More than “Moving Online”
Critical and Creative Teaching in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis
A Series of Online Workshops for Educators sponsored by Ed Tech Faculty, Students, and Alumni from Central Michigan University
Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 4:00 to 9:00 PM EST
Update: Monday, March 16, at 11:45 AM EST
As K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are closing their campuses and moving, temporarily, to a fully online model of teaching and learning, we know that our colleagues approach this daunting task with varying thoughts, feelings, and teaching strategies.
Faculty, students, and alumni of Central Michigan University’s educational technology programs are, in response, offering a series of free online workshops designed to help educators move quickly — yet critically and creatively — into online spaces as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds.
Join us for a series of webinars, each with substantive strategies and time for interaction.
- Who: All interested educators
- What: A series of five, one-hour virtual workshop sessions
- When: Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM EST
- To provide timely, specific, and practical online learning strategies for educators, K-college
- To build community and establish a network of colleagues that can continue our work in the weeks and months ahead
- To create a series of archived resources including video recording and digital handouts
Session 1: 4:00 to 4:50 PM EST
Truncating a Syllabus to Accommodate Online Learning
Karrah Zuziak, DET Student
As we work to move quickly from face-to-face (F2F) to virtual learning in the final weeks of the semester, we can explore effective strategies to help determine how to transition content from F2F to online without losing substance or relevance in the absence of physical space. In this session, we will discuss ways to encourage interaction and communication to ensure learning objectives are being met; assuage student fears and inhibitions of learning online including preparation techniques such as meeting rooms, chat, recordings, and screencasts.
Session 2: 5:00 to 5:50 PM EST
To-dos (and a Not To-do) When Teaching Online
Dr. Melissa Vervinck, DET Alumna
Good teaching is good teaching in any environment. This presentation will focus on five quick and easy ideas to-do and one idea not to-do when creating and teaching online. From the organization of the class to the presentation of assignments and more, simple tips to help you move towards developing your own online teaching pedagogy will be shared including approaches to creating short videos, low-stakes assignments, and ways to be more available for your students.
Session 3: 6:00 to 6:50 PM EST
(re)Designing eLearning for ALL Learners
Megan Tolin, DET Student
Moving to digital learning in a pinch can be tricky. Changes in assignments, instructional strategies and more can cause things to get a bit…messy. However, it is critical that as we build content for learners in digital spaces, and to ensure that we aren’t putting up barriers for students. Join us as we explore the basic concepts of UDL as well as quick & easy ways educators can work to create user-friendly digital content that is accessible for all learners.
Session 4: 7:00 to 7:50 PM EST
Bringing Group Work Online
Dr. Tammi Kolski, DET Alumna
Working in groups is a challenge for students in any setting, and can be especially challenging online. By exploring existing LMS tools, we can think constructively about ways to move class group projects online. In this session, we will discuss ideas about how to communicate group expectations clearly and how to support students in ways to collaborate virtually, helping them work together in effective, efficient ways.
Session 5: 8:00 to 8:50 PM EST
Engagement for Online Learning
Dr. Katie Baleja, DET Alumna
Engaging students in online environments is important and does not have to be difficult. This presentation will explore quick and simple examples for making lectures and reading assignments engaging in online environments. Working with both synchronous and asynchronous settings, students can continue to be part of meaningful learning experiences.