Archived Sessions and Workshops
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Designing PowerPoint Slides that Keep Students Awake, Engaged and Learning
This workshop was held on March 17, 2011 online, in Wimba Classroom. Whether you teach in the classroom or online, you probably use PowerPoint on a regular basis. Are your PowerPoint presentations engaging your students or putting them to sleep? Are they learning what you’re teaching, or simply counting sheep? Attend this free, virtual training session to learn how to design PowerPoint slides that keep your students awake, engaged, and learning. Specifically, you will learn how to: include the right type and amount of content; add appropriate graphics and images; and, use fonts and colors effectively.
Cross-Generatinal Learning Challenges
This workshop was held on April 14, 2011 Online in Wimba Classroom. Human engagement is critical in distance education. Instructional transactions, when used effectively, can be adapted to meet the needs of today’s learners. One instructional method, the Discussion Board, can effectively be used to promote learner engagement by supporting the ways iGeneration, Millenials, X and Y Generations and Boomers interact in the course room. This workshop also examined: the generational dynamics of learner-to-instructor; learner-to-learner; and, learner-to content; obstacles that instigate withdrawal; and, strategies that could encourage persistence in distance education classrooms. Instructional transactions, when used effectively can enhance learning, can cut through generational barriers, by fostering a sense of camaraderie, and can contribute to success in productivity, intellectual engagement and satisfaction.
Lessons in Leadership: Wisdom and Wit from the Warrior and the Artist
This session was held on April 13, 2011 at the La Salle University Bucks County Center, Newtown, PA. Credibility is often referred to as the first hurdle of leadership. Without credibility you will find it almost impossible to be a successful leader. But how do leaders become credible? What must they do to establish their authority and gain the respect and the confidence of those they lead? Learn how to use and apply what is both valuable and vital from the Warrior and the Artist perspectives to build your credibility as a leader and help you inspire others to reach their potential. (note: there is no archive for this session)
|Stephen Hart, M.S., CPBA and J. T. Kostman, Ph.D.
Self-Directed Online Learning
This workshop was held on Thursday September 22, 2011 online in Wimba Classroom. Online learning has forever changed our classroom interactions. Learners are now able to acquire content and collaborate with one another apart from the instructor. Fortunately, we can both empower our students to actively engage in their learning as we adjust to the online classroom. Adding a new role - facilitator - to our toolbox helps make learners more responsible and also leverages our time effectively.
Discussion Forum Revival: Engaging Participants and Maximizing Learning Opportunities
This workshop was held on Thursday November 10, 2011 online in Wimba Classroom. Discussion forums can be a source of frustration for learners as well as instructors. They are too often stagnant and void of meaningful interaction. There are specific ways however, to revive each discussion thread and engage participants in the learning process. The ultimate responsibility of facilitating the co-construction of knowledge via the discussion forum rests with the instructor. Participants of this session will explore questioning techniques and best practices to keep the conversation alive, motivate learners, keep their interest, and help them achieve course objectives.
Using Wimba Effectively as a Learning Tool
This workshop was held on Thursday December 1, 2011 online in Wimba Classroom. In the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, teacher Ben Stein could see that his students were falling asleep and drooling on their desks, he just choose not to do anything to wake them up and engage them. Now, let’s fast forward 20 years, and suppose that Ben is teaching a virtual audience. How does he know who is sleeping, who is actively engaged, and most importantly, who is actually learning? Anyone, anyone? In this session you will learn how to keep your learners awake, engaged, and learning by adding interactive activities to your Wimba sessions.
Learning Assessment Series: Measuring What Matters: Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning
(Session 1 of 4)
This workshop (first session of four on student learning assessment) was held on June 11, 2011 at the La Salle University Montgomery County Center, Plymouth Meeting, PA. This introductory session to assessment will focus on defining assessment and understanding what is currently driving the assessment platform. The continuous process improvement loop will be reviewed, and the work that needs to be done to ensure meaningful assessment will be discussed.
Learning Assessment Series: Organizing the Assessment Process
(Session 2 of 4)
This workshop (second session of four on student learning assessment) was held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at La Salle University Montgomery County Center. This part of the "Learning Assessment Series" was a continuation designed to help program directors and their faculty to work on to help work on programmatic outcomes, mapping curriculum, and determining both direct and indirect evidence of student learning. Each program will have the outline of their assessment plan by the end of the session.
Learning Assessment Series: An Assessment Toolkit
(Session 3 of 4)
This workshop was held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the La Salle University Montgomery County Center. This workshop primarily focused on designing and using scoring rubrics. Other topics discussed were collecting and measuring student evidence – direct and indirect, creating effective assignments, and how to effective use surveys and test.
Learning Assessment Series: Using your Assessment Results
(Session 4 of 4)
This workshop was held on June 9, 2012 at the La Salle University Montgomery County Center. The presenter recapped the previous three sessions and foucsed on how to close the loop on collecting the data for a learning assessment plan. The discussion was about how to benchmark, summarize, and analyze assessment results to include how to keep moving forward to ensure that assessment efforts maintain their momentum.
This workshop was held on Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Wimba Classroom. You can’t solve the problem if you don’t ask the right question. What do pharmaceutical companies, police departments; emergency rooms, NASA, and the SEC have in common? They all use PBL. Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered strategy in which students learn about a subject in the context of complex, multifaceted, and realistic problems. PBL is a totally interactive and immersive experience. Participants will be given a problem based learning (PBL) package and will discover, design and present solutions. The methods used here can be carried forth to the design of any course in any content area.
Creating Student-Centered Instructional Design -- A Matter of Style!
This workshop was held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in Wimba Classroom. Designing student-centered learning in an online course requires carefully blending the learning styles of the student with the teaching style of the instructor. In this workshop, Stephen Hart, guided the participants to explore the most common forms of adult learning styles and presented proven techniques of instruction to help instructors design their courses to be engaging as well as stimulating to promote critical thinking.
The Big “A” - Using Rubrics for Assessment
This workshop was held online on Wednesday, October 24 / 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST in Wimba Classroom. In using rubrics for assessment there are two sides of the grading coin: students say "What do I need to get an “A” for this project?" and instructors say " How do I fairly grade the students’ projects?" In this session participants learned about creating and using assessment rubrics to assess online discussions, team projects, presentations, and other online activities.
Margaret (Peg) McManus, Ph.D
Professor of Computer Science, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Executive Director of Graduate Studies at La Salle University
Discovering Summon: Connelly's New Search Platform
This workshop was held online on Tuesday, November 13, 2013, online in Wimba Classroom. In this workshop, the presenters discussed the composition of the Summon database and why it is different from any resources Connelly Library has had in the past. There was also a demonstration on how to perform searches to locate different types of materials to include some advanced features. Please see the archived session by clicking on the link below.
Metacognition and Adult Learning in a Virtual Environment
This workshop was held on Thursday, February 28, 2013, online in Wimba Classroom. This 1 hour WIMBA presentation covered the topic of metacognition and how this term is defined and differentiated from others terms and concepts, such as thinking, cognition and introspection. The presenter covered the history of the concept, how it applied to adult development, and explained how this skill can be used in online teaching and learning.
The presenter also discussed how knowing one's own learning style can help a person to know the ways that they think, therefore how to organize the information they are given to promote effective learning.
How to Fully Engage Students Online
This workshop was held on Tuesday, March, 19, 2013, online in Wimba Classroom. The workshop covered questions on how to engage students online, such as: How do you capture student's attention in an online environment? How do you continue to hold their attention each week? How do you get students to interact with you and one another online? How do you encourage your students to form an online study group. This workshop also covered other similar topics such as online tutoring and holding online office hours that are helpful to assure student engagement.
Students, Teacher and Content: Interacting Online
This workshop was held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, online in Wimba Classroom. The workshop covered the challenges instructors have of engaging students with computer-based tools as part of a face-to-face, blended or fully online learning environment. Dr. Greer Richardson presented how instructors could offer parallel interactional experiences in an online setting. Dr. Richardson and participants discussed ideas for interacting online by discussing the various modes of interaction that transpire in the all teaching environments: student-to-student, teacher-to-student, and content-to-student interactions.