November 2016

Building Quality Andragogy into Online Courses

Lee, R. ( 2016, November) Building Quality Andragogy into Online Courses. Roundtable Session at the AACE Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Adult learners need to be engaged in their education and have relevancy when participating in online courses. By applying Quality Matters standards in developing their online courses, faculty can assure student engagement and success. By following the Quality Matters standards, faculty can involve their students in problem based, real life learning.

Quality Infusion! Using the Quality Matters Rubric For Refreshing Online Programs

Lee, R. (2016, November). Quality Infusion! Using The Quality Matters Rubric For Refreshing Online Programs. Education session at the OLC Accelerate Conference, Orlando, FL.

Northwestern University realizes that our position in the online marketplace is changing. During the course of reviewing the available tools for ascertaining online course quality, we looked at the OLC Scorecard and the Quality matters Higher Education rubric. We found that we needed to focus on the quality of the online courses solely. The administration and infrastructure for the programs being reviewed were already in place. We realized that the OLC scorecard was more widely reaching than we needed as a catalyst to change in the School of Professional Studies.

Case Study: The Anatomy of Designing and Improving Online Group Presentations

Lemke, E., & Lee, R. (2016, November). Case study: The anatomy of designing and improving online group presentations. Education session presentation at the OLC Accelerate Conference, Orlando, FL.

We will present and discuss different approaches to designing online group presentations that are authentic and relevant to students’ professional lives through the lens of continuous improvement. We will describe the design challenge and solution, and successes and lessons learned, as well the role of an instructional designer in identifying the needs of the developer and building and maintaining a highly collaborative professional relationship. This session is intended to elicit audience feedback and participation in sharing other design challenges and solutions.

Customizing Learning in an Online Faculty Training Course by Adopting the ibstpi® Instructor Competencies app

Wickham, J., Kidwai, K. & Dodson, S. (2016, November). Customizing learning in an online faculty training course by adopting the ibstpi® instructor competencies app. Discovery session at the OLC Accelerate Conference, Orlando, FL.

We updated our online faculty training course to include a self-assessment based on the ibstpi® Instructor Competencies. Participants’ responses to the self-assessment, which they completed during the first week of the course, were used to customize the course to meet the specific needs of the cohort of participants.

Selecting the video style that fits your lesson

Bannasch, A. & Guth, W. (2016, November). Selecting the video style that fits your lesson. Express workshop at the OLC Accelerate Conference, Orlando, FL.

Learn to create effective videos using available resources. Recognize how familiar teaching techniques apply to video production. Practice the process of:

  1. Identifying the need for a video solution
  2. Selecting the appropriate style
  3. Executing a successful video through the planning (pre-production), making (production), and sharing (distribution) phases.

October 2016

Collaborate, Present, Flip, and Evaluate

Guth, W., & Bannasch, A. (2016, November) Collaborate, Present, Flip, and Evaluate. Presentation at the OLC Accelerate Conference, Orlando, FL.

Participants will learn tips for developing group projects and presentation delivery in an asynchronous environment using online presentation tools, video hosting, and survey tools. In this presentation we will demonstrate how integrated, and freely available tools combined with your LMS will promote meaningful learning experiences, and promote positive peer review engagement.

Meeting the Accessibility Needs of Adult Students in Online Courses

Wilson, K. (2016, October). Meeting the accessibility needs of adult students in online courses. UPCEA Central 2016 Region Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Adult students have a higher incidence of disability and are less likely to seek accommodations, so we must anticipate their needs. I will discuss the benefits and challenges that online classes afford students with disabilities, provide examples of quick and easy accessibility considerations, and argue for integrating accessibility into development.

Using Self-Assessment to Customize Online Faculty Training

Wickham, J., Kidwai, K. & Dodson, S. (2016, October). Using self-assessment to customize online faculty training. Presentation at the SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

We updated our online faculty training course to include a self-assessment based on the ibstpi® Instructor Competencies. Participants’ responses to the self-assessment, which they completed during the first week of the course, were used to customize the course to meet the specific needs of the cohort of participants.

Using Gamification to Design an Online Course Template

Guerra-Martinez, J. (2016, October). Using Gamification to Design an Online Course Template. Presentation at the SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

While people often hear the word gamification in regards to education, there are still some misconceptions of how it can actually be used to teach students. This session will cover what gamification is (plus what it isn’t) and will show how the concepts of game design can be used to create an online course template.

Quality Instilled= Quality Output: Developing Quality Online Experiences

Lee, R. (2016, October). Quality Instilled= Quality Output: Developing Quality Online Experiences. Session at the SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Working with the Quality Matters program on improving the quality of courses and with the Graduate department, we are able to make a difference to the student online experience. We realize that the distance education consumer is savvier and know how to research a good online program. However, by making sure our courses are meeting Quality Matters guidelines, we are ahead of that challenge.

A Case Study of the Anatomy of Designing Online Group Presentations

Lemke, E., Lee, R., & Guth, W. (2016, October). Case study: The anatomy of designing and improving online group presentations. Session presentation at the SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

We will present and discuss different approaches to designing online group presentations that are authentic and relevant to students’ professional lives through the lens of continuous improvement. We will describe the design challenge and solution, and successes and lessons learned, as well the role of an instructional designer in identifying the needs of the developer and building and maintaining a highly collaborative professional relationship. This session is intended to elicit audience feedback and participation in sharing other design challenges and solutions.

Planning an Accessible Online Course

Wilson, K. & Scherer, C. (2016, October). Planning an accessible online course. Presentation at the SLATE conference, Naperville, IL.

Not sure where to start with web accessibility? This session will briefly introduce web accessibility and provide attendees with practical (and easy!) takeaways for making online courses more accessible to students using assistive technology, regardless of LMS and regardless of level of technical expertise.

Taking a Step Back: Vetting Webapps to Meet Standards 8.2 and 8.3

Wilson, K. (2016, October). Taking a step back: Vetting webapps to meet Standards 8.2 and 8.3. Presentation at the Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning, Portland, OR.

Using Quality Matters Standards 8.2 and 8.3, this session will present a simple process for vetting webapps for accessibility during development and review.

August 2016

Quality Matters: How to Design a Well-Aligned Course

Lee, R. & Mansbach, J. Quality Matters: How to Design a Well-Aligned Course. Presentation at CanvasCon, Evanston, IL.

Are you interested in learning how to use Quality Matters, a set of nationally recognized guidelines about what constitutes a well designed online course? This session will give attendees examples of how to incorporate Quality Matters into course design using Canvas in order to create a high quality course.

Tools for Teaching Creative Writing Online

Wilson, K. (2016, August). Tools for teaching creative writing online. Discussion at the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, Madison, WI.

This discussion gave participants the opportunity to reconcile the in-person salon workshop with teaching in an online environment by utilizing existing LMS features, building community, facilitating workgroups, and assessing webapps.

May 2016

Natural Language Processing Analysis of Online Students’ Discussion Board Participation

Wickham, J. (2016, May). Natural Language Processing Analysis of Online Students’ Discussion Board Participation. Digital poster session at TeachX Conference, Evanston, IL.

In partnership with Northwestern Information Technology, student participation in online discussion boards was analyzed using a Natural Language Processing Engine and Presto Discussion Analytics LTI for five courses in the Master of Science in Global Health Program. Level of participation as well as topics of discussion and use of program glossary terms were highlighted in the analysis.

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