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Teaching Online Abstracts

Title: Running an Online Program: A Peek into Implementation Issues

Presenters: Aysenur Ozyer, University of Colorado Denver; Laura Summers, University of Colorado Denver; Len Scrogan, University of Colorado Denver; Jenna Linder- VanBerschot, University of Colorado Denver; Brent Wilson, University of Colorado Denver

Abstract: At any given moment an online program faces needs involving curriculum, course quality, advisement, and student support. In the end, the quality of a program is only as good as the time and care given by faculty and program leaders. Students need a broad array of services and supports to ensure quality learning. This panel, consisting of faculty from UCD’s master’s program in Information and Learning Technologies, offers a snapshot of such issues including: • Teaching undergraduates – they’re different from graduate students! • Moving to eight-week blocks (from 16-week semester courses) • Online new student orientation – making over old Death by Powerpoint slides • Curriculum alignment and mapping – ensuring consistency and coherence • Online course designs and LMS use – faculty critique, sharing, and best practices • Competency-based badges within courses and plans of study • Increasing impact through action research and change projects • Graduation parties and other rites of passage • Service courses to other programs in the School • Developing and promoting an undergraduate minor – to support other majors Each panelist will each introduce an issue and summarize our program’s response and progress. Other panelists and session attendees will then join in conversation, with the goal of highlighting the expertise needed to run online programs effectively

Session Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

Title: This Class Can Never Be taught Online! Or Can It?

Presenter: Jackson Lamb, MSU Denver

Abstract: When a class has been taught in a classroom environment always, the perception develops that this class can't be taught in a online environment. This is often followed by claims to back up this statement. "We have too many guest speakers to make this an online class. We can never duplicate the discussions we have in class. My class does a lot of team collaboration. This won't work online." I was once such a naysayer! I had developed and improved a class over the past five years that was intertwined with guest speakers, field trips, team projects, homework assignments, lively discussions, and in-class testing. I felt that the experiences in the classroom should never be eliminated or replaced. When the class in question reached 7 sections last semester, I was challenged to find a way to make it work. My journey to escape the in-class environment now results in 3 sections on this class online, and 4only 4 sections in the classroom, and we have room to expand our program. This presentation details the transition from what was deemed a class frozen in the classroom environment to a class where almost 50% of the sections are online.

Session Time: 10:15am - 11:15am

Title: What Have You Done for Me Lately? Student Expectations of Online Courses

Presenter: Liz Gallegos, MSU Denver

Abstract: This workshop will focus on student perception and feedback about online courses. We will discuss what students like and dislike about online courses and what you can do to foster student success.

Session Time: 2:00pm - 2:25pm

Title: Effectively Using Student Groups in Online Classes

Presenter: Raj Khandekar, MSU Denver

Abstract: In the eighties, High Tech - High Touch was identified as a Mega Trend. From the beginning of online education, faculty have faced the challenge of bringing High Touch to the student’s learning experience in a High Tech environment. Using student groups is one way to achieve this, because there can be more intense communication within a small group of people. Faculty usually have very little training in managing groups even in the face to face environment, so it can become even more difficult in Online classes. This session presents some of the challenges and options, as well as offers a forum for dialogue on ideas to manage student groups in the Online environment.

Session Time: 2:35pm - 3:00pm

Title: First you’re engaged, and soon you're not: Technology to teach human trafficking

Presenter: Annjanette Alejano-Steele, MSU Denver

Abstract: The crime of human trafficking is a complex and often misunderstood human rights abuse that simultaneously attracts and repels students. Many students are drawn into the issue by media coverage while others may be triggered by the abuses where humans are forced, fraudulently led or coerced into providing labor and sex. What creative technologies lend themselves well to present the complexities of this crime? What sensitivities are necessary in building an online module that can provide focus of the crime on Colorado, and encourage student engagement with the material? This session highlights the creative process involved in creating a multimedia module for a multidisciplinary audience focused on the complex issue of human trafficking. This project will feature the challenges and successes in creating an online module as a Blackboard-based accompaniment to courses that adopted the 1 book/ 1 project/ 2 transform book, Runaway Girl, that focuses on sex trafficking and survivorship. In addition to the core content focused upon human trafficking in Colorado, the unique module includes video and a story “simulation” to support student learning. The session will review the production process, as well as the sensitivities and student-centered learning approaches involved in assembling this interactive module.

Session Time: 3:15pm - 3:40pm

Title: 20 Things You Should be doing in your Online Course

Presenters: Crystal Gasell, CU Online; Michael Edwards, CU Online; David Lyons, CU Online

Abstract: Whether you are designing a course or delivering it, there is a lot to consider when teaching online. With almost 20 years of supporting online education, CU Online has curated great ideas from faculty teaching in all disciplines. Come hear 20 ways to improve user experience and create content for online consumption regardless of your learning management system. Participants will walk away with ideas for improving their online course, today!

Session Time: 3:50pm - 4:15pm

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