Quick & Dirty: ET4online Day 1

Quick & Dirty: ET4online Day 1

Day 1: Notes, Ideas, Topics & Tools to Explore from the Online Learning Consortium’s 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

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Having just returned from the Online Learning Consortium’s 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, I’m busting at the seams with good ideas, messy notes, things to research, people to follow and renewed energy for all things teaching and learning in the digital world. Here’s a list of the things I’m bringing back–a compendium to dig through as time allows.

For more from the conference, peruse the Twitter feed and the staggering list of sessions.


Fostering Inclusion in Online Courses with Universal Design for LearningKevin Kelly, San Francisco State University

Multiple paths for delivery, engagement and assessment

  • Accessibility
  • Purposeful design
  • Multiple means of assessment
  • Teach every student
  • Stimulate engagement

Set relevant learning objectives and do authentic assessment, provide choice and levels of challenge.

“Quests,” not assignments. Points accrual rather than subtraction.

“Student learning should be relevant not only to the course objectives at hand, but for the rest of their lives.”

Web resources: UDL Universe, CAST

Good Stuff:

Typical online class: Whole class is structured by the teacher, all students do the same things at the same time
An alternative gamified approach: Students choose their own role and set personal goals, activities are chosen based on what they want to achieve and students complete them at their own pace.


-Virtual field trips as a way for online students to meld real life with digital, untether
-Trend in online learning is back toward synchronicity


Creating an Online Teaching Certification Program for Faculty Development:  Robert Rivas and Julie Lyon, Odessa College

Commonalities among faculty with low drop rate:

  • Interact with students by name
  • Closely monitor student behavior and progress
  • Have one on one meetings with all students
  • Highly structured class

Good Stuff:

Odessa Quality Course Components
Jossey Bass Online Teaching Library
Quality Matters Rubric for Online Courses
OLC Quality Scorecard for Online Programs
OLC Session Handout

Applying Odessa’s approach at home:

  • Define quality standards for courses and teaching
  • Develop metrics
  • Assess current state
  • Set improvement goals
  • Develop improvement methods (certificate program, e.g.)
  • Implement
  • Remeasure


Leading from Where You Are: 

Michael Berman, Cal State Channel Islands, Crista Copp, Loyola Marymount U, Kyle Johnson, Chaminade, U of Honolulu, Jennifer Sparrow, Penn State

Faculty are motivated by: Rewards, recognition, time

Leading Institutional Change:

  • Engage your early adopters and adapt your message for what motivates your audience
  • Tie it to your organizational mission
  • Form partnerships
  • Right size the change
  • Make sure it’s doable and has the right level of risk for your institution
  • Time it for an early win
  • Know your audience
  • Script out your key points
  • Be prepared for the naysayer
  • Do your homework about what resources are needed for the solution
  • Know what you are willing to negotiate going in
  • Believe in your plan


Hybrid Delivery Classroom: A Model for Blended Learning: Elizabeth Crawford and David Rausch, U of Tennessee Chattanooga 



  • Wenger – Communities of Practice
  • Garrison – Community of Inquiry Model (social presence, cognitive presence and teaching presence = learning experience)
  • Bandura – Social Learning

Good Stuff:

  • “Virtual” classroom, not “online”
  • “Deliverables,” not “assignments”
  • Synchronous and asynchronous components using Zoom, Blackboard, face to face classes, in person induction at beginning, cohort based
  • Rubrics used to assess class meeting contributions, discussion posts, assignments on a scale from mastery–competent–satisfactory–unsatisfactory


Radically Change a Course Using Design Thinking: Rebekaj Radtke, U of Kentucky College of Design

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Connected Learning: Keynote with Mimi Ito, UC Irvine

Primer on Connected Learning
College is Worth it if You Have These Six Experiences
Connected Courses

“Everyone gets it wrong the first time … Many new things appear to merely replicate something that came before.”

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