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  1. 1. Online Teaching Conference 2014 Sail into Online Student Success Conference Highlights
  2. 2. Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Finkelstein • Friday, June 20 • 9:15 AM Jonathan Finkelstein is the Executive Producer of LearningTimes, Founder and CEO of Credly, and Director of the BadgeOS Project. He is well-regarded as a pioneer and innovator in developing and leading online events and gatherings. Jonathan is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley/Jossey- Bass), which translates fifteen years of experience facilitating online learning into a practical resource guide for anyone facilitating or teaching online.
  3. 3. Keynote Speaker: Martha J. Kanter • Friday, June 20 • 10:55 AM Martha J. Kanter served the administration of President Barack Obama as the Under Secretary of Education until last year. From 2003 to 2009, Kanter served as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. She is the first community college leader to serve in the Under Secretary position. Currently, Dr. Kanter is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy.
  4. 4. Keynote Speaker: Lynda Weinman • Saturday, June 21 • 9:15 AM Lynda Weinman is cofounder and executive chair of, one of the pioneering companies in online education. Lynda is a self-taught computer expert, author, educator, and entrepreneur. A Web graphics and design veteran and author of dozens of best-selling books, Lynda wrote the very first industry book on Web design, Designing Web Graphics, in 1995.
  5. 5. Getting Started with iPads in Education • June 20 • 1:10 PM – 4:45 PM • $500 (includes 16 GB WiFi iPad Mini, Black) Grab hold of Apple's iPad Mini - and place incredible power at students' fingertips. Discover how the iPad impacts the classroom, whether it's true anytime anywhere content development or merging all 60 pounds of textbooks into a less than one pound device. A multitude of possibilities exist. Discover some of the best education apps available to enable students to create, consume and reflect on their learning.
  6. 6. The New Online Education Initiative, Educational Planning Tool, and Common Assessment for the CCCs • Friday, June 20 • 1:10 PM Three new California Community College projects received funding in the past year: 1) The Online Education Initiative, funded for $16.9 million in its first year and $10 million annually thereafter; 2) the Educational Planning Project, funded for $6 million annually; and 3) the Common Assessment Program, funded for $8 million annually. Learn what’s going on with these projects and when instructors can expect to be able to benefit from their services and products. Bonnie Edwards, Project Monitor for these projects, will provide a timely update. Bonnie Edwards
  7. 7. Creating Dynamic Discussions to Energize Your Class • Friday, June 20 • 1:10 PM As much as think we need great content, the energy in our class comes from discussions. Participating in stimulating exchanges with their classmates brings students to your class and allow them to deeply examine concepts. This session will explore strategies you can use to make your discussions more appealing and thought provoking. We will be looking at uses for discussions from icebreakers to debates, to user generated content and examine strategies for grading discussions. You will leave this session with a renewed appreciation of discussions and some very specific approaches you can use to improve your discussions in your class. Jim Martenay
  8. 8. Online Action Research: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes • Friday, June 20 • 1:10 PM Presenters lead attendees through the action research process to develop successful practices in the online classroom. Discussing the lessons learned from examining and monitoring learning opportunities, Dr. Joan Thomas-Spiegel and Dr. G. Genevieve Patthey demonstrate how to collect manageable data sets, conduct formative research, and link assignments with student learning outcomes using online teaching tools. Joan Thomas-Spiegel and Dr. Genevieve Patthey (not pictured)
  9. 9. How Can Online Learning Orientations Contribute to Student Success? • Friday, June 20 • 1:10 PM This spring, MiraCosta College offered in-person online learning orientation sessions for the first time. The developers of this session would like to engage others who are interested in online learning orientations in a discussion of important questions. What content is essential to include? What are some effective ways to get students to participate? How should the sessions be organized similarly or differently for live in-person offering vs. live online vs. asynchronous online? What effect, if any, does participation in these orientations have upon student retention and success? What are some ways to track these effects? Jim Julius Laura Paciorek
  10. 10. Sherpa, MAP, Predictive Analytics and Dashboard: Software Designed for Success • Friday, June 20 • 1:10 PM Students flock to services like Amazon, Pandora, and Netflix that deliver personalized recommendations, yet college presents a bewildering array of choices without comparable assistance. The SOCCCD has created several systems that act together to personalize each student’s experience and improve academic success. MAP allows students to create and track academic plans, Sherpa is a recommendation engine that nudges students toward success, Predictive Analytics will mine “big data” to provide proactive recommendations and Dashboard will deliver information from these systems in an intuitive way. Join us to see these systems and discuss our plans to make them available to other institutions. Jim Gaston Robert Bramucci
  11. 11. The What, Why, and How of State Authorization • Friday, June 20 • 1:10 PM Do you have online students who live in other states? Do you have online instructors who live in other states? If so, your college may need to seek approval to operate legally in those states. This process is known as "state authorization." Learn from this panel about the "what," "why," and "how" of state authorization, including an array of resources that exist to help your college navigate the variety of legal requirements and fee structures. James Glapa-Grossklag with Maribeth Daniel, Nate Harrison, and LeBaron Woodyard
  12. 12. Addressing the Attitude to Improve Success and Retention Online • Friday, June 20 • 1:10 PM Are you constantly confronted with documentation of lower success retention rates for your online program? Do colleagues unfamiliar with DE want to cancel online sections at your school because they, apparently, don't measure up? This session will give you another view of DE that is not about the data, but about what we know. The focus will be on presenting a clear picture of why students don't succeed and about when they do succeed. This interactive discussion will cover student values, access, grit, mind-set, and more resulting in strategies to help students overcome obstacles to success Pat James
  13. 13. The Center: An Online Learning Community for California's 112 Community Colleges • Friday, June 20 • 2:15 PM Physical geography is no longer a barrier -- step into The Center and learn with your CCC peers! The Center, launched in October 2013, is @ONE's newest program. Coordinated by Michelle Pacansky-Brock, the online community is anchored by a Google+ community and a Twitter presence (@Center_Ed). Its focus is to connect all of CA's 112 community colleges in a social conversation about innovations in teaching and learning through technology. Join The Center and experience next- gen professional development! Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  14. 14. Discover Free and Open Educational Resources with the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforED) • Friday, June 20 • 2:15 PM- 4:45 PM COOLforED is a joint effort of California’s three public systems of higher education to establish a digital open repository of instructional materials to expand student access and enhance teaching and learning. In addition to high-quality open textbooks and open educational resources (OER), the repository contains digital portfolios of best teaching practices and ancillary materials submitted by faculty who have adopted the resources. Una Daly with Katie Datko and James Glapa-Grossklag
  15. 15. Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online • Friday, June 20 • 2:15 PM Do you want to know what an expert says about Best Practices for your online class? This presentation will cover the top ten things you should be doing in your online class according to the “Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online” by Judith V. Boettcher, PhD. If you’re new to online teaching, this will help you get off to a great start. If you’re a seasoned online teacher, see if you are doing all 10 things! We will also hear feedback from other online instructors as to what worked best for them using practical examples of those ten best practices. DeAnna Kirchen
  16. 16. Etudes - The Next Generation: Transforming Teaching & Learning • Friday, June 20 • 2:15 PM Come learn how Etudes is advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Learner analytics, student success, teaching effectiveness and efficiency, affordability, and a dynamic user-driven requirements process are just a few of the principles behind the foundation and evolution of the Etudes Learning Management System. Vivie Sinou
  17. 17. Implementing Distance Education Services: Stories From a Pilot Program • Friday, June 20 • 2:15 PM Hear about what did and didn’t work during the first two semesters of a pilot program for distance education services at Santa Rosa Junior College Libraries. We started with ACRL standards, researched literature, and created a plan that included immediate, short-term and long-term goals that clearly targeted both faculty and students. Learn from our experiences and discover what strategies might work for your library. Loretta Esparza
  18. 18. Familia Online: Overcoming the Isolation of Online Learning • Friday, June 20 • 2:15 PM How do you create a sense of community in an online class? Student retention and success are directly linked to student engagement, but unfortunately, online classes can sometimes lack the human touch that these nurtures connections. This workshop is offered by three De Anza Community College students who created and continue to mentor for a high-tech/high- touch online class where we build relationships through the use of the familia concept, a commitment to service learning, and by using social media technology in addition to standard English Composition curriculum. They'll share their goals, experiences, and hopes for the future of education online. Marc Coronado with Mia Hernandez, Michelle Nunez Alvarez, and Stephanie Vargas
  19. 19. Thinking Outside the Text Box: Connecting with Students through Video • Friday, June 20 • 2:15 PM Online students often say that they miss the community and camaraderie of face-to-face classes. What if they could see and hear you —and each other—on a regular basis? Talking with students via video is an easy, fun, and remarkably powerful way to put more of YOU into your online classroom. It also delivers wonderful perks: instant rapport, reduced student anxiety, increased participation, a strong sense of community, and a peaceful inbox! In this session, I will share my recent experiences making videos for my classes: where and when video is most effective, how students have responded, and video-creation tips. Tracy Schaelen
  20. 20. Engaging Students Using Live Chats • Friday, June 20 • 3:45 PM Often missing in the online classroom are real-time conversations where students converse and collaborate in an immediate way. Live Chats provides a fun, interactive experience for the online student! This innovative teaching tool allows students to generate their own small group discussions via a platform already familiar to them. Designed with accessibility in mind, Live Chats are a democratic forum where all students have their voices heard. Live Chats also accommodate various learning styles since dialogues are driven by students’ own perspectives and ways of processing information. Learn how to easily integrate this adaptable teaching tool in your online classroom! Judith Crozier and Rachel Roske
  21. 21. • Friday, June 20 • 3:45 PM "Speak" to Your Students with Video Clips You Have Created in YouTube Making a connection with your students at the beginning and throughout the course is effective for online learning success. Instructor- made videos can personalize the course delivery of both online and face-to-face classes in the learning management system, thereby enhancing the student experience and leading them to feel more connected to you, the professor. In this session, you will learn how to create and caption a video clip in YouTube that you can share through your school's Learning Management System. Carol Webster with Hugo Aguilera (not pictured)
  22. 22. Google Apps for Education • Friday, June 20 • 3:45 PM In this presentation you'll get a good overview of the free, online Google tools that you and your students can use to make great projects, collaborative shared documents and presentations, and a lot more. Work more efficiently by searching for information within the documents utilizing the embedded research tool. Come and see how others are using these tools in online and classroom teaching and get inspired to try something new. Joshua Kitzerow
  23. 23. Adding Captions Using Amara • Friday, June 20 • 3:45 PM You say that you found the perfect YouTube video for your class but because you don't own it, you can't add captions? Don't worry! Using free Amara software, you can now add captions to make those YouTube videos 508-compliant. This workshop will include a step-by-step demonstration showing just how easy it is to use Amara to add captions to YouTube videos. It will also include a discussion of why videos must be captioned and the various ways you can provide captions, as well as the benefits of captioning and 508 compliance. Cynthia Alexander
  24. 24. A Wealth of Information: Online Learning & the Library • Friday, June 20 • 3:45 PM In your classes, do students write research papers, prepare speeches or presentations, or find books and journal articles on a topic? Now that you’re teaching online, are you unsure about how to incorporate valuable library resources into your online courses? This session will offer practical tips, including best practices for online information literacy instruction and a guide on collaborating with your local librarian. This session will be presented by an academic librarian with ten years of experience embedding library services and resources into the online environment. Gretchen Keer
  25. 25. Navigating Faculty through Uncharted Waters: Teaching Online Instructional Best Practices with Matt Calfin • Friday, June 20 • 3:45 PM The demand for online education continues to be strong. Yet, faculty may not possess the content knowledge to teach in an online format. In this interactive session, workshop participants will learn how to train faculty in (a) understanding the needs of the online learner, (b) personalizing your virtual classroom, (c) developing student engagement and establishing instructor presence in discussion boards, and (d) utilizing effective online assessment strategies. The presenter will provide learning outcomes and specific content knowledge the participants will need to develop a similar course at their institutions.
  26. 26. Digging Deeper: iPads in Education • Saturday, June 21 • 10:45 AM – 3:45 PM • $125 Own an iPad but are interested in learning more ways of leveraging it in your classroom? This is the workshop for you! Bring your iPad to this workshop and explore interactive apps that can enhance the teaching and learning experience. Learn tips and tricks that will have you using your iPad more effectively and efficiently. Take advantage of iPad features in ways you had not imagined! BONUS: All registrants will receive a copy of the book, iPads in Education for Dummies to continue exploring new ways to use your iPad in education. But that’s not all! We’ll throw in a $10 iTunes card to download some cool apps!
  27. 27. Create a Humanized, Mobile-Friendly Syllabus with • Saturday, June 21 • 10:50 AM is a new micro-blogging tool that offers free accounts for educators. In this workshop, I will provide you with a beautiful, free template you can use to create an online, mobile-friendly syllabus that includes a welcome video for your students and lots of other goodies too! Content plays great on smartphones and can be opened outside an LMS (optional password protection) to increase communication and access between you and your students. Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  28. 28. Gamification: Does Fun and Engagement = Real Learning? • Saturday, June 21 • 10:50 AM Gamification refers to the process of applying gaming elements to a non-gaming environment such as a college course. The NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Preview includes games and gamification as an important development within the next two to three years. This session will provide an overview of the gaming elements used in online classes that actually support the learning process. You will have some fun and walk away with more than a few easy-to-implement ideas for your online courses. Let the games begin! Margie White
  29. 29. Engaging Online "College and Career Success" Classes to Increase College Completion, Success and Persistence • Saturday, June 21 • 10:50 AM Want to know a sure-fire way to fully engage even your most at-risk students toward college and career success? Come hear how instructors/counselors from Cuyamaca College, a college in the San Diego area; and Georgia Perimeter College, a multi-campus two-year college in suburban Atlanta teach "College and Career Success" courses with rapidly growing online populations. See how two colleges have used this engaging online program to dramatically improve college readiness and promote student success and persistence. Cindy Morrin with Alyse Jones (not pictured)
  30. 30. Developing a Course Specific Online Orientation • Saturday, June 21 • 10:50 AM By creating an orientation that is explicit to your course, you can introduce the tools and structure your students need to be familiar with to succeed in your course. Using this course orientation as the check-in process removes the burden of "teaching" the tech while you are teaching the content. The examples provided in this presentation will be specific to Blackboard, but the concepts apply to any course or learning management system. Anna Stirling
  31. 31. Detangling Thoughts • Saturday, June 21 • 10:50 AM This presentation focuses on the introduction and integration of online mind mapping tools and its interactivity with technologies both desktop and mobile. Just like mind mapping on a piece of paper, the evolution of newer technologies and their integration into the classroom curriculum demands that mind mapping be taken to the next logical step. Mind Mapping, organized in a simple web-like format, speeds accessing and processing information as it allows the brain to retain visual information longer. We will compare four mind mapping tools, Coggle,, Mindmeister, and Realtime Board. Kimberly Diep with Jose Martinez Jimmy Gonzalez, and Edward Messler
  32. 32. YouTube Editor - Easy Ways to Make Your Video Shine! • Saturday, June 21 • 10:50 AM Come learn some easy tips to turn the video you shoot from your webcam or your phone into something you’d want to show off! A little pre-planning can make your footage shine. See how you can easily edit out all the stuff no one wants to see, add a title, edit in clips from others, and caption your content - all with YouTube. Donna Eyestone
  33. 33. The Flipped Classroom: A Model for Student-Centered Learning • Saturday, June 21 • 10:50 AM Whether your classes are on the ground or in the cloud, the concepts behind the flipped classroom can offer a more personalized student experience in your courses. This session will include details on how the flipped classroom model can transform learning for your students while enhancing your own personal teaching style. Using these tools and techniques , you can provide a more individualized and engaging educational environment without the hassle of redesigning your current curriculum. Kara Kuvakas
  34. 34. Caveats for Use of Social Media for Teaching • Saturday, June 21 • 1:05 PM Social media and cloud services such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Slideshare, LinkedIn, VoiceThread, Edmodo, Wikispaces, Instagram, and Flickr can provide engaging and powerful learning experiences for our students. However, before faculty use these resources as part of course requirements, they must employ safeguards that comply with laws regarding student privacy, copyright, and accessibility as well as protect students’ intellectual property. Find out how to provide your innovative faculty with the guidance they need to use social media and cloud services for instruction responsibly and effectively. Judy Baker
  35. 35. Enhancing The Student Learning Through Online Discussions and Activities in Online Mathematics and Statistics Courses with Sona Vartanian and Dawn Hawy • Saturday, June 21 • 1:05 PM This presentation will share ideas on how to engage students and enhance student learning through online discussions and activities in online mathematics and statistics courses. A successful online discussion board will be demonstrated. A List of online discussion activities will be discussed and provided to the participants for their own class use.
  36. 36. "Use Your Library“: How Digital Library Services Support Online Learning • Saturday, June 21 • 1:05 PM In this session you will learn: 1. How to guide students to the best online library resources 2. To define online library resources clearly to students 3. To learn how to find out what digital library sources your community college offers 4. How to integrate LibGuides or alternative library components into your online course management system Christine Sibley
  37. 37. Blackboard Preppers: Ensuring Student Success with Mary Bennett • Saturday, June 21 • 1:05 PM Record enrollments, skyrocketing online courses, a new version of Blackboard, limited staff equals a recipe for disaster! At this session, learn how Fresno State averted this disaster with the Blackboard 9.1 Student Orientation Course. Built on best practices in online course design with a focus on active engagement, students came away with hands-on experience with all the Blackboard 9.1 tools, knowledge of the Fresno State interface, and a certificate, which they received after demonstrating they had the technology and skills to be successful in the online classroom. The course will be shared to all those attending this session!
  38. 38. A Crash Course in Social Media - What is it, and How to Put it to Use in Your Classroom • Saturday, June 21 • 1:05 PM Are your students abuzz about social media? Do you not know the difference between tweets, likes, and pins? Are you looking for new ways to reach people who are fully 'plugged in'? If so, this is the session for you. You will learn the difference between the various forms of social media - social networks, blogging/microblogging, and the visual side of social media. You will learn the terminology your students are using. We will also be discussing social media ethics and safety. Donald Laird
  39. 39. Faculty Panel: The Benefits and Challenges of Adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) • Saturday, June 21 • 1:05 PM Hear from faculty who have developed and adopted open textbooks, open courseware, and open resources to lower costs and improve teaching and learning. Topics include adopting and customizing a psychology open textbook, developing an open online course for administration of justice remediation, and collaborative development of a “how-to-teach-online” course utilizing only existing OER. Una Daly with Cynthia Alexander, Michelle Pilati, Lisa Storm, and James Glapa-Grossklag
  40. 40. 5 Ways to Encourage Student Engagement Online • Saturday, June 21 • 1:05 PM This presentation will outline 5 methods successfully utilized to enhance student engagement: • The use of the group function in Collaborate to produce a video project • The use of student podcasting • The use of student voice applications for discussion forums • The student use of Camtasia for individual and group online projects/presentations • The use of the journal on, for example, Blackboard and other LMS’s Douglas Borcoman
  41. 41. Fostering Connectivity in an Online Writing Center with Claire Edwards, Chandra Howard, Millie Jones, and Michelle Lekkerkerk • Saturday, June 21 • 2:35 PM The goal for this session will be to discuss how online writing centers—in online-only environments—can establish supportive, productive, and critical relationships with students via highly personalized and conversational feedback and targeted curricular resources that aim to support the learning process, thereby encouraging retention.
  42. 42. Research Support Online: Beyond the Link to the Library Website • Saturday, June 21 • 2:35 PM With many library resources already online, what does it mean to provide equivalent access for online students? What is the online equivalent of bringing students to the library for research instruction from a librarian? This session will include a brief overview of relevant standards, and best practices for moving beyond minimum requirements. We will explore strategies for embedding, and assessing, information literacy instruction and research support in online courses, and ways for faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and administrators to collaborate to extend the “learning space” of the physical library into the online environment. Ellen Carey
  43. 43. Interactive Learning with NearPod • Saturday, June 21 • 2:35 PM NearPod is a game changing app for interactive learning. Imagine transforming a set of PowerPoint slides into a rich, multimedia experience which allows students to express their opinions, answer quiz questions, and even make drawings related to the content. NearPod summarizes these responses in vivid pie charts, which can be shared with students immediately, and NearPod Reports archive all the student input for later review by the teacher. This will be a mini- workshop, so download the free app to your iOS or Android device (NearPod also runs on laptops), and discover why students prefer active learning with NearPod. Michael Kieley
  44. 44. Options for Creating Effective Online Lectures • Saturday, June 21 • 2:35 PM Are you developing an online or hybrid course? Thinking about flipping your classroom? Or just wondering what tools are available to engage your students and help them get the most out of your lectures? At this session, we will compare applications and strategies to help you with your online lecture. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to use best practices for developing online lectures and determine what features you need. Mitzy Forbes
  45. 45. Effective Student Retention Practices with Lisa Tucker • Saturday, June 21 • 2:35 PM How can we keep our online students “in class”? Student retention is a challenge faced by many online instructors. Studies find that online students are 10-20% more likely to drop a course than face-to-face students. Come to this session to learn and share best practices for student retention. Source:
  46. 46. Teaching High-Touch Skills in a High-Tech Way • Saturday, June 21 • 2:35 PM City College of San Francisco trains Community Health Workers (CHWs), nearly all of whom are "people people," with limited computer skills. Since 2012 we have been teaching a cohort of CHWs employed in Transitions Clinics around the US and Puerto Rico using distance education, including innovative uses of video and video conferencing, along with more typical Moodle features and a big dose of personal attention. We will describe the methods we used to support these nontraditional learners, and not only help them learn the concepts, but build their skills for serving clients (something many faculty said could not be done online). Janey Skinner with Amie Fishman, Timothy Berthold, Jill Tregor, Joani Marinoff, and Alma Avila
  47. 47. Tips & Tricks for Using Blackboard • Saturday, June 21 • 2:35 PM Blackboard user? Come to this session to learn some of the best tips for success. Discover how the Grade Center can be used to read, annotate, and grade actual assignments as well as communicate with students without printing. Did you know that Blackboard has a robust and easy content builder right in your courses? Find out about this, and learn how to use Blackboard to chronicle Regular and Effective Contact (REC). Learn about the Blackboard rubrics system, and much more! Eric Wilson