Spring 2018

To enroll in NLI sessions, please go to http://nli.tlos.vt.edu/

LED: Authentic Assessment through Project and Problem-based Learning

This session provides participants with an overview of options, tools, and strategies for designing, developing and managing authentic assessment through project and problem-based learning including an introduction to these approaches and the creation of rubrics for the assessment of learning through these activities.

CLOSED
January 30: 10:00 am
Credits: 1

NCR: Instructional Design Consultations

Have a challenge in the teaching of your course you'd like to address or just want to keep it fresh?  Consult with instructional designers to determine strategies so that your content, learning activities and assessments are more easily managed and effective for student achievement.

CLOSED
February 6: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Credits: 1

Creating Media-Enhanced Courses Using Adobe Photoshop

This session provides an overview of the tools and options in Adobe Photoshop for the creation of media to enhance course design and content development.

CLOSED
February 6: 1:00 pm
Credits: 1

NCR: Fresh Look at Your Syllabus

Let’s ask some hard questions.  Has your syllabus been prepared with accessibility in mind?  Is it complete with all up to date required information? Is it aligned with SACS guidelines?  Can it be improved?  Let’s do quick review and explore templates, prepared statements, etc. for a new and improved version.

CLOSED
February 6: 3:00 pm
Credits: 1

NCR: Why Should I Care about Quality Matters?

The QM standards form a strong foundation for high-quality, successful distance learning course design and development. This session provides an overview of the research-based standards as indicators of quality in distance learning course design and what they mean to faculty and programs.

CLOSED
February 6: 4:00 pm
Credits: 1

NCR: Keeping it All in Line

Are your learning outcomes worded as well as you’d like? Do you ever wonder if your assessments actually measure progress toward mastery of your content?  Do your learning activities support that progress? Spend some time reviewing the alignment of your outcomes, content, activities and assessments through the Course Alignment Tool we will share in this session.

CLOSED
February 6: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Credits: 1

NCR: Connected Classroom Overview

TLOS will be offering a Connected Classroom overview. We will be going
over some best practices for using a Connected Classroom. If you have
specific questions please email Daniel Yaffe at yaffedi@vt.edu
beforehand so they can be covered in the session.

CLOSED
February 7: 10:00 am
Credits: 1

NCR: Desktop Lecture Capture/ Video Capture

This session will focus on the use of Camtasia to record lectures or to create a video as a supplement for your class. We will also go over some free templates that will let you get a jumpstart when using Camtasia. It would be helpful to have a computer and Camtasia installed. You can download a trial version at:
https://www.techsmith.com/download/camtasia/

CLOSED
February 7: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Credits: 1

NCR: Our Distance Learning Policy: Faculty Certification and Course Quality Assurance Review

What are they, why do we need them and how do we get them?  This session provides an overview of the process for certification of faculty as validation of preparation to teach distance courses and the quality assurance review of courses to validate equivalency and adherence to quality standards so as to align with the Distance Learning Policy that is considered by accrediting agencies, our state-to-state course offering consortia agreement (nc-SARA), and program rankings.

CLOSED
February 7: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Credits: 1

NCR: Instructional Design Consultations

Have a challenge in the teaching of your course you'd like to address or just want to keep it fresh?  Consult with instructional designers to determine strategies so that your content, learning activities and assessments are more easily managed and effective for student achievement.

CLOSED
February 7: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Credits: 1

Exploring Options for Creating Instructional Media

TLOS offers a wide range of options to assist you in the creation of instructional video content. From pedagogy-based best practices for video recording, to helping you learn the tools to record your lectures, to a variety of studio-based options from quick, simple one-button functionality all the way up to a professional-quality studio, this session will let you know more about the expertise and facilities TLOS brings to bear.

OPEN
February 8: 10:00 am
Credits: 1

Creating and Managing Online Groupwork

Engaging students in collaborative work is challenging in any classroom environment but even more so in an online class. This session will provide an overview of the strategies and tools for establishing, managing and assessing group work in an online course.

At the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to: Explore options and models for managing group work online Discuss the challenges, advantages to including group work in online courses Determine the opportunities for incorporating group work in your online course.

OPEN
February 8: 12:00 pm - 1:30
Credits: 2

Mastery of Online Learning Certificate

Come join fellow faculty teaching online in a learning community focused on effective online teaching strategies.  After an initial real-time meeting on-site or via WebEx, this eight-week series of facilitated learning modules is conducted asynchronously online.  Additional real-time meetings of the group may be scheduled according to participant preferences and schedules.

Community activity focuses on research-based strategies and best practices for structuring online courses, developing content, and managing the online classroom so as to engage learners and increase interactivity.

Faculty successfully completing the certification are in compliance with Virginia Tech’s Distance Learning Policy #6364, particularly for online courses offered across state lines.  This policy is referenced by Virginia Tech’s nc-SARA participation agreement as well as external licensing, certification, and program ranking review processes.

Participants successfully completing this certification program will earn 12 hours of NLI credit.

For more information, please email ledcontact@vt.edu.

OPEN
February 14: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Credits: 12

Modularizing Your Course in Canvas - Moveable Lessons for Extended Learning Opportunities.

Participants in this session will explore and discuss creating stand-alone learning modules that can be connected in your class or extracted for use in interdisciplinary or collaborative learning experiences.  Specific modularized content from a lower level course can be added to an upper-level course for access by students for review or remediation when needed.  Options for additional exploration by advanced students can also be modularized and added to courses as desired.  This session will focus on the strategies and recommendations for utilizing the structure within Canvas to manage content and associate activity and assessment in a modularized approach to learning experiences.

OPEN
February 20: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Credits: 1

Templates for Canvas in the Online and Flipped Classroom

Any Learning Management System (LMS) can be daunting if you haven’t used it before, or if you’re populating a new site from scratch. In this session, LED Instructional Designers will show you a few templates we offer to help provide a quality-assured platform and structure for your content. We have options ranging from a basic platform for face-to-face delivery all the way to much more thorough templates for fully online courses, and if you choose, you will leave the session with your own template you can begin populating whenever you like.

OPEN
February 22: 1:00 pm
Credits: 1

Tools and Strategies for Interaction and Active Learning in an Online Environment

This session will provide an overview of tools, strategies and best practices for designing and managing discussions, leveraging peer interaction, student presentations, collaborative and group work in learning activities that engage students in the online classroom.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Develop an instructional plan that considers learner interactions.

Develop a plan that incorporates appropriate technologies to support and/or enhance student interaction

OPEN
February 26: 10:00 am - 11:30
Credits: 2

Mastery of Blended/Flipped Classroom Teaching

Join LED experts for this intensive, six-session certificate program dedicated to mastering teaching in blended and flipped classroom environments. Learn how to best leverage various tools, assessments, and instructional strategies, both in the classroom and in the online environment, to help your students get the most out of your course (and enjoy the ride more, too!).

OPEN
February 28 - April 4: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Credits: 12

Using Camtasia to Create Engaging Interactive Lecture Videos

This session serves as a more targeted extension of our "Creating Content with Screen Recording Tools" session, in which we will take an in-depth look at TechSmith's popular tool, Camtasia. Whether you want to record a presentation, create a tutorial, or capture a simulation of expensive software your students may not have, Camtasia may be the tool for you. Learn how to leverage Camtasia to not only record your content, but make it more engaging and interactive as well.

OPEN
February 28: 1:00 pm
Credits: 1

Creating Content with Screen Recording Tools

This session serves as a broad overview of video screen capture tools you can use to record your lectures for online, flipped, or just technology-enhanced delivery to give you more active learning time with your face-to-face students. We will discuss best practices with these tools in general, and then take a look at a few of the specific tools, ranging from VT-supported free tools to more involved interactive recording/editing tools.

OPEN
March 1: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Credits: 1

Designing and Using Rubrics for Assessment in Online Courses

Assessment in online courses remains challenging with regard to identification of the test taker, potential for cheating, etc. One deterrent to violations of academic integrity is the use of assessment other than tests or quizzes for which there are clear and effective rubrics. Rubrics allow students to have confidence in the expectations, guides for completion of assessments such as projects, papers or presentations and can reduce the anxiety that can lead to cheating as a option for success in your online course. In addition, a well-constructed rubric can allow for faster grading process and fewer questions on grade points earned. This session will present the strategies, best practices and models for designing assessments that include the design and development of effective rubrics.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the challenges to assessment in online learning.
  • Discuss the advantages of including a clear and effective rubric as part of an assessment description.
  • Determine an assessment in your online course for which a rubric can be used.
  • Apply strategies and best practices to draft a rubric for an online assessment.
OPEN
March 6: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Credits: 2