Effectively Managing Your Online Discussion

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Date: January 28, 2009

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm CST (USA)
7:00pm to 8:00pm BST (UK)

Place: Online – Register Here

The movement into online education has raised concerns about the workload demands placed on faculty teaching online classes. Research indicates that faculty report a greater time investment for online classes than for equivalent face-to-face courses; concerns about time investment are compounded with the considerable ambiguity surrounding the perceived availability of faculty teaching in a 24/7 online environment.

The continuous, open nature of the virtual classroom raise a host of questions surrounding the frequency of instructor interaction, timing of interactions, and an instructor’s availability to students. One of the most popular and pedagogically effective form of virtual classroom interaction is via threaded discussions. This session will review best practices for facilitating online discussions and will help participants identify strategies to more effectively utilize their time in the online discussion to create an effective online discussion management plan.

Archive: Conducting Online Office Hours Using Wimba Classroom

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The following slides were shared as part of the recent online faculty development program concerning using Wimba Classroom to conduct online office hours.

The archive of the session is available here. For more information about participating in upcoming online faculty development sessions offered by the NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, visit http://www.facdev.niu.edu/facdev/programs/online

Free Online Workshop: Conducting Online Office Hours Using Wimba Classroom

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Jason Rhode is leading an online session Thu., Oct. 16th from 12-1pm CDT entitled, “Conducting Online Office Hours Using Wimba Classroom.” Here’s the description of the session:

Whether teaching in a traditional face-to-face, hybrid, or online course, offering optional office hours provides students with the opportunity to seek further clarification and assistance, enriching the learning experience. The Wimba Classroom online collaboration suite is one technology that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard and can be utilized to offer online office hours, allowing students to communicate in real time with faculty at a mutually convenient time and location. This online workshop will provide a brief introduction of Wimba Classroom and explore best practices of conducting online office hours using Wimba Classroom.

Anyone else interested in joining us for this session? Send an email at jrhode@niu.edu for login information to join us.

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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