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Online Program Council (OPC)

Past Meetings

Archived OPC Presentations: bit.ly/opc-presentations

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Tech Tools for Teaching: uwmcooltools.blogspot.com

DATE TIME LOCATION TOPICS
Friday, April 12th, 2013 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 UWM Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching recipients
Friday, March 8th, 2013 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 CollabPad and MOOCs
Friday, February 15th, 2013 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Discussion of Learner/Student Motivation, Emerging Technologies, Strategies for Increasing Course Enrollments, and Evidence of Impact
Friday, November 30th, 2012 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Supporting blended and online students; supporting students for learning; Digital Futures virtual teaching commons; LTC cool tools
Friday, October 26th, 2012 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 MOOCs; sample student courses; eCommerce; OPC updates; LTC cool tools
Friday, September 28th, 2012 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Social media for educators; Online and Blended Instructional Development Program; unconference panel debrief
Friday, November 5th, 2010 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Topics:
1.) Cool Tools Demo by the LTC's Dylan Barth: Developing a teaching persona can be challenging in online courses where interactions are limited to asynchronous communication and discussion boards. Dylan will showcase three easy-to-use online tools?Bitstrips, Voki, and Vocaroo?that can be used by instructors to help them cultivate effective and inviting online teaching personas. For more information see: UWMCoolTools.blogspot.com
2.) Panel discussion on the Academic Impressions 'Growing Online Programs' conference (Laura Pedrick, Laura Glawe, Latonia Pernell, Bill Heinrich & Jonnie Dvorak).
3.) UWM Online focus group results (Laura Pedrick & Laura Glawe)
Friday, October 15th, 2010 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Topics:
1.) Cool Tools: The Learning Technology Center will demonstrate Prezi, an online presentation tool that is more dynamic than powerpoint. For more information see: UWMCoolTools.blogspot.com
2.) The Arts Online: Continuing our conversation on unique disciplinary challenges in going online, this discussion will feature the Peck School of the Arts' Jessica Maerz, Theatre Department, and Judith Kuhn, Music Department, highlighting their experiences in online course development in the Arts.
3.) Strategic Enrollment Update (Laura Pedrick): Presentation on trends in UWM's online enrollment, preliminary focus group results, UW eCampus update.
Friday, September 17th, 2010 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Topics: 1.) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching 2.) UWM Fall Faculty Development Program in Online and Blended Teaching 3.) LTC Social Media pilot [pdf]
Friday, April 9th, 2010 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Cutting Edge Social Networking Tools
Friday, March 12th, 2010 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 ePortfolios
Friday, February 19th, 2010 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 The February meeting of the Online Program Council will take place on Friday, February 19th, from 10:30-noon in Business S250. Topics will include 1. Going Online to Meet Essential Learning Objectives in High-Intensity Biology Courses, presented by Gerry Bergtrom The impetus to teach a blended Cell Biology course was a pragmatic response a university wide appeal to reduce in-class time to cope with increasing undergraduate enrollments. Cutting face-to-face time in half immediately posed a dilemma: how to cover a load of required content in half the time. Redesigning the course also required articulating learning objectives that were woefully under-addressed in the traditional face-to-face class for lack of time. The up-front course redesign effort was however, amply rewarded. At this time, the blended class is organized into 3 phases for each learning module (topic): 1. Students acquire all basic content (and more!) on-line. 2. Class time is entirely devoted to the practice of clearing up confusion, data analysis, experimental design and interpretation, and other modes of critical thinking, most of which are achieved by fostering increased student engagement with course content and with each other. 3. Homework continues the practice of critical thinking with essay exams and short writing assignments. I am also currently teaching a fully online section of Cell Biology. The learning objectives remain the same and many design elements from the blended course were imported into the online section. But a few new ones were added to increase collaborative learning in a situation where students do not formally meet. So far, so good! 2. Self-paced e-Learning with a Human Touch, presented by Sue Stalewski This session will highlight the conversion of a large enrollment lecture course to a modified self-paced online course in health sciences. The converted course features a largely self-paced format with asynchronous interaction between students and between the students and instructors. The instructor, Susan Stalewski, Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences will outline course development, delivery,and outcome. 3. Reception for UWM Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching Recipients(immediately following OPC meeting) For the first time on February 19, UWM will award faculty and teaching academimc staff the UWM Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching. This certificate signifies that an instructor has successfully completed the LTC's faculty development program, designed and taught an online or blended course, had their course formally evaluated by a process established by the LTC, and written a pedagogic reflection on their experiences as an online or blended teacher. The purpose of the certificate is to encourage and recognize the adoption of best practices in online and blended teaching and learning. 15 certificate recipients will be honored at a brief ceremony following the Online Program Council meeting on the 19th. The recipients will be invited to participate as mentors for others who are redesigning their own courses. (Note: light refreshments will be served)
Friday, November 20th, 2009 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Topics: 1.) Accessibility featuring Roger Smith, R2D2 2.) Teaching in the professions featuring Michelle Finet, Occupational Therapy, and Don Pardee, Nursing [pdf] [ppt] [handout]
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 1) Presentation by School of Information Studies faculty member Jacques du Plessis on the open content movement and its implications for online education and

2) Discussion of the opportunities and challenges of online and blended program development in the Humanities, with demos and discussion by Lorena Terando and Michelle Bolduc.[ppt]

Jacques' presentation, in some respects, continued the conversation from an Open Access Day workshop (focusing more on instruction as opposed to scholarly communication). He has sent the following links as resources for Friday's meeting:

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Link 2
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Link 5

Audio of the session is available by clicking here.

Friday, September 25th, 2009 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 1.) Discussion of the LTC's new Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching [handout]2.) Overview of the UWM Online marketing initiative 3.) Consideration of strategic directions for online programming in the UW System [ppt coming].
Friday, April 24th, 2009 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Topic: Ethics in Online Teaching--Johannes Britz
Monday, March 27th, 2009 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 1. Teach Act Implications for Rich Media
2. ePortfolio demo
3. LTC in Saudi Arabia panel
4. Adult Student Marketing Initiative, adultstudent.uwm.edu

NOTE: We need profiles of your online and blended adult students (age 25+) for the website and other marketing initiatives. Could you please send me possibilities from your programs (name/email/phone, any other background info/why they would make a compelling profile)?

Friday, February 27th, 2009 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Manpower - the topic was online and blended training in the corporate environment. Our guest presenters were be Keri Ohlrich, Manpower Director of Talent and Organization Development, and Michael Markiewicz, Manpower Manager Leadership and Development.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Special session: Webinar, Cost-Effective Best Practices for Marketing Online Programs
Friday, November 24th, 2008 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 Manpower was rescheduled.

The session featured a presentation by Laura Pedrick on the implications of the recent passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act for online program delivery (includes important accreditation-related information for units delivering or planning to deliver online degrees)so Monday's meeting will feature a presentation by me on the implications of the recent passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act for online program delivery (includes important accreditation-related information for units delivering or planning to deliver online degrees)

Also, the session addressed the previously announced demo of D2L's ePortfolio functionality, which is going to be piloted at UWM and several other UW System universities.

Friday, October 31st, 2008 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 The session discussed the use of virtual worlds, Second Life, on the UWM campus. Specifically, the pilot project preliminary findings were shared by Sue Stalewski and Tanya Joosten. For more information visit: http://www.uwmsecondlife.wikispaces.com
Friday, September 26th, 2008 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 1. Taking Online Classes to Scale -- a presentation on best practices for utilizing online & blended instruction in larger classes (LTC staff)
2. Online Program Planning--introduction of a new resource guide for departments planning to launch online or blended programs (Laura Pedrick/Tanya Joosten)
3. Summary of Survey Results from Academic/Master Planning Exercise and Latest Online Enrollment Data (Laura Pedrick)
4. LTC Faculty Development Workshops for 08-09 (Bob Kaleta), visit http://mydevelopment.uwm.edu
Monday, May 5th, 2008 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 A special session featuring a UITS panel presentation on technology initiatives that are supportive of online learners, including synchronous communication tools, Pantherlink, the new content management system, and Pantherfile. Panel members were Bruce Maas, Wendy Luljak, Michael Hostad, Dan Cody, Chris Spadanuda and Cheryl Ellsworth.

Alan Aycock of the Learning Technology Center presented an overview of changes in the new version of D2L.

FRI, April 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 The topics will be The topics were 1) A Look Inside Curriculum & Instruction 579, an innovative online course on Childrens Literature with a focus on Latin America and Latino culture (Julie Kline, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Simone Conceicao, Administrative Leadership). The course features the use of guest experts participating in discussion forums and in audio interviews. and 2) Online Degree Offerings in the State of Wisconsin: Trends & Strategic Directions (Laura Pedrick, Academic Affairs)

PowerPoints:

1.) Presentation 1

2.) Presentation 2

FRI, March 14th 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 The topics will be The topics will be 1) A Look Inside Curriculum & Instruction 579, an innovative online course on Childrens Literature with a focus on Latin America and Latino culture (Julie Kline, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Simone Conceicao, Administrative Leadership). The course features the use of guest experts participating in discussion forums and in audio interviews. and 2) Online Degree Offerings in the State of Wisconsin: Trends & Strategic Directions (Laura Pedrick, Academic Affairs)

PowerPoints:

1.) Presentation 1

2.) Presentation 2

FRI, February, 22nd 10:30am-12:00pm Lubar S250 The topics will be 1) A Look Inside the Therapeutic Recreation Certificate and Thoughts on Making the Transition from Face to Face to the Blended Instructional Format--Patty Thomas, Occupational Therapy and 2) Course Diagnostic: Econ 104. The LTC staff will provide input on Richard Meadows' online course to identify possible strategies to enhance the course.
FRI, December 14th 1:30-3:00pm Lubar S250 The topics will be 1) UWM enrollment trends for online and blended courses, programs, and terms, followed by a discussion on Who are our online and blended students? and 2) Cool Tools Part 2: Study Mate and Digital Interactive Learning Activities--LTC presentation
FRI, November 16, 2007 1:30-3:00pm Lubar S250 The topic will be quality in the online course, and we will be expanding the invitee list to include department chairs and associate deans. This will be an opportunity to learn about best practices in online instruction at a crucial time of expansion in online and blended course offerings and enrollments at UWM. Please take a moment to read the attached online assessment diagram, which will be the basis for a discussion led by the Learning Technology Center and faculty members who have extensive experience in online instruction.
FRI, October 19, 2007 1:00-2:30pm Lubar S250 Diane Reddy will present on the U-Pace initiative, a self-paced psychology course that has delivered positive student learning outcomes for students.
FRI, May 18, 2007 1:00-2:30pm Lubar S250

Richard Meadows, Bob Kaleta and Laura Pedrick to lead a general discussion on possible futures for online and blended/hybrid instruction at UWM, focusing on the following topics: (1) Collaborations with other institutions. What kinds of conversations are occurring across campus in schools, colleges and departments around collaborating with other institutions in offering online/blended degrees? (2) Online/blended instruction as part of the university-wide Academic Planning process that is currently under way as a precursor to development of a campus master plan. Innovative instructional technologies (and increases in the adoption of existing technologies) have profound implications for UWM's future. How do you see online and blended learning evolving at UWM? (3) What innovative tools/technologies/best practices do you see on the horizon?

FRI, April 20, 2007

1:00-2:30pm

Lubar S250

(1) A special presentation on the 2006 ECAR Study of Students and Information Technology, with UWM-specific (as well as national) data. Please join Judy Caruso, a Fellow at the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, Co-PI on the ECAR Study of Students and IT, and Director of Policy and Planning at DoIT at UW­Madison; and David Stack, Deputy CIO, I&MT for their analysis of current trends in students' use of technology. (2) Community brainstorming session on 'Tips to Help Students Succeed' as online learners. This will help develop a new section of UWM's distance education website. (3) There will be an update on the Blending Life & Learning initiative.
FRI, March 16, 2007

1:00-2:30pm

Lubar S250

Featuring a presentation by School of Information Studies faculty member Jacques du Plessis, "Asynchronous Show and Tell," and a discussion of marketing practices. Please come to the meeting with your brochures, URLs, and prepared to discuss how you get the word out about your online program. Please pass along word to staff in your schools and colleges who work in marketing and outreach--they would add a lot to the discussion!
FRI, June 9, 2006 1:00 - 2:30 pm Business S250 2 presentations: 1) distance education pricing, led by BFS Director Andy Richards with several UBRs from units offering online degrees and certificates, & 2) support for online students, by School of Information Studies Associate Professor Elizabeth Buchanan
FRI, May 12, 2006 1:00 - 2:30 pm Business S250 Learning Technology Center panel discussion on faculty development for online teaching and learning & a 'look inside' the online Nursing Ph.D. program
FRI, March 10, 2006     Council charge, overview, assessment of online courses and programs, Learning Technology Center announcements & discussion of future topics.