Moving Rapidly to Remote Instruction (MRRI) will help you rapidly develop your face-to-face course for remote instruction for this fall’s semesters. If you are planning on teaching a fall course that needs to move online quickly, attend this three-week online workshop that will walk you through an intentional course design process and provide the expertise of the Coulter Faculty Commons who are experienced online faculty. This is not the full Online Course Design Institute, but will take you through the streamlined basics of creating an online course so that you can be prepared for the Fall of 2020.
Dates: July 10 – August 1, 2020 When: There will be a combination of live Zoom sessions, recorded tutorials, content and assignments/deliverables. You will have the opportunity to have 1:1 conversations with CFC staff and experience online faculty. Expect to commit 8 – 10 hours each of the three weeks to complete this process and be ready to teach. Where: Fully Online through Blackboard, Zoom, and Teams Outcome: By the end of July, you will have your online course designed and developed, in Blackboard, with a teaching/facilitation plan in place. You will also have the support of colleagues and the CFC throughout the summer.
The workshop is free and open to all instructors, including adjuncts. Please register, to let us know you are joining us and to allow us to ensure that we have enough facilitators to make this workshop successful!
Student needs are changing during this move to offering alternative modes of instruction. Faculty who want to find out what challenges students are facing can utilize a new web form created in Office365.
The form can be modified by faculty prior to sending out. The survey should take students 5 minutes to complete, and asks for the following types of information:
whether students expect to have reliable Internet access
times of day students expect to do online work
preferences for asynchronous or synchronous activity
accessibility requests (content in different formats, for example)
basic psychological and physiological needs
The survey form is available below. Note the options for modifying the survey questions, collecting data, and sending out the link (the Settings icon can be found top-right of your screen, to the right of the Share button).
The CFC is hosting multiple open sessions for all instructors to learn how to access Blackboard and its general suite of tools. Due to new social distancing guidelines set forth by Human Resources established on March 16, we will be offering these sessions through the following video-conferencing link:
Dates and times are as follows:
Monday, March 16 – March 20 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
We already had three Collaborative Training sessions scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9 am – 11 pm
Module 1: Collaborate Essentials
This module is designed to give participants a solid foundation, enabling them to successfully deliver live, interactive Collaborate sessions. Participants will learn about the key features and core functions of the Collaborate user interface. They will learn about session roles and how to effectively manage the communication tools, understand audio indicators, manage session and participant interaction, display the whiteboard and PowerPoint content, and record a session.
Identify key features and core functions of the user interface
Understand the communication tools
Utilize the whiteboard and display PowerPoint content
Please Login 10 minutes before the event to check audio.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
Module 2: Creating Engagement using Collaborate Web Conferencing
In this module, participants will build upon what they learned in the Essentials session. They will learn about the advanced Collaborate features and how to use them to support dynamic, interactive learning.
Review essential Collaborate tools
Discover the reasons for engaging the virtual learner
Recognize how to use the timer and utilize it to facilitate sessions and breakout groups
Understand breakout groups and how to facilitate small group collaboration
Please Login 10 minutes before the event to check audio.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Module 3: Increasing Web Conferencing Success
Ever wonder why some sessions seem to be effortless, while in others there are difficulties entering the session and getting participants to interact? In this session, moderators will learn best practices for creating interactive, problem-free Collaborate sessions. In addition, there will be an open Q&A forum designed to answer your questions on how to accomplish specific activities in your Collaborate sessions.
Differentiate between the Collaborate Original and Ultra experiences and effectively switch between the two
Understand the importance of using the best web browser to deliver successful sessions
Access Collaborate from a LMS or from the Collaborate server
Implement best practices for delivering problem free sessions
Develop interactive sessions to engage participants into active learning
The theme of this year’s event is Student Engagement with three sub-themes (tracks); Inclusive Pedagogy, Engaging the Online Learner, and Active Engagement in the Classroom.
Inclusive Pedagogy will include a nationally known keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, as well as possible opportunities for 75 minute sessions or 2.5 hour sessions.
Engaging the Online Learner will be a 1.5 day workshop (May 20 – 21) led by Dr. Eli Collins-Brown, director of the CFC. We have opportunities for a panel of experienced online faculty (including adjuncts) to share best practices the afternoon of May 20.
Active Engagement in the Classroom is open to all faculty and instructional staff to submit proposals for 75 minute and 2.5 hour workshops.
We have room for 2 – 3 spaces for each session time frame. There are three formats:
2.5 hour workshop
75 minute presentation/workshop
A panel of Expert Online Instructors (part of the Engaging the Online Learner track)
This is a great opportunity to share the excellent work you have been doing in the ‘classroom’. Questions? Contact Dr. Eli Collins-Brown.