Research in Online Teaching & Learning

Center for Online Learning, Research & Service at the University of Illinois Springfield

Tips to Rock Your Conference Presentation

Jennifer Aldrich’s Blog Post on InvisionApp.com provides some great tips on preparing for conference presentations.  Highlights include:

  1. Make an outline of your presentation before touching your presentation software.
  2. Once you have an outline, pick graphics to support your points.
  3. Then, open your presentation software and add your slides.
  4. Limit the words on your presentation slides – use large fonts and as few words as possible. Accessibility Tip: describe the images on your slides as you present.
  5. If sharing your presentation slides to a conference site, post a transcript with your slides to make it accessible.
  6. Weave relevant stories into your presentation to leave a lasting impact.
  7. Make your presentation work both online and offline (i.e., download copies of your slides, capture screenshots of online content).
  8. Back up your backup.
  9. Don’t over edit – once it is complete, leave it alone.


Gap Analysis Research by UIS Faculty

UIS faculty Karen Swan, Bill Bloemer, and Scott Day have recently published a peer-reviewed article is entitled Gap Analysis: An Innovative Look at Gateway Courses and Student Retention.  The article “use examples from our work with the analyses of student records to show how one can use student type and point in their academic life to predict success in particular gateway courses.” It was published in the 2017 OLC Conference Special Issue of Online Learning (Vol. 21, No. 3).

Searchable Directory of Selected Online & Distance Learning Journals

Contact North | Contact Nord has developed a useful searchable directory of Selected Journals in Online and Distance Learning.

 

Educational Technology & Education Conference List

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 37th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for June -December 2017. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

Bringing Carl Rogers’ Core Conditions into the Online Environment: Using Empathy, Genuineness, and High Regard to Engage Students and Build Success

UIS Faculty Denise Sommers, Brian Chen, and Martin Martsch recently presented at the Online Learning Consortium Innovate Conference.  A synopsis of the research, entitled “Bringing Carl Rogers’ Core Conditions into the Online Environment: Using Empathy, Genuineness, and High Regard to Engage Students and Build Success,” is available as a handout.  Dr. Chen is currently serving as a COLRS Faculty Fellow and Dr. Sommers is a prior COLRS Faculty Fellow.

Identifying Strategies for Revitalizing Legacy Online Programs: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation

Members of the UIS community will be leading a discussion entitled “Identifying Strategies for Revitalizing Legacy Online Programs: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation” at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate Conference on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.  Presenters include Laurel Newman, Carolee Rigsbee, Carol Jessup, Donna Rogers Skowronski, Michele Gribbins, and Emily Boles.

The discussion will include the challenges faced when introducing innovations designed to strengthen the quality of an online degree completion program with a 10-year record of relative success.  Barriers to innovation of legacy programs and potential solutions for overcoming these barriers will be explored.  More information about the presentation can be found at the OLC Innovation Conference website.

Listing of Educational & Educational Technology Conferences

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 36th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for November 2016-June 2017. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

Listing of Educational & Educational Technology Conferences

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 35th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for June-December 2016. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

New Publications by EDL Faculty

Research on the pedagogies used in Massive Open Online Courses completed by Education Leadership faculty members Karen Swan, Scott Day & Len Bogle was presented at two conferences and appeared in a publication.

  • Swan, K., Day, S. & Bogle, L. (2016). Exploring Pedagogies of MOOC’s through Three Metaphors for Learning. In Proceedings of Global Learn 2016 (pp. 311-334). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Swan, K., Day, S. & Bogle, L. (2016). “Metaphors for Learning and MOOC Pedagogies” at the Learning at Scale Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Swan, K, Day, S., & Bogle, L. (2016). “Exploring Pedagogies of MOOC’s through Three Metaphors for Learning“ at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education Conference in Limerick, Ireland.

Their presentation on the metaphors for learning is available on Prezi.

2016-2018 COLRS Faculty Fellows

Cheng-Chia (Brian) Chen

Chen_Bio_Photo Dr. Chen, Assistant Professor of Public Health, will explore the application of educational technologies in online/blended teaching and learning environments. He will research the use of online debate and its impact on student satisfaction, as well as the effectiveness of gamification in the context of learning and student performance.

Scott Day

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Dr. Day, Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, will investigate design-based approaches to improving online courses using peer review and analytics, from incremental course changes, developing communities of inquiry in online courses, and pedagogical approaches to massive open online courses.

Kristin Osiecki

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Dr. Osiecki, Assistant Professor of Public Health, will investigate the use of app-based resources for learning and the impact they have on student performance and interaction. In addition, she plans to develop eText resources for the Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Course.

Carolee Rigsbee

RigsbeeDr. Rigsbee, Assistant Professor of Management, will be undergoing the Quality Matters quality assurance process for her online courses in the College of Business and Management. As part of this process, she will quantify the benefits of a Quality Matters assessment for instructors and students. In addition, she will research change management in online teaching and learning to identify potential best practices.

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