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Inaugural Distance Education Fair for Faculty

The First Annual Distance Education Fair was held on February 16, 2011.  Several funded course developers showcased their courses, and shared their tips and lessons learned (e.g., what to do and not do). 

Videos of the presentations are now available here

Schedule of presentations:

    9:00-9:30 :  Welcome Remarks from VC Guillaume and DL Program Overview
  9:30-10:00 :  Jorge Muñiz // Music
10:00-10:30 :  Raman Adaikkalavan // Computer Science & Informatics
10:30-11:00 :  Dennis Wolf // Mathematical Sciences
11:00-11:30 :  PN Saksena // Business & Economics
11:30-12:00 :  Denise Skarbek // Education
12:00-12:30 :  Q&A on DL Course Development Funding

Brief descriptions of faculty presentations:

Jorge Muñiz (Music) will demonstrate how he has used video, with assistance from Instructional Media Services, to introduce his class to students.  He will highlight how he has integrated the use of several software programs on his Mac computer to record lectures.  He will also feature the use of iTunes U as a repository for his class lectures and demonstrations as well as how he has incorporated many of the resources from our Schurz Library Services. 

Raman Adaikkalavan (Computer Science/Informatics) will discuss an effective way to record his lectures and make them available for both his in-classroom and online students enrolled in two different sections of the same course.  Using a tabletPC with annotation capabilities and a headset with microphone, he records his lectures and posts them as resources for his online course.  Both groups of students have access to his online resources.  He will also highlight other software programs he has used for his online classes. 

Dennis Wolf (Math) is one of the first faculty course developers we funded.  He will demonstrate the different tools on his Oncourse CL course sites.  He will discuss how the results of student surveys he administered for several semesters have helped him to revise his courses, and what he has done to improve them.  He will highlight many of the things he has learned (and unlearned) as a virtual educator. 

PN Saksena (Business and Economics) will demonstrate some of the tools he has used for his online course.  He will share what he has learned while developing and teaching a fully online course and a hybrid course.  He will discuss his reflections on the advantages of online courses and underscore the trial-and-error process that course developers and instructors go through to learn what works best and what to avoid for online courses. 

Denise Skarbek (Education) will feature the many templates she has used that SoftChalk offers.  SoftChalk is a web-based program with authoring solutions to create learning objects that can be engaging and interactive.  She will discuss how she has used learning objects with her online courses to meet the goals, objectives and standards required in her discipline.  She will also share how she has used some Web 2.0 tools in her online courses.