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VR Resources Available to You!

Description: Students at Southeastern Oklahoma State University have built 50 VR enabled modules. These modules range from Labs to Choir Practice and everything in between! The process for this project as well as links to all 50 modules are available in an OER Pressbook you can access for yourself!

Facilitators: Christala Smith and Alisha Ridenour (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)

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For Pete’s Sake: Creating Customizable OER for Student Success

Description: With the rising popularity and availability of Open Educational Resources, educational institutions have the opportunity to bring highly relevant, customizable, and cost-effective content to its students that also creates a sense of community and connection to the university experience at that institution. Speech communication faculty members at Oklahoma State University will share their multiyear journey into exploring creative possibilities with OER and the ways they provide students with recognizable resources that help better prepare students for assignments, encourage reading completion, and create a stronger university culture/spirit. The faculty will discuss the adoption and review process, editing and creation in Pressbooks, customizing photography, updating the text with customized examples, and creating a culture of school spirit and community.

Facilitators: Sasha Hanrahan, Sarah Hollingsworth, Mary Walker, and Megan Linsenmeyer (Oklahoma State University)

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Shifting With Technology: When and How Do We Make Changes to Our Teaching Methods?

Description: As educators, we are often asked to adapt as new technologies come out and new challenges emerge. It can feel overwhelming to continually change and keep up. This presentation discusses our attitudes toward change and how we can embrace the new while still keeping our course content and objectives intact.

Facilitators/Institution: Laura Dumin (University of Central Oklahoma)

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More Hands on Deck: Graduate Nursing Immersive Experiences

Description: In a structured, faculty-designed immersive field experience, graduate nurse education students were embedded in an RN to BSN online course. After the experience, the graduate students felt better prepared as nurse educators, and the undergraduate students received timely, individualized feedback with more hands on deck in the online classroom.

Facilitators/Institution: April Nelson (Northeastern State University)

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Designing Targeted Video Trainings Through Collaboration

Description: Discover how to create short, targeted, high-impact training videos for nearly any type of campus or library software through a collaborative, iterative process that utilizes common computer tools and simple, easy-to-use workflow.

Facilitators/Institution: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University)

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Balancing Convenience with Rigor: Finding Support Structures that Promote Learning in Online Courses

Description: Research data is presented from three of the faculty’s online courses in which preservice teachers were asked to identify online teaching strategies, assignments, and procedures they found particularly useful in helping them learn course material – and which were not.

Facilitators/Institution: Anita Ede (Northeastern State University)

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The State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2023

Description: To kick off OKLIS 2023, join us to hear about the latest news in Oklahoma online education! First, we will discuss the latest data trends for online learning in the state system of higher education. Then, you will hear updates on the past year of progress from the Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO), Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE), and Oklahoma Quality Matters (OKQM) consortium. During the session, we will also announce the winners of the 2023 Oklahoma Online Excellence Awards!

Facilitators/Institution: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)

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Accessibility: Let’s Talk About It!

Description: This round table brings together all types of practitioners to talk about tangible ways we incorporate accessibility into every role, responsibility, and process. This discussion is a space to learn alongside one another as we share accessibility best practices and resources. Bring your experiences, questions, and curiosity!

Facilitators: Cristina Colquhoun and Dr. Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University)

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Strengthening our Online Program with Peer Reviews

Description: Required peer reviews are challenging! This session describes our experience implementing a peer review process to support those new to online instruction at the pandemic’s beginning. We discuss how the internal review works and why we adopted the process as an annual event for all who teach online.

Facilitators: Jennifer Campbell and Greg Stone (Tulsa Community College)

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Introduction to Humanizing Online

Description: This session is an overview of what humanized online learning is and how it can help students succeed in college and university courses. Tips are provided for instructional designers and faculty to use in their courses to help make their online offerings have more relevant content that in turn helps to improve student motivation.

Facilitators: Lora Pezzell (University of Central Oklahoma)

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Baby Steps in Podcasting

Description: Get started with podcasts! It is a free, simple way to reach people without having to worry about finding time for meetings between classes.

Facilitators: Ally Sharp (Langston University)

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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)

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Collaboration in Technology Decisions: The LMS Transition at Southeastern

Description: Southeastern’s LMS Transition Committee has greatly benefitted from collaboration with faculty, staff, and students at SE as well as colleagues around the state. This presentation demonstrates the power of networking and collaboration in important technology decisions.

Facilitators: Christala Smith, Kate Shannon, Karl Frinkle (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)

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Building Community in Online Classes

Description: Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of creating a sense of community in classroom environments, but this is difficult to do when teaching online. This session will demonstrate successful methods of using simple technologies and teaching practices to create a community of connected, engaged learners in online classes.

Facilitators: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University).

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Developing a Simulated Domestic Violence Activity for Online Learners

Description: Converting an interactive activity from a F2F to an online environment can be a rewarding experience. Using a case from a Victimology course, this presentation explains how the instructor and web developers adapt a domestic violence activity to a simulated experience.

Facilitators: Dr. Jaime L. Burns (University of Central Oklahoma)

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Don’t Worry There’s a Video for That!

Description: Every semester I ask myself, how do I bring an in-person teaching experience to the online environment? While I get better at it every semester, in this session I focus on the use of videos for humanizing the online experience to communicate about assignments, discussions, expectations, and feedback.

Facilitators: Dr. Niccole L. Miller (University of Central Oklahoma).

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Zooming in to Better Online Education: Best Practices for Increasing Student Participation in Zoom Classrooms

Description: Laura Garrett discusses the most successful methods to enrich Zoom and outlines the pitfalls. These methods allow participation in engaging ways, sometimes more than in a live classroom. Personal engagement creates greater feelings of community and lessens feelings of isolation. More responsive exchanges between students and instructors can prevent miscommunication. There can be advantages for students who have difficulty with many challenges.

Facilitators: Laura Garrett (Tulsa Community College)

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Humanizing Online STEM Courses with Active Learning Components

Description: Two most important learning outcomes in STEM courses are critical thinking and problem solving. I talk about course design technique and applied methodology for active learning in online STEM courses. I share ideas to humanize an online STEM course to provide students with engaging classroom experiences.

Facilitators: Susmita Hazra (Cameron University)

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The State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2022

Description: Each year, the Learning Innovations Summit kicks off with an update from OK higher ed’s leaders in online learning, including: Council for Online Learning Excellence 2021-2022 Chair, Brett King (University of Central Oklahoma), Online Consortium of Oklahoma 2021-2022 Chair, Joy Bauer (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College), Oklahoma Quality Matters System Coordinator, Dr. Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College), State System Liaison for Online Education, Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education). Chancellor Allison Garrett also made a guest appearance!

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)

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Utilizing Innovative Learning for Career Preparation

Description: In this session, the University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional & Continuing Studies Curriculum Services Team address utilizing innovative learning for career preparation. The focus of the presentation is on the design and use of applied simulations, micro-credentialing certifications, and ePortfolios.

Facilitators: Morgan Myers, Michele Haynes, Matthew Mackintosh, and Kara Stanley (University of Oklahoma)

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2021 OKLIS: Cognitive Load: “Help! My schemas aren’t firing!”

Description: E-Learning and the science of instruction: proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning.

Facilitators: Lora Pezzell (University of Central Oklahoma)

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2021 OKLIS: State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2021

Description: Hear annual updates from the Online Consortium of Oklahoma, Council for Online Learning Excellence, and Oklahoma Quality Matters.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University), Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College)

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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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The State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2019

Description: This presentation highlights key trends, issues, and updates related to online and blended learning in Oklahoma.

Facilitators: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Kyle Foster (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)


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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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Live Panel Discussion on Online Education Innovation

Description: This session will be an interactive exchange of ideas and effective practices from expert online educators across Oklahoma. Topics will include online teaching and course design practices as well as questions from the audience.

Facilitators: Bucky Dodd, moderator (UCO); Maria Christian (NSU); Randy Dominguez (TCC); Gary Dotterer (RSU); Brett King (UCO); Stacy Southerland (UCO)


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Finding Accessibility Barriers: Testing Web and Non Web Content

Description: Identifying barriers to accessibility may not be as difficult as you think. There are tools and techniques that you can use, for free, to test your web and non-web content for accessibility. Join Steph Rogers from the University of Central Oklahoma and Rob Carr from Oklahoma ABLE Tech to learn some of the basics of testing websites, PDF and Microsoft Office content for accessibility.

Facilitators: Steph Rogers (UCO); Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech, OSU)


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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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State of Online Learning in Oklahoma 2018

Description: This session shares innovative initiatives and collaborations occurring across the state of Oklahoma aimed at growing the quality and excellence of online and blended education opportunities.

Facilitators: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Kyle Foster (OSRHE)