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Recorded Workshops

These sessions, recorded over the summer of 2020, focused on content, sharing ideas and actualizing teaching philosophies — helping instructors begin to visualize how they can best utilize their individual teaching styles via some particular realm of online instruction. The recordings of each session remain below as a resource.

Increasing Student EngagementTuesday, June 16 at 11 AM
Workshop Instructor: Matt Farmer

This workshop will discuss practices and tips discovered during the spring 2020 semester. These practices are designed to increase student engagement during on-line lectures and synchronous classes, as well outside of scheduled class times.

The password for the recorded training is 0P!00W&6 (note that the "0"s are zeros).

WATCH Recorded Workshop (password: 0P!00W&6) 
Making Expectations ClearWednesday, June 17 at 10 AM
Workshop Instructor: Matt Farmer

This workshop will discuss practices for making class expectations clear for on-line learning prior to and during the semester. These practices are designed to reduce student anxiety, increase student participation and decrease instructor frustration.

The password for the recorded training is 2f+%9a@3
Exam Construction & Exam SecurityTuesday, June 23 at 11 AM
Workshop Instructors: Aaron Franzen and Ginny McDonough

This workshop will explore how to create and administer exams online and ideas for reducing opportunities for unethical behavior.

WATCH Recorded Workshop  
Basic Video Capture for Synchronous and Asynchronous Courses Monday, June 29 at 10 AM and Tuesday, July 14 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructor: Paul DeYoung

In this workshop I will show how I capture material during a standard F2F lecture (for use by students not present for any of a variety of reasons), and how I have captured material for asynchronous viewing by students.  Some basic editing of captured material will be shown. I use Camtasia and/or Snagit, but some general tricks that have been learned will also be included. Note that these videos are not studio quality, high-end videos. Rather they are a “good enough” product that allows me to spend time preparing the lectures without being overwhelmed by spending time processing videos.

WATCH Recorded Workshop (first workshop) 

VIEW short tutorials on video capture for a variety of formats 

WATCH Recorded Workshop (second workshop) 

Synchronous and Asynchronous Course Delivery (Focused on Delivery of Content)Tuesday, June 30 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructor: Paul DeYoung

Physics 105 is a content delivery course that I have taught for over a decade and delivered in a variety of ways including, F2F, distance, synchronously, asynchronously, tradition style and flipped styles using video capture in one way or another.  I will present a variety of tips and tricks learned over the years about delivery, processing, facilitating questions during synchronous distance learning, helping with homework, and office hours.

Please note that this is content delivery with very little student-student interaction or discussion. See the July 8 workshop "Building a Learning Community Online" and the July 10 workshop "Active Learning Online" for information about ways to effectively include that aspect.

WATCH Recorded Workshop 

Accessible Digital ContentTuesday, June 30 at 1 PM and Tuesday, July 7 at 1 PM

Workshop Instructor: Carrie Dattels

Start simple and start now. We will review multiple strategies and tools for proactively increasing access for a wide variety of learners during the creation of course materials and presentations.

WATCH Recorded Workshop  

Building a Learning Community OnlineWednesday, July 8 at 10 AM and Wednesday, July 15 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructors: Marissa Doshi & Stephen Maiullo

One of the biggest concerns that professors have about online and remote learning is about our ability to replicate the intimacy and community of the in-person class. This workshop aims to present some basic strategies and tools to build a community of learners in synchronous and asynchronous online courses. In this workshop, we will share some of our own experiences about what has worked for us (and, of course, what hasn't) and we will invite participants to brainstorm with us about how they might transform, adapt and reimagine community for the virtual classroom.

WATCH Recorded Workshop (must be signed in to a Hope Google account) 

During the above recorded video, chat window comments were captured and are available here.

Student Collaborative ProjectsThursday, July 9 at 10 AM and Thursday, July 16 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructor: Marcus Fila

This workshop will look at how to create and manage engaging student collaborative projects; and assess student participation and performance in an online setting.  
Active Learning OnlineFriday, July 10 at 10 AM and Monday, July 13 at 10 AM

Workshop Instructors: Marissa Doshi & Marcus Fila

This workshop explores how to use active learning strategies in an online setting.

WATCH Recorded Workshop 

Pedagogy of Engagement & DiscussionTuesday, August 25

Workshop Instructor: Beth Trembley & Lauren Janes

How do you increase student engagement in online courses? Learn about several free applications that can help integrate more active engagement, particularly discussion, in your course design. 

WATCH Recorded Workshop 

Course Organization using Google Drive and MoodleTuesday, September 8

Workshop Instructors: Beth Trembley & Alyssa Cheadle

Tips on organizing and using your Google Drive more effectively and a sample process for how to use Google Drive and Google Docs with Moodle for a more streamlined class structure and work flow.

WATCH Recorded Workshop 

A Few Favorites for Faculty: Free and easy-to-use apps that some of your colleagues find valuableTuesday, September 15

Workshop Instructors: Beth Trembley et al.

In A Few Favorites for Faculty, faculty discuss free and easy-to-use apps that they find valuable in the development of online pedagogy. Here are several ways you can increase your online skills repertoire while changing things up just a bit to reinvigorate your classes.  

All of these tips were discussed in the online workshop on September 15, 2020. 

WATCH Recorded Workshop 

The write-up below is a brief overview of what each person presented.  Be sure to watch the recording for more information on each topic-- especially the pedagogical reasons why each person finds their particular tool of value. Also, check out the invigorating Q and A after!

Presentations, Video Time Stamps and Pertinent Links

Tip #1

Sophia D’Agostino (1:30) on Reflecting on and Adjusting Course design with IRIS: Online Course Design for College and University Faculty. It’s fun, funny, engaging and helpful. Check it out not only for its content, but also as a model of the sort of thing you might do in creating asynchronous online models of instruction.

Tip #2

Tori Longfield (8:50) on Engaging Students with quick feedback through Wordle word clouds and Kahoot competitive (and fun!) quizzes.

Tip #3

Jessica Hronchek (15:30) on providing just-in-time support with the asynchronous “guide on the side” Online Tutorials available through the library.

Tip #4

Steve Maiullo (23:10) on Keeping Things Simple with Loom screencast recordings. Be sure to check out the Pro account which is free for folks with a .edu email and allows for much longer videos than other screencast recorders.

Tip #5

Paul Pearson (30:40) on Engaging Students with Real-Time Handwriting Assignments through ClassKick.

Hexagonal Thinking Tuesday, September 22

Workshop Instructors: Beth Trembley

Hexagonal Thinking is a pedagogical method that can help you and your students make sense of all the bits and pieces of your course. 

It can be done online synchronously, online asynchronously and even F2F physically distanced. Depending on how you set it up, it can rely on individual or collaborative critical thinking. It can be colorful; it can involve moving shapes around (never underestimate the thought-triggering power of moving shapes around). It can be used for discussion, as a quiz alternative and even as a way to prepare a draft of an essay.  

WATCH Recorded Workshop 

Workshop contains the following:

  1. The group worked together to learn about hexagonal thinking.  

  2. Then we actually did a hexagonal thinking exercise based in Google Slides on the topic of important aspects of successful online pedagogy.  This helped us all begin to think about what we want to remember as we begin to look ahead to next semester (it’s not too early, trust me!).

  3. Finally, we talked briefly about how one can set-up and use this flexible instructional tool.   

Two Things for High Impact on Accessibility and Better Learning for All StudentsTuesday, September 29

Workshop Instructors: Beth Trembley & Carrie Dattels

WATCH Recorded Workshop 

Carrie presented a variety of things we can think about as we design our learning materials and course structures for Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In particular, she suggested two things faculty can do to positively impact the accessibility to learning for all students:

  1. Provide captions for all recorded material

  2. Include an access statement not only in course syllabi, but also in class with students and perhaps even in your email signature line!

Also, Carrie provided a Digital Accessibility Checklist which you can find here.

These are pedagogical methods you can incorporate into your courses now and which you can add to your planning for next semester!

After Carrie’s presentation, four or five of us had a rich discussion about challenges and conundrums we’ve faced in our teaching. 

Captioning Existing/Edited VideosWednesday, October 7

Workshop Instructor: Beth Trembley

 Using Google Slides and a Screencast recorder like Loom to caption existing or edited videos.

WATCH Recorded Workshop 

Caption Events and Videos as You Create ThemTuesday, October 13

Workshop Instructor: Beth Trembley 

We explore two methods for creating captioned videos as you create them.

WATCH Recorded Video 

In this week’s workshop we will 

  1. Look briefly at using Google Meet and Loom together.  

  2. Then we will look at Zoom and Webcaptioner and Loom.  

  3. Finally we will discuss how the combination of Webcaptioner and Loom enables you to create/record captions with anything you do on your computer (enabling you to make instructional videos with captions).

READ step-by-step instructions on Zoom Captioning 

Sharing Student Work and Student FeedbackWednesday, October 21

Workshop Instructor: Beth Trembley

In this week’s online pedagogy workshop we looked at how we can create experiences for students to share projects, papers, gallery walks and feedback groups, both synchronously and asynchronously.

WATCH Recorded Video 

Building an Asynchronous LessonWednesday, October 27

Workshop Instructor: Beth Trembley

This week’s online pedagogy support work looked forward, with hope, to the next semester and the semesters beyond, with a focus on how to design and build asynchronous free-standing lessons.

WATCH Recorded Workshop Here is a link to the Slides presentation used in the workshop.

Even if you are working in a synchronous environment, in-person or online, well-designed asynchronous lessons can provide you and your students with several benefits, three of which I find especially valuable to creating a successful learning experience.

  1. Flexibility for students to choose how much time and what time they will spend on acquiring content information.

  2. Increased time for me and my students to work together with the content and to address challenges that arise (especially if a portion of a course is synchronous).

  3. Much deeper understanding of my own lesson structure and so a higher intention in my pedagogy.

Dr. Beth Trembley continues to provide faculty with resources and webinars. For a full list of her webinars and tips, see the You Can Do This, Subject LogCheck back regularly, as this log will be updated throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

Student Resources

For Students: Transition to Online Learning 

Taking Notes While Learning Online

In this short video using these PowerPoint slidesAssociate Provost Gerald Griffin encourages students to development additional active learning and note taking skills as they move to an online learning format. Point students to this video and the Cornell Note Taking System as additional resources. 

Difficulty Viewing Videos?

Dr. Vanessa Muilenberg offers the following advice to students who are struggling to access videos remotely.

Using the same software as YouTube, Google automatically encodes the uploaded file in different resolutions to allow for viewing on different devices and different levels of bandwidth (internet speed). Viewing these videos should be similar to any video hosted by YouTube. Depending on the speed of your internet connection there are some steps you can take if streaming the videos natively is not working well.

Set the streaming video quality to its lowest setting by selecting the gear icon in the lower right corner, then selecting 480p, if that doesn’t work, select 360p. Please note that the figures may be more difficult to read at these settings.

Download the video for offline viewing. Rather than stream the video it is possible to perform a local download of the file to your device. The upper right hand side of the video contains a number of controls. The icon with the down arrow is the download file icon. Click here and you can download the video to your local storage. If your internet speed is limited this may take some time, please plan accordingly.

View the videos on a mobile device. If your internet speeds are slow and you have an “unlimited” data plan on your phone or tablet you may be able to stream these videos over your data connection faster than your home internet.

Find more resources for students at the Remote Learning page.

Additional Resources

Your Hope-issued laptops come with a webcam and microphone installed.  Instruction and course creation should happen from home where possible. If you require resources from your office or classroom, you must have permission to come to campus first. Email healthcenter@hope.edu to request permission.

VanWylen Library has a variety of resources to support online learning and will continue to update these resources over the next month.

Thinking about academic integrity? Test creation? Drs. Tom Ludwig, Barry Bandstra and Gerald Griffin have created this guide to enhance levels of academic integrity with online instruction.

See more online learning resources available from the library