eLearning Fall 2023 Training Schedule

The Office of eLearning is offering a series of four workshops designed to help you develop a new course or re-design an old one.  You’ll gain new ideas and insights and leave with a course that functions optimally for you and your students.

This series is ideal for both new instructors as well as courses that will undergo the UA Little Rock Quality Assurance or Quality Matters standards in the future.  Instructors should have basic knowledge of Blackboard.

All workshops are 10:00 am-11:30 am on Fridays in Dickinson 101 or via Zoom; Led by Markia Herron, Instructional Designer

Start with a Plan: Design Basics for Online Course Quality Oct 6

Effective course design plays a significant role in usability, satisfaction and ultimately retention and success of the online learner. In this session discover basic course design principles and strategies to enhance the online learning experience.

Be reASSUREd: You can effectively integrate technology into your course Oct 13

Led by Markia Herron, Instructional DesignerDive into an overview of instructional design models that will help you outline course objectives, learning materials, and assessments. Brainstorm different tools and technologies that will enhance your instructional practices.

Objectives, Assessments, Materials…Oh My! Ensuring Alignment in Your Online Course Oct 20

Clear and measurable objectives are essential in communicating learning expectations to students. But are your objectives properly aligned with your assessments and instructional materials? In this session we will explore course mapping and how to ensure alignment in your online course.

What Works? Turning your Face to Face Assignments into Online Assignments  Oct 27

Developing an online course based on an existing face-to-face course requires more than learning how to use the technology and loading the material into the learning management system. In this workshop, we discuss and share ways to build your face-to-face assignments in your online course.

These stand-alone workshops will give you new insight into each topic.  You will gain ideas to implement in your current and future courses.

Optimizing your Google Drive for Online Courses  Nov 3, 10:00-10:45 am; Presented by Markia Herron

In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to set up and organize documents in Google Drive for ease of use–for you and your students–when designing courses.

AI and You: Utilizing Today’s Tools  Nov 17, 10:00-11:30 am; Presented by Brad Sims, Instructional Designer

A brief overview of the world of AI, tailored specifically for college professors who are new to this exciting technology. We’ll cover the basics of Artificial Intelligence, learn about powerful tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney, and explore the pros and cons of using them in your classroom, including some strategies for using AI effectively.

Whether you are a new instructor or have been teaching for years, make sure that you know the tips, tricks, and best practices for navigating Blackboard.

Building Courses Oct 3
Assessing Learners Oct 18
Blackboard Basics Nov 1
Calculating Grades, Nov 14

UA Little Rock Online is a member of Quality Matters, the global organization leading quality initiatives in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments.  As part of our membership, faculty have access to a variety of training offered through QM.

Less Content, More Application: Rising to Meet the Challenge of Chat GPT Sept 20, 12:00 pm; Webinar

Ctrl+ Engage:  Practical and Fun Strategies to Spark Student Engagement in Synchronous Online Classes  Oct 18, 12:00 pm; Webinar

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