MVU Webinars: Focus on Online Learning
The MVU webinars are a monthly series that focus on all areas of online learning from a variety of noted experts.
Common Summative and Formative Assessments in Online Learning ...[view webinar]
Thursday, Jan. 24
Please join Michigan Virtual University as it embarks on its latest journey into online class development. Our newly developed processes will include a renewed look at the quality of instruction and the content of the classes we offer. Our determination to offer the very best product to our students will find us developing common summative and formative assessments to place in our current and future classes. The data from these assessments will allow us to see trends in both courses and student achievement.
Using data teams and content linked to the Common Core, we have developed a process for these assessments. This webinar will focus on that process and the work of our new data teams.
Susan Leslie has been a classroom teacher, a principal, and most recently Associate Superintendent at the Archdiocese of Detroit. While Associate Superintendent, she was Curriculum Director and Testing Coordinator. Now the Learning Assessment Manager at Michigan Virtual University, she is responsible for the new common formative and summative assessment initiative for on-line classes.
Facilitating Meaningful Discussions
Thursday, May 17
Join the Illinois Virtual School's Danielle Brush Lewis and Jennifer Kolar Burden as they discuss Facilitating Meaningful Conversations.
There are many reasons online conversation can fall short of higher-level thinking or lack the kind of interactivity desired in a learning community. This presentation will identify a variety of techniques for focusing the dialogue, promoting successful collaboration, and encouraging participants to contribute using higher order thinking. In addition, discussion expectations should be set at the beginning of the course so participants know what is meaningful contribution. A sample rubric will be shared that outlines discussion expectations.
Danielle Brush Lewis, IVS Instructional Designer, and Jennifer Kolar Burden, IVS Coordinator of Curriculum
IDLA Presents: Tool-a-palooza
30 Tools in 60 Minutes ... or so [view webinar]
Thursday, March 22
Katie, Lisa, and Jeff will share a variety of tools to increase creativity and engagement in the online and blended classroom. The session will be held in Elluminate and can befound at http://tinyurl.com/AspenIDLA. IDLA participants are encouraged to check their system requirements prior to logging in to the session.
A list of system requirements can be found at http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1279
About the Presenters
Katie Laubengayer is an Academic Specialist at IDLA. Katie has worked at Idaho Digital Learning Academy as a Professional Development Specialist since May 2009. Prior to moving to Boise, Katie was an Instructional Designer for over three years at Golden Gate University’s CyberCampus, an online university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). She has a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Occidental College and has completed numerous courses at San Francisco State University in the field of Instructional Technology.
Lisa Berry is the Team Lead for the Content Team at IDLA. She started teaching part-time for IDLA in 2005 and joined the staff full time in 2008. Lisa has worked as the Mathematics Curriculum Specialist and now oversees the development and revision of all IDLA courses. Lisa has a B.A. in Mathematics from Linfield College and an M.S. in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University.
Jeff Simmons is the Team Lead for the Teacher Support Team at IDLA. Jeff started teaching part-time for IDLA in 2002 and joined the staff full time in 2007. Jeff has worked as the Social Studies Curriculum Specialist and now serves to support and mentor teachers. Jeff also oversees Professional Development and Dual Credit at IDLA. Jeff has a B.A. in Social Studies and English Education from Northwest Nazarene University and an M.A. in Education Leadership from the University of Idaho
What Is Blended Learning? A conversation with someone who should know ... [view webinar]
Thursday, Feb. 16
Blended Learning appears to be the new buzzword in education. What is it? Is it something old or something new? How could it help students in their learning? How could I use it in my teaching? Find out on Feb. 16.
About the Presenter
Glenn Moses spent the last decade helping to create and then working as a teacher and administrator in the largest hybrid online school in the state of Nevada. Currently he is working as the Director of Blended Learning for a large urban school district. Glenn is dedicated to using technology to balance the scales of cultural capital in order to help all children have the advantages that he has had in life (and then some).