Recovering Struggling Students in the Online Course Environment

Audrey Begun and Jennie Babcock of the College of Social Work presented advice for assisting students struggling in online courses. This centered around active engagement and creating a community within the course. They provided tops to monitor student progress, identify who was struggling, and take actionable steps to help them get back on track.

Learning Goals included:

  1. Design courses to prevent student disengagement by front-loading community-building activities.
  2. Recognize signs of student disengagement and struggling in the online context.
  3. Take active steps to engage struggling students with purposeful, effective interventions.



Teaching and Learning with iPad

This session was a hands-on opportunity to explore the iPad and how to maximize its use and digital learning in the classroom. Learning goals of the workshop included:

  1. Participate in activities with the iPad to capture, edit, and reflect
  2. Introduce and use new iOS 11 features
  3. Explore additional resources for learning

Apps explored included Clips, Explain Everything, and Notes.

Technology-Enhanced Active Learning

This section was held in an Active Learning Classroom and focused around engaging students using online tools and how they may be implemented depending on the particular need in a course. The learning goals for the workshop were:

During today’s session, you will:

  1. Choose one or more tech tools to enhance an active learning strategy in a course.
  2. Make initial planning decisions about implementation of the tool(s).
  3. Identify resources for technology services, training, and support.

The workshop focused on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning, prompting us to identify the skill, ask how do we get students to practice the skill, and then how can we use technology to assist in this practice?

Resources from workshop:



iOS Apps for Teaching and Learning: ODEE Webinar

This webinar focused around the implementation of various iOS apps in teaching. The consideration is made to whether or not these apps are student-centers or instructor-centered tools, and the webinar discussed Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and the skills that each tool can illicit.

Apps that were demonstrated include:

Canvas Teacher

  • A mobile app designed to make adjusting your Carmen course, giving feedback and grading as easy as possible.


  • A fully featured note taking app that can sync audio with your notes. ($9.99 one time)


  • A mobile app designed to easily make short videos with text, graphics and effects

Adobe Spark Video

  • A mobile app designed to easily make great videos using video, photos, text, icons, music and voiceovers.


  • Microsoft’s very powerful note taking app that you can use for free with Office 365.

Explain Everything Whiteboard

  • A mobile app designed to communicate visually in a myriad of ways. ($9.99 one time)


  • A task manager and timer that can be used many ways


  • A web based app that uses artificial intelligence to provide you with professional drawings you can use many ways.
  • AutoDraw’s Website:

Swift Playgrounds

  • An app to learn and experiment with the basics of the Swift programming language.


  • A super easy way to create a Podcast and post it to Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music.

Adobe Spark Page

  • Create a beautiful web story with text, photos, video and themes.



Simplify your Teaching Life Using Office 365

A webinar presented ways to integrate Office 365 into your course using standard programs (Word, Powerpoint, etc).

Learning Goals included:

  1. Describe what Office365 is and what it can be used to do.
  2. Design assignments to use Office365 and Carmen.
  3. Enable group activities and collaboration with Office365.