Distance Education and eLearning

UNCW COLLABORATIVE SPACES

Professional Development and Training Workshops

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning is committed to providing high-quality professional development opportunities to help faculty meet their online teaching and course design goals. Below is a list of the upcoming whole group training opportunities and our self-paced options.

Please check back frequently as new offerings are made available.  


ReCharge 2022 Training Sessions

Join us at ReCharge 2022 to focus on some of the elements for your online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses! The Office of Distance Education and eLearning's (DEeL) ReCharge virtual conference is meant for those who wish to explore or revisit the foundational concepts of planning, course technology, assessment, and social presence as they relate to online and hybrid courses.

ReCharge registration is now closed. Please check back in February 2022. 


Fall 2021 Sessions

  • August 2021

    08/05 - Best Practices in Online Tests and Assessments

    Session Description

    Can you create assessments (Assignments and Quizzes) with best practices in mind, including the use of Canvas rubrics when appropriate? Can you create assessment descriptions that clearly and transparently communicate my expectations to students?

     

    After attending this one-hour, hands-on professional development session, the answer will be a resounding yes. This session is appropriate for those who are already familiar with creating Quizzes and Assignments in Canvas but would like to learn more about best practices when creating these items.

     

    We will explore questions such as the following:

    • What types of questions should you use for online quizzes?
    • When should you provide student's feedback on automatically graded assessments?
    • What design elements do you need to consider when creating an assignment in Canvas?
    • What constitutes a student-friendly assignment description?
    Date/Time

    August 5th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Register for "Online Assessments" session

    08/10 - The Best of Both: Designing an Effective Hybrid Course

    Session Description

    Planning on teaching a hybrid course. This session is a must for you! If you are new to hybrid instruction, or you would like some new insight into it, this training has you in mind.

     

    In this 2-hour Zoom-based training, you will learn about leveraging the best parts of face-to-face (or synchronous) and online (asynchronous in this case) instruction in order to inform the design of your Canvas course and your communication plan. You will walk away with useful products that can be used immediately in any of your hybrid courses.

    Date/Time

    August 10th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for "The Best of Both" session

    08/11 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    August 11th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for the "Online Orientation" session

    08/16 - Where Do I Start: Building a Course Online for the First Time

    Session Description

    When you are facing a combination of new tools, lingo, skills, expectations, and rhythms, things can quickly become overwhelming.

     

    Join us for this hour-long session where we will guide you through a series of prompts to help you focus your initial efforts to take your course online for a complete term. We'll cover some key characteristics of the online environment that will help you engage students and take advantage of some of the many benefits of online teaching and learning. You'll walk away with a set of quick action steps and longer-term building blocks that you can use to cultivate immediate and future online course success.

    Date/Time

    August 16th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for the "Where Do I Start" session

    08/20 - Video 101: Creating Videos Using Universal Capture

    Session Description

    Creating a video will help capture your student’s attention and establish a support system with your online students. Don’t worry about all the fancy video production terms or film editing techniques, all you need is 20 minutes to create a simple and engaging video. If you are new to video creation or just want to refresh your skills, this session is your golden ticket!

     

    This single-session, Zoom workshop introduces faculty to instructional best practices for video creation while using a FREE video recording software (Echo360 Universal Capture). By the end of this session, participants will be able to record a video using Universal Capture.

    Date/Time

    August 20th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Register for "Video 101" session

  • September 2021

    09/01 - VoiceThread: When to Use, Creating an Assignment, and Using in Multiple Courses

    Session Description

    Are you relatively new to VoiceThread, the UNCW-supported communication tool? You may be interested in attending this 1-hour session, led by a VoiceThread facilitator.

     

    This session will primarily answer three questions: 

    1. When should I use VoiceThread in my online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course? 
    2. How do I create a VoiceThread assignment? 
    3. How do I use a single VoiceThread in multiple courses? 

     

    The primary audiences for this session are either:

    • UNCW faculty who have used VoiceThread previously or  
    • Those faculty who are quite comfortable using Canvas’s communication tools (ex. Discussion Board)  and are looking to take the next step in course communication tools 
    Date/Time

    September 1st, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for the "VoiceThread" session

    09/08 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    September 8th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for "Online Orientation" session

    09/14 - Canvas New Quizzes

    Session Description

    Learn more about Canvas New Quizzes in this one-hour training that covers creating quizzes, selecting question types, setting up item banks, choosing quiz settings, and retrieving quiz reports. This overview is designed for Canvas users of all ability levels.

    Date/Time

    September 14th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for "Canvas" session

    09/17 - Being There (Part 1): Instructor and Student Social Presence

    Session Description

    Do you worry that you cannot establish the same rapport with your online students as you do with your in-person students? Are you concerned that your students are not getting their social needs met in the online learning space?

     

    If so, you’re not alone, and this session is certainly for you! During this 1.5 hour session, you will be provided with practical steps you can take to ensure that both your personality and those of your students are present in your online course.

    Date/Time

    September 17th, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Register for "Being There (Part 1)" session

    09/23 -Guest Speaker: Helping Students with Self Regulation

    Session Description

    In the online learning space, students’ success is, in part, determined by their ability to self-regulate their learning experience. This ability has been shown to influence persistence and attrition rates, and some studies establish self-regulation strategies as significant influencers of students' academic achievements.  

     

    In this 45-minute session, Racheal Brooks (Director of Office of e-Learning at NCCU) will primarily address the following questions: 

    1. What are some examples of student self-regulation tools that I can implement? 
    2. What are some addresses practical steps I can take in the design of my online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course to enhances my students’ ability to self-regulate? 

     

    Come with questions, as the second half of the session will be dedicated to Q&A. 

     

    The primary audience for this session is faculty who are adept at course design and are looking to further support their students with the learning process. 

    Date/Time

    September 23rd, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    Register for "Helping Students with Self Regulation" session

    09/28 - Deepening Dialogue in Online Discussion Boards

    Session Description

    Would it be enough to create a discussion forum in Canvas and let it go? What do I need to consider before I create and use discussion boards effectively online?

     

    If these are some questions that you have caught yourself thinking about in the past couple of weeks, then this session is for you. In this session, you are guaranteed to walk away with a framework to help you get started.

    Date/Time

    September 28th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for "Deepening Dialogue" session

    09/29 - Accession Series: Creating Accessible PDFs

    Session Description

    UNCW removes barriers “Like no Other” with our new guest speaker series. Please join the Disability Resources Center (DRC) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) in celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with seminars related to all aspects of accessibility by some of the experts in the field. Augment your view of access with the Accession series.

     

    Join guest speaker Jorja Waybrant, UNC-SA discussing how PDFs are text and graphics that look like a printed document. PDFs can be viewed, printed, and electronically transmitted. This presentation is designed to help you understand ADA compliance requirements for PDFs and the basics of how to create an accessible PDF.

     

    Participants will learn to recognize a PDF that is a non-accessible image, what makes it non-accessible, as well as how to identify and correct built-in barriers. Starting with Microsoft Word, we’ll discuss key features in constructing accessible documents, how to check for accessibility, how to save the document as a PDF, and how to check it for accessibility using Adobe Acrobat Pro. We will also discuss a few tips for making a non-accessible PDF accessible when working from a scanned image.

    Date/Time

    September 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Register for the "Creating Accessible PDFs" session

  • October 2021

    10/04 - Tools to Communicate

    Session Description

    Would you like to set up your Zoom virtual student drop-in hours within Canvas?

    Need some time to work with the Announcements feature and learn more about your options in doing so?

    Would you like to learn more about the Canvas SpeedGrader feature to provide feedback to your students?

    Do you need some hands on time to practice with Canvas tools with one of our Instructional Technologists?

    Join us for this hands on one-hour online session, where attendees will have time allotted for an open lab to work with these Canvas tools. Come with your questions regarding Canvas tools as we will have a question and answer time. Participants will receive a Tools To Communicate reference sheet and at the conclusion of this training will be able to navigate these Canvas tools.

    Date/Time

    October 4th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Register for "Tools to Communicate" session

    10/11 - Accession Series: Assessing the Accessibility of Web 2.0 Tools

    Session Description

    UNCW removes barriers “Like no Other” with our new guest speaker series. Please join the Disability Resources Center (DRC) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) in celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with seminars related to all aspects of accessibility by some of the experts in the field. Augment your view of access with the Accession series.

     

    Join guest speaker Wendy Torres, Coppin State University discussing how Web 2. 0 technologies have allowed faculty to reach students in a whole new way. When used effectively, these tools can help focus the attention of students and help faculty reach different kinds of learners on different levels. Not all Web 2. 0 tools are accessible to people with disabilities. This hands-on session will discuss and illustrate what to look for when you are evaluating Web 2.0 Tools.

     

    Participants will get concrete examples of what to look for as well as a scoring template they can use for evaluation. Please bring an Internet Enabled Device to fully participate.

    Date/Time

    October 11th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for the "Web 2.0 Tools" session

    10/12 - Accession Series: Where in the World is the AT?

    Session Description

    UNCW removes barriers “Like no Other” with our new guest speaker series. Please join the Disability Resources Center (DRC) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) in celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with seminars related to all aspects of accessibility by some of the experts in the field. Augment your view of access with the Accession series.

     

    Join guest speaker Wendy Torres, Coppin State University.

     

    When someone hears the word “Assistive Technology”, they may think of motorized wheelchairs or specialized computer programs. While these are examples of Assistive Technology tools, Assistive Technology(AT) tools are everywhere. These tools can range from free, inexpensive to expensive. These specific tools can help students with disabilities learn, communicate and navigate the world around them. Come to this session to learn the different levels of AT and the different kinds of AT available.

     

    During this session, you will be exposed to different types of AT and learn how they can benefit students. Participants will also discuss best practices for use and implementation with their students. Participants will also learn where they can locate AT resources and tools. Use of an Internet-Enabled device is required for this session.

    Date/Time

    October 12th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for the "Where in the World is the AT?" session

    10/13 - Accession Series: Do It Yourself (DIY) Tricks for Making Content Accessible

    Session Description

    UNCW removes barriers “Like no Other” with our new guest speaker series. Please join the Disability Resources Center (DRC) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) in celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with seminars related to all aspects of accessibility by some of the experts in the field. Augment your view of access with the Accession series.

     

    Join guest speaker Wendy Torres, Coppin State University.

     

    We have a legal responsibility to make sure the digital materials (i.e., campus e-mails, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) are accessible to all, including people with disabilities. Creating an accessible information technology environment ensures that all the content is available to everyone and therefore, nondisabled students can also benefit from its use. Come to this virtual interactive workshop session and learn some easy ways to reach every learner.

    Date/Time

    October 13th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for the "DIY" session

    10/13 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    October 13th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for the "Online Orientation" session

    10/21 - What's New in Canvas

    Session Description

    Join us for this 30-minute What’s New in Canvas session as we highlight recent updates and improvements to the Canvas user interface. This overview is designed for current and returning Canvas users.

    Date/Time

    October 21st, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Register for the "What's New in Canvas" session

    10/27 - Panel Discussion: The Benefits and Considerations of Frequent Student Course Evaluation

    Session Description

    Have you ever implemented a new course activity, only to find out in your summative student evaluations that your students wished that activity could have occurred more frequently? One approach is to conduct student course evaluations with greater regularity. But how often? And by what means? And what are some effective steps to take after that student insight has been collected? 

     

    In this one-hour panel discussion session, multiple UNCW faculty will address the following questions: 

    1. What are some provide practical tips when implementing regular student course evaluations in my online or hybrid courses? 
    2. What are the benefits of conducting frequent student evaluations? 
    3. What are some effective tools to use when collecting student feedback? 

     

    The primary audience for this session is faculty who are experienced and adept at online course facilitation and are comfortable making course corrections during facilitation. 

    Date/Time

    October 27th, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Register for the "Panel Discussion" session

  • November 2021

    11/01 - VoiceThread: When to Use, Creating an Assignment, and Using in Multiple Courses

    Session Description

    Do you relatively new to VoiceThread, the UNCW-supported communication tool? You may be interested in attending this 1-hour session, led by a VoiceThread facilitator.

     

    This session will primarily answer three questions: 

    1. When should I use VoiceThread in my online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course? 
    2. How do I create a VoiceThread assignment? 
    3. How do I use a single VoiceThread in multiple courses? 

     

    The primary audiences for this session are either:

    • UNCW faculty who have used VoiceThread previously or  
    • Those faculty who are quite comfortable using Canvas’s communication tools (ex. Discussion Board)  and are looking to take the next step in course communication tools 
    Date/Time

    November 1st, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Register for "VoiceThread" session

    11/04 - Analytics to Action: Using Canvas Data to Improve Student Engagement

    Session Description

    Have you ever wished you could learn more about how students use the materials you provide and the activities you design to prepare them for an assignment or assessment?

     

    Starting with a brief overview of data analytics, this 60-minute, hands-on, professional development session will demonstrate how to use New Analytics in Canvas to compare students’ engagement with learning activities and instructional materials with their performance on associated assignments and assessments. You will begin developing strategies and an action plan to improve student performance based on the data you uncover in New Analytics.

     

    This session is appropriate for those who have taught fully online courses and faculty who have taught hybrid versions of courses that contain assessments, assignments and related learning activities and instructional materials. No experience in statistics required.

     

    We will explore questions such as: 

    1. What is New Analytics in Canvas and how do I access it?
    2. Why did one student perform well on an assessment/assignment and another underperform given that both had access to the same instructional materials and learning activities?
    3.  How much do my students actually use the instructional materials I’ve provided and engage with the activities I designed?
    4. What possible correlations are there between student performance on an assignment/assessment and the degree to which students engaged with associated instructional materials and learning activities you explicitly included as preparation for a given assignment/assessment?
    5. Given your investment of time and energy in carefully curating relevant instructional materials and creating learning activities to prepare students for an assignment/assessment, are students really using the materials and activities in the ways you anticipated?

     

    Date/Time

    November 4th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for the "Analytics to Action" session

    11/10 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    November 10th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for the "Online Orientation" session

    11/15 - Best Practices in Online Assessments

    Session Description

    Can you create assessments (Assignments and Quizzes) with best practices in mind, including the use of Canvas rubrics when appropriate? Can you create assessment descriptions that clearly and transparently communicate my expectations to students?

     

    After attending this one-hour, hands-on professional development session, the answer will be a resounding yes. This session is appropriate for those who are already familiar with creating Quizzes and Assignments in Canvas but would like to learn more about best practices when creating these items.

     

    We will explore questions such as the following:

    • What types of questions should you use for online quizzes?
    • When should you provide student's feedback on automatically graded assessments?
    • What design elements do you need to consider when creating an assignment in Canvas?
    • What constitutes a student-friendly assignment description?
    Date/Time

    November 15th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Register for "Online Assessments" session

    11/17 - Canvas New Quizzes

    Session Description

    Learn more about Canvas New Quizzes in this one-hour training that covers creating quizzes, selecting question types, setting up item banks, choosing quiz settings, and retrieving quiz reports. This overview is designed for Canvas users of all ability levels.

    Date/Time

    November 17th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for the "Canvas New Quizzes" session

  • December 2021

    12/06 - Applying Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Workshop

    Session Description

    The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is a foundational workshop from Quality Matters (QM) that will provide you with an overview of the QM rubrics and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses.

     

    In addition, you will also learn to apply the concept of alignment and a research-driven peer review process for course improvement. It’s a $200 value workshop that DEeL is bringing to you at no cost. A great investment to get you prepared in designing quality online courses for your students.

     

    Recommended for:

    • Those who are new to online and blended course design.
    • Those currently teaching online and would like to learn about best practices in course design.
    • Those who wish to explore the benefits of QM course review process.

     

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters.
    • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
    • Apply the QM Rubric to review online courses.
    • Make decisions on whether the demo course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
    • Apply the concept of alignment.
    • Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.
    Date/Time

    December 6th, 8:00 AM - December 20th, 5:00 PM

    Register for "AAPQMR" session

    12/08 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    December 8th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for the "Online Orientation" session

    12/10 - Getting Ready for Next Semester

    Session Description

    If you are one of those individuals who would like to get started early or if you would like to save some time and get some prep work done to enhance your students’ experience for the next semester, then this session is for you! Attend this “Getting Ready for Next Semester” workshop, one-hour interactive session that will allow you to connect with your peers, learn from their experiences, explore best practices and walks away with a bag of ideas and/or an action plan to help you design or improve your course(s) for the next semester.

    Date/Time

    December 10th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for the "Getting Ready" session

    12/13 - Accession Series: Application of Universal Design for Learning

    Session Description

    UNCW removes barriers “Like no Other” with our new guest speaker series. Please join the Disability Resources Center (DRC) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) in celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with seminars related to all aspects of accessibility by some of the experts in the field. Augment your view of access with the Accession series.

     

    Please join Kirsten Behling, Associate Dean of Student Accessibility & Academic Resources at Tufts University and adjunct professor in the Disability Services in Higher Education Graduate Certificate Program at Suffolk University lead the customized workshop based on the UDL needs of UNCW faculty.

     

    Faculty will be asked to bring their own courses to the workshop and will be led through a facilitated discussion with the goal that they add at least one Plus One UDL strategy to their course before the workshop ends.

     

    Date/Time

    December 13th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Register for the "Application of UD for Learning" session

    12/14 - Video 101: Creating Videos Using Universal Capture

    Session Description

    Creating a video will help capture your student’s attention and establish a support system with your online students. Don’t worry about all the fancy video production terms or film editing techniques, all you need is 20 minutes to create a simple and engaging video. If you are new to video creation or just want to refresh your skills, this session is your golden ticket!

     

    This single-session, Zoom workshop introduces faculty to instructional best practices for video creation while using a FREE video recording software (Echo360 Universal Capture). By the end of this session, participants will be able to record a video using Universal Capture.

    Date/Time

    December 14th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Register for "Video 101" session


Spring 2022 Sessions

  • January 2022

    01/12 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    January 12th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for the "Online Orientation" session

    01/25 - Creating Successful Student Video Projects

    Session Description

    Perhaps you’ve wanted students to submit a video assignment, and you’re not sure where to get started? If so, Creating Successful Student Video Projects has something for you. This one hour, Zoom-delivered training will walk you through the 8 steps to creating a successful student video assignment. At the conclusion of the training, you will be well on your way to creating such an assignment.

    Date/Time

    January 25th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for the "Successful Student Video Projects" session

    01/26 - Accession Series: Building Teamwork Into Campus Accessibility & Compliance

    Session Description

    UNCW removes barriers “Like no Other” with our new guest speaker series. Please join the Disability Resources Center (DRC) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) in celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with seminars related to all aspects of accessibility by some of the experts in the field. Augment your view of access with the Accession series.

     

    Accessibility and Compliance often falls to one person on a campus, and that person may feel isolated in their efforts. Katie Monti, ADA Project Coordinator for UNC Charlotte, will present ideas and structures that helped build a team of accessibility "deputies" on her campus, and how these team members work together to further campus influence of accessibility and universal design concepts.

     

    Date/Time

    January 26th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register for "Building Teamwork" session

  • February 2022

    02/09 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    February 9th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for the "Online Orientation" session

    02/14 - Panel Discussion: Effective Tools for Student Communication

    Session Description

    Formal communication with your students will often occur via email. But are there other communication tools that are more effective for less formal student-student and student-instructor communication? Tools that extend beyond those found in Canvas, such as discussion boards and Announcements? 

     

    In this one-hour panel discussion session, UNCW faculty members will share their experience using tools such as Slack, GroupMe, and social media, among others, to effectively facilitate course communication. Some questions this session will address are, but not limited to, the following: 

    1. How do I go about selecting a tool appropriate for both me and my students? 
    2. What should I consider when implementing a new course communication tool for the first time? 
    3. What are some pitfalls to avoid? 
    4. How do I effectively manage multiple points of contact? 

     

    The primary audience for this session is faculty who are experienced using the communication tools supported by UNCW (Outlook email; Canvas Inbox, Discussion Board, Announcements) and are comfortable implementing new course technology. 

    Date/Time

    February 14th, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Register for the "Effective Tools for Student Communication" session

    02/24 - Let's Get Real: Authentic Assessment in Online Courses

    Session Description

    Authentic assessments focus learners on using and applying knowledge and skills in real-world settings. It is especially important to employ these types of assessments in the online classroom to keep students engaged and actively learning. Attend this hands-on session to discover authentic assessment examples and resources to help you implement assessments in your online course that bring real-life into your virtual classrooms.

    Date/Time

    February 24th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Register for "Let's Get Real" session

  • March 2022

    03/02 - Analytics to Action: Using Canvas Data to Improve Student Engagement

    Session Description

    Have you ever wished you could learn more about how students use the materials you provide and the activities you design to prepare them for an assignment or assessment?

     

    Starting with a brief overview of data analytics, this 60-minute, hands-on, professional development session will demonstrate how to use New Analytics in Canvas to compare students’ engagement with learning activities and instructional materials with their performance on associated assignments and assessments. You will begin developing strategies and an action plan to improve student performance based on the data you uncover in New Analytics.

     

    This session is appropriate for those who have taught fully online courses and faculty who have taught hybrid versions of courses that contain assessments, assignments and related learning activities and instructional materials. No experience in statistics required.

     

    We will explore questions such as: 

    1. What is New Analytics in Canvas and how do I access it?
    2. Why did one student perform well on an assessment/assignment and another underperform given that both had access to the same instructional materials and learning activities?
    3.  How much do my students actually use the instructional materials I’ve provided and engage with the activities I designed?
    4. What possible correlations are there between student performance on an assignment/assessment and the degree to which students engaged with associated instructional materials and learning activities you explicitly included as preparation for a given assignment/assessment?
    5. Given your investment of time and energy in carefully curating relevant instructional materials and creating learning activities to prepare students for an assignment/assessment, are students really using the materials and activities in the ways you anticipated?
    Date/Time

    March 2nd, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Register for the "Analytics to Action" session

    03/09 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    March 9th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for the "Online Orientation" session

    03/25 - VoiceThread: When to Use, Creating an Assignment, and Using in Multiple Courses

    Session Description

    Do you relatively new to VoiceThread, the UNCW-supported communication tool? You may be interested in attending this 1-hour session, led by a VoiceThread facilitator.

     

    This session will primarily answer three questions: 

    1. When should I use VoiceThread in my online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course? 
    2. How do I create a VoiceThread assignment? 
    3. How do I use a single VoiceThread in multiple courses? 

     

    The primary audiences for this session are either:

    • UNCW faculty who have used VoiceThread previously or  
    • Those faculty who are quite comfortable using Canvas’s communication tools (ex. Discussion Board)  and are looking to take the next step in course communication tools 
    Date/Time

    March 25th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Register for the "VoiceThread" session

  • April 2022

    04/05 - Faculty Panel: Using Reflection and Assessment Analysis to Evaluate Your Courses

    Session Description

    Just as a table that stands on only one leg can be quite wobbly, so to might be a course evaluation that only relies on student feedback. But what other data is available? 

     

    A follow up to our Fall 2021 session “The Benefits and Considerations of Frequent Student Course Evaluation,” this panel discussion will focus on the course evaluation process and answer the following questions: 

    1. What are some effective ways for me to reflect on the effectiveness of the elements of a course? 
    2. How can I determine if my assessments are aligned to my course and module/unit objectives? 
    3. How can I go about adjusting either my assessments or my objectives to bring the two better into alignment? 

     

    The primary audience for this session is faculty who are experienced and adept at online course facilitation and would like to further their knowledge regarding making course revisions. Please note that it is not required to have attended the Oct. 27th session “The Benefits and Considerations of Frequent Student Course Evaluation” to attend this session. 

    Date/Time

    April 5th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Register for the "Faculty Panel" session

    04/13 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    April 13th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for the "Online Orientation" session

    04/21 - Being There (Part 2): Instructor and Student Social Presence

    Session Description

    Do you worry that you cannot establish the same rapport with your online students as you do with your in-person students? Are you concerned that your students are not getting their social needs met in the online learning space? If so, you’re not alone, and this session is certainly for you! During this 1.5 hour session, you will be provided with practical steps you can take to ensure that both your personality and those of your students are present in your online course.

    Date/Time

    April 22nd, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Register for the "Being There (Part 2)" session

    04/25 - Guest Speaker: Helping Students with Self-Regulation

    Session Description

    In the online learning space, students’ success is, in part, determined by their ability to self-regulate their learning experience. This ability has been shown to influence persistence and attrition rates, and some studies establish self-regulation strategies as significant influencers of students' academic achievements.  

     

    In this 45-minute session, we will primarily address the following questions: 

    1. What are some examples of student self-regulation tools that I can implement? 
    2. What are some that addresses practical steps I can take in the design of my online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course to enhances my students’ ability to self-regulate? 

     

    Come with questions, as the second half of the session will be dedicated to Q&A. 

     

    The primary audience for this session is faculty who are adept at course design and are looking to further support their students with the learning process. 

    Date/Time

    More information coming soon.

    04/27 - VIP Synchronous Session

    Session Description

    Have you heard the buzz around campus about the new VIP program DEeL is launching soon?

     

    Are you interested in learning how you can collaborate with the DEeL team to design and develop interactive videos for your online course?

     

    This 30-minute informational session will focus on the launch of DEeL's new Video Innovation Project applications. We are looking for two UNCW faculty members to embark on a collaborative partnership with us to create innovative videos for their online courses. During this session expect to view sample video projects such as AR/VR, 360, immersive, documentary, episodic content, and virtual field trip videos as well as the opportunity for Q&A with the team.

    Date/Time

    April 27th, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Register for "VIP Synchronous" session

  • May 2022

    05/11 - UNCW Online Teaching Orientation & Refresher for New Faculty

    Session Description

    This orientation session will be conducted by UNCW Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) office and will cover tips and best practices for the online facilitation of learning as well as an overview of Canvas, UNCW's Learning Management System, and Canvas tools used for facilitation.

     

    This will be a completely online, virtual 2-hour session held via Zoom. Faculty must register at least 24-hours in advance. There is one session a month available to register.

     

    All sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month from either 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST).

    Date/Time

    May 11th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Register for "Online Orientation" session

    05/17 - Getting Ready for Next Semester

    Session Description

    If you are one of those individuals who would like to get started early or if you would you like to save some time and get some prep work done to enhance your students’ experience for the next semester, then this session is for you! Attend this “Getting Ready for Next Semester” workshop, one-hour interactive session that will allow you to connect with your peers, learn from their experiences, explore best practices and walk away with a bag of ideas and/or an action plan to help you design or improve your course(s) for the next semester.

    Date/Time

    May 17th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Register for the "Getting Ready" session


Self-paced Courses

To give faculty the flexibility to explore new ideas whenever they have time and space available to do so, DEeL has now created several asynchronous options. Faculty can enroll in the self-paced courses at any time and earn a certificate of completion in any of the courses listed below. 

  • Introduction to Canvas

    Introduction to Canvas

    Course Description

    This self-paced Canvas course introduces faculty to the fundamentals of creating a course in UNCW’s Learning Management System (Canvas) while introducing them to common best practices for online course design.  

     

    Topics that will be covered include:

    • UNCW faculty who have used VoiceThread previously or  
    • Navigating Canvas
    • Canvas Features and Icons
    • Getting Help in Canvas
    • Best Practices for Teaching with Canvas
    • Creating Rubrics in Canvas
    • Adding a File
    • Creating Content in Canvas
      • Adding an assignment
      • Adding a page
      • Creating a quiz
      • Creating an announcement
      • Creating a discussion

     

    To access this course, you will first need to self-enroll into the course by clicking the button down below. 

    Self-enroll into the "Intro to Canvas" course

  • Introduction to VoiceThread

    Introduction to VoiceThread

    Course Description

    Miss hearing your students discuss topics together? Want to create group projects online without the hassle of having to log in at the same time? Then, come discover VoiceThread!

     

    VoiceThread is a tool for conducting student discussions asynchronously using video, voice, and/or text commenting. There are a variety of ways in which using VoiceThread can enhance the community building in your course and provide students with multiple means of expressing their learning. This self-paced course introduces faculty to the VoiceThread tools and features as well as how they can be utilized in the online environment.

     

    Topics that will be covered include:

    • Exploring and interacting with VoiceThread
    • Viewing a gallery of example VoiceThreads in real online classes
    • Creating and sharing VoiceThreads
    • Introducing students to VoiceThread
    • Using VoiceThread with group projects
    • Facilitating and grading VoiceThreads
    • VoiceThread support and additional resources

     

    To access this course, you will first need to self-enroll into the course by clicking the button down below. 

    Self-enroll into the "Intro to VoiceThread" course

  • Zoom Security
    Course Description

    This self-paced Canvas course provides quick and easy access to information related to: 

    • The "3 S's" for Zoom Security
    • How to configure your Zoom meeting for security
    • What are key settings to ensure maximum protection
    • Secure methods of distributing class-related Zoom sessions to students
    • Suggestions for communicating Zoom behavior expectations and Consequences to students
    • What to do should a disruptive situation occur
    • How to seek assistance, report a disruptive situation, and follow-up protocols 

     

    To access this course, you will first need to self-enroll into the course by clicking the button down below. 

    Self-enroll into the "Zoom Security" course