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January – no webinar

February 24 – How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?

Developing critical thinking skills is the real business of higher education, which involves teaching students to:

  • Analyze and evaluate information
  • Reflect about it
  • Arrive at thoughtful, informed opinions.

We’ll present a wealth of tools and strategies based on content provided by Magna Publications to help you promote critical thinking. This webinar will show you how to incorporate active learning components into every aspect of your courses, from lectures to labs, from writing assignments to tests.

During this webinar you’ll discover

  • Which activities promote active learning … and which don’t.
  • How to create assignments and exams that reinforce critical thinking.
  • How rubrics can help you make learning visible.
  • How to incorporate case studies, role play, brainstorming, journals, interviews and other activities into class time.
  • How to help students identify and consider the influence of context and writer bias.

This webinar will be facilitated by Paula Bigatel at the World Campus Faculty Development Unit.

March 23 – Introducing the Canvas Learning Center

Penn State’s Canvas Learning Center houses a comprehensive, self-directed curriculum designed to help all PSU faculty and staff learn how to get the most out of Canvas. This self-paced curriculum is called the Canvas Learning Path, and it collects the best tutorials, live training sessions, videos, and other resources from Canvas and Penn State sources into a logical progression designed to help all faculty and faculty-support staff learn how to get the most out of Canvas.

Kris Benefield, an instructional designer in ITS Training Services and the lead on the Canvas Learning Path project, will introduce the Canvas Learning Center and Canvas Learning Path, highlighting resources that support instructional objectives including organizing and delivering course content, creating assignments and quizzes, and grading student work.

During this webinar, you’ll discover:

  • How to access and navigate the Canvas Learning Center
  • How to use the Course Design Checklist and the Learning Path to streamline the process of designing a new course from scratch
  • How to get more out of live Canvas training by leveraging the Learning Path before, during, and after a session.
  • The Training Services roadmap for updates and improvements to the Learning Center, and how you can influence those changes right away

April 20 – Good Teaching is Universal – Universal Design for Learning

In this accessibility/universal design webinar, the focus will be on how to make your online course more accessible to all learners. This presentation is a PowerPoint presentation that will be facilitated by Julie Lang in Educational Technology Services and Paula Bigatel in Faculty Development at World Campus. There will be a focus on the principles of Universal Design that when applied, ensure that content is accessible to not only students with disabilities, but also all types of learners. Many practical examples of what works will be shown so that you can incorporate best practices into your teaching right away.

May 18 – REPEAT: Introducing the Canvas Learning Center **time change to 10 a.m. ET for this webinar only

Penn State’s Canvas Learning Center houses a comprehensive, self-directed curriculum designed to help all PSU faculty and staff learn how to get the most out of Canvas. This self-paced curriculum is called the Canvas Learning Path, and it collects the best tutorials, live training sessions, videos, and other resources from Canvas and Penn State sources into a logical progression designed to help all faculty and faculty-support staff learn how to get the most out of Canvas.

Kris Benefield, an instructional designer in ITS Training Services and the lead on the Canvas Learning Path project, will introduce the Canvas Learning Center and Canvas Learning Path, highlighting resources that support instructional objectives including organizing and delivering course content, creating assignments and quizzes, and grading student work.

During this webinar, you’ll discover:

  • How to access and navigate the Canvas Learning Center
  • How to use the Course Design Checklist and the Learning Path to streamline the process of designing a new course from scratch
  • How to get more out of live Canvas training by leveraging the Learning Path before, during, and after a session.
  • The Training Services roadmap for updates and improvements to the Learning Center, and how you can influence those changes right away

August 17 – Providing Meaningful Feedback

In this webinar, we’ll be discussing strategies for giving meaningful feedback to students. It is well documented in the research literature that prompt and meaningful feedback enhances and enriches the learning experience of students and our students expect it! Providing feedback is a big part of online teaching and through this vehicle students feel your “presence” in the course. We’ll also discuss strategies to help manage the workload of providing such individual attention. Please join us for an interactive session where we’ll share ideas that can work for us all.

September 21 – How PSU Libraries supports your teaching and your students’ learning

This webinar will discuss the possibilities for library inclusion in your online courses. World Campus students or residential students who are taking an online course have similar access to library resources and services as residential students. However, a lack of awareness can inhibit students from using the library in their courses. A recent meeting even revealed that students pay for access to articles and books that the library can provide to students! Library instruction can take on a variety of forms and this webinar will highlight ways that library services, resources, and instruction can be incorporated in your online class. From an online orientation to the library to more in-depth instruction at higher levels the library can become a valuable partner in your online instruction.

October 19 – Supporting Online Students in Crisis

How do faculty make referrals? What services are available to World Campus students? How do I know if a student is experiencing mental health issues? How are disability and mental health issues intertwined? What are the current problems we are seeing in our students?

Webinar presenters include Nadiya Tucker Mental Health Advocate/Case Manager – World Campus,  Ashley Adams, Director of Student Affairs – World Campus, Terry Watson, Disability Specialist – World Campus, and Shannon Kennan, Director of eLearning Initiatives/Senior Lecturer – College of Communications.

November 21 **please note date change – Motivation and Student Engagement

No recording link available. Sorry for the inconvenience!

How do you motivate students to stay engaged with your course? What strategies do you use to help students persist and succeed? In the online environment, this is particularly important because there is a greater risk of attrition. In this webinar, we’ll look at various research-based strategies that drive motivation and discuss how they can be applied to the online or blended learning environment. We’ll also present a couple of motivational models that can be used in designing learning activities. There will be opportunities for the audience to share what they do to motivate students – what has worked for you?

Webinar presenters will be Paula Bigatel and Louise Sharrar, instructional designers.