Digital Flagship Webinar

Presenter: Cory Tressler, Director of Learning Programs and Digital Flagship

This webinar gave an overview of the new Digital Flagship initiative at Ohio State and answered questions from participants regarding the implementation of the program. It included all aspects of the initiative from the incoming freshman and the iPad Pro to the new design lab for app creation. Learning objectives included:

  • Walk through an overview of the high-level goals of the Digital Flagship initiative.
  • Recognize aspects that affect their departments as well as opportunities to be involved.
  • Identify key points of the program that focus on teaching and learning at Ohio State.

The initiative has three main components: Student technology, Coding, Enterprise Design Lab

Student technology: all freshman AU18 will be receiving the iPad Pro with apple keyboard, Apple Pencil and a suite of apps during orientation

Coding: This will primarily consist of the Apple coding language, Swift, and will be available to the entire OSU community. OSU is exploring ways to implement the course as a industry credential/certificate baring work at your own pace. AU18 launch of Swift playground with the goal of FY19 for the certification program.

Enterprise Design Lab: A physical location that will be built for those that are interested in app development with experts on hand for coding help. This will be available for everyone. SP18 app development project 1 took place with AU18 Goa for app development project 2.

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January Quality Matters Webinar: Cultivating a Sustainable Quality Assurance Program

Presenters: Sarah Barhhardt, Steve Kabrhel, and Dionne Thorne (The Community College of Baltimore County)

Staff and faculty from The Community College of Baltimore County shared how they are using Internal Reviews to cultivate a sustainable quality assurance program on a budget.

A key part to their development as a successful online institution was their introduction of online learning committees andinitiatives. They also wanted to address the gap in outcomes in online and blending learning classes that was presented in the Middles States Commission on Higher Education 2012 Report. Problems that they identified within their courses

included: lack of consistency, accreditation concerns, accountability, masters courses, training/faculty preparation,

student success, retention rates, quality assurance. The community college looked to Quality Matters as a resource to help solve some of these issues. They first discussed whether an internal or external review process would be more appropriate before

deciding on an internal review initiative that included recruiting faculty, faculty buy-in, self review, QM training, peer review teams, and a overall 3 year review plan. The CCBC Internal Review Initiative teams consisted of a subject matter expert, an instructional designer, and a peer reviewer, who all had to go through QM training.

Since 2013, the college have completed 32 EXTERNAL course reviews and over 12,000 students have been exposed to these courses. Since 2016, the college has completed 58 INTERNAL course reviews, with over 1183 students being exposed to their courses. These are individual faculty sections.

Other challenges that have been seen by the institution: faculty buy in, intellectual property rights, and academic freedom. CCBC tries to emphasize they are there to look at course structure, not content. Also, more of the reason to include subject matter experts in the groups. The college also includes this as a reason why many faculty members should go through the training themselves, so that they may review their own courses. The teams also needed to work to gain the support of people in supervisory roles. Finally, they have introduced a student assessment for feedback in the courses. There was an orientation video and module for the courses and evaluation tools so that students could provide this course feedback.

The story continues: The CCBS standards now include student online learning readiness orientation course and video, required teaching online course for faculty, and course development procedures put in place.

QM Webinar: Whoa! With a Template You’re Halfway There

Presenters: Stephanie Fuhr and Ricky Zager, Instructional Designers, and Karla Morris, Manager of Instructional Design Services, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

The webinar focused on making QM certification achievable by creating an effective Quality Matters-based course template. The template that this team developed is a simple Canvas template that is utilized by faculty in the university. When the team added up the points and standards that just using the template provide, the course is already halfway to being QM certified. This shows the importance of using a quality template and mapping out which QM standards can be represented in the course and in the template.

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Metacognition Online

The October DELTA webinar featured Dr. Matthew Stolzfus from the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Stolzfus discussed his use of metacognition in his classes. He has developed a set of research-driven activities that exploit a combination of both online and in-person activities that work to improve the learning and success of his students. He bases a lot of this research on Saundra McGuire’s book “Teach Students to Learn”. Metacognition forces us to think about our own thought processes and learning strategies.

The Learning Goals of the webinar include:

  1. Identify the learning skills students need to know in order to excel in a course (parallel to its content).
  2. Design activities to teach students how to use those skills to learn course content most effectively.
  3. Tailor metacognitive support activities to online courses.
  4. Use online systems to provide support for any kind of course.

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Real-Time Collaborations Online

An ODEE Webinar held on September 20th revealed the important of real-time collaboration and explored tools that can be used for these interactions. Marcia Ham and Jacob Bane of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning demonstrated the use of both CarmenConnect and the Conferences tool within CarmenCanvas. CarmenConnect is a tool used for instructors to lead class activities, where the Conferences tool is aimed more for student led activities.

Learning Objectives included:

  1. Identify and explain strategies for facilitating real-time online collaborations with and between students.
  2. Evaluate tools that enable real-time collaborations within and outside of CarmenCanvas.
  3. Identify where to access on-demand support for using collaboration tools.