Wimba Distinguished Lecture Series – Fall 2008

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The Wimba Distinguished Lecture Series turns eight-years old in September!
Please join creator and host Matt Wasowski, along with fellow education professionals like yourself, for another month of these free online seminars. Register now and if you miss the event we’ll send you a link to the recorded archive which you can view at your convenience. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues.
My Online Course is Ready – Now What?

Presented by: Carole S. Robinson, Distance Education Specialist, Pasadena City College and Joan D. Van Duzer, Instructional Technologist, Humboldt State University

Date: September 9, 2008
Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET (USA)
Place: Online – Register Here
After faculty design an online course they often face the challenge of teaching content and managing students “from a distance.” The Assessing Online Facilitation (AOF) instrument recognizes the different roles of an online facilitator and provides a framework addressing these challenges and promoting online student success.

We’ll present effective online teaching performance indicators, relate teaching performance expectations to online facilitators and provide a companion document to guide peer reviews of online facilitator performance effectiveness.


Communicating in a New Language
Presented by: Dena Faust, Coordinator of Distance Education,
Alvin Community College
Date: Sep 11 Time: 2pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
Digital immigrant instructors, who speak a language of the pre-digital age, are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language. In order to successfully educate this new generation, we must learn to speak their language using tools that foster interaction and communication.

This session will explore the characteristics of the Net Generation, discuss implications for the online classroom and offer practical solutions for meeting these needs.


Best Practices for Enhancing Learning
and Creating Community Using Wimba Classroom
Presented by: Chana Honig, The Lookstein Center
Date: Sep 16 Time: 2pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
Among the fundamental challenges faced by distance education instructors and administrators is keeping learners satisfied and engaged despite the asynchronous and independent nature of online learning.

This presentation will explore best practices for reducing learner anxiety, improving comfort levels with the platform, decreasing Transactional Distance, and creating community, by examining the working strategies of the Lookstein Center online professional development program.

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