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Creating engaging online discussions

Creating engaging online discussions

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: 
211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

BJMinaCreating engaging online discussions

This workshop begins by briefly examining selected design patterns that inform the reasons for online discussion, how to connect discussion strategies to learning objectives, and how to create and facilitate meaningful engagement. We have packaged these design patterns into easy to use one page tip sheet take-always for easy reference after the workshop.

The bulk of this workshop is spent demonstrating exciting new tools in Blackboard that can enhance social presence, cognitive engagement, peer review, and reflection among other pedagogical strategies. Attendees will receive a front to back demonstration of the new "Video Everywhere" tool which allows course participants-- instructors and students alike -- to make video discussion posts and replies. The session also explores using the new mashup tool inside discussion boards, blogs and journals. Lastly we demonstrate using rubrics to grade discussions in Blackboard to improve the consistency of assessment, provide rich and instructive feedback, and save time grading.

 

Thursday, December 5th Robert 'BJ' Kitchin

10am to 11:30am

211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

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This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with University College.

Both with University College, Araminta "Mina" Matthews is an instructional designer and Robert "BJ" Kitchin is an e-Learning Specialist serving the University of Maine System. They work as a team, providing faculty on seven campuses and eight outreach centers with training in pedagogy, distance learning, and e-learning frameworks. In addition, they have co-authored a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.

 

Presenters:

Robert "BJ" Kitchin

BJ is an e-Learning Specialist with University College serving the faculty and students throughout the University of Maine System. Prior to obtaining his his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UMaine he worked in social services where he designed and delivered pre-service and in-service training to foster parents and social service support staff. His most recent academic work, also at UMaine, is in pursuit of an Interdisciplinary PhD. His doctoral studies combine the disciplines of Disability Studies, Communication, and New Media. Specifically, BJ is interested in how concepts of human normalcy and diversity influence the design of interactive educational environments through technology and web based digital media. In 2007, BJ received the American Public Health Association's DisAbility Forum Student Member Award in recognition of his promising work to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities. He has presented at numerous international conferences on issues related to technology access and usability throughout his career. Currently he and co-author Mina Matthews, have submitted a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom, accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.

 


Araminta "Mina" Matthews

Mina is an instructional designer with University College serving the faculty and students throughout the University of Maine System. Prior to joining the University College instructional development team, Matthews obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in creative writing from the University of Maine Farmington, and she leads a double life as a writer. Her first book, Blind Hunger, is a zombie apocalypse novel for young adults. Her most recent title, Write of the Living Dead, is a coauthored writing manual that teaches different genres of writing through the veil of campy, young-adult-friendly horror characters. Mina has been teaching in adult education and higher education since 2005. She worked concurrently as adjunct writing faculty at CMCC and the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professionals, as well as teaching English and Career Development for Lewiston Adult Education. Currently she and co-author BJ Kitchin, have submitted a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom, accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.

 

Workshop Resources

Designing Discussion Boards

This workshop was not recorded.

 

 

Keep the Conversation Going

Reach out to BJ or Mina and continue to explore this top. Feel free also to reach out to USM's Learning Designers Dr. Rucha Modak and Pieter Tryzelaar.

 

 

Learn more about CTEL's monthly workshops.

 

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
 
Using Maine.edu Google Apps to Build Community in an Online Course

Using Maine.edu Google Apps to Build Community in an Online Course

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: 
211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

Using Maine.edu Google Apps to Build Community in an Online Course

If you attended the "Community Building, Strategies, and the Value to Instruction" workshop on November 14, know that the workshop has been revised to spend more time on demonstrations of these tools. We will be much more efficient from the outset with discussion related to theory and spend the lion's share of our time reviewing real course examples using these tools from across the UMS system!

Maine.edu provides all faculty and students with a Maine.edu account access to a wealth of Google applications, including Google+. Google+ is a rich, dynamic media-technology that provides numerous options for creating cognitive engagement, fostering interaction, engaging social presence, sharing, and presenting—all within a highly engaging, accessible and easy to use tech space.

In this workshop, we demonstrate these facets as well as instructional strategies for integrating this tech with other course technologies, such as Blackboard, Google Drive, Youtube, Hangouts, Events, and more. We will review integration strategies for course delivery that ranges from fully face-to-face instruction to fully online instruction.

 

Thursday, December 5th  Dr. Lenny Shedletsky and Glenn Leblanc

1pm to 2:30pm

211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

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This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with University College.

Both with University College, Araminta "Mina" Matthews is an instructional designer and Robert "BJ" Kitchin is an e-Learning Specialist serving the University of Maine System. They work as a team, providing faculty on seven campuses and eight outreach centers with training in pedagogy, distance learning, and e-learning frameworks. In addition, they have co-authored a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.

Presenters:

Robert "BJ" Kitchin

BJ is an e-Learning Specialist with University College serving the faculty and students throughout the University of Maine System. Prior to obtaining his his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UMaine he worked in social services where he designed and delivered pre-service and in-service training to foster parents and social service support staff. His most recent academic work, also at UMaine, is in pursuit of an Interdisciplinary PhD. His doctoral studies combine the disciplines of Disability Studies, Communication, and New Media. Specifically, BJ is interested in how concepts of human normalcy and diversity influence the design of interactive educational environments through technology and web based digital media. In 2007, BJ received the American Public Health Association's DisAbility Forum Student Member Award in recognition of his promising work to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities. He has presented at numerous international conferences on issues related to technology access and usability throughout his career. Currently he and co-author Mina Matthews, have submitted a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom, accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.

 


Araminta "Mina" Matthews

Mina is an instructional designer with University College serving the faculty and students throughout the University of Maine System. Prior to joining the University College instructional development team, Matthews obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in creative writing from the University of Maine Farmington, and she leads a double life as a writer. Her first book, Blind Hunger, is a zombie apocalypse novel for young adults. Her most recent title, Write of the Living Dead, is a coauthored writing manual that teaches different genres of writing through the veil of campy, young-adult-friendly horror characters. Mina has been teaching in adult education and higher education since 2005. She worked concurrently as adjunct writing faculty at CMCC and the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professionals, as well as teaching English and Career Development for Lewiston Adult Education. Currently she and co-author BJ Kitchin, have submitted a refereed textbook chapter on design patterns and social presence in the online classroom, accepted for publication by IGI in late 2013.

 

Workshop ResourcesParticipants

Using maine.edu Google Apps and Google as a Teaching Tool

This workshop was not recorded.

 

 

Keep the Conversation Going

Reach out to BJ or Mina and continue to explore this top. Feel free also to reach out to USM's Learning Designers Dr. Rucha Modak and Pieter Tryzelaar.

 

 

Learn more about CTEL's monthly workshops.

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Instructional Design (ID) Roundtable: First Principles of Instruction

Instructional Design (ID) Roundtable: First Principles of Instruction

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: 
211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

Instructional Design (ID) Roundtable: First Principles of Instruction

Is it possible to identify a basic set of principles to guide us in promoting learning to the greatest extent possible, regardless of the delivery media used? 

Dr. David Merrill, Professor emeritus at Utah State University, examined a variety of instructional design theories in order to identify common principles. In a classic article, Merrill identified five First Principles of Instruction and provided practical recommendations for implementing each principle in any instructional setting.  This roundtable discussion focused on the major attributes of these principles and their application in courses.

Before the Workshop: Participants read pages 43-51 of the article focusing on the Principles corresponding to the first letter of their last name, as indicated below. 

  • A-M        Principle 1, 2 
  • N-Z         Principle 3,4

During the Workshop: Glen presented a synopsis of the five principles and a video of Dr. Merrill discussing the principles. Participants discussed the principle and its corollaries, and their reaction to the principle. They also shared examples of how individual faculty are applying/might apply the principle in their own course(s).

Download article: First Principles of Instruction

 

Instructional Design Round Table

Thursday, December 12th

noon to 1:30pm 

211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus 

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ID Roundtable Facilitators:

Glenn LeBlanc is an instructional designer at University College, where for over 22 years he has worked with faculty teaching at a distance using multiple technologies. His interest in providing educational opportunities for rural and under-served students began as a Peace Corps biology teacher in a village secondary school in Cameroon in the early 1980’s. Glenn’s graduate work is in anthropology and instructional design at Syracuse University.



Dr. Khusro Kidwai is the Director of Online Teaching and Learning and the Director of the Center of Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) at USM. Khusro received his Ph.D. degree from the Instructional Systems program at The Pennsylvania State University in 2009. His doctoral work focused on the design and development of a web-based reading environment. Learn more.

 

Workshop Resources:

 Dr. David Merrill's talks about the First Principles of Instruction

First Principles of Instruction: Presentation Slides

This workshop was not recorded.

 

 

Keep the Conversation Going

Interested in learning more about this topic?

Reach out to Glenn or Khusro

 

Learn more about CTEL's monthly workshops

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