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Zoom Towards Engagement

Available as an on-demand course, Zoom Towards Engagement targets best practices when teaching online via Zoom.  Many of the resources are also useful for administrators and staff as many events and functions have transitioned into an online environment.  This course will be continuously updated as new Zoom updates and functions are released.


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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)


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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)


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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)


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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A Practical Guide to Teaching Online Courses

Description: This presentation will cover proven strategies to set-up faculty, their students, and their departments for success in online courses. The use of data-driven decisions, mobile course design, mobile content development, implementing OER, and the engagement-edutainment of students will be demonstrated from online science courses across Oklahoma. This presentation will empower you to achieve higher enrollment, higher student completion rates, and higher personal satisfaction in your online courses – while having a blast!

Facilitators: Kenny Tapp (University of Central Oklahoma)


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Syllabus Curb Appeal: Entice Learners to Look Inside the Online Course

Description: Learners formulate their first impression of a course before they even step inside. In the typical online course, the syllabus can be very telling of what one can expect to learn and experience. It can be follow the standard “terms of contract” approach or it can be designed in a way that grabs attention, engages, and initiates the learner’s interest. This session will present design methods that can be used in the course syllabus to maximize the value of the learner experience.

Facilitators: Tracy Fairless (University of Central Oklahoma), Steve Covello (Granite State College)


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Accessibility Across the Higher Education Institution

Description: We will take some time to discuss how accessibility in technology spans across traditional higher education silos and some of the people that are key to moving accessibility from a project or add-on to a sustainable program.

Facilitators: Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech)


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Are your students ready for an online course?

Description: This presentation takes a look at the new Oklahoma Learner Readiness Tool and how the tool can assist first time online students. The tool covers areas such as organizational skills, time management, learning preferences, and more. In many cases students are overwhelmed with self-directed learning. This tool will help first time online students to be successful in online courses.

Facilitators: Gary Dotterer (Rogers State University)


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New Realities!

Description: Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality are powerful and fundamentally different from existing communication mediums. Ken Parker will explain them and how can you potentially use them for education.

Facilitators: Ken Parker (Next Thought)


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Preparing Students to be Successful Online Learners

Description: This session will be a discussion of the characteristics of online learners and tips and strategies for supporting them as they prepare to enter the world of online learning. Please come join the conversation as we discuss ways to prepare students to enter the world of online learning.

Facilitators: Glenne’ Whisenhunt (OCCC)


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Online Cheating — Who you have caught?… and how?

Description: Detecting academic dishonesty in the online environment isn’t always easy. This session will focus on tools, tips, and tricks to reduce academic dishonesty in the online environment. The discussion will also give examples of how some of these tools and practices were used to detect and stop student cheating.

Facilitators: Travis Hurst, moderator (Rose State College)


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Selecting Technologies for Successful Online Learning

Description: When developing an online course, there are different third-party programs and software that can be used to help enhance the students experience. The University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies will discuss and demonstrate the following products: SoftChalk, Salas, GoAnimate, Google Drive, and others.

Facilitators: John Boekenoogen (OU)


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Using Video to Teach: Preparing Students for Lab

Description: Class time is valuable, particularly in labs. This presentation will focus on the use of video to free up time to focus on content by moving the pre-lab material online and will discuss how SCORM content is used for a “flipped class” model.

Facilitators: Amy Hurst (Rose State College)