In like a lion out like a lamb! Spring is almost here and we are hopping with great opportunities for faculty and staff to learn something new. Back by popular demand are our summer Academies.
Course Design Academy May 13th, May 15th, May 17th
The Course Design Academy (CDA) will meet for one whole day session and five half day sessions during Summer A to explore learner-centered design principles, discuss ideas in small learning teams, and apply principles/concepts to courses and syllabi. You will exit with a new and improved fall course and tools to implement strategies and activities. Over the six days, we will continue to explore ways to “backward” design from what we want our students to know, identify effective ways to assess what our students know, explore ways to support significant long-term learning, and plug these ideas into your course.
Blended Learning Academy May 20th, May 22nd, May 23rd (one hour virtually), May 29th
Blended Learning Academy explorers the design of hybrid courses over two full and two half-day sessions. This refers to a combination of face-to-face meetings and online sessions which when properly implemented can result in improved student success, satisfaction and retention. Grounded in several evidence-based theories, the experience will allow you to design or redesign a flipped, hybrid or otherwise blended course that promotes active, engaged and deep learning. Using the Backwards Design Model introduced in CDA, participants will choose, model and develop a variety of teaching and learning strategies and be exposed to various emerging technologies.
Online Learning Academy June 3rd, June 5th, June 6th (virtual), June 7th
The Online Learning Academy (OLA) seeks to meet faculty where they are in their experience and understanding of online instruction. From these individual starting points, participants will strengthen their skills as they engage in active learning experiences in a supportive learning community. Coursework for the Academy includes videos, activities, readings, discussions, and risk-free implementation of effective online instructional strategies. This Academy is for all levels of experience in online teaching. The Online Learning Academy meets for two full and two half-day sessions.
Please visit the Lucas Center “Academies” page to register for one or more of the Academies.
Other Canvas Business
Make sure you are using the correct Canvas application. Our analytics show that many of the faculty are using the student application instead of the teacher application. You can download the teacher application here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).
We would also like to welcome Marilyn Kennedy, our new e-Learning Operations Assistant, to the department.
Marilyn is an experienced Information Systems Director who comes to us with strong analytical and problem-solving skills as well as extensive experience with various software applications. Marilyn will be a critical member of our team and will assist the E-Learning and Academic Web Department staff with any technical support. Marilyn will also provide administrative support and oversee the general office operations for the department. If you are in the area, stop in and welcome Marilyn to FGCU.
Spring Break is nearly here and many of you will take the time to rest and relax before the always hectic conclusion of the semester. Others will use the time to catch up or get ahead on some grading, course design, or learning new technologies. The Department of e-Learning and Academic Web will be fully staffed and observe regular business hours during FGCU Spring Break. Please come in and see us or give us a call if you have any questions or issues we can help you solve.