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The following webinars include faculty seminars and vendor demonstrations that have been recorded and archived for viewing at a later time.

  • Authentic Assessment, Performance Based Assessments, Constructive Response Assessments...Oh My!
    - October 23, 2019
    Using a variety of assessments can be challenging in an online learning environment. During this discussion we will define different types of assessments, how to use assessment to inform teaching and learning, identify strategies to evaluate student learning, and explore examples of a variety of assessment techniques and tools. A recording of the event is available for viewing.

  • Bookstore Managers Discuss OER - October 2, 2019
    Michigan Colleges Online hosted a panel of experts from bookstores around the state to talk about how Open Educational Resources have impacted their work. The panel included Kelly Koch at Mid Michigan Community College and Kim Oakes and Lisa Anderson from Muskegon Community College with moderator, Tina Ulrich. A recording of the event is available for viewing.

  • Universal Design in Learning:  A Model of Success for All - September 25, 2019
    Instructional Designer and eLearning graphic designer Austin Haynes will discuss the concept of Universal Design in Learning (UDL). The concepts discussed will be equitable access to ideas by "considering the needs of the broadest possible range of users from the beginning." This discussion will involve ADA compliance issues, emerging trends in curriculum delivery and how we as educators can build toward a better future for our staff. faculty and students.  A recording of the event is available for viewing

  • Publish Your OER Using a Print on Demand Service - June 19, 2019
    Learn a cost-effective way to create a store at that will allow your students to seamlessly purchase a print copy of an open textbook. During this demonstration, Regina Gong (Lansing Community College) will walk us through the process to upload and publish open textbooks that will be available in the college 'store'.  A recording of the event is available for viewing.

  • Pisces Online Collaboration Tool - May 14, 2019
    Michigan Colleges Online announces an expanded partnership with Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI). The partnership began with LSI through NetTutor, the 24/7/365 online tutoring service provider. The expanded partnership with LSI now includes Pisces - the online collaboration platform. Pisces allows all member institutions to schedule and host online meetings and sessions, such as: one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, online courses, SI sessions, advising appointments, counseling appointments, and instructor office hours. This session will demonstrate the Pisces platform and answer any questions about the new contract options.  A recording of the event can be viewed here.
    You can download the powerpoint here.

  • Using AI-Supported Technology in Online Courses to Improve Student Critical Thinking and Writing - April 16, 2019
    This session focused on how discipline-specific writing can improve student outcomes such as critical thinking and communication skills. There was discussion on methods to scale administering, grading and giving feedback on writing assignments in distance learning programs.  Presenter: Kathleen West – University of North Carolina Charlotte.  A recording of the event can be viewed here.

  • MCO OER Repository Group Manager Training - January 16, 2019
    This training session provides group managers with the key skills needed to work in the MCO OER Repository. A recording of the training can be viewed here.

  • Measuring the Impact of OER Initiatives: An Assessment Framework - December 11, 2018
    When we assess the impact of our OER projects, cost savings to students are metrics we normally track. It is certainly true with the MCO OER initiative since cost savings data are what the institutions with active OER projects are required to report. However, the impact of OER adoption and usage goes beyond cost savings calculations. This presentation will provide additional measures for assessing OER initiatives using the Cost, Outcomes, Usage, Perceptions (COUP) framework by the Open Education Research Group. We will show how we used this framework for developing an assessment plan that tracks not just how much students save but the impact of OER on student learning, retention, persistence, and overall student success.  Presenters: Regina Gong and Karen Hicks, Lansing Community College
    A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.   Click here to view the slide presentation.

  • An Advisors Guide to Michigan Colleges Online - November 27, 2018
    Learn how Michigan Colleges Online can help you assist your students. When your college courses are not available, keep your students on their academic schedule by working with your peer colleges through the MCO. This session will review how the MCO works - the benefits for students and the college. We will review the website including registration, equivalencies, financial aid, and student support services.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here

  • OER 4 Sale - November 14, 2018
    What is Openwashing and why should I care?  Openwashing is when companies take OER content and package it in proprietary software and then market it as “open.” Faculty and administrators are being pursued by vendors who try to disguise their new products as part of the OER movement.  Tina Ulrich (Northwestern Michigan College) and Kendra Lake (St. Clair County Community College) provide definitions and guiding principles to help distinguish the truly open from the openwashed. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.  The powerpoint slides can be downloaded here.

  • Blue by Explorance for Online Course Evaluations - October 16, 2018  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.  The powerpoint slides can be downloaded here.

  • MCO and the OER Initiative - April 27, 2018
    You can download a copy of the powerpoint slides here.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

  • Kaltura Video Platform Technology Overview - April 25, 2018
    A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. 
    User login:  MCOuser
    Password:  MCOuser1
    Slides for the presentation can be downloaded here.

  • How to Make a Your PDF Documents Accessible - April 19, 2018
    In this webinar participnts will learn what it takes to create a PDF that is accessible for people with disabilities.  We will review what constitutes an accessible PDF, the best ways to preserve accessibility when exporting from Microsoft Word to PDF, and how to make basic accessibility fixes in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. The powerpoint slides for the presentation can be downloaded herePractice document 1 can be downloaded herePractice document 2 can be downloaded here.

  • A Faculty Guide to the MCO OER Repository - March 21, 2018
    During this session, participants learned about the MCO OER Initiative and the MCO OER Repository which is connected to open educational resources (OER) created, curated and shared by Michigan faculty and staff. The repository is also connected to other repositories providing a wealth of opportunities to facultyA recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

  • Intellus Learning Platform Demonstration - March 20, 2018
    Demonstration of OER curation and analytics platform.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

  • Coursetune - March 20, 2018
    Coursetune is a tool to visualize the underpinnings and framework of curriculum design. In this webinar we will discuss some of the core challenges that academic teams face when designing courses and programs and expand upon how Coursetune addresses these challenges.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

  • Creating Accessible Powerpoint Presentations - February 6, 2018
    Do you use Powerpoint slides in your campus or online classes? Do you distribute them after a meeting or conference presentation? Don’t forget that Powerpoint presentations are highly “visual” and need to be accessible to the blind and those with low vision.  In addition to creating accessible files, this webinar covers the outline and notes panel, accessibility checker, and converting the file to other formats. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.  The slides for the presentation can be downloaded here.

  • MCO OER Group Manager Training - January 23, 2018 
    This training session is designed to provide group managers with the key skills needed to work in the MCO OER Repository.  A recording of the training can be viewed here.

  • Creating The Accessible Syllabus - November 30, 2017
    In this webinar, we’ll provide an overview of the “accessible” syllabus. This will include a checklist and suggested templates. You’ll be invited to follow along in Word (if you have a version that contains the Accessibility Checker) and ask questions. The webinar will be facilitated by Garry Brand, a business law professor at Grand Rapids Community College. Garry creates accessible content for his courses and teaches other faculty how to do the same.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.  You can download the slides here.

  • An Advisor's Guide to the MCO - November 28, 2017
    Learn how Michigan Colleges Online can help you assist students. When your college courses are not available, keep your students on their academic schedule by working with your peer colleges through the MCO. This session will review how the MCO works - the benefits for students and the college. We will review the website including registration, equivalencies, financial aid, and student support services.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

  • MCO TechSmith Program - November 10, 2017
    During this session, Ronda Edwards, Executive Director for Michigan Colleges Online and Matt Dennis from TechSmith will explain the details of this year’s programs. The MCO/TechSmith program now includes the TechSmith Relay solution that provides a video platform for your college’s needs. Deeper LMS integration, video captioning service, and analytics and quizzing are just a few of the new features not to mention a location for all your Camtasia and Snagit created content you have created in the past. This year’s program will give you discounted access to the entire TechSmith portfolio of Camtasia, Snagit, and Relay as you support your college’s video initiatives.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

  • Ready, Set, Go! Develop the Confidence to Start a CBE Program - October 24, 2017
    Join Sinclair Community College as we discuss lessons learned, best practices and practical tips derived from five years of offering CBE programs. From program selection, to finding “right fit” CBE students and delivering courses in a flexible format, explore how your institution can create a customized plan for CBE. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.  You can download the slides here.

  • FitFaculty Demonstration - October 17, 2017
    The Fit Faculty program is designed to aid colleges in the management of instructor qualification data, and subsequently aid in staffing decisions. This program allows users to match instructors to the courses they are qualified to teach, and will therefore permit instant views of all qualified instructors for any given course (full time and adjunct), as well as permit instant views of all courses each instructor is qualified to teach.   A recording of the demonstration can be found here.

  • The Landscape of Web Accessibility in Higher Education - What you need to know now  - September 27, 2017
    What are the 6 elements that come up time and time again in OCR settlement agreements? Colleges can benefit from understanding both the legal and legislative environment for web accessibility. Knowing the landscape will assist with the obligation for students, faculties, and staffs, and it will help the planning process. Come discover what you can do now to begin, or strengthen, your institutions' journey toward web accessibility. A recording of the event can be found here.  You can download the slides here.

  • New York Times Demonstration - April 19, 2017
    The New York Times has been documenting events across the globe since 1851.  Community colleges in Michigan can provide their students and faculty access to all the New York Times content with a site license at an extremely affordable rate.  The license provides access to all NYT content, including The New York Times in Education faculty website that provides access to instructional strategies curated from Times content in 16 different disciplines by professors across the country.  This demonstration takes a look at all content and opportunities that a site license provideds.  A recording of the event can be found here.

  • MCO IT Help Desk Pilot Project with BlackBeltHelp - February 28, 2017
    For the past year the MCO has been conducting an IT Help Desk Pilot Project with five colleges (Kalamazoo Valley, Kirtland, Lake Michigan, Mott and North Central Michigan College). Our vendor is BlackbeltHelp. The pilot project focused on a collaborative purchase of services to fully cover existing help desk operations. This session reviews the BlackBeltHelp IT help desk services available within the collaborative purchase. Colleges that participated in the pilot project will explain their experiences with the services and what they learned.
    A recording of the event can be found here.

  • The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved - An Introduction to Creative Commons Licensing - February 3, 2017
    This session provides a quick review of copyright basics, then cover the principles behind Creative Commons, explain the different licenses, and explore some of the ways that faculty and students can benefit from Creative Commons as educators, learners, authors, and creators.
    A recording of the event can be found here.  Slides can be downloaded here.

  • The Internet of Things and Implications for Community Colleges - November 30, 2016
    Higher education is buzzing about the Internet of Things (IoT). Often defined as the infrastructure of the 21st Century Information Society, most remain somewhat confused about “the Internet of Things” and whether or not you should be doing anything about it. This presentation provides an overview of IoT and shed some light on the impact of the Internet of Things at America's community colleges. The webinar will include the important "next steps" to be taken to more effectively prepare for this technological transformation in higher education.
    A recording of the event can be found here.  Slides from the event can be downloaded here.

  • From the Web, To the Shelf, And Back Again: The Story of an OER at Bay College  April 6, 2016
    This presentation showcases how Bay College harvested an OER from the web, put it in their LMS with instructor notes, produced a digital PDF eBook, printed it and placed it on the bookstore shelves, then shared it back out to the web again. This OER was made possible by assembling a team that consisted of Faculty, Library Staff, the Bookstore Manager and the Director of Online Learning.

  • How to Create a Successful Free Textbook Initiative at Your College  March 29, 2016
    Colleges and universities across the United States are saving students millions of dollars in textbook costs by adopting Open Educational Resources (OER). How are they accomplishing this? In this webinar,  Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director of Institutional Relations at OpenStax, shares her experiences working with colleges and universities across the country to outline the key components of a successful OER initiative. She covers key metrics, real-world examples of successful strategies, and suggestions on how to adapt an OER initiative to your specific budget and campus culture.

  • ReadSpeaker - Voice-to-Text Technology Demonstration  March 22, 2016 ReadSpeaker is a text-to-speech cloud service that integrates seamlessly into the LMS (Bb/D2L/Canvas/Moodle) and dynamically reads out/highlights online content with the click of a listen icon. Aligning with UDL, ADA and QM guidelines, ReadSpeaker enhances the learning experience for all students and is an assist for those who are for example dyslexic, ESL, learning disabled, ADHD, non-trads and poor readers. To view the recorded session click here.  To download the presentation slides, click here.
  • Access from DAY ONE: How OpenStax free textbooks can remove barriers for you and your students - March 15, 2016. 


  • State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) - What's Next?  - November 4, 2015
    Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

  • An Advisor's Guide to Michigan Colleges Online - April 20, 2015

    An Advisor's Guide to Michigan Colleges Online - April 21, 2015 - click here
  • Student Voices: Online Student Success - April 10, 2015
    While the percentage of online enrollments at Lakeland Community College continues to grow (as compared overall declining student enrollment), today's completion agenda requires special focus on student succes and the online learner. Historically, learning outcomes, retention and GPA for online students have lagged behind those same outcomes for face-to-face on-campus instruction. In Fall 2013, Lakeland Community College convened faculty, staff and administrators - from multiple departments and divisions- to identify gaps and assess the state of the delivery of online student support services. In Spring 2014, the team asked online students how the college could better support their success. Bill Knapp shares the student voice concerning online student success and what they are discovering about online learners, learning outcomes and persistence. To download presentation slides - click here.  To download presentation resources - click here.
  • Michigan Colleges Online Enrollment Administrators Training - October 29 and 31, 2014
    Presentation Slides can be downloaded here.

  • Michigan Colleges Online Website Tour - October 16, 2014

  • Finding Open Textbooks and Fostering Faculty Adoptions - September 10, 2014
    This Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) webinar featured emerging open textbook collections that support faculty adoptions of open educational resources for high impact college courses. The speakers shared their processes of finding and/or developing open textbooks for their collections, the peer review process, and strategies for encouraging faculty adoptions to improve teaching and learning and expand access for students.  View the archive at:
  • Emerging Apps that Help Deliver Content & Promote Creative Collaboration - April 16, 2014
    This presentation showcases four applications and Web-based spaces in which students can demonstrate, create and collaborate across cutting-edge technologies. The presenters demonstrate ways to tailor instructional guidelines to offer resources for laptops, tablets, and iPhones. The applications can improve the visual delivery of course materials and expand the communication power of student submissions.

  • OER Impact Research Findings -  April 9, 2014

    Does OER usage improve teaching practice, foster open policies at institutions, and make access to education more equitable? These are the hypotheses that the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) has been investigating in collaboration with the OER Research Hub at Open University. Through the use of faculty surveys and interviews with college administrators and leaders from over 20 community colleges, data has been gathered on teaching practices and perceptions of how open and online educational resources enhance student learning and foster institutional open policies.

    Also slides are available here:

  • Guiding Your Students to a Great Start - April 9, 2014
    Students who underestimate the time and effort needed to successfully complete an online course tend to drop out or under-perform. Macomb Community College has implemented five initiatives to help reduce drop rates and increase student success, which have received overwhelming positive feedback form students and faculty.
    Presenters: Carl Weckerle, Director, Instructional Technology & Virtual Learning, Macomb Community College
    Tom Bradley, Instructional Technology Specialist, Macomb Community College.

  • Open Educational Resources for Workforce Development - December 3, 2013
    Many initiatives related to Open Educational Resources have focused on high-enrollment general education courses. At the same time, many community colleges are seeking to become more effective drivers of economic recovery and job preparation. How can OER contribute to and support these efforts? Learn about examples of OER usage in workforce development, identify resources that you can use, and find out how your college can get involved.  Click here for the slides used in the presentation.  Link to the archived webinar:
  • Finding and Adopting Open Textbooks - November 19, 2013
    You can significantly reduce costs for students by adopting open textbooks but finding high-quality alternatives to traditional textbooks can be a challenge. Learn about open educational resource (OER) repositories and how these can increase your chance of finding high-quality, classroom-ready resources. Build a checklist for open textbook adoption to make sure all campus stakeholders stay in the loop. You’ll get an opportunity to search repositories and gain an understanding of why open textbooks let you deliver the content you choose to students. Link to archived webinar:

  • MCO Project Update - MCCVLC Advisory Council Meeting - November 19, 2013
    Click here to download the slides for this meeting.

  • Open Educational Resources in Higher Ed.: The Big Picture on OERs - October 22, 2013
    You’ve heard about Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources (a.k.a. OER). They sound interesting and promising in offering flexible, up-to-date, and very low-cost resources for your courses, but you’re not quite ready to take the plunge. You wonder, are these resources of the same quality as traditional textbooks? What colleges and universities are really using them? Will they be around next year when you want to use them again? Come hear about OER, how they’re being used by other instructors around the country and the world, what you need to know before adopting OER for use in your course. Link to archived webinar:
  • Zoom Web Conference Platform Demonstration - May 10, 2013
  • Accelerated Course Design - April 10, 2013
    This webinar will focus on the design of accelerated courses and implementing andragogy in the online environment. Participants will learn about the overlap between accelerated course design and adult learning theory. Using a self-reflection checklist, participants will apply adult and accelerated theory to a selected course.  Click here for the slides for this presentation.  Click here for the Accelerated Online Instructor Checklist.
  • Universal Design for Learning - March 20, 2013
    An overview of universal design for learning (UDL), a framework that supports an inclusive approach for designing learning materials and activities that are accessible to diverse student populations. UDL encourages educators to provide multiple means of engagement. Its guidelines and strategies can help improve student engagement by focusing on the relationship between student attitude and success. In this webinar we will discuss ways to improve student attitudes from two perspectives. The first is to incorporate choice, a highly motivating factor, into course design. The second is to offer students metacognitive activities and modules to encourage them to realize and address their own attitudes toward learning.  (Click here for slides of this presentation)

  • Open Textbooks - The Faculty Perspective - March 20, 2013
    Open textbooks are very popular due to their low/no cost. But there are significant barriers to their adoption by faculty. Our presenter, Steve Acker, will take a look at the barriers to faculty use of open textbooks, and discuss options such as where to find, how to review and how to get textbooks adopted.

  • To Care and Comply - Approaching Accessibility in Online Courses - February 8, 2013
    Are your online courses accessible? Join us to learn more about Portland Community College’s strategy and lessons learned in addressing accessibility for over 400 instructors’ teaching approximately 2400 sections of online classes annually. Within a complex four-campus college, PCC embarked on this journey in 2011. Presenters will share the process to roll-out the initiative, accessibility guidelines, and our phased approach to reaching our goal of ensuring all online classes are accessible. Specifics strategies include an awareness campaign, development and implementation of faculty training, inclusion of accessibility in our new course review process, an analysis of the resources necessary to retrofit existing online courses for accessibility, and discipline-specific collaboration with online faculty.  Resource Guide mentioned in the webinar can be found here.

  • HLC Accreditation of Your Online Program - What You Need to Know - November 27, 2012
    Learn from two colleges that have completed their substantive change review of their online program. What did they do to prepare? What did they learn during the site visit and what would they encourage others to consider based on their experiences. During this 90 minute webinar representatives from Jackson Community College and Grand Rapids Community College will provide you with practical advice.

  • Making Your Self-Produced Videos Web Accessible - November 20, 2012
    This webinar will focus on videos created in-house that are included in online or web-enhanced courses, and how to include close captioning on them to provide accessibility for hearing impaired students. Based on input about what software is used to create and host the videos, techniques will be provided that address efficiency, both in time and money, to caption those videos.

  • Making Your Instructional Materials Web Accessible - November 13, 2012
    This webinar will introduce the principles of Web accessibility and offer techniques educators can use to create accessible instructional materials. Areas that will be covered include the materials commonly upload into the college's learning management systems-for example, Word, PDF, and PowerPoint files.

  • Using Free Online Office Productivity Services in eLearning - May 10, 2012
    Microsoft Office wasn't built to be used on the web. Now they're playing catchup with robust suites like Zoho and Google Docs. We'll take a look at the current landscape regarding online office products and their uses in education.

  • Assessibility for Online Learning - April 19, 2012
    We'll look at the current requirements for web accessibility as it relates to online learning and services, as well as some of the newer tools that can help online faculty and instructional designers improve the accessibility of online courses.

    (Note - during the webinar, Tim O'Brien from Mid-Michigan offered a link to a video tutorial he produced that demonstrates how to combine machine transcription with manual edits to end up with fine-tuned closed captions on YouTube hosted videos.  You can find that helpful video at:
  • Good Practices for New Online Student Orientation, Student Support Services, and Professional Development - April 12, 2012
    Three main recommendations came out of the CCRC reports on online student success rates in Washington and Virginia. These reports stressed the importance of a required orientation for new online students, high levels of student support services, and robust professional development opportunities for online faculty. We'll look at good practices in each of these areas.

  • Evaluating Online Learning Programs - March 22, 2012
    Which criteria are relevant when evaluating online programs? What tools are available to help colleges and universities assess the quality across the breadth and depth of their online offerings? We'll look at the relevance of course quality evaluations, e-services audits, online teaching evaluations, assessments of online learning, student satisfaction surveys, completion rates analyses, graduation rates, placement rates, end-of-term evaluations, and other factors that can be considered when evaluating online programs.

  • Student Preparedness in Online Learning - February 9, 2012
    We'll look at some of the more prominent examples and good practices currently in use in regard to assessing student preparedness for online learning.

  • Evaluating Performance of Online Faculty - January 19, 2012
    Most colleges that offer online learning have not developed the tools and expertise needed to evaluate the quality of online instruction. Typically they lack the administrative skill set needed to evaluate online faculty performance, as well as a rubric or guide for making the evaluation. We'll address both issues in this webinar.

  • Measuring Online Student Satisfaction - December 8, 2011
    To date there is only one nationally-normed, student satisfaction survey that is aimed specifically at online learners. We'll take a look at the valuable information that can be gained from gathering satisfaction data from your online learners and how you can get improvements over time in the levels of satisfaction.

  • Good Practices for Online Delivery of Developmental Education  - November 17, 2011
    Few DE topics are more controversial than the offering of developmental courses via online delivery. We'll look at some of the data related to online developmental courses, and talk with two experienced online educators about some of the good practices that they have developed over time.


  • Success Matters:  Teaching and Learning in the Online Environment - October 19, 2011
    Open admission policies, flexible instructional delivery methods, and affordable tuition rates make attendance at a community college a viable option for adult learners. Online learning has become commonplace, as evidenced by the phenomenal growth in enrollments at two- and four-year institutions. Some recent reports suggest that students are more likely to fail or withdraw from online courses than traditional, on-campus courses. This session focuses on teaching practices and strategies that promote student success and achievement in the online learning environment. Our presenter is Jean Runyon - Dean of the Virtual Campus at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.


  • Scenario-based Online Learning - October 13, 2011
    One effective way of actively engage online learners is through the use of scenario-based learning. The goal is to compel the learners to organize and structure their responses to the given problem by using practical exercises that can transfer to activities outside of the educational environment. Cathy House, faculty at Truckee Meadows Community College, will discuss her use of scenario-based learning in her online courses and what response she has received from students along with the increased retention rates.


  • Copyright, Fair Use and Digital Content for Educators - September 22, 2011
    Barry Dahl reviews copyright and open-source content and Pat Aufderheide provides a look  Fair Use and how it applies in education. Dr. Aufderheide is the Director of the Center for Social Media at American University.  She is the co-author of the book: Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put the Balance Back in Copyright.




The following collaborative initiatives have been completed by the MCCVLC and participating Michigan community colleges.  Information about these initiatives is maintained for reference purposes.  Additional information about these and other collaborative initiatives may be obtained by contacting the MCCVLC staff.


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