No X-Boxes Please: Measuring Students’ Online Readiness
Description: How do you know if a student is truly ready for an online learning format? Come join a panel of industry experts to learn what higher education institutions are doing in Oklahoma to help ensure students’ success by assessing learners’ readiness
Facilitators: Jeni Maple and Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University), and Amanda Keesee (University of Central Oklahoma)
OK Nursing Remote Labs Workshop
Description: For nursing faculty and online learning professionals: a workshop to uncover issues related to teaching traditional skills and nursing simulations remotely. The workshop will brainstorm ideas and help participants start a plan to prepare for any future transition to remote instruction.
Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)
Virtual Tutoring – Maintaining Services During the Pandemic
Description: Learn how Western Oklahoma State College shifted its student tutoring programs to a fully virtual format using existing tools, including Zoom.
Facilitators: Melissa Smith and Katie Brewer (Western Oklahoma State College)
Maintaining Quality During the Transition to Online
Description: Has anyone ever said to you that online education does not have as much quality or rigor as face-to-face instruction? Have you struggled to provide and intelligent reply? Are you concerned about the quality of your online course during the recent, and rapid, conversion to remote instruction? If so, this topic is for you! This session will provide a blueprint for establishing quality measures, gathering data, seeking student and faculty input, and building a process for continuous improvement to help ensure quality in your online environment. Examples will be given as well as lessons learned, from a recent start-up of an online program track.
Facilitators: Nancy Gwin (University of Central Oklahoma)
To Proctor, or Not to Proctor? Assessment is the Question
Description: Many faculty approaching a new term of fully remote instruction may now be wondering how to ensure academic integrity and identity of learners outside of the traditional classroom. This session will first provide you with an overview of various techniques to assess learners in the online environment, some of which do not require any form of proctoring. For those cases where proctoring is necessary, a sampling of current online proctoring strategies and technologies will help inform faculty and administrators.
Facilitators: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)
Online Lab Conundrum – Virtual Workshop
Description: Have you been grappling with whether labs can be delivered effectively in the online environment? This session will review what the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University is doing for online labs, proving that it’s not about the labs, it’s about the outcomes. This highly interactive and collaborative session will utilize problem-based learning to help participants uncover strategies to use in their own courses.
Facilitators: Melissa Hicks (Penn State University)
Online Education and COVID-19: Answering the Call to Action
Description: All hands on deck! With the spread of COVID-19 this spring semester, many institutions have answered the unexpected call to action to continue operations by bringing online education to all students. This session will ask attendees to dig in and explore ways to maintain the quality of online learning and innovation within this record-paced transformation of interactions, environments, strategies, and cultures. During this collaborative session, we will develop a toolkit with resources to help you promote innovation in teaching, course design, program design, and learning culture at your institution.
Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma)
Friday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Building OER Momentum in Oklahoma
Description: This session will provide attendees a pathway forward for increasing availability of low/no-cost course materials for students within Oklahoma institutions. Lessons from the field will help you expand your “why” of OER and envision where we can go as a system through harnessing current resources and future opportunities.
Presenter: Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University)
Thursday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Preparing for AI and Machine Learning in Online Education
Description: AI is the next evolution of big data’s use in education. As more institutions develop their capabilities and architecture to obtain more data on their students, mining this data to better serve the student will become the focus of getting students to completion. Yet, the process to “hire” AI and implement it at scale should be guided by thoughtful conversations from administrators, faculty, students, and staff. While the promise of specific AI technology will be discussed, the leadership required to advance AI enabled strategic change will be a focus of the conversation.
Presenters: Luke Dowden (Alamo Colleges District), Karen Srba (St. Francis University)
Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central
Don’t Forget About Accessibility as you Move Your Entire World to the Web
Description: The world is in unprecedented territory. You’re being asked to move your classes online, and seeing enrollment in existing distance education climb. Students are not on campus. How do we make sure that we keep our obligations to students with disabilities in the middle of all of this change? During this session we will discuss how critical it is, especially now, to build accessible educational environments. We will share some tips and guidance and leave you with resources to help.
Presenter: Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech)
Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Bandwidth Depletion and Recovery in the COVID-19 Transition to Remote Learning
Description: Each of us has a finite amount of mental bandwidth for all the tasks in our lives. By bandwidth, I’m referring to attentional resources. This isn’t about how smart a person is, but about how much of their cognitive capacity is available for learning. One of the most powerful bandwidth stealers is uncertainty. In this public health crisis, our students – and our instructors – are living in a situation where uncertainty is the only constant. What can we do, within classes and as institutions, to provide environments of certainty for our students so they can recover a bit of bandwidth for learning?
Presenter: Cia Verschelden (Malcolm X College)
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central
Getting Rid of Grades, Making Room for Feedback
Description: This session will provide an overview of un-grading, a movement in both K-12 and higher ed to put the focus on feedback, not grades. The goal: increase motivation, decrease stress, and advance learning by providing students with actionable feedback instead of number/letter grades.
Presenter: Laura Gibbs (University of Oklahoma)
Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Engaging Students Virtually
Description: Best practices to keep students involved and moving through an online course.
Presenter: Akram Taghavi-Burris (University of Tulsa)
Monday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Celebrating Online Learning Excellence in Oklahoma, Part I
Description: This event will showcase the 2020 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award winners.
Facilitator: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)
Guest Presenters: Jason Stone, Breeman Ainsworth, Dorothy Weaver (OSU-OKC Division of Liberal Arts)
Friday, April 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Developing Online Teaching Skills
Description: Learn what skills are critical for online instructors, and how to develop those skills while also motivating online instructors to stay active and engaged in their courses right alongside their students.
Presenter: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University
Thursday, April 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central
The Trials and Tribulations of Building an Institutional KPI Dashboard
Description: From the humble beginnings of automating a paper statistics report to predictive analytics, the KPI Dashboard (custom built by the IDEA Team at UCO using Blackboard Analytics) has had its share of growing pains as well as triumphs. This session will discuss some of the features (room search, schedule toxicity, enrollment projection, and department and university profiles) and the pitfalls, both hit and avoided, along the way.
Presenter: Liz Crowell (University of Central Oklahoma), Sean Gausman (University of Central Oklahoma)
Wednesday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Changes to Federal Regulations That You Should Know About
Description: The U.S. Department of Education is redoing several regulations regarding distance education and educational innovations offered by colleges and universities. This session will explore those that you most need to understand and take your questions.
Presenter: Russ Poulin, Executive Director (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology)
Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
The State of Online Education in Oklahoma
Description: This presentation highlights key trends, issues, and updates related to online and blended learning in Oklahoma.
Presenters: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College); Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)
Monday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central