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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.
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.
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 http://tinyurl.com/ivsfacultyguest
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.
Thursday, February 16th, 8pm. est
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
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).
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.
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:
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 http://vimeo.com/30887303
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.
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