Distance Learning Symposium

Distance Learning Symposium 2019

For over a decade the annual symposium has positioned online faculty, staff of the distance learning department, and the South Texas College community to succeed in the new realities of 21st Century distance learning. The Distance Learning department is dedicated to fostering effective teaching and learning, best practices, and strategies in online learning and teaching.

August 22, 2019  • 8am - 1:30pm


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Symposium Goals

This half-day event will provide the platform and variety of learning opportunities and experiences for practitioners and associates to:

Share

  • Share evidence-based methodologies, approaches, and techniques in distance learning.
  • Discuss success factors and innovative practices in distance learning and teaching.
  • Participate in the dialog on key components of effective course design, teaching methods, technology tools, learner support, management, policy, and evaluation.
  • Identify teaching methods for effective online learner engagement, motivation, and performance outcomes.
  • Discuss new developments, and trends.

Learn

  • Reflect on and evaluate progress made in improving the quality of distance learning at South Texas College.
  • Obtain new knowledge and skills for teaching in online learning environments.
  • Explore how new and emerging technologies can be applied to online teaching and learning.

Connect

  • Network with distance learning faculty, staff, college administrators, and distance learning enthusiasts.
  • Share program resources.
  • Engage with industry representatives regarding new tools, products, and services available to improve distance learning practice.

Symposium 2019 Sessions

Breakout Session A  (8:45 - 9:30am)

Student Union Ballroom 

Presentation Title: Tips, Tricks and Hidden Stuff in Office 365
Presenter: 
Leslie Fisher

Microsoft has done some pretty impressive things to their Office 365 suite. It's filled with features many people do not even know about. Some of these features can make a big impact on teachers and students right away. On top of that, it's free!  This session is all about the coolest features and hidden gems in Office 365. Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and some other helpful products will be discussed and demonstrated. Accessibility, AI / Intelligence and other topics will be demonstrated as well.

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Presentation Title: Irreversible Understanding the Power of Library Instruction Services 
Presenter: Elizabeth Hollenbeck and William Heinrich

Research shows that students who receive information literacy instruction in their courses have a higher retention rate, and successfully complete a greater number of credit hours than students without this experience. Distance students cannot be expected to visit the library for instruction, therefore the library has developed a new Online Library Orientation module that can be embedded into any Blackboard Course. This Orientation gives an overview of the library's tools, resources, and the basic information literacy skills necessary for students to excel on their research assignments. The Orientation is interactive, and includes an optional graded assessment component. The Orientation stands alone, but is also designed to complement a flipped-classroom model of teaching where the Orientation provides a foundation for student learning that naturally pairs with a customized Library Instruction session provided online by library staff. Learn how this new Online Library Orientation module and collaboration with trained library staff can have a positive impact on your students' success. Once an information literacy concept is grasped by a student, their understanding is irreversible.

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Presentation Title: ONLINE LEARNING: What Instructors Need to Know about Accessibility 
Presenter: Tonya Paulette

Students with disabilities are enrolling in college and in online courses at increasing rates. This session is designed to promote awareness of the need for accessibility for students with disabilities in an online environment. In addition, the session seeks to improve understanding of faculty's role in contributing to online accessibility. Key concepts, principles of universal design, and case scenarios will be reviewed during the session.

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Presentation Title: Competency-Based vs. Traditional in an Online Setting 
Presenter: Dr. Emma Miller 

Is teaching an online Competency-Based course the same as a Traditional course.  This presentation will focus on the difference between the two methods and how to help students succeed. 

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Presentation Title: Educational Technologies Learning Software Demo  
Presenter: 
David Torres Jr. and Amanda D. Babineaux

Ever heard of PlayPosit or Poll Everywhere? How about Glogster or Padlet? These software have a few things in common, but primarily they are used to engage students in ways that make learning and even assessment more effective and fun. The Educational Technologies department has licenses for these software available to STC Faculty and Staff, and if you've never heard of them, we'd like to take a moment to show you how they work.

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Presentation Title: Scenario-based learning: The Promise of AI-Enabled Video Platforms
Presenter: Dr. Erasmus Addae

Video platforms such as OVP (online video platform), EVP (enterprise video platforms) and EdVP (education video platform) are increasingly becoming the media of choice in digital learning for performance support, user-generated content and learning scenarios. The principal deficiency of video in the past was the ability to search down to the frame level. This is now being addressed by a new generation of video solutions. The latest incarnation of bite-sized learning, known as microlearning when combined with video, is going to feature prominently in the next few years. This presentation discusses the new generation of video platforms and their capabilities for scenario-based learning. 

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Presentation Title: Introducing EesySoft, a New Support and Analytics Tool
Presenter: 
Eric Silva

As the growth in online and hybrid courses rapidly increases, it is key that students, faculty, and staff are equipped with the necessary support services. Join us to learn how you can take advantage of a new tool coming to South Texas College - EesySoft. With EesySoft, you can quickly access Blackboard support articles, submit a helpdesk ticket, and view proactive support information all without leaving Blackboard. Additionally, EesySoft introduces new course reports that allow faculty to view how their students are interacting with their Blackboard course.

 


Breakout Session B  (9:35 - 10:20am)

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Presentation Title: How to SPARK Student Engagement in Your Online Course 
Presenter: Crista Hirmas

Are you looking for new ways to spark engagement and incorporate some innovation into your Blackboard course? Join us for this breakout session to learn about a new hands-on professional development offering at STC to help faculty incorporate Web 2.0 tools and best practices to promote student engagement. STC faculty from the pilot course will share what they learned and how they improved their courses.

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Presentation Title: CLE Distance Learning Support
Presenter: Elba Coronado

The Centers for Learning Excellence offers free tutoring, supplemental instruction, academic coaching, and student success workshops.  Come and learn how our centers can provide support for you online class.  

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Presentation Title: Competency-Based vs. Traditional in an Online Setting 
Presenter: Dr. Emma Miller 

Is teaching an online Competency-Based course the same as a Traditional course.  This presentation will focus on the difference between the two methods and how to help students succeed.

Room T 1.406 

Presentation Title: Educational Technologies Learning Software Demo  
Presenter: 
David Torres Jr. and Amanda D. Babineaux

Ever heard of PlayPosit or Poll Everywhere? How about Glogster or Padlet? These software have a few things in common, but primarily they are used to engage students in ways that make learning and even assessment more effective and fun. The Educational Technologies department has licenses for these software available to STC Faculty and Staff, and if you've never heard of them, we'd like to take a moment to show you how they work.

Room T 1.506 

Presentation Title: Scenario-based learning: The Promise of AI-Enabled Video Platforms
Presenter: Dr. Erasmus Addae

Video platforms such as OVP (online video platform), EVP (enterprise video platforms) and EdVP (education video platform) are increasingly becoming the media of choice in digital learning for performance support, user-generated content and learning scenarios. The principal deficiency of video in the past was the ability to search down to the frame level. This is now being addressed by a new generation of video solutions. The latest incarnation of bite-sized learning, known as microlearning when combined with video, is going to feature prominently in the next few years. This presentation discusses the new generation of video platforms and their capabilities for scenario-based learning. 

Room T 1.502 

Presentation Title: Introducing EesySoft, a New Support and Analytics Tool
Presenter: 
Eric Silva

As the growth in online and hybrid courses rapidly increases, it is key that students, faculty, and staff are equipped with the necessary support services. Join us to learn how you can take advantage of a new tool coming to South Texas College - EesySoft. With EesySoft, you can quickly access Blackboard support articles, submit a helpdesk ticket, and view proactive support information all without leaving Blackboard. Additionally, EesySoft introduces new course reports that allow faculty to view how their students are interacting with their Blackboard course.

 


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