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Summer Digital Teaching & Learning Series

This summer’s inaugural digital teaching and learning series is organized around the theme Flexible and Inclusive Digital Learning. The tracks and sessions lean into topics that we’ve heard from faculty they want to learn more about, and take forward, from the past year and a half: community, connection, flexibility, and access. The strategies and approaches introduced in these sessions can be implemented in multiple modalities, including in primarily on-ground courses, hybrid courses, and fully online courses. So no matter in what modality you are teaching this fall, you’ll find ideas to support student learning in your course.

ARE THE SESSIONS SYNCHRONOUS OR ASYNCHRONOUS?

The sessions in this series are primarily synchronous. Each track will also include an asynchronous session, hosted in Canvas, where participants can engage with the content and each other over the course of the week. A Canvas course for the series serves as a home base for participants to ask questions, have conversation, and access resources shared during the week.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

There is one registration form that covers all the tracks and individual sessions. You can register for as many or as few individual sessions as you would like, within a track, or across tracks. You are not required to commit to registering for every session within a track, with the exception of the Peer Feedback track. Participants who attend all of the sessions in a particular track will receive a certificate of completion for that track.

Please scan session details, which include times and dates, by clicking to expand the tracks below. Click the “Register Now” button below to open the registration form (form will open in a new tab).

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In this hands-on track, participants will cook up recipes pulled from the Asynchronous Cookbook. Meaningful interaction between students and instructors is a key ingredient in all of these recipes. Participants will learn how to recreate the recipes in the context of their own course.

SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS

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Video-Based Annotation

Monday, August 9, 2021
9:30-10:30 am Pacific / 12:30-1:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

There are a number of tools available that allow students to annotate a video, inserting comments, observations, and feedback right at the moment in a video where it applies. As with text-based annotation, video annotation can serve as an excellent asynchronous social learning activity.

In this session, we’ll cook up the Video-Based Annotation recipe from the Asynchronous Cookbook. You’ll participate in a video-based annotation activity, and spend some time adapting the recipe to implement in your own class.

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Geographical Mapping

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
9:30-10:30 am Pacific / 12:30-1:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

Geographical mapping projects can be used across disciplines as a way for students to form connections between people or issues and places. Mapping allows learners to connect global or big-picture issues and ideas to their local communities; personalize and humanize their learning; visualize their learning; and communicate their learning to others

In this session, we’ll cook up the Geographical Mapping activity from the Asynchronous Cookbook. You’ll participate in a geographical mapping activity, and spend some time adapting the recipe to implement in your own class.

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Student-led Threaded Discussions

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
11:00 am-noon Pacific / 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

Creating space for student-led asynchronous discussions in your course can give you another opportunity to foster peer-to-peer interaction and learning while granting student agency to your learners.

In this session, we’ll cook up the Student-Led Threaded Discussions activity from the Asynchronous Cookbook. We’ll explore pedagogical strategies and technical tools (Canvas, Slack, Teams) for fostering student-led discussions, and spend some time adapting the recipe to implement in your own class.

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Digital Escape Rooms and Choose Your Own Pathway Simulations

Thursday, August 12, 2021
9:30-10:30 am Pacific / 12:30-1:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

A digital escape room is a type of immersive online game that is typically played by a team of students, working together to solve a series of puzzles in a fixed amount of time in order to escape from a situation or unlock the answer to a larger mystery. A simulation activity that guides students through a real-world scenario in which they are the decision maker and are presented with different outcomes based on the decisions they choose.

In this session, we’ll be cooking up two recipes: the Digital Escape Rooms activity and the Choose Your Own Pathway Simulation activity from the Asynchronous Cookbook. You’ll participate in an escape room and simulation activity, and spend some time adapting the recipes to implement in your own class.

ASYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS

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Collaborative Group Work at a Distance

Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13, 2021

Facilitated Asynchronous Online via Canvas

Over the past year there was a strong desire to learn how to help facilitate student group work remotely. In this asynchronous session we will hear from different faculty and staff members who were able to put together a toolkit of tips for how to do this work successfully. As a part of this work you will get the chance to ask and respond to questions, as well as share resources, tips and ideas that you have used or are considering using in the coming year.

Note: this is not a live session. You’ll participate in activities in Canvas, which you can complete at your own pace, during the week of August 9.

When we spend the time and effort to create digital course materials, ideally we will be able  to reuse them in future courses. The sessions in this track provide strategies for creating digital course materials that can be reused in future courses; for how to adapt digital course materials that may not be optimally designed for re-use; and for creating Open Educational Resources, which are designed to be reused and remixed over time.

SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS

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Considerations for Adapting, Remixing, and Reusing Digital Course Materials

Monday, August 9, 2021
11:00 am-noon Pacific / 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

There’s a vast amount of existing materials that could aid or enrich your course.  In this session, we’ll discuss strategies and techniques for identifying, evaluating, and remediating resources for use in your course, and consider issues around storage, hosting, linking, and accessibility.  Come with a course topic or content area in mind, and we’ll spend some time brainstorming, searching, workshopping, and sharing work.

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Strategies for Designing for Reusability

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
9:30-10:30 am Pacific / 12:30-1:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

Course materials and content you create will have a longer lifespan if you build with reuse in mind from the start.  In this session, we’ll consider some of the key elements to designing for reuse, including modularity, formatting, and storage and organization.  Come with a course topic or content area in mind, and we’ll spend some time brainstorming, workshopping, and sharing work.

2021-07-08T10:51:17-07:00

Making Bits of OER: A Continuum of Effort & Options

Friday, August 13, 2021
9:30-10:30 am Pacific / 12:30-1:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

When it comes to Open Educational Resources most people think of textbooks but there are many other more approachable options. There are also a variety of tools that will help you build the kind of open content you need and want. Interactive maps, multimedia timelines, data visualizations are all options you can build by yourself or with your students. There are tools to cater to every technological skill level.  We’ll take a survey of the field and give you time to try some hands-on building with the tools that align to your needs.

ASYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS

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Getting Started with Open Educational Resources

Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13, 2021

Facilitated Asynchronous Online via Canvas

Open educational resources (OER) give you, and your students, more choices. Is there a concept students always struggle with? Would primary source material help students understand? OER offers these possibilities and more at no cost. We will help you get a feel for OER landscape (textbooks, media, tools, data), how to find relevant materials quickly and effectively, and how to organize and integrate that material into your courses.

Note: this is not a live session. You’ll participate in activities in Canvas, which you can complete at your own pace, during the week of August 9.

The most equitable and inclusive learning experiences are flexible, accessible, and work to counter barriers to full participation in learning. The sessions in this track provide opportunities to explore inclusive design principles as they relate to the design of digital learning; to design learning activities that center student choice; and to learn about tools that you can use to create course materials that are accessible to all.

SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS

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Inclusive Design in Online Learning

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
11:00 am-noon Pacific / 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

Inclusive design for learning is intentional design work that focuses on the creation of learning spaces and materials that support diverse learners and in which all learners have equal access to learning and are able to thrive. In this session, we will invite participants to consider some of the barriers to inclusive design in online learning, and identify concrete and actionable small moves that we can take as learning designers to begin to address these barriers in our own courses.

 

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Designing for Student Choice

Thursday, August 12, 2021
11:00 am-noon Pacific / 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

In this interactive session we’ll examine the learning goals for different assignments and how we might expand our vision for how students may be able to demonstrate mastery of these goals. We’ll also discuss how integrating optional scaffolding into your assignment structure can support students who need some guidance, while also providing flexibility for students who may wish to come up with their own demonstrations of knowledge. Several different examples of assignments will be shared to allow us to discuss whether those types of student work might work within different classes and disciplines.

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Creating Accessible Digital Materials

Friday, August 13, 2021
11:00 am-noon Pacific / 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

When creating or using digital materials in your course, you will want to ensure that those digital materials are accessible to the broadest range of learners. There are small steps that you can take in creating digital materials that may have a large impact for your learners. This session will introduce you to several strategies and tools including using the UDOIT checker in Canvas, making accessible PDFs, using SensusAccess to convert text to audio, and live captioning features in PowerPoint and Google Slides.

ASYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS

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Design Lessons from Student Experiences of Remote Learning

Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13, 2021

Facilitated Asynchronous Online via Canvas

In this session, you’ll have the chance to hear from a College student and an Institute student about their experiences of remote learning. Via a series of reflection and design activities that will take place over the week, we’ll consider the lessons for course design that we might take away from their experiences, and consider what it would mean to design our courses with their perspectives in mind.

Note: this is not a live session. You’ll participate in activities in Canvas, which you can complete at your own pace, during the week of August 9.

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This track provides a structured opportunity for faculty to share their courses with each other, and give and receive peer feedback on their course designs. After you register for the track, we’ll place you in a small group of faculty. Small groups will be facilitated by a DLINQ staff member and will meet several times during the week of the Summer Digital Teaching & Learning Series to share and discuss feedback. We’ll use a version of the Middlebury Online Course Design Rubric as a tool to facilitate the review process and feedback conversations.

Note: Participants in this track are required to attend all 3 of the synchronous sessions listed  below, so that you can both receive feedback on your course, and provide feedback to your peers. When you register for this track, you are committing to attending all 3 of the sessions.

Kickoff  Session
Monday, August 9, 2021
12:30-1:30 pm Pacific / 3:30-4:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

In this kickoff session, we’ll do a round of introductions; review the course design feedback process; and break into our small groups to plan for the first feedback session.

Feedback Session #1
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
12:30-1:30 pm Pacific / 3:30-4:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

In this session, we’ll break into our small groups for the first round of feedback and conversation.

Feedback Session #2
Friday, August 13, 2021
12:30-1:30 pm Pacific / 3:30-4:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

In this session, we’ll break into our small groups for the second round of feedback and conversation.