Now that early-bird registration for the eLearning Strategies Symposium has been expanded until October 22nd, take a look at the superb selections during Session Five, Friday December 6th and then register for this exciting conference.
Blended Learning Strategies for Successful Students
In this engaging session, participants will learn multiple strategies to engage students in both a virtual and blended learning setting to increase student success and completion rates. Strategies are based on research of best practices and the implementation of those practices with at-risk students. A small change in the questions you ask your online students can potentially have a huge impact on the student’s success.
Blended Learning: It’s Time for a Mobile Makeover
Are you frustrated by the lack of technology in your classroom? Harness the power of mobile devices to engage your students and amplify their curiosity. Teach your students how to leverage their mobile devices to research, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create! Only a fraction of your students actually need a mobile device for you to successfully create a high-tech classroom. Explore free education apps, learn how to use QR codes in the classroom and walk away with tons of ideas for how you can use mobile devices to create a student-centered classroom.
The Importance of Community in an Online Environment
Alice Keeler, Joe Wood
While the majority of focus in developing an online class is on the curriculum an equal or greater focus on relationships and community is needed. Explore ideas for how to create community in an online course.
Pre-service teachers in the Business/Technology major at Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada, are delivering professional development technology training virtually to teachers in remote northern First Nations Aboriginal schools in Manitoba. This reverse order of who is providing the instruction–or flipping PD–provides practicing teachers with 21st century skills to infuse technology into their curriculum and simultaneously provides the pre-service teachers with teaching experience as well as sustainability for PD and PLN growth for everyone in the project. The project aligns with ISTE Nets S and T as well as C, Advancing Digital Age Coaching. This session presents the process, strategies, and tools to deliver this PD project.
Selecting the Right Tool
Let’s face it, eLearning requires some hi-tech tools to make it all happen and there’s certainly no shortage of those around in this day and age. So how do you sift out the pearls from the sand and get the best tools you can? In this session you will learn some key principles that will help you evaluate potential technology tools and we will take a look at some of the pros and cons of some the more common Learning Management Systems out there.
Transitioning Online – Productivity Tips
Daniel Fisher, Amanda Vazquez, Cindy Carbajal
Online teaching is different from teaching in the bricks and mortar classroom, but many best practices are interchangeable. Interaction and efficient planning are key to successful teaching, in either format. Come learn as a panel of experienced online educators share their instructional, technical, and planning tips for your smooth transition to online teaching or use in a traditional classroom.
Garbage In. Garbage Out. Quality Online Learning Begins with Great Courses
Inputs matter. How can you tell if an online course is any good, whether it engages students in active learning, or challenges them with authentic, higher-level work? We’ll detail the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) course review process, from publisher entry to publication, outlining criteria, including iNACOL’s course standards, for receiving our certification as part of our University of California partnership. We’ll also share data from the California eLearning Census.
Teaching Common Core Through Integrated History and Language Arts
David Dillon, Courtney Hanes
Participants will explore two award winning History websites that are used in Riverside Virtual School courses to integrate Common Core Standards in History and English. These websites and online activities engage students in historical inquiry, opposing viewpoints, meta-cognition, and activities where students challenge the textbook with primary source documents in an online and blended classroom environment. A variety of lessons and online activities allow students to become independent learners by engaging in online historical investigations and argumentative essay writing.
Design and Implementation of a Comprehensive Online/Blended Learning PD Program
The Orange County Department of Education will showcase the development of their Online and Blended Learning Professional Development program . At the core of the curriculum is the Leading Edge Certification for Online and Blended Teacher which has now gone “beyond the edge”. Expansion modules include and introduction to online learning, webinars to increase skill sets, and courses on developing online courses. Participants will be taken through the development process and how they can build sustainability in their own programs.