USM Faculty Commons

Secrets of Online Learning: Beyond the Post

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: 
424/424 Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus

The design of effective online teaching and learning requires a unique blend of instructional design and web design principles. Informed by course goals, these design principles inform the process of building web connected course spaces and learning experiences. The quality online course is built through web-socialization and presence, handcrafted instruction, and empowered student exploration all within a framework designed to help both learners and instructors achieve a balance of challenge and motivation that fuels engagement. With Blackboard in focus, this workshop covers selected design strategies for developing the social presence, differentiation, and intrinsic motivators that keep students and instructors activated and engaged with online learning.

In this workshop Mina Matthews and BJ Kitchin unpack and define the basics of instructional design and web design principles. They will demonstrate how to design course elements based on these principles, using pre-designed templates that will be shared with participants. Specifically, they demonstrate design patterns for course introductions, syllabus presentation, discussion boards, course navigation strategies and iconography.

 

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Thursday 11/14/13 | 1:00-2:30 pm | Glickman Library, 423-424 | USM Portland Campus

 

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.

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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. 

 

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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