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The CATL has coordinated a wide range of professional development activities this summer. Stipends funded by the CARES Act are available for professional development related to improving distance education. Apply for a stipend.

eT/LT Workshop Series

We have been pleased to bring back eT/LT — Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology. Developed by CATL to meet our faculty’s needs, this summer’s iteration offered the opportunity to fine-tune their Moodle skills and apply best practices in blended learning to their courses. This series of two four-week sessions began on June 15 and a second round began on July 13. Faculty could choose to participate in one or both parts. The series features an optional one-hour Zoom session each week (dates and times TBD). Participants have applied what they've been learning in a course of their own with a learning partner providing feedback on the changes you make. Badges could be earned for their efforts!

Part I: Key Connections in Blended Learning — Start Dates: June 15 and July 13

  • Key Connections in Blended Learning — Overview of Best Practices
  • Student to Instructor Connections — Effective Feedback: Assignments, Rubrics and Gradebook
  • Student to Student Connections — Forums and Groups
  • Student to Content Connections — Resources and Effective Course Design

Part II: Tools for Student Success in Blended Learning — Start Dates: July 13 and August 10

  • Tools for Engagement — Collaboration Tools and Stealth Activities 
  • Tools for Assessment — Quizzes and Questionnaires
  • Tools for Collaboration — Groups, Peer Review and Workshop Activity
  • Tools for Student-Centered Learning — Special Permissions and Peer Rating

eT/LT workshops have been facilitated by Hart Wilson. Sign up to participate in eT/LT.

Innovative Educators Webinars 

SOU maintains a membership with Innovative Educators to provide resources to our faculty. Take advantage of any of these general interest webinars or sign up to explore a series of webinars on online learning. Watch any time, anywhere at your convenience.

General Pedagogy

Anyone with an SOU email address can view any or all of these webinars on an on-demand basis until June 2021. Each runs about an hour.

decoration Preparing for Flexible Course Delivery: Teaching Online or On Campus [Flexible Delivery Presentation Materials]
decoration Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Campus Culture by Addressing Microaggressions, Implicit Bias and Other Exclusionary Incidents [Inclusive Culture Presentation Materials]
decoration Creating Community and Engagement in Online Courses [Creating Community Presentation Materials]
decoration Integrating Holistic Feedback Strategies to Engage and Motivate Students [Holistic Feedback Presentation Materials]
decoration How to Make Online Discussion Assignments Manageable and Meaningful for Students and Faculty [Online Discussions Presentation Materials]
decoration Active Learning: A Formative and Summative Approach to Teaching and Learning [Active Learning Presentation Materials]

Faculty Training For Online Learning 

Innovative Educators has curated resources from national experts on online learning and is providing them free of charge to support faculty during this chaotic time. Once you register, you will receive email instructions for accessing all of the training within 24 hours. We will be adding new training sessions every Wednesday, and if you are registered, you will automatically get access to all new training sessions. Each webinar is 30-60 minutes long.

Course Design

  • Designing an Accessible Online Course: What Designers & Instructors Need to Know
  • Implementing Online Master Courses: How to Gain Buy-In, Assure Quality Course Design and Improve Communication
  • Moving Your Class Online in Response to COVID-19: Practical Advice from an Online Teacher and Instructor Coach
  • Designing Successful Online Classes: An Overview of Best Practices
  • Implementing Intentional Instructional Strategies to Foster Student Learning in the Online Classroom

Teaching Strategies & Technologies 

  • Dealing with Difficult and Disruptive Students in Online Classes 
  • How to Reconceptualize a “Class Period” in the Online Environment
  • Preparing Faculty to Teach Online
  • Personalizing Online Learning: Tools and Strategies to Increase Engagement and Success
  • Creating Community and Engagement in Online Courses

Online Support Tools

  • The Happiness Trifecta: What Covid-19 Can Teach Us About Happiness and Mindfulness
  • Onboarding Online Learners for Success: Examining Orientation and Readiness Assessment Practice
  • Building Student Support Resources for Online Learners
  • Leveraging Technologies to Enhance Success for Diverse Generation Z Populations

OLC Asynchronous Online Workshops

WORKSHOP SPACES HAVE BEEN FILLED. Thanks for your interest!

SOU’s ongoing membership in the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) includes complimentary seats in high-quality, asynchronous online workshops each year. We have nine seats available to faculty at no cost for workshops this summer. A stipend may be provided to participants for sharing insights gained with the broader community. Choose from the following workshops: 

  • Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles to Online Courses to Increase Accessibility and Engagement (7 days, begins June 8, 2020)
  • New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course (7 days, begins June 8 or July 20, 2020)
  • Using YouTube for Teaching and Learning (7 days, begins June 15, 2020)
  • OER, Part I: Exploring Open Educational Resources (7 days, begins August 3, 2020)
  • Introduction to Screencasting Tools (7 days, begins August 3, 2020)
  • Strategies for Facilitating Live, Online Sessions (3 days, begins August 19, 2020)

See workshop descriptions

Summer Innovation Communities 

Innovation Communities are small groups of faculty who work together for a short time to develop new curriculum or pedagogy. This summer, support will be provided for Innovation Communities focusing on areas related to online and/or remote delivery to enhance instruction in Fall term. Each community will share its process and results with the broader University via the Summer Symposium.

Summer Symposium

The Summer Symposium is a set of blended synchronous and asynchronous professional development experiences to be held September 16 and 17. Based on your schedule and interest, you might attend a live Zoom panel discussion from an Innovation Community, watch some short recordings created by your peers, and then choose to spend time in an online discussion forum. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

The Symposium will be held via Zoom with a dedicated Moodle course serving as the event hub. See the event program and follow these instructions to access the Symposium Moodle course and select the sessions you wish to attend. All sessions will be recorded and uploaded to Moodle for later viewing.

Bonus Tracks

Moodle "Moot" — Check out the 24 best presentations from the 2020 Global Moodle Moot.

Humanizing Online Instruction — The three-day Humanizing Challenge sponsored by the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative held August 11-13 was designed to equip faculty with knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy and a toolkit of online teaching practices to support students experiencing trauma as a result of racial injustice, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization. Michelle Pacansky-Brock, one of the event coordinators, first came to our attention with a recent blog post about the value of creating a “liquid syllabus” in order to create connections with our students. She has also written about humanizing online teaching to equitize higher education.

Recordings for each day's webinars are posted for viewing at the event website. We encourage you to take advantage of the many helpful resources provided at the event website.

Transparent Assignment Design for Remote Delivery — Faculty looking for ways to increase their learners’ success when delivering courses remotely attended a TAD workshop on August 11 or 17. The workshop focused on applying transparent assignment design principles to one of their own assignments.

Amanda Casto, a recent participant, shared this feedback about what she took away from the workshop: “This strategy really helped me refine my assignments to make sure they are relevant to the course, accessible to all students, and clearly communicated. Game changer!”