Let’s Talk (& Read About) Online Teaching and Learning

Academic Technology and Instructional Design Services are happy to sponsor a series of discussion group meetings for online and online-interested faculty this term, discussing big questions and issues in online teaching and learning.

Instructors who attend at least 3 (out of 6) online pedagogy in-person discussions and/or virtual sessions during Spring term can receive 1 item for permanent loan (you can keep it for the length of your employment) from the AT prize cabinet, which includes a collection of useful-for-online-teaching materials, e.g.:

  • A webcam
  • A computer microphone
  • A software purchase 
  • Wireless keyboard/mouse combination
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Headphones or headset
  • eReader
  • Relevant book about online learning
  • One-year individual membership to relevant online learning group
  • etc.

(Some technology is subject to approval by IT/AT, but attendees will be able to choose something useful and relevant to their online work). Items are given for long-term loan without expectation of return/check in unless the instructor is no longer teaching for LCC.

In addition, anyone attending/participating in a session will be entered into a drawing to win a specific upgraded piece of technology for the next year/term (example: MacBook Air laptop or new iPad) or travel to a nearby eLearning conference. Attendees would earn one entry per session attended (in-person or online). This technology would be college owned but given out for long-term loan with no expectation of return until faculty are no longer teaching online for LCC and/or no longer need the computer. Drawing would be held at the end of Spring term, and the order would take place after that in consultation with the winner.

But wait, there’s more

In-person sessions will also have, by popular demand, snacks and coffee!

How do I sign up?

Use the form below to sign up in advance for these sessions. You’ll receive a reminder two weeks and one week in advance, along with a suggested/recommended reading that will guide our discussion.

Session Contents and Enrollment Size:

In-person sessions are limited to 15 participants and will be conducted as round table discussions, with prompting questions but no presentation. Virtual sessions are week-long discussions run on Moodle, with an optional synchronous piece or experimental technology when relevant.

Discussions will cover a broad range of relevant and thought-provoking topics related specifically to community college education online. Suggested topics are below:

  • Week 4 (10-11, 4/26): When, how, and whether to expand online at community colleges
  • Week 5 (online): Meeting online students where they are: Strategies for improving student success
  • Week 7 (online): Does online learning help or harm student progress?
  • Week 8 (10-11, 5/24): Creating close community while learning/teaching at a distance
  • Week 9: Data, data, data (online): What do the numbers show (and mean) what do we need to know?
  • Week 10 (10-11, 6/7): Do online classes need an instructor? The importance of online teaching presence

Sign up here!

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