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2019 Mini-Conference - Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day Mini-Conference March 1, 2019
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Welcome Session
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Dr. Colleen Halupa, East Texas Baptist University
This session will propose that partially standard online courses is the best way to meet both quality and faculty autonomy concerns.
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Mr. Edgar Gonzalez, Blackboard Inc.
Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) rubric as a guide, this presentation will introduce this tool as a method to conduct a self-review of online/hybrid courses.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch / Keynote Address
Dr. Rebecca Martindale, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
“Online courses often have a bad reputation for being seen as simple correspondence type instruction that lacks rigor and engagement; read a chapter, take a test, discuss something in a flat two-dimensional way. The end. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We live in a digital era that provides many opportunities to support learning that can be diverse and engaging for students. With adaptive learning technologies, each student can receive individualized instruction where they learn at their own pace. Collaboration tools help our students meet anywhere at any time regardless of locale to share and problem-solve. Teachers can interact and provide feedback as quickly as you can send a text message.” – Dr. Rebecca Martindale
Dr. Martindale will talk about developing communities of inquiry in the online course as she discusses technologies and assignment types she has developed that allow for deeper levels of student engagement with course content. The thought-provoking topic “fears associated with using new technologies for teaching” (lack of resources, time, skills, etc.), will be delved into along with suggestions for changing the way we think about designing instruction for distance learning.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ms. Kelly Coke and Ms. Linda Scott, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Are you thinking about submitting your online course for a Quality Matters review? This session will give an overview of how instructors can prepare for the Quality Matters process and better understand the experience from an instructor’s point of view.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Dr. Mickey Slimp, Northeast Texas Consortium
With the onslaught of “Internet embedded” devices, college courses, college students, and college classes are changing dramatically. What's next?
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Networking Break, Exhibit Hall
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Neelie Dobbins and Jennifer Louden, Southern Arkansas University
Teaching online is more than reading a text and answering test questions. Actively engaging candidates in productive experiences that lead to high quality learning is essential for candidates to be successful and have true learning in online classrooms.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Closing Remarks
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Post-Conference Workshop - Blackboard Learn Ultra: How to Engage with Students and Improve Teaching
Mr. Edgar Gonzalez, Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Learn Ultra brings efficiency to day-to-day tasks for students and faculty. Join us and find out what the Ultra Experience is all about and how it can significantly improve the way to teach in Blackboard Learn.
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