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