Simonson Video on Distance Education

During the 2011 Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Dr. Michael Simonson was interviewed by Cynthia Burfield about current trends and future issues in the field of instructional technology and distance education.

Simonson on Trends in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Michael Simonson on Vimeo.

 

 

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Embed Free OER Interactive Lessons in your courses from Softchalk Cloud!

From the SoftChalk Team

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We’re here to highlight the wonderful work educators, like you, are doing at your institution. Each week we select a standout, top notch, lessons from SoftChalk Share and feature it across our social media platforms.

These lessons are interactive, engaging and cover a wide variety of subjects. Through these, you can see the endless possibilities SoftChalk has to offer and learn something new in the process.

Simply click the title of the lesson or picture to view it in its entirety. If you like it, share it!

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Anna Grau
DePaul University
The objectives of this lesson are to be able to distinguish between the various citation styles, format Chicago-style bibliography citations and to format Chicago-style footnotes.

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Doug Mossengren

Van Buren High School

In this lesson, students learn about different species concepts including ecological, evolutionary and phylogenetic. They also learn about the issues with the various concepts and why we don’t know the exact number of species.
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Wendy Arch
Indianola High School
This lesson discusses how authors use figurative language to reveal the hidden meanings embedded in the words and phrases used to write their stories. Students learn to define and identify examples of similes, metaphors, personification, imagery, and symbolism.

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Rachel Dorn
Yakima Valley College

This lesson serves as an overview of the organization for an ART 150 class, including individual and planning assignments, project requirements and due dates, creative problems, and project ideas.

More great Professional Dev from @ONE

 

Change is in the air.

From proposed changes to Title V to restructuring of the technology grants that support our system, the 2018-19 academic year is already shaping up to be a watershed year for online education. With big changes comes a greater need for communication. In this newsletter, we’ll highlight some of the most important changes impacting online education this fall, including:

The 2017 Distance Education Report from the Chancellor’s Office
Proposed Changes to Title V: Distance Education
Upcoming @ONE Courses
Guided Pathways
First Friday Webinars
Can•Innovate

2017 Distance Education Report

The first change we’d like to spotlight is the most recent Distance Education Report from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, which highlights some of the advancements we, collectively, have made in online course quality and student success. These gains were accomplished through a combination of strategies to support both students taking courses and faculty teaching those courses. Online support services for students is central to gains in both retention and successful completion.

Our First Friday webinars for October highlight some of the tools that provide the support ecosystem for our students, including online tutoring, online counseling, and the Quest Readiness program. If you care about student success, you won’t want to miss any of the October webinars. See below for more information.

Changes to Title V

The second big change is a draft document that captures proposed changes to Title V as it relates to distance education. Proposed changes affect:

  • Definitions of distance education;
  • Course quality standards;
  • Teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction;
  • Course approval (specifically focusing on regular effective contact and accessibility);
  • Professional development and training for online teachers.

Upcoming Professional Development

The revisions to Title V and the recommendations of the 2017 DE Report support course quality and student success, so they are positive changes worth discussing, but they also mean that online instructors and those that support them will need more tools in their online toolkit! Here are just a few courses you can take to help you plan and prepare for these changes:

Introduction to Course Design: Designing a quality online course begins with good planning. This 4-week class walks you through a backward design process tailored for developing online  courses in Canvas that align to the OEI Course Design Rubric.

Register for ICD
Session 2, 10/8/18 thru 11/3/18
Session 3, 11/5/18 thru 12/8/18

10-10-10: Communication That Matters: Creating a learning community that supports both teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction requires course design that builds in interaction from the first 10 minutes in the course. This fun and engaging class will have you looking at your course from your student’s perspective–it’s a 10!

Register for 10-10-10
Final Fall Session, 11/5/18 thru 12/8/18

Dynamic Online Teaching: Online courses don’t need to be static or boring! Expand your repertoire with techniques for creating a dynamic learning environment that engages your students and encourages them to be active participants in the learning process.

Register for DOT
Final Fall Session, 10/8/18 thru 11/3/18

Humanizing Online Teaching: Online education should not be “distant.” In this course, you’ll focus on infusing social presence–both instructor and student–into your online class.

Register for Humanizing
Final Fall Session, 10/22/18 thru 11/17/18

Digital Citizenship: Digital divides. Digital footprints. Digital technology. This course explores what it means to teach and learn in the “digital” era.

Register for DigCiz
Final Fall Session, 11/5/18 thru 12/1/18

Creating Accessible Course Content: Ensuring all students have access to course materials is a shared responsibility involving your entire campus. Online instructors, however, need to be informed about not only their own responsibility to ensure the content and activities they create in Canvas are accessible, but also to be able to verify that other resources they are using in their course are accessible, too. This enlightening course will empower you to build access into your course, supporting the needs of every student.

Register for CACC
Final Fall Session, 11/12/18 thru 12/8/18

Guided Pathways

In addition, we’d like to highlight the third and fourth pillars of Guided Pathways, which help students stay on the pathway, and ensure the pathway leads to outcomes. In individual classes, these two pillars hinge on providing students with a variety of formative assessments that offer rich feedback about their learning and help instructors insert early intervention and help when needed (formative assessments can identify who needs online tutoring, for instance!).

In online classes, our formative and summative assessments are lifelines of communication between students and teachers. In Assessment in Digital Learning (ADL), you’ll explore the myriad ways a robust assessment plan, well-designed activities and assignments, and carefully crafted rubrics can help you build Pillar Three and Four within your course. Register now for our last fall section of ADL beginning on October 22nd.

First Friday Webinars

October 5 – CCC Tools to Support Student Success

The California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) provides faculty and staff with an array of digital tools that have been fully vetted for accessibility and FERPA compliance. These tools enable our system to provide unparalleled support for all students, but are especially important for our growing population of students who learn online. Join us for this First Friday webinar series to learn more about online tutoring, online counseling, and our interactive online student readiness program.

Each session requires free, online registration.

Can•Innovate

Friday, October 26 – 8:15am – 4:45pm

20 sessions・30 speakers・3 Ways to Attend

Join in for a free, one-day online conference designed for CCC Canvas users. Pick up new tips and tricks, equitable teaching practices, and don’t miss our keynote speaker, Natalie Miller, a recent graduate from College of the Canyons. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #CanInnovate18.

3 Ways to Attend

  1. Online (from anywhere). Register for each session you plan to attend.
  2. From a regional hub: American River College, Clovis College, De Anza College, Mt. San Antonio College, Palomar College.
  3. From an on-campus viewing room (find out which colleges are participating or add yours to the list!)

View the full Can•Innovate program and register now.

Can-Innovate at COC

You are invited to…

Friday, October 26 – 8:15am – 4:45pm

・20 sessions・30 speakers・3 Ways to Attend・

Join in for a free, one-day online conference designed for CCC Canvas users.
Pick up new tips and tricks, equitable teaching practices,
and don’t miss our keynote speaker, Natalie Miller, a recent graduate from College of the Canyons!

Join in on the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #CanInnovate18.

3 Ways to Attend!

Online (from anywhere):
Register for each session you plan to attend.

From a regional hub:
American River College, Clovis College, De Anza College,
Mt. San Antonio College, Palomar College.  

From an on-campus viewing room
(find out which colleges are participating or add yours to the list!)

View the full Can•Innovate program and register now.

Learn more about @ONE on our website: OnlineNetworkofEducators.org

First Friday Webinars from the OEI

You are invited!

WhatFirst Fridays Monthly Webinar

When: Friday, October 5

Why: To join your CCC colleagues from across the system to learn about CCC Tools that Support Student Success!

Please share this opportunity with your colleagues. Our First Fridays webinar series is a free professional development opportunity that showcases a different theme related to teaching and learning in the digital era each month. All attendees will receive an email attendance verification that may be used for flex credit (contact your campus flex coordinator to confirm eligibility).

 October First Friday Webinar

October 5 – CCC Tools to Support Student Success

The California Community College Online Education Initiative (OEI) provides faculty and staff with an array of digital tools that have been fully vetted for accessibility and FERPA compliance. These tools enable our system to provide unparalleled support for all students, but are especially important for our growing population of students who learn online. Join us for this First Friday webinar series to learn more about online tutoring, online counseling, and our interactive online student readiness program.

Each session requires free, online registration.

11:00-11:45 AM – Improving Student Writing with Online Tutoring

2:00-12:45 PM – Leveraging Technology to Foster Student Equity with Cranium Café

1:00-1:45 PM – Taking the Quest Program to the Next Level

 

We look forward to seeing you on the First Friday in October!

 

Autumn Bell

Director of Professional Development 

California Community Colleges CVC-OEI 

Phone: (650) 949-7801

abell@ccconlineed.org

Schedule a meeting with me: http://doodle.com/autumnbell 

OEI http://cccOnlineEd.org

@ONE http://onlinenetworkofeducators.org

Enhance your online courses–registration is now open! 

@ONE: The Online Network of Educators

Spotlight on 10-10-10: Communication That Matters

Enhance Interaction in Your Online Course
This week, the California Community Board of Governors convened at Southwestern College. On the agenda was approval of revisions to Title 5 of the California Ed Code. These revisions underscore the importance of regular effective contact between teachers and students, and between students. When teaching online, our course design, as emphasized in Section B of the CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric, is an integral part of supporting this interaction.

@ONE’s course, 10-10-10: Communication That Matters, focuses on student-to-student and teacher-to-student interaction by walking you through the first ten minutes, ten hours, and ten days of your course from the student’s perspective.

In this course, you’ll work with a cohort of your peers to assess your Canvas course–from the home page to assignment and discussion design–looking at concrete ways to improve your course design, enhance student engagement, and create a learning community. Register now for 10-10-10–the next course begins Monday, September 24.


Spotlight on Digital Citizenship
Prepare Your Students for the Digital Era

What does it mean to be a good citizen in a digital society? Why is it important for educators to cultivate a digital presence and encourage students to participate in the public web? How do online courses create opportunities for enhancing our understanding of 21st century skills?

Kristin Smith, faculty at City College of San Francisco, had the opportunity to explore these provocative questions as a participant in the new @ONE Digital Citizenship course. Read Kristin’s reflections in this @ONE blog post and consider why digital citizenship is a core skill for 21st century educators.

Ready to explore your own digital citizenship? Register now for the next offering, which starts Monday, September 24.

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3CSN Fall Regional Sharing Summit Near You!

Empowering Inclusive Learning

3CSN Fall Regional Sharing Summit

October 12th

Pasadena City College, Pasadena

https://regionalsharing18_larn.eventbrite.com

The summit will be a working session that will allow participants to build knowledge, relationships and learning tools through active engagement and team time in support of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office’s Vision for Success. The day will be focused on the following: 

·        Developing and building relational trust with colleagues

·        Deepening knowledge around

1) Learning about Learning,
2) Designing for Inclusive Collaboration and
3) Empowering Students, thereby building 
capacity to meet your student success goals 

·        Developing connections to the larger California Community College network through shared learning

 Questions? Contact events@3csn.org