Instructional Technologist Aaron Bannasch led a discussion of best practices for facilitating online group work during the June Online Learning Webinar. Aaron covered evidence-based reasons for including group work in courses, tips for deciding on group size and composition, and learning technologies to assist students in collaboration. Faculty attendees shared experiences with learning activities that proved useful for working in groups. A recording of the webinar is available on Blue Jeans.
Online Learning Webinars
In May’s online learning webinar, Content Specialist Christine Scherer shared information on web accessibility in course design, specifically the use of alternative text to make images accessible to all students. Faculty were asked to think of alt-text for a variety of images, both straightforward and complex. A recording of the webinar is available on Blue Jeans. To learn more about accessibility, visit the SPS Distance Learning Accessibility page.
In April’s Online Learning Webinar, learning designers Jessica Mansbach and Krissy Wilson and instructional technologist Jackie Wickham responded to recent student survey results indicating that students want more individual feedback from faculty, sharing six topics related to feedback for online students: Providing Useful Feedback Frequency and Timing of Feedback Getting Students to Use Your Feedback Tone and Bad Feedback Time-Saving Feedback Strategies Considering Feedback in Building Course Structure Faculty attendees also shared experiences and concerns related to providing feedback to students in the online environment. To view a recording of the webinar, click here. To visit the Canvas site displayed
Reba-Anna and Elizabeth shared tips on creating a student-centered syllabus. They answered common questions about the function of the syllabus and provided information about incorporating media, making the syllabus easy for students to read, and important Northwestern resources to include in the syllabus. A recording of the webinar is available through Blue Jeans.
Northwestern University Librarians Charlotte Cubbage and Tracy Coyne joined us for November’s Online Learning Webinar, Take A Trip Beyond Google: Support for Your Online Course Information and Research Needs. Tracy and Charlotte shared information about the library as well as tips and tricks for finding resources related to your program and course. If you couldn’t make the webinar, view the recording. SPS hosts Online Learning Webinars the first Wednesday of every month at noon. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered in an upcoming Online Learning Webinar, please contact Instructional Technologist Jackie Wickham.