy

  • If an individual registers for the workshop and does not follow the proper cancellation procedures, that individual or his or her unit or department will be responsible for paying the registration fee.

Registration Information

When: 10/05/2016 7:00 AM – 10/19/2016 11:59 PM
Enrollment close on: 10/03/2016 12:00:00 AM
Registration is required at: https://carmen-services.it.ohio-state.edu/Events/Event/Details/973

Contact The Ohio State University Quality Matter Coordinator, Tim Lombardo at lombardo.89@osu.edu to learn more about Quality Matters and learn more how OSU faculty and staff can be compensated for the cost of workshops through the ODEE Quality Matters Grants.