Faculty Workshop: Starting a Conversation on How to Create Online Learning Experiences
With the current transition to Canvas at UTA, now is an excellent time to examine your online or blended courses – or to jump in if you have never taught online.
This session will be the first of many to examine emerging and existing issues in online learning. The process of designing online or blended online/face-to-face courses often focuses on the methodology of taking certain steps to produce a product (the course). However, what if you looked at learning as an experience for student success more than a place run by a person constrained by specific designs? This session will begin to look at a free online resource published by Mavs Open Press called Creating Online Learning Experiences (https://uta.pressbooks.pub/onlinelearning/).
This Open Educational Resource aims to be a handbook that explores many of the issues and concepts related to putting courses online for new and experienced instructors. This first session will examine how new theories and ideas that shape online learning are changing and challenging traditional notions of “distance education.” But don’t come expecting a one way lecture – we want you to bring your ideas for discussion. Future sessions will springboard off of ideas explored in this first session.
Please RSVP for this event, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence and the LINK Research Lab.
Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Nedderman Hall, 246
416 S. Yates St., Arlington, TX
Matthew B Crosslin left a positive review 6/18/2019
We had a great time with this session in the LINK Lab - a lot of positive feedback in conversations afterwards. Like I stated at the beginning of the session, what is "new" to one person is "nothing new" to another. But we did go over what is considered new theory in the world of education, some that has only emerged in the last few years. Ultimately, we sought to target the content for what we knew would be new information for many of the instructors at UTA. I also learned some new ideas myself from many of the conversations, so it was definitely a two-way learning experience.
Also, I am sorry that the online portion did not work as well. We designed this as an in person session, with just an online stream for people that couldn't be there. But to clarify: the online portion was not designed as an online learning experience itself. It was simply a live stream and therefore very limited.
So I can only really honestly review the input from the audience, but I thought every thing that others shared and the questions they asked were great!
Michelle Washburn left a review 6/18/2019
Honestly, this did not create a great online learning experience for me - the training did not cover the content that I thought it would, content was nothing new.