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(Archived Recording Below) Common Summative and Formative Assessments in Online Learning Webinar

posted Jan 7, 2013, 11:03 AM by Jay Bennett   [ updated Jan 24, 2013, 5:42 PM ]

Common Summative and Formative Assessments in Online Learning
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 8 pm., EST

Please join Michigan Virtual University as it embarks on its latest journey into online class development. Our newly developed processes will include a renewed look at the quality of instruction and the content of the classes we offer. Our determination to offer the very best product to our students will find us developing common summative and formative assessments to place in our current and future classes. The data from these assessments will allow us to see trends in both courses and student achievement.

Using data teams and content linked to the Common Core, we have developed a process for these assessments. This webinar will focus on that process and the work of our new data teams.

Please go to Recording of Webinar to view the recording.

Susan Leslie has been a classroom teacher, a principal, and most recently Associate Superintendent at the Archdiocese of Detroit. While Associate Superintendent, she was Curriculum Director and Testing Coordinator. Now the Learning Assessment Manager at Michigan Virtual University, she is responsible for the new common formative and summative assessment initiative for on-line classes.

May Webinar: Facilitating Meaningful Discussions

posted May 2, 2012, 5:41 AM by Jay Bennett   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 11:45 AM ]

Here's the archived recording:

Join the Illinois Virtual School's Danielle Brush Lewis and Jennifer Kolar Burden as they discuss the topic of online conversation.

Title: Facilitating Meaningful Discussions

Presenters: Danielle Brush Lewis, IVS Instructional Designer and Jennifer Kolar Burden, IVS Coordinator of Curriculum 

Description: There are many reasons online conversation can fall short of higher-level thinking or lack the kind of interactivity desired in a learning community. This presentation will identify a variety of techniques for focusing the dialogue, promoting successful collaboration, and encouraging participants to contribute using higher order thinking. In addition, discussion expectations should be set at the beginning of the course so participants know what is meaningful contribution. A sample rubric will be shared that outlines discussion expectations.

This webinar will be hosted at

IDLA Presents: Tool-a-palooza. 30 Tools in 60 Minutes... or so

posted Mar 6, 2012, 10:37 AM by Jay Bennett   [ updated Mar 26, 2012, 10:03 AM ]

Katie, Lisa, and Jeff will share a variety of tools to increase creativity and engagement in the online and blended classroom. 

About the Presenters:

Katie Laubengayer is an Academic Specialist at IDLA. Katie has worked at Idaho Digital Learning Academy as a Professional Development Specialist since May 2009. Prior to moving to Boise, Katie was an Instructional Designer for over 3 years at Golden Gate University’s CyberCampus, an online university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). She has a BA in Cognitive Science from Occidental College and has completed numerous courses at San Francisco State University in the field of Instructional Technology.

Lisa Berry is the Team Lead for the Content Team at IDLA.  She started teaching part-time for IDLA in 2005 and joined the staff full-time in 2008. Lisa has worked as the Mathematics Curriculum Specialist and now oversees the development and revision of all IDLA courses.  Lisa has a B.A. in Mathematics from Linfield College and an M.S. in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University.

Jeff Simmons is the Team Lead for the Teacher Support Team at IDLA. Jeff started teaching part-time for IDLA in 2002 and joined the staff full-time in 2007. Jeff has worked as the Social Studies Curriculum Specialist and now serves to support and mentor teachers. Jeff also oversees Professional Development and Dual Credit at IDLA. Jeff has a B.A. in Social Studies and English Education from Northwest Nazarene University and an M.A. in Education Leadership from the University of Idaho.

What is Blended Learning? A Conversation with someone who should know...

posted Jan 24, 2012, 6:40 PM by Jay Bennett   [ updated Feb 16, 2012, 5:42 PM ]

Thursday, February 16th, 8pm. est

Archived Recording


Blended Learning appears to be the new buzzword in education.  What is it?  Is it something old or something new?  How could it help students in their learning?  How could I use it in my teaching?  Come find out.


Glenn Moses spent the last decade helping to create and then working as a teacher and administrator in the largest hybrid online school in the state of Nevada.  Currently he is working as the Director of Blended Learning for a large urban school district.  Glenn has a dedication to using technology to balance the scales of cultural capital in order to help all children have the advantages that he has had in life (and then some).

January 11, 2012- Can You Hear Me Now?

posted Jan 3, 2012, 8:01 AM by Jay Bennett   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 11:34 AM ]

Archived Recording

This is a panel presentation and discussion with Wisconsin teachers who collectively have over 20 years online teaching experience. The panel will share their strategies for communication with students, local mentors, and parents before, during, and end of the course. Promising practices include welcome letters, information gathering techniques, parent specific communications, the use of Web 2.0 tools, organizational tips for documenting communications, and ways to motivate students towards successful course completions.

7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, 4pm Pacific
Live, Synchronous Session
No Registration Required
Headsets with a built in microphone are recommended for participation in the discussion.

About the Presenters:
Jenn Draper teaches online Latin I. Latin II, and Life Skills.
Patricia Allen teaches AP World History, World History, and Credit Recovery Geography and World History.
Jon Oestreich teaches online AP Psychology, AP US History, American Government, Civics, and Credit Recovery US History and Government.
Michele Nickels is the new Director of WVS, leading professional development for WVS teachers. Michele teaches online Biology and Credit Recovery Biology.

Interconnect, Intercommunicate, Interact...Internet! Connecting to Students through the WWW

posted Dec 6, 2011, 11:11 AM by Jay Bennett   [ updated Jan 3, 2012, 5:38 AM ]

December 15th, 8pm eastern (archived link below)

It is a common misconception that as an online or blended teacher it is difficult to really connect with students and get to know them. The reality, however, is that as online or blended teachers we have far more opportunities to really get to know our students than we would in a traditional classroom. This is due in large part to the fact that so much of our interaction with students is one on one. Join us to learn about strategies and resources that you can use to take full advantage of this unique opportunity afforded to us as online or blended teachers. During this session we will illustrate various tools and resources that teachers can use to advance beyond just teaching and really connect to students. Also, if you have strategies of your own please come prepared to share them with the group. 

We will hold the meeting in Adobe Connect.  Participants can enter as a guest.  Here is the (archived) link to our session: 

October Webinar: Google Foo for Online Teachers: Using Google's Suite of Tools to Make You an Online Teaching Ninja!

posted Sep 28, 2011, 12:34 PM by Jay Bennett   [ updated Mar 6, 2012, 10:41 AM ]

Presented by Jason Neiffer

Curriculum Director, Montana Digital Academy

Through a mix of innovative development and raw purchasing power, Google has amassed an impressive suite of digital tools aimed at making finding and publishing content as well as interacting with others faster and easier.  Although many of these tools were aimed at home and business users, a tech-savvy online teacher can add a powerful suite of tools to their repertoire using Google properties.  Used together, instructors can adopt some “Google Foo,” or a powerful network of Google tools that give online teachers more presence in courses, media publishing platforms and Ninja-like speed at responding to student needs. 

About the Presenter:

Jason Neiffer is the first curriculum director of the Montana Digital Academy, Montana's statewide online learning program.  This past year, he directed a team of 75 teachers in delivering 50 courses to over 5000 course enrollments across the State of Montana.  Before working with MTDA, Jason was a veteran classroom teacher with experience in two large high schools building diverse programs in social studies, debate, speech, newspaper production and computer science. Jason is a leader in technology integration and has experience working with thousands of K-12 teachers to improve their tech-savvy teaching. Jason has been honored as a Distinguished Educator, Most Inspirational Teacher, Outstanding Teacher and winner of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award.

Archived Version is Here

May Webinar: Project-Based Learning in the Online Classroom

posted Apr 28, 2011, 10:06 AM by Jay Bennett   [ updated May 24, 2011, 10:25 AM ]

Here's the link to the recorded archive for the May Webinar:

In this session, our presenter will discuss the principles project-based learning. Specific attention will be paid to adapting the PBL concept to the online classroom. Examples of tools that can be used to facilitate project-based learning in the online classroom will be included. Come join us and learn how to apply this concept in your virtual classrooms!

Dr. Sherawn Reberry is currently the Director of Federal Programs for Caldwell School District. In addition, she serves as an IDLA Online Principal. Her background includes time spent as an elementary school principal, a classroom teacher, a university instructor, technology integrator, professional development director and the Title I Director for the State of Idaho. She is excited about the opportunities that online learning creates and is passionate about project based learning. 

It would be helpful if participants ran the Setup Wizard ahead of time:

April Webinar

posted Mar 30, 2011, 12:28 PM by Jay Bennett   [ updated Apr 28, 2011, 10:08 AM ]

Here's the link for the recorded archive:

Web-enabled smart phones, iPods, iPads, and many other similar devices have helped to change the way we live our lives. Just as important, there are so many things we can do with hand-held technologies in the educational environment. Join us to learn more about these new technologies and become immersed in the possibilities.

Presented by Louis Loeffler

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