eLearning BadgeFor the past several years, the number of students learning online has been growing faster than predicted by higher education leaders. Along with the increasing demand for online programs, learners have higher expectations for the quality of online education. To help instructors meet the challenges of teaching online, UAB eLearning, in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning, Disability Support Services, and other units across campus will begin offering an exciting new series of workshops. The eLearning series will provide professional development opportunities, primarily focused on online and hybrid course design and teaching, Universal Design for Learning, and Teaching Tools.

The Online Design and Teaching Certificate will be awarded to individuals who earn 100,000 points of which 60,000 points must be earned from at least one Universal Design for Learning (UDL) workshop and at least one Online Design and Teaching (ODT) workshop. Attending the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop also satisfies the ODT component workshop. The remaining 40,000 points may be earned from the Teaching Tools workshops and other approved electives.  



Universal Design for Learning
Online Design and Teaching
Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Teaching Tools


  • April
  • May

Teaching Tools: GoReact


The GoReact software allows faculty to setup online video feedback assignments inside a Canvas course. Students using this software can upload videos and receive timeline based feedback from an instructor and/or peers. This software also provides the option to create live events where the instructor/peer can provide feedback during the live presentation.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 3, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, lunch provided, courtesy of GoReact
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Joseph Kane (GoReact) and Tyler Weldon

Objectives:
  1. Create a new GoReact assignment inside Canvas
  2. Provide feedback to student submissions
  3. Grade student submissions

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Online Design and Teaching: Developing Instructional Materials (Course 4)


Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this course, participants continue to learn about the Quality Matters standards, and incorporate Universal Design Principles to select/create instructional materials that align with course objectives, module objectives, and assessments. Participants will also learn about copyright and intellectual property issues that arise in creating and using instructional materials. To gain the most benefit from this course, participants are encouraged to focus on an individual course and to bring materials such as a syllabus or course plan from previous workshop if possible.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai, Jeffrey Graveline, and Meegie Wheat

Objectives:
  1. Identify the QM standards for including instructional materials that align with the course and module(s) learning objectives
  2. Use a course design plan to design instructional materials that align with the course and module(s) learning objectives and employ Universal Design Principles
  3. Recognize copyright issues in creating and using instructional materials in online or hybrid environments

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Poll Everywhere


Poll Everywhere helps transform one-sided presentation into a two-way conversation. Using this web-based audience response systems provides presenters the ability to embed interactive activities directly into their presentation. The audience can respond to the activities on the web or via SMS texting. Participants in this session will learn about the types of polls offered, how to create an activity and how to manage and display poll responses. There will be interactive activities and you are invited to bring your mobile device to participate.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 9, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Tyler Weldon and Zhetao Guo
Objectives:
  1. Identify the types of polls offered.
  2. Describe the process for creating and activating an activity.
  3. Explain ways to respond to Poll Everywhere activities.
  4. Discuss pedagogical strategies for using Poll Everywhere in the classroom.

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Online Design and Teaching: Developing Learning Activities (Course 5)


Understanding the components of quality online education is a critical first step toward developing a quality online or hybrid course. In this course, participants continue to learn about the Quality Matters standards, and apply Universal Design Principles to select/create learning activities that meet the needs of a variety of learners. Participants will select appropriate learning activities that align with course and module learning objectives.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Randi Kirkland

Objectives:
  1. Identify the QM standards for including learning activities that align with the course and module(s) learning objectives
  2. Use a course design plan to select tools and design learning activities that align with the course and modules learning objectives and employ Universal Design Principles
  3. Discuss the relationship between learning objectives, assessments, learning activities, and instructional materials

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Teaching Tools: New Canvas Gradebook


Canvas is currently developing a new version of Gradebook. This new and improved version will make grading more flexible and intuitive. Some of the new features include filtering and arranging columns, color coding grading statuses, and late submission policies. Participants in this session will learn about the new Gradebook features and where to locate new Gradebook online resources.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 16, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, lunch provided 
Location: CTL 243
Facilitator(s): Tyler Weldon and Randi Kirkland

Objectives:
  1. Recall upcoming changes in Canvas Gradebook.
  2. Identify online resources for new Gradebook support.

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Universal Design for Learning: Applying UDL Principles to Learning Activities and Assessments (Course 3)


Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that focuses on providing equal learning opportunities for all individuals. In this course, participants will review the three guiding principles of UDL and apply them to a variety of learning activities and assessments in online or hybrid courses. Participants will also identify the challenges for applying UDL principles to online courses.

Points: 10,000
Date: April 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Location: CTL 243
Facilitators: Samira Laouzai and Zhetao Guo

Objectives:
  1. Recall the definition of Universal Design for Learning
  2. Apply Universal Design Principles to a variety of learning activities and assessments
  3. Identify the challenges of applying UDL principles to online courses

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Leading Effective Virtual Meetings, webcast presented by Academic Impressions


Get more out of your virtual meetings by learning how to better engage participants. Leading effective virtual meetings is a necessary skill for all team leaders and managers in 2018. Yet studies show that many meeting organizers have never received training on how to lead a virtual meeting effectively.

Join us to learn how you can help participants engage with and add value to virtual meetings. We will model multiple engagement strategies before and during this webcast to give you a number of tips and tricks that you can put to use in your next virtual meeting.

Who Should Attend?
This program is for anyone who wants to achieve better outcomes in virtual meetings. If your virtual meetings lack participation or focus, or if you find yourself using very few of the tools available in your meeting platform, then this webcast is for you!

Points: 10,000
Date: May 9, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, lunch provided
Location: SL 174
Facilitator(s): Samira Laouzai and Mary McGuinness, MMCG, Inc.

Objectives:
  1. Ability to choose the right medium for your virtual meeting
  2. Apply engagement strategies at each phase of the meeting
    • Planning and preparing
    • Setting the tone and expectations
    • Moderating and facilitating
    • Making decisions and agreeing on action
  3. Using tools and resources to plan your next meeting

Registration link coming soon