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September 14, 2011 / dlitgroup

GRCC Faculty participate in Davenport Online Teaching Conference

On Wednesday and Thursday (September 14th and 15th) faculty at GRCC are invited to participate in Davenport University’s 2011 Online Teaching Conference.

The theme is: “One size does not fit all: Adaptable teaching methods for a variety of online learners and instructors.”

Interested in joining this event?  Drop by 316M at the specified time and/or for a full list of sessions or connection information to login from your office, please email

Highlights for Wednesday include:

1) Wednesday 9:30 – Barry Dahl – Keynote Address: Engaging learners: How Tough Can it Be?

Online learners come in all shapes and sizes, with a multitude of goals, skills, motivations, and previous experiences. But learning opportunities tend to be offered as if one size fits all. Let’s examine some of the ways that our learners are different, and some of the techniques that can be utilized to communicate with them and keep them engaged in their pursuits of learning.

2) Wednesday 11:00 – Journals, Blogs, Wikis – Oh My!

Now that we have journals, blogs and wikis available in our course structures, should we be using them? What is the difference and will they benefit our students? How can we use them effectively within our course structure? This session will answer these questions and provide some real life experiences that you might want to incorporate into your own course. Maybe Wikipedia is not such a bad thing after all.

3) Wednesday 1:00 – Audio Feedback on Assignments

The use of computers in distance education can have many unexpected benefits. One of these benefits is the opportunity for instructors to provide audio (spoken) feedback to learners on their assignments. There are some commercial tools available for this (such as Adobe Acrobat and MS Word), and also some free tools such as VoiceThread ( and Jing (

4) Wednesday 7:00 – Teaching Mathematics Online: Is it Even Possible?

Experienced teachers and many new mathematicians believe that teaching and learning mathematics online is not only inferior to face to face but in some ways impossible. From typing equations to reifying high-level concepts, online interactions are clearly challenging. These difficulties and some proved and unproved solutions will be proposed. A good amount of time will be left for interaction. Presenter is seeking to learn rather than to teach.

Highlights for Thursday include:

1) Thursday 10:00 – Utilizing Wimba Tools in Distance Education

Have you wanted to leave a student quick feedback, record a message that the student could retrieve at anytime, anywhere? In this session participants will learn how to integrate wimba design tools into a distance learning environment. Participants will also be given examples on how to use voice presenter,voice email, voice board and podcaster to enhance the students distance learning experience.

2) Thursday 12:00 – Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt – Keynote Address: Building Virtual Communities: Techniques that work!

Research continues to show that the construction of a learning community, with the instructor participating as an equal member, is the key to successful online course outcomes and is the vehicle through which online education is best delivered.  How to develop effective learning communities, however, remains a mystery to some.  This session will explore specific techniques that can be used in any online class to successfully develop a learning community approach.

3) Thursday 3:00 – Engagement Made Easy

How does the instructor build a relationship with the online student?  This session will allow for collaboration between participants regarding engagement and relationship building.  It will also include a time-tested technique that is easy to use and is guaranteed to improve relationship build, student learning, and your end of course evaluations.

4) Thursday 8:00 – Effective Strategies for Communication: Building the Foundation

How do you begin to build communication online? What are some strategies that you can use to encourage students to collaborate with each other? This session will focus on the different communication pieces that are a part of online learning, and ways to better encourage communication among the various learners.


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