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Explorers OLC

Explorers-Online Learning Community serves faculty who have less extensive or no experience with online teaching, but are interested in investigating different types of online courses (fully online, hybrid, web-facilitated), viewing models of such courses, and learning about the standard instructional technologies provided by the university (such as Blackboard, Collaborate, iTunesU).

Below is a list of past meeting topics. Click on a topic to view the recording:

  • October 19, 2012: Waypoint Assessments
    Bret Smith (Music and Assessment Coordinator) introduced Waypoint Assessments for creating interactive rubrics linked to learning outcomes, with digital markup tools, and comment libraries.
  • May 25, 2012: Connectivity as Collaboration
    Provost Marilyn Levine shared her vision of "Connectivity as Collaboration" through new learning technologies.
  • April 6, 2012: Learning Modules
    Cheri Johnson (Sociology) compared the use of Learning Modules vs. Content Folders in Blackboard to organize an online course.
  • February 17, 2012Jing Audio Feedback
    Lori Braunstein (ITAM) and Fen Wang (ITAM) presented on the use of Jing screencast software to provide audio feedback on student work in order to improve assessment in online courses.
  • January 20, 2012Academic Dishonesty in Online Courses 
    Presentersdiscussed how to address academic dishonesty in online courses through online testing options, LockDown Browser, plagiarism-detection tools and tutorials, and writing draft/revision process.
  • November 18, 2011: Was Elluminate Now Collaborate
    Delayna Breckon presented on the use of Collaborate for real-time web meetings, synchronous online classes, virtual office hours, collaborative team projects, and presentations by students and outside experts.
  • October 14, 2011Blackboard 9.1 New Features
    Faculty who developed pilot courses in the new system showed how Blackboard 9.1 offers new tools for organization, interaction, and integration of media into your courses.
  • May 13, 2011Team-Building in Online Courses
    Faculty viewed a webinar from the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series on  online team-building and group work and then discussed strategies for implementing collaborative work in online courses.
  • April 22, 2011Discussion Board Part II
    Cheri Johnson (Sociology) presented on practical applications for effectively using the online Discussion Board. You may also wish to view her discussion board guidelines and rubrics.
  • February 25, 2011: Online Assessment
    NaomiJeffrey Peterson (Educational Foundations and Curriculum) presented on classroom-level online assessment, including strategies and best practices, assessment literacy, and online assessment..
  • January 21, 2011Discussion Board Part I
    Cheri Johnson (Sociology) presented a case for using the Discussion Board to engage learners in online courses through public and anonymous forums. You may also wish to view her Training Notes as a supplement to her presentation.
  • November 19, 2010Online Course Types and Models
    Jane Chinn presented an overview of the different types of online courses (fully online, hybrid, web-facilitated) and Chris Schedler (English) presented one model of a fully online course.