WITS Summer Camp
“Making the Move – Moving Your Face-to-Face Course Online”
The SPC Instructional Design Technologists (IDTs) will be hosting, “Making the Move – Moving Your Face-to-Face Course Online” Summer Camp. They will be supporting a cohort of faculty in developing online courses while modeling effective practices in online learning. This opportunity, supported by an SPC Foundation Grant, will bring together instructors from different academic areas, creating a forum for mentoring and the exchange of effective pedagogical practices. Summer camp will include short lectures, demonstrations and guest speakers combined with significant blocks of time dedicated to practicing skills and techniques while developing an actual online course.
“Campers” will commit to:
An online, summer-long involvement
Face-to-Face workshop participation June 26th – 29th
Completion of the LMS Competency Checklist
Teaching the online course – Spring 2014
Reviewing online learning research
Follow-up meeting with cohort in July
Presentation at All College Day – October 2013
Last summer we offered a similar opportunity which targeted faculty who wanted to move their Face-to-Face course into a Blended format. Watch this video to see the positive feedback from the faculty who attended:
Also on April 4th, the Instructional Design Technologists were honored to once again have the opportunity to present at the Narrowing the Gulf Conference/Critical Thinking Institute. Presentation topics included using video for critical thinking, using simulations for problem-based learning and ensuring accessibility in new course development. Highlights from those presentations can be found on the Critical Thinking Gateway website.
As a result of these two important events on the first Friday of the April, the monthly Learning Event was rescheduled to April 19th. The topic “The Art of Integrating Technology and Thinking Routines to Make Thinking Visible” focused on the use of technology to support the concepts in the Harvard Project Zero book, “Making Thinking Visible”. This book and the research involved are being discussed college-wide in a variety of learning communities. During this event, participants learned ways to personalize and apply a research-based framework called Visible Thinking, which focuses on the application of “thinking routines” in order to document student understanding of course content while encouraging metacognition and critical thinking. Each participant received a copy of the book thanks to funding by the CETL Board of Directors.
Finally, this month the latest WITS Summer Camp was announced. The focus of this year’s camp is “Making the Move: Taking your Face-to-Face Course Online.” Applications are being accepted now for a few lucky campers who will commit to taking a 4 week online course, attending 4 full days of “camp” at the Seminole Campus and developing an online course to be taught during the Spring Semester. If you are interested please contact your campus Instructional Design Technologist for more details.
As part of our ongoing Monthly Learning Event series, the WITS Instructional Design Technologists will be presenting ourANGEL SPA for the month of May.
During the May Learning Event, which will take place on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at Epicenter in room 1-314, the Instructional Design Technologists (IDTs) will provide faculty with time to work on getting their ANGEL courses ready for the next semester. We will work with you informally on the things you want to accomplish to make your course ready to go! Registration for one of the two available sessions, 9am to noon and 1pm to 4pm, is now open. Additionally, opportunities for this and all of our learning sessions can be viewed on our training calendar.
The April WITS Learning Event, “The art of integrating technology and thinking routines to make thinking visible”, is a 3 hour face to face session that will focus on the use of technology to support the concepts in the Harvard Project Zero book, “Making Thinking Visible”. This book and the research involved is being discussed college-wide in a variety of learning communities.
During this event participants will learn to personalize and apply a research-based framework called Visible Thinking. Visible Thinking focuses on the application of “thinking routines” in order to document student understanding of course content while encouraging metacognition and critical thinking. Participants will gain extensive knowledge of and hands on practice at adapting thinking routines and associated technology to fit any subject area.
Video recordings of the face to face Learning Event sessions will be made available on the Learning Post a week after the live event. All of our previous sessions are still available on our WITS blog as resources.
Registration for one of the two April 19 sessions, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., is now open. The morning and afternoon session will be held in Room 1- 314 at the EpiCenter. Other Learning Series opportunities can be viewed on our training calendar.
A new feature in ANGEL 8 can positively impact an instructor’s quality and consistency of grading. ANGEL 8 includes a grading rubric that connects to drop boxes, discussion forums, and essay type assessment questions.
The majority of the work for the instructor in setting this up is in the initial creation of the rubric and if they already have one that they use, it can be pasted into the template to create the ANGEL grading rubric. Once it is created, it moves from session to session with the rest of the content for use in future classes. It can also be transferred from one of the instructor’s courses to their other courses.
The link to view or create rubrics is within the Management tab. This area will house all of the rubrics for the course. To create a new rubric, the instructor can use the ANGEL wizard that will walk them through filling in a template with criteria and scoring. Once that is done, ANGEL will break down the scoring for each of the cells. The wizard facilitates the creation of of the rubric but another useful element is the ability of the instructor to use the created rubric directly within the assignment to create the grade for the student that will go directly to the gradebook. Check the following tutorials to see how it is done.