Upcoming Free Wimba Webinars

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Wimba is offering these free online seminars exclusively to education professionals like you. Register now and if you miss the event you’ll receive an archived link of the session which you can view at your convenience. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues.
How Using Wimba Supports Cognitive Processes
Resulting in Higher Retention Rates
Presented by: Lisa Frazier, MED, Curriculum Development Specialist/ Instructional Technologist, Great Basin College
Date: November 13, 2008
Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET (USA)
8:00pm to 9:00pm BST (UK)
Place: Online – Register Here
One of the world’s leading experts when it comes to online instruction, Lisa Frazier of rural Nevada’s Great Basin College has found that visual and audible elements in online courses significantly improve school retention rates and student performance. Learn from Lisa’s research and how it can be applied to your own distance learning programs.

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Getting a Small College Up to Speed
with Collaborative Learning
Presented by: Takeshi Sengiku,
Director of Language Resource Center at Gettysburg College
Date: Nov 18 Time: 2pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
Gettysburg College is a small liberal arts college in southern Pennsylvania. Its language department has been using Wimba for more than three years in order to help its students learn new languages more easily by having vocal and audio experiences online. This presentation will discuss the reasons Gettysburg selected Wimba, the process of getting instructors up-to-speed, and the benefits the college has subsequently enjoyed.

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Enhancing Cognitive Engagement
in the Online Classroom: Tips, Tricks & Techniques
Presented by: Jean Mandernach, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Online Learning, Park University
Date: Nov 11 Time: 2pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
Cognitive engagement is rooted in a combination of personality, affective, motivational and persistence factors applied to the learning process; it goes beyond simple emphasis on learning to highlight students’ active role in the educational processes.

While these attributes are important in all learning environments, cognitive engagement becomes imperative in the virtual classroom where students are learning in an independent, physically isolated environment. Presentation will examine unique considerations of student engagement in the virtual classroom and will introduce instructional and assessment strategies to enhance online students’ cognitive engagement.

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Current and Evolving Accessibility Practices:
Practical Advice from Two Institutions
Presented by: Afsaneh Sharif & Donna Scalzo, Office of Learning Technology, University of British Columbia, John Louviere & Neal Legler, Faculty Assistance Center for Teaching, Utah State University
Date: Oct 21 Time: 1pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
Online learning environments hold great promise for expanding access to education for students with time and geographic challenges. Providing a supportive learning environment involves considering the needs of a wide range of learners and instructors, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities or technical limitations.

The ability to do this can be somewhat challenged within the structure of a course management system such as Blackboard (WebCT) Vista, as full control of the web interface may not be possible. In response to student and faculty needs, educational developers from two institutions, the University of British Columbia and Utah State University have worked to determine how some of the issues may be addressed through instructional design, rigorous web design methodologies and some technical applications.

Please join us as we share current and evolving practices in this important area of online learning.

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The Effectiveness of Virtual Classroom Software

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Wimba is offering these free online seminars exclusively to education professionals like you. Register now and if you miss the event Wimba will send you an archived link of the session which you can view at your convenience. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues.
 
   
An Experimental Inquiry
Into The Effectiveness of Virtual Classroom Software
In The College Classroom (i.e. This Stuff Really Works)
 
   
Presented by: Robert Griffin, Director of Distance Education,
Saint Francis University / CERMUSA
 
   
Date: October 16, 2008  
     
Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET (USA)  
  8:00pm to 9:00pm BST (UK)  
     
Place: Online – Register Here  
   
In 2004 Saint Francis University, a small university in Central Pennsylvania, began a multiple year study designed to identify and evaluate available virtual classroom software (VCS).

By conducting a comprehensive review of VCS technology, the team hoped to select the best tool for its own synchronous distance learning program and develop a framework that could be used by other distance educators to evaluate future entries into the VCS marketplace. This presentation provides a ranking of currently available VCS tools, offers guidelines for selecting a VCS tool, and provides evidence that VCS tools work in the classroom.

 
   

 
   
Creative Uses of Online Technologies
for Campus Communication & Disaster Recovery
 
   
Presented by: Raquel Moncado, Instructional Technology Specialist / CMS Administrator, Our Lady of the Lake University  
   
Date: Oct 7 Time: 2pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
 
   
A fire broke out in the main campus building of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX on May 6th at 7:30 p.m. and burned into the early morning hours of May 7. No one was injured at this small, close-knit college. More than 100 firefighters fought the flames, which were started accidentally by something electrical in the attic.

Rebuilding will take three years or longer. This presentation will explain how OLLU used technologies such as Wimba Pronto to communicate among faculty and staff, thereby facilitating a successful end to the Spring 2008 semester. Moncado will explain how the school creatively used technology to cope with the damage to its classrooms, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, conference rooms and more.

 
   

 
   
Enhancing Cognitive Engagement
in the Online Classroom: Tips, Tricks & Techniques
 
   
Presented by: Jean Mandernach, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Online Learning, Park University  
   
Date: Nov 11 Time: 2pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
 
   
Cognitive engagement is rooted in a combination of personality, affective, motivational and persistence factors applied to the learning process; it goes beyond simple emphasis on learning to highlight students’ active role in the educational processes.

While these attributes are important in all learning environments, cognitive engagement becomes imperative in the virtual classroom where students are learning in an independent, physically isolated environment. Presentation will examine unique considerations of student engagement in the virtual classroom and will introduce instructional and assessment strategies to enhance online students’ cognitive engagement.