Online and Blended Teaching Workshops

A workshop in progress

We currently offer workshops on teaching blended and fully online courses. 

Topics generally covered include:

  • How to choose a technology that helps students achieve the learning objectives
  • How to choose the length and format of your online modules
  • How to more accurately assess your students' understanding and avoid academic dishonesty
  • Managing communication in a blended and/or online environment
  • How to evaluate your course and make improvements for the next iteration

Technologies generally covered include those that best facilitate:

  • Presentation (e.g. Camtasia, Adobe Presenter)
  • Organization (e.g. checklist and navigation tools
  • Communication (e.g. Skype, Adobe Presenter, Discussion Forums)
  • Collaboration (e.g. Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Wikis)

 

Blended 101 (May of every year)

Blended courses combine the best aspects of online and traditional instruction for a flexible learning experience that benefits students, faculty, and administrators. This four-day workshop is offered as part of the Office of Faculty & Organizational Development's "Spring Institute on College Teaching and Learning" every May.  We offer the workshop in a blended format to give a rich immersion in the tools and techniques for online teaching and learning.

  • Pre-workshop activities:  The week before our workshop begins we open a course in ANGEL that contains a lesson on "The Secret of Instructional Design" and a first assignment, to be completed before day 1 of the workshop.
  • Days 1 & 2:  We meet face-to-face from 8:30 - 3:30 both days (lunch and light breakfast included) to explore the pedagogies, technologies, and communication strategies implemented in award-winning blended courses at MSU. We then work hands-on with the technologies presented to practice blending our own lessons.
  • Day 3:  We do not meet as a group; rather, participants work on blending a lesson and have the option of meeting with a LearnDAT consultant to discuss their technological and pedagogical interests.
  • Day 4:  We meet face-to-face and share our lesson-blending ideas and explore more global questions, such as preparing students for the blended experience and evaluating the effectiveness of a blended course.

Please register through the Office of Faculty & Organizational Development

 

Fundamentals of Blended Instruction (January of every year)

This is a condensed version of the Blended 101 workshop that we offer (see above).  The program takes place over two consecutive afternoons and is offered as part of LCCTP's January offering of the "Faculty Seminars in Instructional Technology."

  • Day 1: We meet from 1:30 - 4:30 (after lunch and presentations at the Union) to explore the pedagogies, technologies, and communication strategies implemented in award-winning blended courses at MSU.  We wrap up by beginning to sketch out a blended lesson.
  • Day 2: We meet again from 1:30 - 4:30 (after lunch and presentations at the Union) to share and discuss our lesson-blending ideas and explore more global questions, such as preparing students for the blended experience and evaluating the effectiveness of a blended course.  We also share and discuss strategies for managing communication and assessing students.

Please register through LCTTP

 

Fundamentals of Online Instruction (May of every year)

This workshop takes place over two consecutive afternoons and is offered as part of LCCTP's May offering of the "Faculty Seminars in Instructional Technology."

  • Day 1: We meet from 1:30 - 4:30 (after lunch and presentations at the Union) to explore the pedagogical strategies and technologies implemented in award-winning online courses at MSU.  We spend ample time using popular technologies that facilitate communication, organization, assessment, collaboration, and more.
  • Day 2: We meet again from 1:30 - 4:30 (after lunch and presentations at the Union) to continue exploring the affordances and constraints of various technologies and pedagogical decisions.  We also share and discuss strategies for managing communication, assessing students, and evaluating your course.

Please register through LCTTP