Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty
On this page you will find a list of PD Opportunities. This page is updated on an ongoing basis so be sure to come back regularly.
Please email Ryan and Scott at email@example.com if you have an opportunity you would like to add to this list.
Join Scott and Ryan as we demo the new interface for D2L Brightspace. It's called Daylight and it's going live May 14. We'll also be demoing the upcoming synchronous tool called Zoom. Zoom will be replacing Blackboard Collaborate.
All sessions are in 016 of Lehman Library.
Tuesday, April 24. 3:30 PM
Wednesday, April 25. 1:00 PM
Thursday, April 26. 2:00 PM
Monday, April 30. 10:00 AM
Wednesday, May 2. 11:00 AM
Thursday, May 3. 3:30 PM
Monday, May 7. 1:00 PM
Tuesday, May 8. 9:30 AM
Thursday, May 10. 11:00 AM
New Design to D2L Brightspace is on the way!
D2L has updated Brightspace's layout. For better or worse, their new design is called "Daylight." It will now have a clean white look. It will also be responsive and viewable on phones and tablets. Daylight is not a new LMS. It is simply the name for the new design.
We are going to switch to Daylight on 5/14/18.
What Will Change?
- Layout will be clean and white
- Navigation will change by removing links to tools. Students will now access Quizzes, Discussions, etc through Quicklinks in the Content area. More instructions to come.
- Changes to layout of course home page and widgets
- New course banner and images
- At the same time we will moving to a new syncronous tool called Zoom. Our Collaborate contract expires on 6/30/18
What Will Not Change?
The workflows will remain the same. In other words how you use D2L Brightspace tools will not change. Only the appearance will change.
Throughout the Spring 2018 semester we will be providing sneak peeks and training regarding Daylight. This includes: webinars, workshops, web pages and other various information.
Stay tuned for a current version of your Spring 2018 Courses on a test server, so that you can see how your courses will look in Daylight. In the meantime you can review some info in the resources below.
You can visit "Daylight Central" on D2L's community page.
Check out the Daylight discussion area to see what other people are talking about.
It's confusing with all of these terms flying around. Here's some info to help you get it straight.
D2L = Company name
Brightspace = LMS (product) name
Daylight Experience = The name for the new Brightspace design. This name will fall away as D2L requires all instances to switch to Daylight.
On 7/1/18 we will be officially supporting Zoom as our syncronous learning tool. Zoom will replace Blackboard Collaborate. PASSHE selected Zoom for their ease of use and video & audio quality: not to mention their ability to support a variety of devices.
With Zoom, it's easy to:
- Conduct simple online HD video and audio sessions with students, other faculty, or anyone with a computer
- Run on-the-fly or scheduled presentations
- Hold virtual office-hours
- Project a guest speaker in the classroom
- Perform live demonstrations in real time
- Collaborate on documents with your colleagues or external partners
- Share your screen
- Use a virtual whiteboard
- Chat with your students
- and more!
In the coming weeks, look for more information on how we will be rolling out Zoom.
These sites provide easy access to product information, short video tutorials and user guides.
If you have any questions, please contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT | 717-477-1816 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Downloading Collaborate Classic Video Files
You may or may not have heard; our contract with Blackboard Collaborate will expire June 30, 2018. We will be migrating to a new synchronous classroom platform called Zoom. Zoom has many benefits and we consider it an improvement. We will release more details in the future.
In the meantime, you should download your Collaborate recordings as an mp4 file. Please contact Ryan or Scott if you have any questions.
Make Up Snow Days Online
Winter weather is just around the corner. We hope that we don't have too many snow days. If we do; however, you have options for making up a missed class session. One such option, per the Severe Winter Weather Policy, is putting your session online using D2L Brightspace.
Instructional Design & Web Technologies (IDWT) are proud to offer the Snow Day Quick-Start Guide. It consists of a set of tutorials that help you quickly get a session's material online. It is broken into two tracks: The Quick Guide and the Advanced Guide.
The Quick Guide helps you get basic class content up quickly and the Advanced Guide helps you plan ahead for a snow day and explore more options. Both have information that help you communicate your intentions to your students, get material online, and assess your students online.
All faculty members are already enrolled, and you will see it in your list of courses. Just search "Snow Day" in the My Courses widget or the mini-bar at the top of D2L Brightspace.
Feel free to reference this resource whenever you need help getting a session's material online quickly. Of course, if you have questions, you can always call Ryan and Scott at x1816 or email at email@example.com.
Are you planning to teach online within the next few semesters?
Online Instruction-100 (OLI-100) is a course that teaches you the basics of teaching online. Faculty planning to teach online at Shippensburg University for the first time can register at any time and you have until you teach your class to complete it at your own pace.
This totally online course provides instructors with
- instructional strategies for online classes,
- national quality standards for online classes,
- instructions for using various Brightspace tools,
- a student’s perspective.
Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT to register.
Guidelines to Accessibility
Do you want to make your courses more accessible to students?
Guidelines to Accessibility (OLI-050) is a set of resources designed to make your class more accessible to students with learning disabilities.
Guidelines to Accessibility (OLI-050)
This totally online course provides instructors with
- definition of disabilities, accommodations, and accessibility,
- an overview of the laws that exist to protect individuals with disabilities,
- accessibility strategies as they relate to different forms of content.
All faculty have been enrolled in the Accessibility Course. It should appear in your list of courses. Simply search the minibar at the top of your screen for the word "accessibility". Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT with questions.
Do you need help determining if content you have is legal to use?
Copyright Overview (OLI-075) is a set of resources designed to help you understand and decipher the complexities of copyright law. It is a basic primer that gives you resources to find more information.
Copyright Overview (OLI-075)
This totally online course provides instructors with
- an if-yes-than flowchart to determine legality of content
- an overview of copyright
- an overview of Fair Use
- an overview of Creative Commons
- an overview of the TEACH Act
- links to resources
- a copyright self-check
All faculty have been enrolled in the Copyright Overview course. It should appear in your list of courses. Simply search the minibar at the top of your screen for the word "copyright". Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT with questions.
Call for Presenters!
RECAP is not just a conference; it is a tradition at West Chester University!
The RECAP Conference, an annual event showcasing the use of technology to enhance teaching & learning in higher education, will be Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Information Services and Technology Division invite you to present and lead at the
26th Annual RECAP Conference 2018
Thursday May 17, 2018
Business and Public Management Center
West Chester University
Assessment and Impact Conference
When: March 11-13, 2018
As the higher education landscape becomes more challenging to navigate, business schools struggle to demonstrate excellence and stand out among peer institutions. Consequently, the management education industry has placed a renewed emphasis on accountability and innovation in assessment. To respond to this development, we must reinforce that assessment and impact is ever more important and make it a driving force throughout our institutions.
As one of AACSB's most diverse and informative events, the Assessment and Impact Conference is your opportunity to explore current trends and global best practices, network with peers and experienced accreditation volunteers, and get a glimpse at what peer institutions are doing to stay current in assessment and assurance of learning (AoL).
This year’s conference offers a framework to measure, assess, and analyze your institution’s quality assurance efforts, while also presenting effective solutions, expert insight, and thought-provoking discussions to implement change at your b-school.
Whether your institution has recently begun the assessment process or is looking to take your AoL systems to the next level, this conference offers ample opportunities to gather new knowledge and insight to put a strong assessment system in place.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Rutgers Online Learning Conference
When: March 12, 2018
As in previous years, the RU Online Learning Conference invites you to participate in a wide range of sessions on online, hybrid, and face-to-face learning with technology. You will enjoy a rich program designed to promote networking and the productive exchange of ideas. Come and see the new innovations in online learning technologies.
This year's theme is: Collaborate
The Rutgers Online Learning Conference invites you to collaborate with your fellows to create innovative visions of learning with technology!
Location: Somerset, NJ
ACE2018: The American Council on Education’s 100th Annual Meeting
When: March 10-13, 2018
Description: Join higher education leaders representing all institution types at ACE2018, the American Council on Education’s 100th Annual Meeting. ACE will celebrate 100 years of leadership and advocacy at ACE2018, the country's most distinguished higher education event. This gathering will feature an array of sessions about critical topics in higher education, as well as special programming and expanded networking events to stay connected to other leaders.
Location: Washington, DC
2018 UPCEA Annual Conference
When: March 14-16, 2018
Description: The UPCEA Annual Conference is the most significant assembly of thought leaders and practitioners today in the field of professional, continuing, and online education. Join us March 14-16 in Baltimore for engaging keynote speakers, high-energy concurrent sessions, and plentiful networking opportunities.
The Annual Conference convenes deans and other senior university leaders, key staff, and teams responsible for the management, administration, and growth of professional, continuing, and online education programs. Attendees have access to targeted sessions spanning the top areas of practice in our field (aligned with UPCEA's six professional Networks), led by higher education experts and colleagues.
Attendees will also find targeted sessions on the most pressing topics in the field today - including federal policy, finance and operations, marketing and enrollment management, instructional design, noncredit programs, alternative credentialing, and more.
Location: Baltimore, MD
2018 ASCD Empower: The Conference for Every Educator
When: March 24-26, 2018
ASCD Empower18 empowers educators—teachers, teacher leaders, principals, central office staff, and superintendents—to create their own personalized professional learning experience.
Start with a new vision. Hear General Session speakers who will shift your perspective with out-of-the-box thinking and breakthrough solutions sure to deliver a "wow" moment (or two)!
Gather new ideas. Learn what's new in education from our all-star line-up of Special Session speakers. You’ll hear from leaders in education—innovators and disrupters with important messages to share.
Delve into the nitty-gritty. Explore practical solutions at Concurrent Learning Sessions, where experienced practitioners will share case studies, best practices, and actionable ideas in lively, interactive sessions.
Roll up your sleeves! Meet up with your team on-site in the Reflection Pool—a comfortable space designed to facilitate group collaboration and innovative thinking—to begin transforming your classroom or school.
Location: Boston, MA
Innovate 2018 - Attend or Present
When: May 11, 2018
Each year, the Innovate program is created with YOU in mind: educators, administrators, and thought leaders interested in advancements in teaching, learning and technology. Who better to present than those who live and breathe these approaches every day?
Innovate 2018 is now accepting submissions from those who want to present at the May 11, 2018, event. If you are employing a unique or refreshed idea in the classroom, apply now(link is external) to share it with your fellow Innovate attendees.
Forward is the theme for 2018 and we will explore the future of teaching and learning with technology through three threads:
- Access: This thread will delve into the intentionality of institutions reaching underrepresented populations, as well as the intersection of affordable materials, equitable technology and high-quality learning experiences.
- Technology: Students live in a society where technology and everyday life are integrated. This thread will allow educators to explore technology trends in order to properly prepare students to solve 21st-century problems.
- Learning Environments: We’re seeing a dramatic shift in not only how education is delivered, but where it is delivered. This thread will discuss how the learning environments we create force us to re-examine how people learn.
Find more information about the Innovate RFP process here(link is external), as well as presentation tips. The deadline to submit is Friday, February 2, 2018.
Location: Ohio State University
Quality matters also hosts many online courses related to online and blended courses. You can see a complete list here.
Teaching Professor Conference
When: June 1-3, 2018
Description: The Teaching Professor Conference provides a thought-provoking forum for educators of all disciplines and experience levels to share best practices that advance college teaching and learning. The three-day conference features preconference workshops that provide hands-on learning, provocative plenary presentations, carefully selected concurrent sessions on a range of relevant topics, poster presentations highlighting the latest research, and ample opportunities for conversations with fellow attendees
Location: Atlanta, GA
Teaching with Technology Conference
When: October 5-7, 2018
Description: Incorporating technology into your teaching involves much more than learning how to use a specific piece of software. It’s about exploring the relationship between technology and pedagogy—starting with what you want your students to know and be able to do, and how technology can support and enhance their learning. This conference will help you take a more strategic approach to teaching with technology.
Location: St. Louis
Untapped Data: Enhancing Teaching and Learning
When: July 25, 2018
Description: A conversation around the evolving use of data. Colleges collect reams of data about student outcomes, but use little of it to influence how professors teach and students learn. A look at how and why that’s starting to change.
Location: Washington, DC
New Ideas in Teaching and Learning
When: March 14, 2018
Few things are more important in higher education than teaching and learning. This webcast will explore:
- New strategies for reaching students.
- How faculty members are changing their teaching techniques.
- The challenges of teaching students with varying interests, educational goals and levels of preparation.
- The use of technology in teaching and assessment.
- The evolution of and importance of educational materials.
Inside Higher Ed editors will lead a lively discussion on these topics March 14, 2018.
This webcast is made possible with the support of VitalSource. By registering for the webcast, you are agreeing to share your registration information with Inside Higher Ed and the sponsor for marketing purposes.
Captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing is provided by CaptionAccess for all Inside Higher Ed webcasts. Transcripts available upon request.
Making Higher Education More Efficient and Effective
When: March 22, 2018 @ 2pm
Colleges and universities open new opportunities for students, 18-year-olds and adults alike, while faculty research constantly changes the ideas that shape society’s future. But none of that means that colleges are as effective or efficient as they could be. And in an era of constrained finances and evolving demographics, effectiveness and efficiency both matter more than ever.
In years past, many students arrived in higher education without the preparation or motivation needed to succeed, and colleges didn’t think much of them dropping out in significant numbers. These days, colleges have come to realize that society needs more of these students to succeed. Many colleges also for decades relied on business models that – if not perfect –worked well enough. These days, public and private colleges are seeing traditional revenue sources dry up, making it vital to use dollars efficiently and to have processes that encourage sound management.
This webcast will explore strategies of a range of colleges to promote effectiveness and efficiency. We will touch on technology, enrollment, student success, finance and other topics.
Join Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman for a lively discussion on these topics Thursday, March 22 at 2:00 PM ET.
Big Think Video Series (Pre-recorded Webinar Series)
February 22 – March 15, 11:00 am-11:30am: Once a week for five weeks, enjoy a 25 minute video featuring the ideas, lessons, stories and advice of leading experts from around the world inspiring you to think big! Topics include: Increasing Potential; Resilience; Tao of Leadership; Looking at Challenges as an Outsider; and Switching Off the “Always On” Culture.
D2L is continually hosting webinars and has been for years. You can visit D2L's website to view upcoming and past webinars. Some topics include: widgets, using video effectively, customizing lesson plans, using D2L to gamify, and many, many more. We have included a few recommended webinars below.
Magna Online Seminars
Magna Online Seminars have built a reputation for their quality, timeliness, and relevance. Live and interactive, they feature leading educators and thought leaders delivering thought-provoking, practical presentations. Plus if you can’t make the live event, all seminars are available on-demand for a full 30 days. Our Online Seminar Package also includes a copy of the recording on CD, the full transcript, and supplemental materials. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.
PASSHE Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference
Description: For the past seven years, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has presented Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference. The 2017 conference was held in February, but the sessions were recorded. Each session is live and interactive. Topics have ranged from gamification to academic integrity to new technologies to many more.
All sessions going back to 2009 have been recorded for you to view for free. You can browse them here.
Meeting Student Needs with Day One Access to Digital Materials
Presented by: Campus Technology
Description: Digital course materials have emerged over the past 10 years as a cost-effective and more engaging option to print textbooks. This webcast will feature a college dean and eTextbooks thought leader who will discuss:
- Why many students increasingly prefer eTextbooks
- How delivering digital materials on the first day of classes sets students up for success
- Tips for securing stakeholder buy-in for a digital-only program
Inside Higher Ed
Inside higher ed has a list of recorded webinars for higher ed going back for several years. The range of topics is diverse and covers almost all topics related to higher ed including: digital accessibility, higher ed economics, recap of survey of university presidents, and more.
Pearson has collated an extensive list of recorded higher ed webinars. Check out their current list and watch at your leisure. You can browse them here.
- Why quality reviews are becoming a common practice in more and more institutions
- How quality reviews can help enhance the effectiveness of your institution’s online offerings
- The various methods available for conducting successful reviews
- Ways to provide effective feedback to instructors before the start of an online course
- Subscription quality review services (e.g., Quality Matters)
- Publicly available quality review rubrics
- Instructions for creating your own quality review rubric at your institution
- How to provide constructive feedback to faculty during the review process
- Each program is available for a full week for on-demand viewing, 24/7.
- Programs can be viewed on your desktop PC or any mobile device.
- To access this week’s video click on the link above.
To access the materials from past Monday Morning Mentors:
Instructional Design: Adult Learners
Description: A 45m training course that teaches adult learning theory. Adult learners have specific needs that have to be considered during the instructional design process. In this course, one in a series on instructional design, Jeff Toister explores the best practices and techniques that will help designers work with, and train, adult learners. Explore the theory behind adult learning, discover techniques to increase active (vs. passive) learning, see how to identify and surmount barriers to learning, and get additional resources for developing training for adults.
A Strengths Approach to Online Teaching
Description: Too often we approach new tasks, especially in the area of technology, by focusing on what we cannot do. Sally Kuhlenschmidt envisions how teaching an online class would proceed if we started from our particular strengths.
Designing for Learning
Description: This is a roundup list of best practices for designing and developing online courses
Designing Instruction for Significant Learning
Description:A systematic, learning-centered approach to course design offers the only chance we have to ensure that the majority of students have a significant learning experience
Writing Instructional Goals and Objectives
Description: This site will introduce you to instructional goals, the three types of instructional objectives you may need to create to reach your goals, and the best way to write and assess them.
What Institutions Expanding their Online Degree Offerings Can Learn from the Recent Closure at University of Texas
Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?
Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States is the 14th annual report of the state of online learning in U.S. Higher education. The Survey, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, and Tyton Partners, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.
Distance education enrollments increased for the fourteenth straight year, growing faster than they have for the past several years.Key findings include:
- The number of distance education students grew by 5.6% from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 to reach 6,359,121 who are taking at least one distance course, representing 31.6% of all students.
- and more!
Professional, Cotinuiing, and Online Education Update by University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
Daily updates of news, research, and trends by UPCEA
Best Practices for Professional Email
Natalie Lundsteen offers some basic tips to help you have clear and confident electronic communication.
Prediction: 2018 Will See More Blended Learning, Alternative Credentials and International Competition
How the 'Slow Ed Tech Movement' Is Bringing a Sense of Purpose to Academic Technology
Slowing the pace of education technology work makes projects more sustainable, gives people a chance to connect, allows for more meaningful conversations and helps prevent burnout.
Libraries Find New Ways to Flourish in the Digital Age
Online Course Enrollment Sees Relentless Growth
Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech
The Future of Undergraduate Education: The Future of America.
Our nation’s effort over two centuries to provide education to everyone who lives and works within the United States is an expression of a core belief, one that has survived a long history of challenges: that all people, through learning, can achieve higher goals for themselves and for society as a whole.
Progress toward universal education has expanded most recently to colleges and universities. Today, almost 90 percent of high school graduates can expect to enroll in an undergraduate institution at some point during young adulthood and they are joined by millions of adults seeking to improve their lives. What was once a challenge of quantity in American undergraduate education, of enrolling as many students as possible, is now a challenge of quality—of making sure that all students receive the rigorous education they need to succeed, that they are able to complete the studies they begin, and that they can do this affordably, without mortgaging the very future they seek to improve.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences formed the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education to develop a national strategy to help students and their families, colleges and universities, government policy-makers, and business leaders and philanthropists reach this next level. The future success of our democracy, our economy, and our nation will depend on our commitment to an inclusive ideal of an educated society.
The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America – the final report of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education – is available online.
Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students - Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
According to a new national survey, online and adult students are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students. The 2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report from Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a provider of enrollment management, student success and fundraising solutions for higher education, found that 67 percent of adult learners and 74 percent of online students rated their satisfaction level as "satisfied" or "very satisfied," while only 53 percent of students at four-year public institutions and 54 percent at four-year privates said the same. Students at two-year public institutions and career schools were in the middle, at 64 percent and 66 percent satisfied, respectively.
Workshop Facilitation Techniques & Tools for Facilitating Groups, Workshops & Classes
This program onWorkshop Facilitation & Design is great for people who need to teach something or get collaborative results with a group. Workshops will introduce tools and techniques for facilitating group discussion and activities. Participants will engage in different types of facilitation, discussion, and identify the challenges that they expect to face and develop solutions using the tools presented. This is relevant for both students and professionals.
Exploring the new world of online credentials -
Librarians are the Forgotten Course Design Resource - In addition to us friendly Instructional Designers, librarians can help you design your course!
Moving from Silos and Burnout to Community and Engagement -
Courses with No Syllabi: A Unique Instructional Model at LDS Business College - Interesting interview with Bruce Kush, the president of LDS Business College.
i4 means campus instruction that is:
- Interactive, and
To pilot this model, Bruce worked with an LDS faculty member to pilot a semester-long leadership course with no syllabus. He is going to tell us why he decided to do this and what it looked like along the way.
We Are Living in the Age of Online Learning - An article about the current state of online learning
Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications - This website has a list of articles related to Higher Ed teaching strategies. It is updated often and contributed to by professionals.
On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus - A Smith College initiative called “Failing Well” is one of a crop of university
programs that aim to help high achievers cope with basic setbacks.
‘Glacial Progress’ on Digital Accessibility - Data from 700,000 classes show digital course materials have gotten only slightly more accessible to students with disabilities over the last five years.
Four Student Misconceptions about Learning - This article covers four common misconceptions that students have about learning. It will help you overcome them.
Learning Styles are NOT an Effective Guide for Learning Design - Probably today's most ubiquitous learning myth is that people have different learning styles and that these learning styles can be diagnosed and used in learning design to create more effective learning interventions. This myth has resonated and spread throughout the world's learning-professional community probably because it hints at an idea that seems sensible -- that people learn differently. Unfortunately, there are dozens and dozens of ways to separate people by type, so it's hard to know which distinctions to use for which learner, for which topics, for which situations. More importantly, the research evidence shows clearly that using learning styles in designing/deploying learning does not reliably improve learning results.
Turnitin White Paper - This brief white paper discusses the myriad forms of plagiarism, and argues that the most effective methods for addressing them do not involve treating students as unethical “cheaters,” but rather, focus on developing their writing and research skills.
Best Practices for Using Video in Learning eBook -
- Tips on producing effective videos for learning without breaking the bank
- Instructional design best practices for using video in your courses
- Getting started with video-based assessment
Accessibility Tip - Special Access
By utilizing the Special Access features of the Quiz and Assignment folder tools you can provide accommodations for specific students. This may include additional time to complete a quiz or assignment that is outside the availability set for the entire class. You can access these options by editing your quiz or assignment folder, clicking on the Restrictions tab and scrolling to the bottom under Special Access.