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This spring we will have a Regular and Effective Contact in Online Courses series and an Accessibility in Online Courses series. Every Friday, we will have a guest speaker. This will be an open forum where some of our most experienced online faculty open up their courses and talk to us about what works for them. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Some of the presentations may be hands-on; other presentations will be more conversational. We will meet in the DE Training Room, Library Basement 10, on East Campus, starting at 1:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a laptop.
Friday, February 23, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. History Instructor Hans Hauselmann will discuss how he maintains regular effective contact with his online students by participating in discussions, providing authentic grading feedback and using announcements and email as engagement and outreach with students. He will also show us some of his favorite online activities and assignments and some of the practices he has learned teaching online with Southern New Hampshire University.
Friday, March 2, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Instructional Design Coordinator Mike Smedshammer will review new MJC guidelines for maintaining Regular Effective Contact in online classes. Mike will show several types of examples that are effective and manageable.
Friday, March 9, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Steve Miller, Political Science Instructor, will discuss how he maintains regular effective contact with his online students by participating in online discussions, providing audio comments, and holding ConferNow web conferencing sessions.
Friday, March 16, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Rob Stevenson will discuss how he maintains regular effective contact with his online students in Art History. He will also show us some of his favorite online activities and assignments in his hybrid courses. Rob is MJC's 2017 Online Instructor of the Year.
Friday, March 23, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Ryan Guy will discuss how he maintains regular effective contact with his online students in his communications courses. He will also show us some of his favorite online activities and assignments.
Friday, March 30, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. special guest presenter Tracy Schaelen: “Humanizing Online Classes Through Regular Effective Contact: Easy, Fun Ways to Improve Retention and Help Students Succeed." Tracy is the Distance Education Faculty Coordinator at Southwestern College, where she was recently awarded the 2017 Faculty Leadership Award for her role in creating an online faculty certification program, DE mentoring program, and Canvas training. After a recent accreditation visit, Tracy helped Southwestern College address ACCJC concerns about Regular Effective Contact in online courses. Tracy completed @ONE's Online Teaching Certification Program in 2013 and then joined the @ONE team as course facilitator and trainer and the Online Education Initiative as a Lead Course Reviewer. She regularly presents at conferences and visits campuses to discuss humanizing online interaction and boosting instructor presence with Canvas tools and instructional videos. Tracy lives in San Diego with her husband, two children, and their beloved Boxer, all of whom are often recruited to help make videos.
Friday, April 27, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Instructional Design Coordinator Mike Smedshammer will review new MJC guidelines for maintaining Regular Effective Contact in online classes. Mike will show several types of examples that are effective and manageable.
Note, this is a repeat of the March 2 presentation.