Webinars & Recordings
SUNY Online Teaching: Interested in Teaching Online
Interested in Teaching Online? - an openly-licensed self-paced online course offered by SUNY Online that is free of charge and open now to any one interested in learning more about online teaching and learning. To access the course visit: https://online.suny.edu/interested/
Fellow Chat: Reducing Online Student Isolation
With more traditional students taking online degrees, the needs of online students are changing. Students are now looking for a fuller college experience beyond the usual links to campus resources and services. At the same time, institutions are struggling with the challenge to retain students in their online programs. Both traditional and nontraditional online students are more likely to drop out of their programs than their classroom counterparts due to feelings of isolation. To reduce isolation, campuses must use strategies that strengthen the connection online students have with their peers and their institution.
The Campus Life Model for Reducing Student Isolation is an innovative, cross-campus retention effort to increase the success and retention rate of online students by creating community and connected-ness in a virtual environment. SUNY Canton seeks to increase the retention rates of fully online students through a campus life model that will transform their online learning experience. Engagement strategies grounded in technology, innovation, and pedagogy, and mapped to the different dimensions of campus life (academic, social, and co-curricular) are shared.
NDLW: Program Design at Scale
SUNY Online Degrees at Scale campuses will talk about their experience in the program pilot relative to the following areas:
-design for large enrollment classes
-template course model
-accelerated courses and multiple entry terms
-collaborative course model
-use of TAs for large enrollment courses
NDLW: Distance Learning Leaders’ Response to COVID-19
Panelists will share their experiences with providing just-in-time training for faculty new to online and remote teaching and learning, creating customized checklists and Online SWAT teams to support faculty, engaging the voices of our learners, and more. SUNY Plattsburgh’s E-Learning Best Practices Handbook
NDLW: Coursera for Campus
Coursera for Campus provides SUNY students with access to a library of world-class learning experiences aligned with the needs of today’s leading companies. Additionally, professional development courses and course authoring tools are available for SUNY faculty and staff. This session will review what is available and the details of the Coursera & SUNY partnership.
NDLW: Online Blackboard Community
Research shows online students seek a sense of connectedness to their institution as well as clear, easily accessible program resources. To meet these needs the SPH Online Community in Blackboard was created to provide fully online students at the University at Albany School of Public Health with relevant information to assist in navigating their programs as well as serving as a mechanism for connecting with classmates and staff. Categories such as “Meet the Staff”, “Student Services” and “New Student Orientation” allow our largely non-traditional students 24/7 access to relevant materials in one convenient location.
NDLW: SUNY Mental Health Initiative
As part a new plan to help address the uptick in mental health and wellness needs among college students due to the impact of COVID-19, SUNY has partnered with Thriving Campus to provide every student from SUNY’s colleges and universities with access to a network of more than 6,000 licensed mental health service providers. The mobile-friendly app, already utilized at two SUNY campuses, breaks down a number of crucial, often overlooked barriers that students frequently encounter in the process of reaching out for help. By streamlining and simplifying what can be a stressful and overwhelming process, and building synergy with local mental health providers, more students will be seamlessly connected with the specific help they need, when they need it.
NDLW: Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC)
The State University of New York (SUNY) has launched “Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success” (#EmTechMOOC) is an online learning opportunity to enhance 21st-century skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Participants in this free online learning opportunity explore established and emerging technology tools for career and personal advancement. Attend this session to learn how this voluntary learning opportunity has impacted learners from across the globe. Since January 2018, nearly 25,000 learners from across 150+ countries have participated to learn about the value and implications of using emerging technologies. Come to this session to learn about what’s new in #EmTechMOOC.
NDLW: COIL during COVID
COIL, or collaborative online international learning, is a “teaching and learning methodology…which fosters faculty and student interaction with peers abroad through co-taught multicultural online and blended learning environments emphasizing experiential student collaboration.” This presentation will discuss the way our collaboration (with students in Oswego, New York and Monterrey, Mexico) was conceived, created, and facilitated in the time of COVID.
NDLW: Using the Best Practices of Asynchronous Online Learning to Synchronous Online Learning
In response to the pandemic instructors were asked to engage in online learning that may have only taught face to face before. From the perspective of an instructional designer, who primarily works with “traditional” asynchronous online course work, the faculty relied on best practices from those online courses to create their synchronous online course. The best practices that we will be discussing will be universal design for learning and backwards design, as they both came to the forefront in designing the synchronous course work.
NDLW: Preparing Faculty for Remote Teaching
This presentation will discuss how the Online Education office at Westchester Community College implemented a Remote Teaching Certification course that was required for all faculty teaching in the Fall 2020. The presentation will include how it worked, a hands-on demonstration of the course and a discussion of challenges and successes.
NDLW: Creating a Student Orientation to Online Learning in Blackboard
If students are unfamiliar with how to approach and plan for taking an online course, and/or how to use the Learning Management System and other available instructional technology tools, then they are unlikely to be successful in taking an online course. This session will show how we created an online course in Blackboard that introduces students to the concept of online learning, while also demonstrating the tools they might use to accomplish different tasks in an online environment. Getting context and practice in a non-credit-bearing orientation may increase student engagement in online learning and reduce the stress and anxiety of taking classes in a different type of educational environment. Included in the session will be our goals for the roll out of this material, as well as an explanation of how we folded in an “achievement” process in Blackboard for students to be able to show faculty that they are familiar with the basic foundational skills.
NDLW: Sharing Your Screen and Your Face Too!
Having your face show up when you do a screen share helps keep the audience engaged and feel connected. Whenever I am sharing a spreadsheet or document during a meeting or when creating asynchronous videos, I use Loom to also have my face showing in a circle (adjustable size) off to a corner. Loom is a free desktop app and or Chrome extension.
NDLW: Hyflex 101: Early Takeaways and Lessons Learned from two SBCC Business Faculty
Hyflex: Is it an opportunity to use innovative course modalities to meet student needs? In this presentation, you will hear from two SBCC business faculty about the decision to learn and implement the Hyflex modality in their courses for Fall 2021. We will discuss why this modality was selected, the training provided, the in-class logistics, the challenges of adapting to a new modality, and hear student testimonials about their experiences. Is this modality helping us be more student-focused and can it improve student success?
NDLW: Developing Student Intercultural Competence Through Faculty-Instructional Designer-Librarian Collaboration
The presenters will share their journey of planning, implementing, and revising collaborative online international learning (COIL) courses to help students to develop intercultural competence through the faculty-librarian-instructional designer collaboration. They will discuss the pedagogical and technological issues encountered when implementing the COIL courses with their international partner professors. They will also talk about the ongoing process of collaboration and problem solving, prior to and during the pandemic.
NDLW: Using Distance Learning Faculty Mentors to Help Promote Success
The pandemic left many faculty reeling with the sudden shift to online teaching. Distance Learning offices were overwhelmed with questions, issues, and training needs in a short period of time and often times with minimal resources. This presentation will provide an overview of our Distance Learning faculty mentoring program to provide support and assistance to faculty members new to distance learning. The presentation will cover the Distance Learning Mentors Program, the timeline, preparation of faculty mentors, as well as examples of mentoring webinars, resources, and tools that have been essential in delivering this very successful program to faculty.
NDLW: Curricular Considerations to Support Adult Learners
The proliferation of distance education has expanded opportunities for adult learners and other non-traditional students to pursue higher education and achieve their academic and professional goals. To best serve this audience, colleges and universities must adapt to the unique needs of this growing student body. The University at Albany School of Public Health has been offering courses via distance learning since the late 1990s, currently offering four fully-online graduate programs. This presentation will cover lessons learned, highlighting strategies to integrate curricular supports throughout academic program planning and course delivery to serve adult learners and facilitate their success.
NDLW: Regular and Substantive Feedback in an Online Course: Examples and Strategies
Interacting with students in an online course is pivotal to build connections and community. This engagement needs to be purposeful and accessible to students to disseminate key information about the course and expectations. This presentation will provide a rationale for providing feedback often and examples of how to make providing feedback easier in large-enrollment online courses.
NDLW: OSCQR & Regular and Substantive Interaction
New regulatory definitions of distance education require that institutions ensure regular and substantive interaction (RSI) between a student and an instructor(s). A multi-pronged approach is necessary to address this including faculty and instructional designer training, improvements in online course design and facilitation, and online course reviews and refreshes to ensure compliance. A volunteer workgroup has been convened to review OSCQR standards and documentation to suggest any edits to the standards and additions to the documentations. The intention is to make sure that Regular and Substantive Interaction is clearly visible, articulated and highlighted in specific standards and related support materials.