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These stand-alone seminars are offered periodically for collegial dialogue around best practices in online teaching. They are co-presented by the Center for Distributed Learning and members of the UCF teaching faculty.

Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching The Center for Distributed Learning at UCF

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These stand-alone seminars are offered periodically for collegial dialogue around best practices in online teaching. They are co-presented by the Center for Distributed Learning and members of the UCF teaching faculty.

    Leveraging OER: Creating an Affordable and Customized Student Learning Experience

    Leveraging OER: Creating an Affordable and Customized Student Learning Experience

    Whether you are looking to save your students money on high-priced course materials or leverage learning content that offers you the freedom to customize the learning experience for your highly-diverse student demographic, open educational resources (OER) can help you to achieve your goals. In this session, participants will learn about the richness of openly-licensed educational materials, where to find them, and potential use cases for implementation in their courses. Additionally, a UCF professor will share his story about his journey to OER and how his idea began a chain of events that turned his static text to life for his students. Visit https://cdl.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar20/ for show notes, presenter bios, and a video recording of the seminar.

    • 32 min
    Setting the Stage: Designing for Quality Online Learning Experiences

    Setting the Stage: Designing for Quality Online Learning Experiences

    Whether you are looking to save your students money on high-priced course materials or leverage learning content that offers you the freedom to customize the learning experience for your highly-diverse student demographic, open educational resources (OER) can help you to achieve your goals. In this session, participants will learn about the richness of openly-licensed educational materials, where to find them, and potential use cases for implementation in their courses. Additionally, a UCF professor will share his story about his journey to OER and how his idea began a chain of events that turned his static text to life for his students. Visit https://cdl.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar19/ for show notes, presenter bios, and a video recording of the seminar.

    • 36 min
    Projecting Your Online Persona Via Video

    Projecting Your Online Persona Via Video

    In this seminar, you will learn how to effectively integrate video into your online course. An instructional designer and teaching faculty member describe the ease of video creation, leading to the joy of teaching and deep learning. Choose from a variety of teaching methods and video scenarios that best portrays your unique online persona. Visit https://cdl.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar18/ for show notes, presenter bios, and a video recording of the seminar.

    • 27 min
    Storytelling, Amplifying the Human Connection in Online Learning

    Storytelling, Amplifying the Human Connection in Online Learning

    The online classroom environment can sometimes cause students to feel isolated, both socially and cognitively. Digital storytelling creates a framework that can bring the online classroom to life, energizing social-cognitive dynamisms, and promoting a more authentic sense of community in the virtual teaching and learning space. Visit https://cdl.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar17/ for show notes, presenter bios, and a video recording of the seminar.

    • 24 min
    Extending the Efficacy of the Learning Management System: Integrating Tools to Enhance Learning Online

    Extending the Efficacy of the Learning Management System: Integrating Tools to Enhance Learning Online

    Learning management systems (LMS) such as Blackboard and Canvas provide a foundation for instructors to design online learning experiences. In recent years, the functionality of most LMSs has expanded to offer more flexibility, primarily by allowing external tools to be integrated. Tools such as Twitter, YouTube, and Quizlet have the potential to increase learners’ access to content, foster interaction with others in the community, and assess learning in diverse ways. In this session, we will provide examples of how these tools can support sound pedagogical practices, and encourage attendees to explore integrations in their online courses. Specifically, an instructor shares experiences of utilizing several integration tools within Canvas online courses. Visit https://cdl.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar17/ for show notes, presenter bios, and a video recording of the seminar.

    • 29 min
    Personalizing the Learning Experience: Integrating Adaptive Elements in Online Courses

    Personalizing the Learning Experience: Integrating Adaptive Elements in Online Courses

    Supporting the learning needs of students in online courses is commonly perceived as challenging for instructors, as the time and effort needed to master particular concepts may vary widely. Adaptive learning, an educational method which adapts presentation of material and assessment according to students’ unique learning needs, is gaining popularity in online courses. In this session, we will provide an overview of adaptive learning approaches, describe real-life examples, consider the instructor’s role in personalizing the experience, share available support and resources, and encourage a call to action for attendees. Specifically, an instructor’s experience of integrating personalized adaptive elements into online courses using the Realizeit platform will be presented. For seminar notes and presenter bios, please visit: http://online.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar15/

    • 29 min

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