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NDLW Webinars and Workshops

Monday, November 9th

USDLA: “Accessibility & Usability in Online Courses”
9-10am, UC210
Presented by: Cecelia Green (Quality Matters)

Creating quality accessible courses for every learner is a very important part of course design.  So important in fact that it is addressed in the Quality Matters Rubric, General Standard 8: Accessibility and Usability.

Quality Matters (QM) is pleased to bring you this presentation about Accessibility and Usability in Online Courses as part of USDLA’s National Distance Learning Week.  You will leave with a better understanding about the issues learners will encounter concerning accessibility and usability and why it is important to design courses with all learners in mind. The presentation is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who want to understand more about accessibility of online course.

USDLA: “Discover the Latest Mobile Learning & Collaboration Technology”
12-1pm, UC210
Presented by: Derek Lundsten (CEO, Scrimmage)

Corporate Learning is being impacted with complex initiatives and higher expectations to grow results. By implementing the latest mobile technology, this Webinar explores how to take your learning initiatives to the next level. New learning paradigms, along with the latest mobile training innovations will be showcased, including social collaboration tools, interactive gamification features and pro-active coaching methods that can be accessed on any device anywhere, anytime. Our goal is to increase learner engagement & knowledge retention, as well as improve how employees collaborate, compete and, in turn, obtain new levels of performance. Join us for an inspired, informative and fun program.

Quality Matters: “Beyond Standard 8: Universal Design and QM”
1-2pm, UC210
Presented by Betsy Stringam, Associate Professor of Hotels and Resorts, New Mexico State University

While QM Standard 8 addresses accessibility for vision and hearing differences, other QM Standards address a wider range of diverse learning and instructional accessibility needs. This session will help faculty understand how different QM Standards support diverse students and show how QM helps to achieve good universal design. While the session will present information on QM and universal design for all students, the session will focus in particular on the needs of students with Autism Spectrum disorder and on how QM, effectively applied, helps meet their needs.

Tuesday, November 10th

Introduction to Mindtap
Presented by Tralise Legg, Cengage

As distance and online programs are developed and continue to grow, instructors will need to consider many factors: student needs, program requirements, administrative guidelines, and accreditation impact.  This workshop will address all of these needs and explain how MindTap provides a learning platform that can improve course outcomes and, as a result, also help with student retention and program growth. The workshop also covers the support Cengage can offer to help with the confident and effective use of distance learning programs at every step of the process from set-up to gathering relevant analytics needed to access program effectiveness.  Finally, the workshop will discuss the cost-effective options Cengage has developed as a response to the significant financial investment of higher education.

NDLW Mini-Conference Vendor Area Opens
12-1pm, 3rd Floor Atrium, University Center

Come visit our technology partners, including Blackboard, TFE Connect, NBC Learn, Atomic Learning, and Cengage.

NDLW Mini-Conference
1-5pm, 3rd Floor Atrium, University Center
Presented by Texas A&M University-Texarkana & Texarkana College

Join us for our first ever mini-conference! There will be food, prizes, great presentations, and opportunities to network with your peers from local area colleges.

Schedule of Events

1:00 – 1:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Donna McDaniel, Texarkana College Vice President of Instruction

1:15 – 2:00

Presentation: Traci Pittman
Branding: It’s Everyone’s Job

2:00 – 2:30

Presentation: Drs. Martindale & Strunc
Using Nearpod in Online Courses

2:30 – 2:45

Embracing the Future—Special Activity

2:45 – 3:15

Greetings from NETnet:
Mickey Slimp, NETnet Executive Director

2:45 – 3:15

Meet & Greet: Network with Your Colleagues

3:15 – 3:45

Presentation: TC Honors College & Phi Theta Kappa
Open Source, Open Mind

3:45 – 4:30

Presentation: Dr. David Allard
Problem-Based Learning in an Online Course

4:30 – 5:00

Farewell and Closing Remarks:
Dr. Emily Cutrer, Texas A&M University-Texarkana President

Wednesday, November 11th 

Integrating NBC Learn
9-10am, UC324
Presented by Cynthia Harrison,
Educational Consultant, NBC Learn

In this training you will learn more about this fabulous resource which provides access to thousands of current and archived educational videos from NBC. You’ll discover how to leverage this content in your online or traditional classroom, how to access the videos, and how to easily integrate the content into Blackboard.

Webinar: Respondus Lockdown Browser, Respondus Monitor, & Respondus 4 Campus
Rescheduled: Monday, November 23rd, 9-10am

Presented by Nick Laboda, Respondus

Learn how LockDown Browser prevents students from printing, copying, going to other websites or accessing other applications during an exam. Then see how Respondus Monitor uses a student's webcam and video technology to deter cheating during non-proctored exams. Using Respondus 4 Campus’ Test Bank Network to locate publisher test banks and add them to Blackboard will briefly be addressed.

Webinar: ZOOM in the Classroom
RESCHEDULED: Thursday, November 19th, 12-1pm
Presented by Raul Montez, ZOOM

Over 2,500 educational institutions use Zoom. In this webinar, you will learn how Zoom makes communication and collaboration between teachers, faculty and staff more efficient and convenient. Also, a brief case study from the University of San Francisco.

USDLA Webinar: Virtual Presence: Inspire and Engage in the Virtual Classroom and Beyond
12-1pm, UC210
Presented by: Kate Nugent, Facilitator and Director of Product & Training, The Ariel Group

In the virtual medium, great content can easily be sabotaged by a presenter’s low energy, irritating vocal qualities or general inability to engage and excite their audience. Whether presenting online to hundreds via webinar, facilitating a small virtual classroom workshop, or phone conferencing with team members and direct reports, the most effective training leaders and facilitators harness their virtual presence to authentically connect with the hearts and minds of others for maximum impact. 

CampusPack Webinar: Best Practices
2-3pm, UC210
Presented by Hal Herzog, Campus Pack

Learn how you can use Campus Pack to create wikis, blogs, journals, podcasts, and discussion boards within Blackboard, share them with specific people, a class or with the “entire world.”, and how to create a journal that only a student and their instructor can see. Learn about Campus Pack templates for simple content creation. 5. How faculty can customize and template ePortfolio 6. How an individual using the ePortfolio application can publish and push content to popular sites including Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Thursday, November 12th

Webinar: Avoiding Plagiarism with Turnitin
RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, November 17th, 1-2pm
Presented by: Chris McClure, Training Specialist for Turnitin

Session Details:

In this session, school/institution administrators and faculty (teachers/instructors) will have the opportunity to take advantage of a live training session on the use of Turnitin, covering everything from class and assignment set-up through the use of the originality checking and grading tools to evaluate student work. In addition, during the session we will also discuss how Turnitin can be used to support academic integrity and help students learn how to use source material more appropriately.

There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and dive into the full Turnitin feature set. This session will also address the Turnitin touch points should your institution provide Turnitin access via a learning management system (LMS).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to use Turnitin features
    • Assignment creation
    • Originality checking
    • Online grading: rubrics, QuickMark comments, voice comments, etc.
    • See how Turnitin can be used to support academic integrity.

0.1 CEUs Available

USDLA Webinar: 10 Signs that the Shift to Digital is Underway – And 5 Ways to Get Ahead of the Curve
12-1pm, UC216
Presented by: John Watson, President of Evergreen Education Group and lead author of the annual Keeping Pace Report, and Mickey Revenaugh, co-founder of Connections Education and Board President of iNACOL

The impact of technology on every aspect of our lives has accelerated and multiplied over the past few years, changing the way we communicate with our families, buy groceries, catch a ride to the airport, and even plan for our deaths. Traditionally, K-12 education has been slow to change compared with the realm of business or consumers, but all around us is evidence that the shift to digital learning is finally happening. On this webinar, two leading digital education experts talk about the evidence they’re seeing across the U.S. that technology is taking root – and pinpoint the gaps that remain. Tune in to hear observations and advice from John Watson, CEO of Evergreen Education Group and co-author of Evergreen’s annual Keeping Pace Report, and Mickey Revenaugh, co-founder of Connections Education and Board President of iNACOL. 

Quality Matters Webinar: Incorporating Accessibility Standards in Course Design and Materials
1-2pm, UC210
Presented by: Teresa Prange & Sage Freeman, Chemeketa Community College

Do you need to update your video and multimedia course presentations to meet accessibility standards? In this session you will see an actual course with examples of alternative formats to meet diverse learners and discover tools you may use to help meet the accessibility standard.

Friday, November 13th

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop
9am-4:30pm, UC116
Presented by: Julia Allen

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The APPQMR is also the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer. This F2F full-day workshop includes lunch and all participant materials.

You must be pre-registered to attend this workshop. Email jallen@tamut.edu now to register.  

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