Virtual School Meanderings

July 29, 2020

Free Online Conference: OLC Ideate Labs For Online STEM: Innovating STEM Education 2020

This professional learning opportunity may be of interest to some readers.

Dear MERLOT Community Member,

We are excited to invite you to a FREE online conference focused on sharing exemplary practices for teaching online STEM labs. There are many technologies and strategies that can complement and substitute for face-to-face STEM labs that are no longer viable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The attached letter of invitation (PDF) provides more information about the three-day FREE virtual event and how to register and participate. Please share this invitation with your colleagues who might be interested as well (and don’t forget to invite them to join MERLOT).

Stay well, take care, and cheers,

Gerry

Attachment: olc-ideate-labs-for-online-stem.pdf

June 16, 2020

Develop An Effective Online Course Development Process Outline

Like I say at some point most days these days (although a little less these past few weeks), I’m getting a backlog in items that I want to post, so I’ll start posting them more frequently for the rest of the day.

An item from the Online Learning Consortium.

OLC’s Instructional Designer Certificate Program guides faculty through the online course design and development process.

Learn, Improve, and Apply

The goal of the Instructional Designer Certificate Program is to help instructional designers build or refine their skills in working with faculty during the course design and development process.

“Anyone in an instructional designer or similar role can significantly benefit from the ID Certificate Program,” said Flower Darby, Senior Instructional Designer and Adjunct Faculty at Northern Arizona University. “Whether new to the position or more experienced, there is something for everyone in these workshops. The content and activities are highly relevant.”  Read more about Flower’s experience.

Throughout the four 4-week courses, you will:

  • learn strategies and gain resources for guiding faculty through the course design/development process,
  • analyze learning/instructional theories and instructional methods,
  • assess needs for online course resources, identify ways to stay current with emerging best practices, and
  • become qualified in applying the OSCQR rubric and process.

The courses in this program can be taken together for the overall certificate, or taken as separate professional development offerings. Sign up for the August cohort today!

“Robust and well designed, the content and activities I experienced in the Instructional Designer Certificate Program continue to benefit me in practical ways every day on the job.”

-Flower Darby, Senior Instructional Designer and Adjunct Faculty,
Northern Arizona University

 

Upcoming Institute Programs
JUNE WORKSHOPS

Creating Rubrics
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part II: Applying Theory to Practice
Designing Game-Based Learning
Creating Infographics for Learning
Demystifying Artificial Intelligence
Copyright & Fair Use, Part 2: From Court Decisions to “Best Practices”
Exploring Interactive Video Tools

FOUR WEEK WORKSHOPS

Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Introduction to Research Methods for the Instructional Design Community
Project Management for Instructional Designers
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate

JULY WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
Strategies to Improve Retention
Introduction to LX Design Methods, Part 3: Prototyping
Adaptive Learning Fundamentals and Courseware Exploration
New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Creating Effective Assessments
MASTERY SERIES

Blended Learning
Instructional Design
Leadership in Online Learning
Online Nursing

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

OLC Innovate | June 15 – 26 (Virtual)
OLC Accelerate | Nov 17-20 (Orlando, FL – Onsite & Virtual)

Enjoy discounted pricing ($100+ savings) on all OLC workshops. Learn More.
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June 12, 2020

There’s Time To Join Us Next Week At OLC Innovate 2020

Some additional information from an up-coming conference that may be of interest to some.

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OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual Conference

Open Sessions at OLC Innovate

Want to get a taste of the OLC Innovate 2020 virtual conference? We have a few sessions that are open so you can do just that! Join us for our opening keynote address, on Monday, June 15, by Maha Bali, a passionate, critical, open and connected educator, “writeaholic” and “learnaholic”.

You can also check out the OLC Live! schedule for more open sessions. There’s still time to register for the virtual conference.

June 15-26, 2020 | Virtual Conference

Keynote Speaker Maha Bali
Monday, June 15, 10:00 – 11:00 am ET


Guest Blog Post: What Just Happened? And What Comes Next?

“There’s never been a better time to spread the understanding of what high-quality online education looks like, never a better time to put our best foot forward and reinforce the value and definition of well-designed courses—beyond merely Zoom-enabled synchronous discussions,” says Chad Jardine, Chief Marketing Officer at GoReact, in a recent blog post. “I’m serious about my enthusiasm. I love the OLC audience. I’ve never seen a more innovative group of educators teaching and learning from each other.”

Learn more about Chad’s enthusiasm and how GoReact is participating in a networking coffee break and as the sponsor of Martin Weller’s keynote address25 Years of Ed Tech—or Why Understanding Some History Is Useful in the Pandemic.


Keynote Speaker Martin Weller
Monday, June 22, 1:15–2:15 pm ET


Building Bridges at the Community College Summit

“When we meet for the Community College Summit next week there will be significant information sharing, stimulation of ideas, and critiques of processes to review. We will bring back our collective nuggets of good tricks; we will be motivated to lead and encourage change within our organizations. Or will we?” asks Sheila Bouie, Community College Summit Co-Chair, in a recent blog post. “If we are serious about our craft, if we are personally committed to the use of digital touch as a medium of uplift and a means to share knowledge, then we will use this conference to fill our toolboxes, and use our tools in these boxes to build bridges.”

Join the Community College Summit at OLC Innovate! Learn more and register.


Equity & Inclusion at OLC Innovate 2020

“As a committee, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what Equity & Inclusion means to those of us assisting with planning our OLC Virtual Innovate 2020 conference, to those of us serving in education, and to the overall space of teaching and learning,” Equity & Inclusion Committee Members Sherri Restauri, Bettyjo Bouchey, Monica Simonsen, and Roxanne Russell share in a recent blog post.

“Regardless of what space you serve in education-faculty, instructional designer, librarian, administrator, support staff, or other roles, we want to personally encourage you to take the time to attend our conference sessions with a special focus on Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Diversity at OLC Innovate.”  Learn more.

Save the Date for Upcoming OLC Conferences
OLC Innovate 2020
Virtual Conference
June 15-26, 2020
Online
OLC Accelerate 2020
November 17-20, 2020
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Orlando, FL | Online
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June 10, 2020

OLC Today Newsletter: June 9, 2020

A newsletter from the Online Learning Consortium.

Call for articles on COVID-19, instructional design and OER webinar, open sessions, Community College Summit, and Equity & Inclusion previews at OLC Innovate 2020, and more. Email not displaying correctly?
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June 9, 2020
News & Insights

Call for Articles on COVID-19

Special Issue of Online Learning 

The Editors of the Online Learning Journal wish to invite researchers to publish in a special issue devoted to the lessons learned about online learning from the COVD-19 crisis, including the challenges faced by teachers and students in the unexpected transition to distance learning, institutional or community supports which helped teachers and students successfully adapt to online learning, and insights to apply as educators move forward with online learning (in both “emergency” and “business as usual” contexts). Visit our website for additional information on the issue, including topics, a timeline, and submission instructions.

   Upcoming Webinar

Instructional Design and Course Planning for OER

June 10, 2020 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

OER presents an opportunity for faculty to refresh and renew their courses and by means of intentional planning, improve course design and student learning. No matter whether faculty are working on their own or with the support of an instructional designer, course development should involve an intentional and practical step-by-step (modular) process.

This webinar will discuss a strategy for course design with OER, and will present two practical and easy to use tools to guide the course planning, course design, and development processes. Learn more and register.

OLC Conferences

June 15-26, 2020 | Virtual Conference

Keynote Speaker Maha Bali
Monday, June 15, 10:00am – 11:00am ET

Join These Open Sessions at OLC Innovate

Are you not able to register for OLC Innovate 2020, but still want to join us? We have a few sessions that are open without paying a registration fee! Join us for our opening keynote address, on Monday, June 15, by Maha Bali, a passionate critical, open and connected educator, writeaholic and learnaholic. This keynote calls for reimagining online education (and indeed education as a whole) in ways that move away from outcomes-based design approaches, and towards more critical curriculum design approaches that center care, empathy, equity and social justice.

You can also check out the OLC Live! schedule for more open sessions. Intrigued? There’s still time to register for the virtual conference.


Online learning, social justice, and building bridges

“When we meet for the OLC Community College Summit next week there will be significant information sharing, stimulation of ideas, and critiques of processes to review. We will bring back our collective nuggets of good tricks; we will be motivated to lead and encourage change within our organizations. Or will we?” asks Sheila Bouie, Community College Summit Co-Chair, in a recent blog post. “If we are serious about our craft, if we are personally committed to the use of digital touch as a medium of uplift and a means to share knowledge, then we will use this conference to fill our toolboxes, and use our tools in these boxes to build bridges.”

The Community College Summit is part of the OLC Innovate Virtual conference – Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning. Learn more and register.


What Equity & Inclusion Means to the E&I OLC Innovate 2020 Planning Committee

“As a committee we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what Equity & Inclusion means to those of us assisting with planning our OLC Virtual Innovate 2020 conference, to those of us serving in education, and to the overall space of teaching and learning,” Equity & Inclusion Committee Members Sherri Restauri, Bettyjo Bouchey, Monica Simonsen, and Roxanne Russell share in a recent blog post.

“Regardless of what space you serve in education-faculty, instructional designer, librarian, administrator, support staff, or other roles, we want to personally encourage you to take the time to attend our conference sessions with a special focus on Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Diversity at OLC Innovate.”  Learn more.

Institute for Professional Development

Using YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning

June 15 – June 21

Learn how to navigate through the Creator Studio in YouTube as well as organize video content to support your instructional goals in just about any classroom environment. In this collaborative learning environment, you will learn to create a video, determine the best licensing and privacy settings, implement an interactive component to the video and manage closed captioning for accessibility purposes. Learn more.

  OLC Job Postings

Now Hiring: Member Renewal Specialist

The Member Renewal Specialist is responsible for driving sales and revenue through membership renewals and lead referrals. If you have customer service skills and enjoy working with people, you’re encouraged to apply. This position will be responsible for conducting regular member outreach to inform members of available benefits and make members aware of their upcoming renewal options. The deadline for applications is June 12, 2020. Learn more.

OLC Institutional Member Job Postings
Associate Director, Digital Education Unit, Center for Learning and Teaching
The American University in Cairo
Deadline: Open until filled
Are you an OLC Institutional Member with a job opening? Fill out this form to get started. Not a member? Join today.
Upcoming Institute Programs
JUNE WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Exploring Competency-Based Education
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty
Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles to Online Courses to Increase Accessibility and Engagement
New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course
Creating an Interactive Syllabus
Copyright & Fair Use, Part I: The Fundamentals
Introduction to Digital Badges
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Creating Rubrics
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part II: Applying Theory to Practice
Designing Game-Based Learning
Creating Infographics for Learning
Demystifying Artificial Intelligence
Copyright & Fair Use, Part 2: From Court Decisions to “Best Practices”
Exploring Interactive Video Tools

FOUR WEEK WORKSHOPS

Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Introduction to Research Methods for the Instructional Design Community
Project Management for Instructional Designers
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

JULY WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
Strategies to Improve Retention
Introduction to LX Design Methods, Part 3: Prototyping
Adaptive Learning Fundamentals and Courseware Exploration
New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Creating Effective Assessments
MASTERY SERIES

Blended Learning
Instructional Design
Leadership in Online Learning
Online Nursing

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate

WEBINARS

Instructional Design and Course Planning for OER

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

OLC Innovate | June 15 – 26 (Virtual)
OLC Accelerate | Nov 17-20 (Orlando, FL – Onsite & Virtual)

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OLC MERLOT Innovate 2020 Is Coming June 15th – 26th

Note this up-coming virtual conference.

MERLOT June 8, 2020
OLC Innovate 2020 Education Reimagined

Don’t miss the conference … Innovate 2020 will take place online, from June 15-26. We look forward to having you join us for this fully online event, and will be reaching out with complete details and the updated program shortly.

This fully virtual conference will include over 300 sessions including keynotes, featured sessions, education sessions, discovery sessions and industry showcases. The program also includes four (4) targeted summits – HBCU, Research, Community College and the Leadership Network. All recordings are available for a year post-event.

Moving our face-to-face conference to a fully online format presents us with the unique opportunity to spotlight the best of what the online modality affords – meaningful collaboration and the ability to reflect and connect with colleagues around the world. We hope that you will join us for this reimagined event, and celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to forging connections without boundaries.

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN.

OLC and MERLOT look forward to welcoming you to the Innovate 2020 Virtual Conference in June, and we are here to help you however we can with questions and requests for support. Please feel free to reach out to us with requests related to OLC Innovate at conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

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