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August 4, 2016

Insights from the Field: Investigating the New

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Investigating the New
Insights from the Field: Investigating the New

In this week’s edition of Insights from the Field, Dr. Julia VanderMolen, instructor for the Online Science Labs Mastery Series and multiple workshops, joins us to discuss why we should investigate new ways to engage our students, as well as a variety of other topics on our blog, OLC Insights.

Do you know someone who we should feature in Insights from the Field? If so, contact Jill Buban, Sr. Director of Research & Innovation at

Upcoming Workshops

Exploring Competency Based Education | August 8 | Dr. Melanie Borrego
Introduction to Mobile Apps & Tablets | August 8 | Jonathan Huer
Exploring ePortfolios | August 8| Dr. Betty Hurley
Facilitating Group Work Online | August 22 | Dr. Melanie Shaw
Exploring Competency Based Education
ipad.jpg August 8 – 14, 2016

With Dr. Melanie Borrego as your facilitator, you will explore the elements of competency based education to better understand how you can structure self-paced, learner focused, outcomes driven learning environments which measure student achievement through the collection of learning artifacts. Register >

Mobile Apps & Tablets | ePortfolios

August 8 – 14, 2016

Combined with educational apps, tablets have become powerful educational tools. Facilitated by Jonathan Huer, you will explore benefits and challenges of using tablets and mobile apps for learning and create a learning plan to integrate mobile apps and tablets into your online courses. Register >


August 8 – 14, 2016

In this workshop, Dr. Betty Hurley will help you explore how ePortfolios enhance deep learning, view examples of well-designed and effective ePortfolios, and reflect on the role that ePortfolios can play in your online courses and programs. Learn more in this short overview videoRegister >

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
August 22 – 28, 2016

Join Dr. Ann Musgrove in this workshop as you explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue.

Facilitating Group Work Online
August 22 – 28, 2016

Online group work poses challenges for faculty and students for a number of reasons, including differing technology skills, variances in team member participation, as well as logistics such as time and schedule conflicts.  Join Dr. Melanie Shaw in this experiential workshop as you learn how to address those challenges by participating in a collaborative activity that models effective group work processes. Register >

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