The following webinars include faculty seminars and vendor demonstrations that have been recorded and archived for viewing at a later time.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNaEmC032b8
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlKavAKhzb8
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3AimDv0cCw&feature=youtu.be
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyVb0HCX4Ao
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v102jkoYIIQ
Zoom Web Conference Platform Demonstration - May 10, 2013
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: http://vimeo.com/36166247)
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.