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Reminder: eLearning Workshops for Fall Start-Up

Welcome to the eLearning Team’s virtual workshop offerings to support the start-up of the fall term (note: the first day of classes is September 7, 2021).

These workshops will provide faculty with a basic orientation to Camosun’s core educational technologies:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L) – Learning Management System
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – Web Conferencing
  • Kaltura – Video Streaming Service

Note:

  • Since our new Colleague integration, a D2L course shell will be automatically generated for all course sections.
  • Most eLearning workshops are recorded unless otherwise noted.
  • If you are unable to attend the workshops and need assistance, contact elearning@camosun.ca and you will be connected with an instructional designer.

Registration

For registering into any of our workshops, go to the Library Workshops page.

Workshops for Fall Start-Up

D2L Overview

Description: This workshop will provide you with an overview of the essential teaching tools available in our learning management system, D2L.

Dates & Times

  • Tuesday, August 31, 10:00-11:30am
  • Wednesday, September 8, 1:30-3:00pm

D2L Course Set-up

Description:  This workshop will focus on setting up your course for Day 1. We will demonstrate how to copy course components (from your DEV or MASTER course to your LIVE offering), customize your homepage, apply a course banner, create a welcome news item and streamline your navigation bar.

Date & Time

  • Wednesday, September 1,  10:30am-12:00 pm

Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Description: Collaborate is a web-conferencing tool that integrates with D2L. This session will provide you with a basic overview of the tools and functions within Collaborate as well as provide instructors with tips on how to use this tool to connect with students and facilitate effective learning experiences.

Date & Time

  • Thursday, September 2, 10:30am-12:00pm

Video Basics with Kaltura and D2L

Description: Kaltura is Camosun College’s streaming media service that offers easy-to-use video management and creation tools that integrate directly into D2L. Think of it as Camosun’s own YouTube service. Learn how faculty and students can create and manage their videos from one central location and publish those videos directly into D2L.

Date & Time

  • September 2, 1:30-3:00pm

Additional Suggestions

If there is a workshop topic you are interested in but is not offered, please let us know and we will follow up with you on how to best support your needs.  Email elearning@camosun.ca.

eLearning Workshops for Fall Start-Up

Welcome to the eLearning Team’s virtual workshop offerings to support the start-up of the fall term (note: the first day of classes is September 7, 2021).

These workshops will provide faculty with a basic orientation to Camosun’s core educational technologies:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L) – Learning Management System
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – Web Conferencing
  • Kaltura – Video Streaming Service

Note:

  • Since our new Colleague integration, a D2L course shell will be automatically generated for all course sections.
  • Most eLearning workshops are recorded unless otherwise noted.
  • If you are unable to attend the workshops and need assistance, contact elearning@camosun.ca and you will be connected with an instructional designer.

Registration

For registering into any of our workshops, go to the Library Workshops page.

Workshops for Fall Start-Up

How to Export Your Final Marks from D2L to myCamosun

Description: This workshop will walk you through the process of how to export your final grades from D2L to myCamosun. Have your final grades ready to publish in D2L and follow along with the steps provided. We will help troubleshoot the process.

Note: This workshop will only support Letter Grade and Competency Gradebooks. The process currently doesn’t support Percentage Gradebooks.  If you are unable to attend this workshop, video and print tutorials are available in the D2L On-Demand Training course site. This workshop will not be recorded.

Dates & Times

  • August 10, 10:00-11:00am
  • August 17,  10:00-11:00am

D2L Overview

Description: This workshop will provide you with an overview of the essential teaching tools available in our learning management system, D2L.

Dates & Times

  • Tuesday, August 31, 10:00-11:30am
  • Wednesday, September 8, 1:30-3:00pm

D2L Course Set-up

Description:  This workshop will focus on setting up your course for Day 1. We will demonstrate how to copy course components (from your DEV or MASTER course to your LIVE offering), customize your homepage, apply a course banner, create a welcome news item and streamline your navigation bar.

Date & Time

  • Wednesday, September 1,  10:30am-12:00 pm

Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Description: Collaborate is a web-conferencing tool that integrates with D2L. This session will provide you with a basic overview of the tools and functions within Collaborate as well as provide instructors with tips on how to use this tool to connect with students and facilitate effective learning experiences.

Date & Time

  • Thursday, September 2, 10:30am-12:00pm

Video Basics with Kaltura and D2L

Description: Kaltura is Camosun College’s streaming media service that offers easy-to-use video management and creation tools that integrate directly into D2L. Think of it as Camosun’s own YouTube service. Learn how faculty and students can create and manage their videos from one central location and publish those videos directly into D2L.

Date & Time

  • September 2, 1:30-3:00pm

Additional Suggestions

If there is a workshop topic you are interested in but is not offered, please let us know and we will follow up with you on how to best support your needs.  Email elearning@camosun.ca.

eLearning Workshops for Spring (April-June)

Getting ready for your scheduled development?  Registration is now open for the eLearning Spring term workshops.  Here is the list of workshops, along with descriptions and dates/times.  Please contact Emily Schudel (schudele@camosun.ca) with any questions – your questions will be forwarded to the appropriate workshop facilitator if needed.

Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Web Conferencing

Monday, April 26: 10:00-11:30am

Description: Collaborate is a web-conferencing tool that integrates with D2L. This session will provide you with a basic overview of the tools and functions within Collaborate as well as provide instructors with tips on how to use this tool to connect with students and facilitate effective learning experiences.

Getting Started with D2L

Tuesday, April 27: 11:00am-12:30pm

Description: This workshop will provide you with an overview of the essential teaching tools available in our learning management system, D2L Brightspace.

What’s New in D2L

Wednesday, April 28: 10:00-11:00am

Description: Every month brings new features to D2L, which you may or may not have noticed yet. In this session we will go over some of the highlights and also provide you with a preview of the new grades export from D2L to Colleague that will be available for faculty to use beginning summer 2021.

Content Management in D2L

Monday, May 3: 10:00-11:30am

Description: Come learn how to build content in D2L. We’ll begin with an overview of the content tool and the importance of content organization and getting a handle on file management before diving into how to upload your materials and layer in activities and assessments.

Articulate 360: An Overview

Monday, May 3: 1:00-2:30pm

Description:  TBD

Articulate 360: Content Management

Tuesday, May 4: 10:00-11:30am

Description:  TBD

Managing Assignments in D2L

Tuesday, May 4: 1:00-2:30pm

Description: This workshop will explore ways to modernize asynchronous discussions and create an engaging learning experience for your students. We’ll provide an overview of how to facilitate creative discussions and demonstrate how to set up private groups.

Introduction to Quizzing in D2L

Wednesday, May 5: 10:00-11:30am

Description: This workshop will explore ways to create, customize and grade quizzes, tests and/or exams. We will also demonstrate how to organize your questions in the Question Library.

Take the First Steps in Creating Accessible Content for your Online Classroom

Wednesday, May 5: 1:00-2:30pm

Description: Before you add more content to your online course, how confident are you that it is accessible? If students are using personal devices to access the content in your course, will the materials resize to fit on different-sized screens and devices? If students are using assistive technologies such as text-to-speech screen-readers, will your content be available in the format they require?

Take the first steps to make your text-based online course content more accessible to a diverse population of students. This session will guide you through some of the key steps you can take when creating Word documents, PowerPoints, PDFs and webpages, to ensure they are as technically-accessible as possible.

Text-to-Speech Support for Students: An Orientation to the ReadSpeaker tools in Your D2L Course

Thursday, May 6: 10:00-11:00am

Description: Did you know that we have 3 text-to-speech tools integrated into our D2L environment? ReadSpeaker’s webReader, docReader, and TextAid tools are available for any student to access in D2L and they don’t require students to download or install anything to use them.

Text-to-speech tools support Universal Design for Learning by giving students the option of listening to the content they are reading online. For instructors, the integrated ReadSpeaker tools can also provide quick feedback on how accessible your content files are to students with visual disabilities.

Attend this info session to learn more about how the ReadSpeaker tools can support accessibility and inclusive practices in your D2L courses.

Creating Great, Accessible Kaltura Capture Videos

Thursday, May 6: 1:00-2:30pm

Description: Kaltura Capture is a desktop recorder that is part of the Kaltura Streaming Media service that enables instructors and students to create videos that capture web cams, screens, and audio. This session will provide you with an in-depth overview of the tools and tips on how to create effective and accessible videos.

Facilitating Creative Online Discussions

Friday, May 7: 10:00-11:30am

Description: The Assignment tool enables students to submit assignments online while streamlining the grading process for instructors. This workshop provides an overview of creating, managing and grading assignments.

Articulate 360: Choose Your Own Adventure

Friday, May 7: 1:00-2:30pm

Description: TBD

Introduction to the ALLY tool in D2L: Designing for Accessibility & Inclusion

Monday, May 10: 10:00-11:30am

Description: Wondering what to make of the Accessibility Report in your D2L course site, or the accessibility feedback in your D2L Content? These are just some of the features of Ally, a tool we have integrated into our D2L environment.

Ally doesn’t change how anything works in your course, and won’t affect your course files. For instructors, Ally provides feedback on how to correct technical accessibility issues with your digital course content. The more technically-accessible learning materials are, the better they will work for students on mobile phones and tablets as well for students who use assistive technologies to access content.

For students, Ally provides “alternative formats” of your Content files, allowing them to choose from a range of options to access content in a file format most appropriate for their device and need.

Attend this info session to learn more about how Ally can support accessibility in your D2L courses.

Introduction to Open Education and Open Educational Resources

Monday, May 10: 1:00-2:30pm

Description: At the heart of the Open Education movement lies the idea that publicly-funded knowledge and knowledge products (textbooks, curricula, lecture notes, tests, assignments, video, images) should be made freely available to the public (including students). As educators dedicated to the creation and transfer of knowledge this idea is appealing. But how does it work? What constitutes Open Education Resources (OER)? How are they licensed? Where can you find them? What are the best ways to use them? In this workshop we will explore how to use Open Education Resources to remove barriers to education.

Setting Up Your Gradebook in D2L

Tuesday, May 11: 11:00am-12:30pm

Description: This workshop will focus on the basics of setting up a Gradebook from start to finish. We will provide you with an overview of key functionality while also sharing some best practices.

Using Rubrics to Streamline Your Assessment Process

Part 1 – Tuesday, May 11: 1:00-2:00pm

Part 2 – Tuesday, May 18: 1:00-2:00pm

Description: This is a two part workshop over two weeks: Session 1 addresses the pedagogical theory of rubrics and Session 2 address the practical application in D2L.  Two main themes are explored in the first rubric session: the pedagogical advantage of digital rubrics; and how to build a nuanced and sophisticated rubric.

Some advantages to a well constructed rubric seem obvious – established standards, consistent feedback, and efficiency – other advantages are less obvious – immediacy, considered criteria, and pedagogical renewal. In the first part of this session participants will consider the positive pedagogical impact of a digital rubric.  The second theme of this first day examines the major considerations when building a rubric. Participants will consider categories, gradients, ranking and weighting, iteration, and personalization. Along with a variety of suggestions and tips, participants will be provided a template to start their building their own rubric.

The goal of the first session is to furnish participants with the perspective and tools to craft their own draft rubric between session one and session two.

Session two will provide an overview of how using the Rubric tool in D2L can help to streamline the assessment process, including how to create a rubric in D2L, attach it to various assessment items, and mark student work using the rubric.

Advanced Quizzing in D2L

Wednesday, May 12: 10:00-11:30am

Description: Picking up from the Introduction to Quizzes, in this workshop we will explore in more depth how to set up Sections for holding text, audio, and video information, Question Pools to allow you to randomize questions from a larger bank, Special Access accommodation settings, using TextAid with Quizzes for accessibility, and some other advanced features.

Working with Master Courses

Thursday, May 13: 1:00-2:30pm

Description: Master courses are an excellent way to ensure consistency in course delivery across multiple sections and increase workload efficiencies for instructors. However, master courses also require annual review and maintenance in order to reap their benefits. This workshop will help course owners assess the current state of their master courses and develop a strategy to ensure the courses are read to go for September. Come to the session with any questions and concerns you have about your course. Workshop participants may want to book a follow-up one-on-one session with an instructional designer for individual training and support.

Introduction to H5P

Friday, May 14: 1:00-3:00pm

Description: H5P technology makes it possible to integrate interactive learning elements into HTML pages in D2L, WordPress, or Pressbooks. H5P applications include formative quizzes (with immediate feedback), flash cards, slide decks, images with clickable hotspots, and interactive videos; see: https://h5p.org/content-types-and-applications for more information. This workshop will introduce you to a range of H5P applications that are commonly used to support teaching and learning. During the workshop you will build some H5P content that you can reuse to support your own courses.

Using the Accessibility Reports in D2L: What should I do first? (And how do I do it?!)

Monday, May 17: 10:00-11:30am

Description: As you add documents, PDFs, webpages, and PowerPoints in D2L course content, you will now receive feedback and Accessibility Reports from Ally on how “accessible” your files are (as defined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – WCAG). The more accessible your file format is, the better the experiences for students will be, including students working with mobile devices, tablets and assistive technologies.

In this workshop, we will look at some of the feedback instructors commonly receive from Ally, including what the feedback means and what you can do with it to improve the accessibility of your content. You are welcome and encouraged to share Ally feedback you have received and have questions about.

Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, May 19: 10:00-11:30am

Description: Do you have a development site or a course offering that is need of clean up? Question libraries that need tweaking or manage files that need organization? This hands-on workshop will cover key best practices surrounding course maintenance and efficiencies in how to manage release dates associated with your course from one central location in D2L (saving you time!).

Enhancing Your Courses with Video: An Introduction to Kaltura

Thursday, May 20: 10:00-11:00am

Description: Kaltura is Camosun College’s streaming media service that offers easy-to-use video management and creation tools that integrate directly into D2L. Think of it as Camosun’s own YouTube service. This means faculty and students now have a place to create, edit, and house their course-related videos from one central location. This hands-on workshop will provide you with a high level overview of the Kaltura tools and get you started with using them in one of your courses. The workshop will be more meaningful if you come with a video to work with.

Going Deeper with Videos and Kaltura

Thursday, May 20: 2:00-3:30pm

Description: If you have dabbled with Kaltura this year, you may be ready to learn more about the service’s capability. This hands-on session will cover advanced Kaltura topics, including video editing and chaptering, editing closed captions, creating video quizzes and linking video quizzes to the gradebook. To get the most of out the session, come prepared with some videos ready to edit and/or develop into a quiz.

Designing for Engagement: Moving Beyond Text and Images

Tuesday, May 25: 10:00-11:30am

Description: Come learn how to transform your content to accommodate a variety of learning styles and abilities. We’ll begin with an overview of the content tool and its functionality to get you started with building content. We’ll then explore how you can transform various types of content including (but not limited to): PDFs, PPT and Word documents to a web-accessible format that improves the teaching and learning experience.

Online Assessments Workshop

Thursday, June 3: 10:00-12:00

Description: Worried about how to assess your students in an online environment?  This workshop will be led by Faculty Development, Program Renew, and eLearning to help you with your move to online assessments.

Flipping the Classroom

Tuesday, June 2-June 9: Asynchronous component opens (in D2L – you will receive information on how to access the course site in an email)

Tuesday, June 9: 10:00-11:30 Synchronous Component (in Collaborate)

Description: In a flipped classroom students engage with learning content such as lectures and other materials outside of class to prepare for an active learning experience in the classroom. Join us as we explore how to take this concept into our current fully online world. How can we make the best use of our real time synchronous classes as opportunities for active engagement, by augmenting them with asynchronous learning activities? In this workshop we will demonstrate an example of providing content in advance, and using our synchronous time for active engagement. Come prepared to share your ideas.

Custom Collaborate Workshops

Does your department or team need some custom training on advanced features in Collaborate, such as creating breakout groups, or need strategies to engage students in online synchronous sessions? If so, include your name, contact information, and a brief description of your needs and we will follow up with you.

eLearning workshops for Spring Schedule Development

Are you a faculty at Camosun College planning for your Scheduled Development for Spring?  Here is a list of  eLearning online learning opportunities coming in May/June 2021.

Note that we have not yet finalized a schedule, and more workshops may be added, but this will give you an idea of what you could plan for during your SD.  For planning purposes, faculty can assume that most of these eLearning workshops will be 1 to 1.5 hours, with the exception of the 5 week and 2 week  FLO courses.

Questions?  Email Emily Schudel at schudele@camosun.ca.

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

D2L

Getting Started with D2L Setting Up Your Gradebook Working with Master Courses
Content Management in D2L Quizzes in D2L Advanced Quizzing
Managing Assignments Using Rubrics to Streamline Your Assessment Process
Creating Discussions Designing for Engagement: Moving Beyond Text and Images (HTML Templates)
Spring Cleaning

Accessibility

Text-to-Speech Support for Students: An Orientation to the ReadSpeaker tools in Your D2L Course Introduction to the ALLY tool in D2L: Designing for Accessibility &  Inclusion Using the Accessibility Reports in D2L: What should I do first? (And how do I do it?!)
Take the First Steps in Creating Accessible Content for your Online Classroom

Collaborate

Introduction to BBCU

 

Increasing Your Proficiency in BBCU Engaging with Students and Using Breakout Rooms in Collaborate
Supported Practice Sessions

Kaltura

Enhancing Your Courses with Video (Kaltura Intro) Going Deeper with Videos and Kaltura Creating Great Kaltura Capture Videos

Open Education/OER

Intro to Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER) H5P Workshop
Intro to Creative Commons Integrating Creative Commons Material into your Course(s)

Pedagogy

Online Assessments FLO Synchronous (2 weeks) Ethical Dimensions of Educational Technology
FLO Asynchronous (5 weeks)
Flipping the Classroom (blended – asynchronous for  week culminating in a synchronous workshop)

 

eLearning Drop-ins for Winter 2021

A new year has begun, and what?  January is almost over??  Time to set up our new term’s eLearning Drop-ins!

The eLearning team will be offering scheduled drop-in sessions for faculty needing support with D2L, Collaborate, Kaltura, Assessments, and Final Grades. Come to the sessions with your questions, curiosities, and dilemmas and we will be happy to help you with them. These sessions are not formal workshops; instead, sessions will respond to the needs of those who participate. No registration is needed.

You can join the sessions through the Collaborate link on the navigation bar in the D2L On-Demand Training course.  If you have any questions about these sessions or how to access them, email eLearning@camosun.ca.

Tuesday, February 2, 10:00-11:00 am, eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Thursday, February 11, 2:00-3:00 pm – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Thursday, February 18, 2:00-3:00 pm – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Tuesday, February 23, 10:00-11:00 am – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Thursday, March 4, 10:00-11:00 am – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Wednesday, March 10, 2:00-3:00 pm – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Thursday, March 18,  2:00-3:00 pm – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Tuesday, March 23, 10:00-11:00 am – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Thursday, April 1, 2:00-3:00 pm – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Tuesday, April 6, 2:00-3:00 pm – eLearning Questions, Curiosities & Dilemmas

Tuesday, April 13, 10:-00-11:00 am – Final Exam Set Up

Thursday, April 15, 2:-00-3:00 pm – eLearning Questions and Curiosities

Tuesday, April 20, 11:-00 am -12:00 pm – Calculating and Releasing Final Marks

Thursday, April 22, 10:-00-11:00 am – Calculating and Releasing Final Marks

Tuesday, April 27, 10:-00-11:00 am – Calculating and Releasing Final Marks

Reminder of where to get help with D2L, Collaborate, and Kaltura at Camosun

Well, it’s a new year, and we are one week into the first term of 2021.  Time for a reminder of where you can get help at Camosun College with all your D2L, Collaborate, Kaltura, and online teaching and learning questions.

First stop, contact eLearning@camosun.ca.  They can help you if you have technical issues with the tools we support.  And they can also forward your questions to an instructional designer in eLearning if your questions require a more detailed meeting.   Note that we will be adding workshops (for Winter and Spring) and drop-in sessions for Winter to our CETL calendar in the next week or two, so stay tuned for more information about these virtual offerings.

Next stop, check out all our eLearning tutorials.  We have a wide range of documents covering D2L, Collaborate, Kaltura, as well as pages dedicated to faculty support for teaching online, and student support for learning online.  Just a reminder, that if you are fairly new to any of our tools, we recommend booking an appointment with and instructional designer to get the basics down (as well as those hidden tips and tricks) and then using the tutorials as refreshers and reminders.

And finally, want to talk more about your course and teaching online?  Contact eLearning@camosun.ca to book an appointment with an instructional designer who will be happy (and thrilled) to talk to you about your course and how best to support your students!

 

More eLearning Workshops Coming!

Getting ready for the end of term?  Preparing to teach online this winter?  eLearning has drop-ins and workshops for you!  Welcome to the eLearning Team’s offerings to support the start-up of the winter term (note: the first day of classes is January 6, 2021).

These workshops will provide faculty with training related to Camosun’s core educational technologies:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L) – Learning Management System
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – Web Conferencing
  • Kaltura – Video Streaming Service

You can go to the registration form to register for one or multiple workshops.  If you are unable to attend the workshops and need assistance, contact eLearning Support, and you will be connected with an instructional designer.

D2L Overview

Description: This workshop will provide you with an overview of the essential teaching tools available in our learning management system, D2L Brightspace.

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 18 from 10:00-11:00am
Date & Time: Monday, January 4 from 1:00- 2:00pm

D2L Course Set-up

Description: This workshop will focus on setting up your course for Day 1. We will demonstrate how to copy course components (from your DEV or MASTER course to your LIVE offering), customize your homepage, apply a course banner, create a welcome news item and streamline your navigation bar.

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 25 from 10:00 -11:00am
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 5 from 1:00 – 2:00pm

Setting Up Your Gradebook in D2L

Description: This workshop will focus on the basics of setting up a Gradebook from start to finish. We will provide you with an overview of key functionality while also sharing some best practices.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Dec 9 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Date & Time: Thursday, January 7 from 10:00-11:00am

Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Description: Collaborate is a web-conferencing tool that integrates with D2L. This session will provide you with a basic overview of the tools and functions within Collaborate as well as provide instructors with tips on how to use this tool to connect with students and facilitate effective learning experiences.

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 5 from 10:00-11:00am

Increasing Your Proficiency in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Description: Are you looking for an opportunity to practise using Collaborate tools such as File Share, Groups and Polls before using these tools in a live class? Then, this advanced workshop is for you. It will provide you with a demonstration of how to use these tools as well as some hands-on time to practice to increase your comfort level with Collaborate. Each session will be limited to 8 participants.

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 25 from 1:00-2:00pm
Date & Time: Thursday, December 17 from 10:00-11:00am
Date & Time: Friday, January 8 from 10:00-11:00am

Integrating D2L and Collaborate: Best Practices in Online Blended Teaching

Description: Planning for Winter term? Looking for ways to use D2L and Collaborate in your teaching? This workshop will introduce you to the amazing world of facilitation in an online blended environment. Come share your ideas and challenges!

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 24 from 2:00-3:00pm
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 2 from 10:00-11:00am

Creating Great Kaltura Capture Videos

Description: Kaltura Capture is a desktop recorder that is part of the Kaltura Streaming Media service that enables instructors and students to create videos that capture web cams, screens, and audio. This session will provide you with an in-depth overview of the tools and tips on how to create effective videos.

Date & Time: Friday, November 27 from 1:00-2:00pm

eLearning Drop-in Sessions – New Dates!!

The eLearning team will be offering scheduled drop-in sessions for faculty needing support with D2L, Collaborate, Kaltura, Assessments, and Final Grades. Come to the sessions with your questions, curiosities, and dilemmas and we will be happy to help you with them. These sessions are not formal workshops; instead, sessions will respond to the needs of those who participate. The sessions are organized around specific tools, but we will do our best to answer any questions that participants have. No registration is needed.

You can join the sessions through the Collaborate link on the nav bar in the D2L On-Demand course or email Emily Schudel for a link.

Drop-in Dates Times Topics
Thursday, October 15 2pm-3pm Kaltura Questions
Tuesday, October 20 2pm-3pm D2L Dilemmas
Thursday, October 22 10am-11am Collaborate Curiosities
Tuesday, October 27 2pm-3pm Kaltura Questions
Thursday, October 29 10am-11am D2L Dilemmas
Tuesday, November 3 11am-12pm Alternate Assessments
Thursday, November 5 2pm-3pm Collaborate Curiosities
Tuesday, November 10 10am-11am D2L Dilemmas
Thursday, November 12 2pm-3pm Kaltura Questions
Tuesday, November 17 2pm-3pm D2L Dilemmas
Thursday, November 19 10am-11am Collaborate Curiosities
Tuesday, November 24 10am-11am Final Exam Set Up
Thursday, November 26 10am-11am Alternate Assessments

eLearning resources

Facilitating Learning Online: Summary of Defining Online Community Discussion

So, right now I am co-facilitating the Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) Fundamentals course at Camosun.  And this first week our participants had a full plate of orienting themselves to the online FLO environment, learning how to make video introductions, learning about their co-participants, AND engaging in a couple of lively discussions around online community.

I thought I would take a moment to share a summary/synthesis of the conversation in the Defining Online Community discussion, which was one of their activities this week, as well as add a few additional optional resources you may want to explore.

Some common ideas that leapt out at me in the discussions around what online community is:

  • Conversation/communication
  • Participation and interaction
  • Supportiveness, comfort, safety, trust
  • Co-operation, contributing, and sharing (shared knowledge space)
  • Co-creation and collaboration
  • Growing circle of knowledge/building of knowledge (peer to peer learning)
  • Interconnecting/convergence
  • Common interest, purpose, working together to meet common goals
  • Inclusiveness and belonging, connection
  • Diversity of people coming together to build knowledge (not bound by geography/fewer borders)
  • Mix of learning and social

Certainly, like any community, online community is about all these things. The question then becomes how do we create an online community with/for our learners that helps them balance the benefits of an online learning community with the pitfalls of being too connected (leading to exhaustion and stress), or feeling isolate and disconnected, or just having too many choices you don’t know where to turn.

I don’t have easy answers to this. Some participants talked about starting small – both with the amount of technology you use, and also with the kinds of activities you integrate (i.e., a lot of online group work can lead to stress, both from an exhausted by being online all the time perspective, and a trust perspective if you are thrown too soon into a large group project.) I am always happy to talk more about strategies, and have developed some that I present in my Creating Community Online workshop.  If anyone would like more information about this workshop, drop me an email (schudele@camosun.ca).

To close this summary/synthesis, I would like to give you some optional readings on online community specific to the online classroom space.

I hope you all have a great long weekend!

Emily

Reminder of eLearning Drop-ins

The eLearning team is offering scheduled drop-in sessions for faculty needing support with D2L, Collaborate, and Kaltura!

Come with your questions, curiosities, and dilemmas and we will be happy to help you with them. These sessions are not formal workshops; instead, sessions will respond to the needs of those who participate. The sessions are organized around specific tools, but we will do our best to answer any questions that participants have.

No registration is needed.   You can join the sessions through the Collaborate link on the nav bar in the D2L On-Demand Training course or by emailing Emily Schudel for the Guest link, or if you have any questions.  We will be adding more drop-ins and workshops for October/November, and will announce those here on the blog as they are scheduled.

Drop-in Dates, Times and Topics:

  • Tuesday, October 6, 10am-11am: D2L Dilemmas
  • Thursday, October 8, 2pm-3pm: Collaborate Curiosities

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