Professional Development Events

Professional development opportunities are at the core of our strategy to help bring high quality and engaging online courses to students. Faculty are invited to attend the following events.

The Distance Learning Institute Online Course Development Series

To help the University faculty create online courses that engage learners, the Division of Continuing and International Education's Distance Learning Institute (DLI) and Academic Technologies have launched the DLI Online Course Development Series. The series offers open forums that focus on transitioning to a successful online learning model. Our instructional designers are available to answer questions and give insight regarding the best ways to use various educational tools in your online classrooms.

Introduction to Online Teaching (Foundational)
Led by Aaron Royer and Amanda Valdespino

This introductory session will provide an overview of the basics of online teaching, including online course design strategies, syllabus considerations, basic Blackboard functionality, and introducing learners to the online learning environment:

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Preparing to Teach a Fall 2020 Hybrid Course (Foundational)

Led by Allan Gyorke

During the Fall 2020 semester, many UM faculty will be running their courses in a hybrid mode with some students in the classroom while others participate remotely through videoconferencing. To prepare faculty for this new model, we have created a guide for preparing to teach a hybrid course that is specific to the University of Miami's plans for social distancing.

In this session, we will discuss aspects of the guide and answer questions that you may have about its recommendations, or areas that are specific to your courses. If you have questions about teaching in a hybrid mode, please attend this session.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Fostering Community and Engagement in Online Courses (Foundational)
Led by Gemma Henderson and Amanda Valdespino

This session will cover grounded strategies to create online learning environments that promote community and engagement, including communicating with students (learner-centered communication, managing virtual office hours), fostering community among students (creating meaningful discussion board activities), managing group course work and peer-feedback, (approaches to providing feedback, and supporting instructor presence with media, videoconferencing, pre-recorded lectures, drawing-based instruction):

Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Resources for Teaching and Learning Online (Foundational)
Led by Gemma Henderson, Aaron Royer, and Ava Brillat

This session will introduce participants to the various University of Miami resources to support teaching and learning online, including support provided by the Richter Library and Camner Center, accommodations for students with disabilities, and open educational resources (OERs):

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Intermediate Video Conference Tools
Led by Ariella St. Rose

Learn by doing in this session where participants practice tools that will enhance the engagement of their video conferencing experiences that include the following: Polling, Breakout rooms, and Student presentations:

Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Friday, August 7, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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Integrating Outside Collaboration Tools (Intermediate)
Led by Johnny Orr

Participants will engage in the use of a few tools that will raise the level of student engagement beyond the Blackboard basic tools. (e.g. Google Docs, interactive timelines, VoiceThread).

Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, August 7, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Using Digital Annotation Tools for Student Collaboration (Intermediate)
Led by Gemma Henderson and Aaron Royer

This workshop will explore, through a variety of examples and demonstrations, how digital annotation platforms like Hypothesis and VoiceThread can bring a collaborative component to many of your course activities. Topics will include overviews of core features of several relevant platforms, a range of activity ideas, peer feedback, and applications in flipped lessons and discussion-based teaching.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Advanced Blackboard Tools for Teaching and Learning
Led by Amanda Valdespino and Gemma Henderson

This session will cover strategies for using advanced Blackboard tools, including assessing student learning with Tests, Surveys, and Pools; using the Discussion Board for meaningful and effective classroom discussion; promoting student reflection and collaboration with Blogs, Wikis, and Journals; and providing feedback to students with the Grade Center:

Tuesday, August 4, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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The Power of Online Teaching (Advanced)
Led by Nicholas Armas and Hanna Fife

This session will help participants understand that taking teaching and learning online involves more than just uploading files and video links to a learning management system (LMS). Teaching remotely requires a different approach and is a skill to be learned. This session covers several considerations for effective online teaching and learning that include: Three Facets of Online Teaching, Build A Virtual Support Community, and Practical Maneuvers:

Thursday, July 30, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, July 31, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, August 7, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, August 14, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Narrative Techniques (Advanced)
Led by April Macadangdang

Participants will experience how to design narrative technique lessons. Narrative techniques create a learning situation that allows minds to reach beyond prior experiences and problem-solve in creative ways. This instructional design technique allows students to identify with a theme or character. This is where students can realize their own errors in thinking. When executed correctly, narrative techniques are powerful tools that empower learners and increase information retention. The following topics will be covered: Case Studies, Student-Generated Media, and Digital Portfolio.

Thursday, July 30, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Discipline-Specific Adaptation (Advanced)
Led by Johnny Orr

This workshop will look at resources and practices for each specific discipline to move their courses online (music, arts, lab work, etc.). This workshop will be scheduled by the schools and colleges to focus on their content challenges. Please note that any items covered will have usages across all disciplines.

Thursday, July 30, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, July 31, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, August 14, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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