Go2Knowledge Technology & Online Learning Video Descriptions

Technology & Online Learning Video Descriptions

This category consists of training sessions focused on the benefits, challenges and strategies of implementing technology. The presenters will discuss how technology impacts the classroom, student services and the online student environment. Our trainings are designed to help faculty and staff reach their professional development goals by offering a variety of training topics at the click of a button. It's as easy as point, click, participate. For one low price, faculty and staff have unlimited access to all of the Go2Knowledge trainings.

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Building The Foundation Of An Effective Online Orientation

Creating And Implementing An Online Orientation From The Ground Up

Creating An Evaluation Process For Online Faculty

Effective Online Advising: Best Practices For Improved Communication & Connection

Embracing Technology To Promote Exceptional Student Services In Higher Education

Incorporating Active Learning Strategies Into Your Online Teaching Environment

Increasing Online Student Engagement And Retention Through Online Human Touch

Online Student Retention: Assessing Why Students Stay And Why They Leave

Providing Comprehensive Student Support Services Online

Retaining Online Students: A Student Affairs And Faculty Perspective (2 Part Training)

The Dangers Of Email Communication

Tracking The Effectiveness Of Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

Building The Foundation Of An Effective Online Orientation

Overview

Online Orientation can be an innovative, cost-effective, and practical way of facilitating transitions into higher education for many different populations. This session will highlight the utility of using online orientation for multiple institutional audiences (freshmen, transfers, parents, international students, traditional students, non-traditional students, etc.). Presenters will provide an introduction to online orientations including relevant learning theories and best practices. This session will also showcase a variety of successful online orientations that bridge populations and institutional types.

Speaker(s)

Clay Adams, Katie Granholm, and Jessica Hale

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Creating And Implementing An Online Orientation From The Ground Up

Overview

This session is designed to help orientation professionals develop and implement successful online orientation programs. Participants will be guided through the implementation process and engage in dialog with other participants and experienced professionals. This is your opportunity to begin the process of creating an action plan for initiating online orientation at your institution.

Speaker(s)

Clay Adams, Katie Granholm, and Jessica Hale

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Creating An Evaluation Process For Online Faculty

Overview

An increasing number of institutions of higher education offer courses and programs in their entirety online. While a variety of evaluation tools exist for professors in the traditional classroom, the same methods of assessment are not necessarily effective in the online environment.

The media, higher education journals, and campus administrators have expressed a concern over the quality of online course offerings, in particular the quality of teaching in the online environment. On many campuses the sole evaluation of online instructors comes from students. Student evaluations can be a valuable tool for improving an online offering, but rarely provide substantive evaluation of an instructor.

This webinar will address factors that should be considered when designing an evaluation process for online instruction, examples of existing criteria for faculty evaluation, and guidance in creating a process for evaluation including an evaluation tool.

Speaker(s)

Ginger Durham

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Effective Online Advising: Best Practices For Improved Communication & Connection

Overview

Due to decreasing budgets and increasing demands from students for more online support services, advisors are faced with serving more students online. Advising students through a variety of modalities can be challenging due to the fact that online and campus-based students often face common limitations and barriers. In addition, advisors run the risk of eliminating some of the developmental advising strategies that are critical to effective advising as they attempt to manage a seemingly unmanageable amount of emails and phone calls.

This session will address essential components of successful online advising: building rapport and trust, assessing and anticipating student needs, providing information and support, reducing fears, and facilitating a sense of connectedness. Even though the use of technology is essential for providing online advising services, it inevitably breeds some issues, such as confidentiality and security, connectivity, and clarity of the information exchanged. The presenter will address these issues by presenting real-life examples and participants will be encouraged to provide input and feedback.

This webinar will address factors that should be considered when designing an evaluation process for online instruction, examples of existing criteria for faculty evaluation, and guidance in creating a process for evaluation including an evaluation tool.

Speaker(s)

Sue Ohrablo

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Embracing Technology To Promote Exceptional Student Services In Higher Education

Overview

This session will offer participants an overview of the online self-services and other technology initiatives that higher education institutions are developing and providing for their students and their families. Learn more about how technology is shaping the student experience with financial aid, electronic billing and payments, graduation planning, and more. Through strategic design and implementation of technology tools, administrators can promote increase efficiencies, improve retention and graduation rates, and promote student success.

The presenter will discuss various online student self-services and web applications that have proved successful for students to help manage the business of being a student, including a look into student portals and mobile device initiatives that have been developed to provide personalized information and communications to students. The presenter will provide online views of various University of Minnesota web applications and technology tools that have been highly successful in terms of quality student services and creating efficiencies.

Speaker(s)

Julie Selander

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Incorporating Active Learning Strategies Into Your Online Teaching Environment

Overview

Incorporating active learning strategies into your online teaching environment will increase retention of information. But facilitating an online course involves more than just teaching, building community is also essential. Participants in this session will learn teaching strategies and techniques to create an online learning environment that actively engages their learners and creates a sense of community.

Speaker(s)

Debra Runshe

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Increasing Online Student Engagement And Retention Through Online Human Touch

Overview

The long-term sustainability of online and blended programs is highly dependent upon student recruitment, engagement, and retention. With competing programs just one-click away, it is critical to develop strategies that connect non-traditional students to the institution from first point of contact during the recruitment process through matriculation, graduation, and then as active alumni. This training introduces the conceptual framework of Online Human Touch (OHT) and the importance of "bringing the campus" to students.

The OHT concept builds up five areas of research including: 1. Student Engagement; 2. Community Development; 3. Personalized Communication; 4. Work-Integrated Learning; and 5. Data Driven Decision-Making.

Through OHT strategies, online and blended programs can proactively and strategically increase the conversion rate of student leads to student matriculation through early engagement and personalized communication. Additionally, the OHT concept integrates community building into a pre-orientation, an Online First-Year Experience, and the curriculum so students are actively engaged academically, professionally, and socially throughout their enrollment. The OHT concept is a holistic approach that provides students, who may infrequently or never come to campus, with the opportunity to be a part of the campus experience. Data will be presented on how OHT strategies have decreased student attrition and increased student engagement and satisfaction across several online and blended programs. The training will also provide demonstrations on how the OHT is integrated into current online and blended programs as well as a list of strategies that can be easily integrated into associate, undergraduate, and graduate programs.

Speaker(s)

Dr. Kristen Betts

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Online Student Retention: Assessing Why Students Stay And Why They Leave

Overview

Two of the most widely discussed topics in post-secondary education today are online teaching & learning and student retention & success. In the national dialogue these topics are usually treated separately. However, those institutions that make great use of online delivery have learned - often the hard way - that increasing the rates of retention and success of online students requires mechanisms and resources grounded in the unique characteristics of the students who gravitate toward distance and technology-mediated course delivery.

In this webinar we will examine the experiences of University of Maryland University College (UMUC), the largest public university provider of online programs and courses in the United States, in measuring and improving the retention and success rates of its online students. The facilitator will describe UMUC's online activities and student body, and then review some of the findings of the institution's efforts to measure and understand the barriers that can prevent students from persisting in, and successfully complete, online courses and programs. The facilitator will then present a list of possible best practices for online student retention and success, and guide participants through an initial evaluation of their institutions, students, and other factors that affect online student retention. Participants will take away a template that may be of value in conducting a more in-depth review of their campuses prior to the planning and implementation of specific retention and success initiatives.

Speaker(s)

Dr. Mark L. Parker

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Providing Comprehensive Student Support Services Online

Overview

With diminishing resources and a new generation of students who have high expectations for 24/7 information availability, colleges need to identify and implement an extensive menu of online student support services. Online services assist faculty and staff with many things such as reducing repetitive inquiries, preparing students ahead of time for counseling and advising appointments, and providing detailed and consistent information.

Additionally, with more and more colleges moving to online and hybrid class offerings, it is critical to serve these students with comparable services to meet accreditation standards and support student success. This webinar will review and discuss several of the programs that have proven successful for colleges in meeting the ever growing needs of today's students.

Speaker(s)

Denise Swett, Ed.D. and Dr. Christina "Tina" Royal

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Retaining Online Students: A Student Affairs And Faculty Perspective (2 Part Training)

Overview

A case study from Rio Salado Community College, a large online college, will present best practices for promoting retention in an online learning environment. The Faculty perspective session will highlight the innovative use of data to identify students who may need additional support. The use of predictive modeling analytics and how it can convert this data into action by identifying learners with the highest risk of attrition and the circumstances affecting their success will be discussed. Presenters will show how you can use this data to design a corresponding communication campaign and develop other relevant instructor strategies for retaining and reaching online students.

The second part of this presentation will discuss the Student Affairs perspective and will highlight the use of an innovative virtual student union called the RioLounge. Participants will also see how Rio Salado College uses online orientation to improve student retention and success. Finally, information will be provided on how CRM technology can be leveraged to encourage persistence.

Speaker(s)

Kishia Brock, Shannon Corona, and Adam Lange

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The Dangers Of Email Communication

Overview

Email is a quick and easy way for staff and faculty to stay in contact with each other when working at an institute of higher education. It has created better communication between departments, facilitated learning through online classroom experiences and helped break down the "paperchase" barrier between professors and students, providing easier access to those in authority.

While there have been many benefits to email communication, there have been several drawbacks as well. Email is sent quickly and without the kind of fact-checking and care that would improve communication. Email tone can be difficult to read and understand, often leading to difficulties, misunderstandings and hurt feelings. This seminar will teach staff and faculty how to improve their communication via email and avoid potential embarrassment and legal liability.

Cases will illustrate:
  • Faculty email with student concerning a student's request to hand in late assignments and retake a test
  • Faculty and staff email communication about an at-risk student
  • Email and online learning (e.g. blackboard and Embanet)
  • Email within department about frustration
  • Email communication over a listserve

Speaker(s)

Dr. Brian Van Brunt

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Tracking The Effectiveness Of Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

Overview

Social media marketing is now a staple in higher education communications plans. Many institutions have passed the "toe in the water" phase and are using social media to communicate and influence key audiences. But these efforts take time and critical resources. How do we know what is working? How do we compare these efforts to more traditional marketing media?

During our session, participants will learn how to set up social media campaigns, the tools needed to track these efforts, and best data points to determine success. Participants will leave with the information and tools they need to be able to establish and track their next social media marketing campaign.

Speaker(s)

Eric Hodgson

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