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Third Annual NDLW Mini-Conference

Third Annual NDLW Mini-Conference

Presented by TAMUT, Driving Excellence in Online Learning: Quality Assurance, Tuesday, November 7, 2017 NDLW

Blackboard, Inc - Maroon Crested Eagle Sponsor                  Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE)

Keynote Address Luncheon

Quality Assurance for Student Learning: Moving from Satisfaction to Performance
Dr. Sunay Palsol

Session One - Making Online Content ADA Accessible

When creating digital content, there are certain steps you can take to increase accessibility for all students. This session offers strategies for making your print and multimedia materials accessible to a wide range of students. Includes using alt-text for images, captions for videos, headings and subheadings for logical reading order, and demonstrates tools for determining optimum textual contrast.
Robert Norman


Session Two - Checklists as a QA Tool for Distance Learning

Not all institutions can afford to be a member of Quality Matters (QM) and pay for QM to validate their courses. However, institutions can ensure the quality of their distance learning courses by using best practices in distance learning instructional design that increase student satisfaction with distance learning. A checklist that is open-access/non-proprietary and created by the presenter based on distance learning best practices will be presented. In the second half of the session, attendees will be split into groups to evaluate the checklist and compare it to their own practices. All groups will be provided the opportunity to suggest additional items for the checklist that might make it more useful for their own and other organizations. At the end of the session, each group will present their ideas to the larger group.
Dr. Colleen Halupa



Session Three - Beyond the Essay: Integrating Writing in Hybrid and Online Courses

Many faculty have the desire to integrate writing into their online and hybrid courses; however, they may struggle with recognizing the opportunities beyond the essay available to them. As they develop their writing proficiency (sentence fluency, grammar, word choice, structure), students also benefit from improving their rhetorical knowledge (purpose, audience, subject, genre, and medium) that allows them to make effective choices when writing. That is, learning and talking about writing and how it functions (consumption) aids in writing (production). Collaborative works, multi-modal pieces, and a variety of informal activities that support both writing knowledge and skill development will be presented.
Dr. Corrine Hinton
Tatiana Schneekloth


Session Four - Students' Perspectives on Flipped Courses

The new millennium is well underway and Higher Education Institutions are subjected to pressure to graduate technologically savvy students that meet the demands of the labor force in a timely manner. Additionally, there is an increasing number of students that are holding full time or part time jobs and need flexible times to attend to their search for a degree.

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed to minimize the number of physical classroom meetings. This presentation captures some of the feedback from students after being subjected to flipped courses. It is clear that a minority of students are stuck in the old mold and require instructors to do more to get them on board.
Dr. Wycliffe Njororai Simiyu


Event Information & Free Registration:


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