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:
- February 7, 2014 Using Google Docs to Facilitate Collaboration in an Online Astronomy Class 
Bruce Palmquist delivers an engaging presentation on using Google Docs as a tool for graded collaborative projects in his online astronomy class. Class management and peer review are among the topics discussed.
- 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, 2012: Jing 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, 2012: Academic 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, 2011: Blackboard 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, 2011: Team-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, 2011: Discussion 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, 2011: Discussion 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, 2010: Online 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.