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 Flipped Learning

Led Aaron Royer and Renee Evans

This introductory session will provide an overview of the basics of flipped learning, with an eye toward using this method to deal with some of the challenges in the current teaching and learning climate. Topics will include strategies for designing and facilitating asynchronous work, setting up active learning environments, and assessment in flipped courses. This session will be facilitated by Renee Evans and Aaron Royer, Sr. Instructional Designers on the Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement Team (Academic Technologies).

Thursday, December 3, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Monday, January 11, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Intro to Audio/Video Filming and Editing

Led by Miguel Sandoval and Alexa Rimart

Learn the basics of filming and editing, through various software/programs and get your FAQs answered by two multimedia specialists. Along with helpful tips and tricks that will make your (remote or otherwise) teaching-life easier regarding technology and media.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, from 1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Resources for Teaching and Learning in Online and Flipped Courses

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 and in flipped courses, including support provided by the Richter Library and Camner Center, accommodations for students with disabilities, and open educational resources (OERs). This session will build upon the summer iteration and share updated information in preparation for the 2021 Spring Semester.

Friday, December 11, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Thursday, January 19, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Maximizing Student Engagement in Large Classes

Led by Cate Dowman

20-minute sprints, cold calling, storytelling, flipped or lecture, utilizing Blackboard - How do you get students engaged?  In this workshop, participants explore best practices through scenarios and discussion.

Friday, December 4, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, December 11, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, December 18, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Intermediate Videoconference Tools

Led by Ariella St. Rose

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

Thursday, December 3, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 4, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 11, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 18, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, January 8, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, January 15, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, January 22, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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Integrating Collaboration Tools (Intermediate)

Led by Dr. Johnny Orr

Participants will discuss the use of tools that will raise the level of student engagement and collaboration, both within the Blackboard internal tool set (Wikis, Blogs, asynchronous discussions, Collaborate Ultra, etc.) and outside the Blackboard Learning Management System (Google Docs, Interactive Whiteboards, Zoom LTI, etc.).

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 3, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Collaboration and Communication in Flipped Courses

Led by Gemma Henderson and Amanda Valdespino

This session will focus on demonstrating activities and strategies to support meaningful communication and collaboration in flipped courses, using UM-supported technologies and platforms. We will share practical methods to gather feedback from students, facilitate discussion and set up collaborative activities and spaces.  This is hosted by Gemma Henderson and Amanda Valdespino from Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement (Academic Technologies).

Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 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 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. We will discuss the three facets of online teaching (organization, communication, and engagement) and the importance of building a virtual support community while utilizing practical maneuvers to enhance your students’ learning experience.

Thursday, December 3, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 11, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 18, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, January 8, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Friday, January 15, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Friday, January 22, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Ignite Students’ Creativity through Alternative Course Assessments

Led by April Macadangdang

Design and craft learning experiences that are durable and transferable.  Create a learning-centered course that promotes high engagement and creativity through alternative course assessments.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Friday, December 4, 2020, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Friday, December 11, 2020, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Friday, January 22, 2021, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

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Exploring Alternatives to High-Stakes Proctored Tests

Led by Renee Evans and Gemma Henderson

This one-hour session will highlight alternatives to high-stakes proctored tests, employed within online, hybrid and face-to-face courses. We will include an introduction to designing authentic assessments that will fit within the context of your course and demonstrate evidence of student learning. Other topics of discussion will include strategies for open-book examinations and ensuring academic integrity.

Friday, December 11, 2020, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Monday, December 14, 2020, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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Developing Effective Learning Goals and Alignment

Led by Nicholas Armas and Ron Rodriguez

What do you want your students to learn? What should they know at the conclusion of the course, this week, or even after the next lecture? Setting learning goals is the best way to answer these questions. In this presentation, we will go over the practice of setting learning goals and objectives. We will be looking at Bloom’s Taxonomy to design assessments that align with our learning objectives in order to stimulate Higher Order Thinking skills and how to implement them into your online courses. By doing this, we can increase the learning retention, and experience, of the student and achieve the desired learning outcome.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Beyond the Basics: Blackboard Tools for Teaching and Learning

Led by Amanda Valdespino and Learning Platforms Team

This session will cover best practices for using Blackboard tools for online and flipped learning environments, include assessments using Tests, Surveys and Pools, asynchronous classroom discussion using Discussion Board, and providing feedback/grading using the Grade Center. This is hosted by Amanda Valdespino from Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement (Academic Technologies) in partnership with the Learning Platforms Team (LPT).

Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Monday, December 14, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Monday, January 11, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Designing for Understanding (Intermediate)

Led by Hanna Fife and Nicholas Armas

Multimedia is a crucial learning tool in online education to help students engage and connect with their learning. In this session, participants will learn about Mayer’s 12 Principles of Multimedia and how to implement them when designing course materials. Along with some helpful tips for designing the optimal learning experience, we will also discuss when and how multimedia should be used to maximize students’ learning outcomes.

Monday, November 30, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, December 7, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, December 14, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, January 4, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, January 11, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, January 18, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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