Teaching Talks January

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Volume 1 -Issue IV –  January 2013

MOOCs on Digital and Online Education Starting in January

Two MOOCs related in particular to online teaching and learning and digital are being offered through Coursera beginning January 28.

The first MOOC, E-Learning and Digital Cultures, is hosted by educational technologists at the University of Edinburgh. The course is designed for, “teachers, learning technologists, and people with a general interest in education who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age.”  The MOOC runs for five weeks.

The second MOOC, Fundamentals of Online Learning, Planning and Application, is an introduction to online course planning with a focus on converting face-to-face courses into online courses. This course is six weeks long.

Coursera courses are free courses open to the public. For more information about Coursera courses, see https://www.coursera.org/category/education.


Babson Survey of Online Learning 2012 Released

The Babson Online Learning Survey 2012, co-sponsored Sloan-C and Pearson, released the tenth-annual online learning survey this January. The survey, which gathers the opinions of chief academic officers at 2,800 colleges and universities, addresses issues such as the acceptance of MOOCs in higher education, faculty opinions about online learning, and the adoption of online learning at institutions of higher education.

Results of the survey show that online learning continues to be a growth area in higher education. Sixty-nine percent of higher education institutions view online learning as “a critical component of their long-term strategy, up from less than one half of institutions in 2002. Students taking at least one online course have grown by 9.3% to a new total of 6.7 million in 2012.

Academic leaders understand the increased effort involved in online teaching. The survey shows that 44.6% of academic leaders believe that online teaching takes more faculty time and effort, up from  41.6% in 2006. In addition, a majority those leaders believe the learning outcomes for online courses are “as good or better” than face-to-face classes (77%).

The survey shows that an area for improvement in online learning is student preparation. Eighty-eight percent of academic leaders indicate that the need for discipline in the online student population is a barrier to student success, up from 80% in 2007.

For more survey results, or to see details of the survey, see the full pdf at http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/changingcourse.pdf.


Celebrate, Education & Appreciate Diversity (CEAD) Conference

On behalf of the Celebrate, Educate & Appreciate Diversity (CEAD) conference committee, we are pleased to announce that EOU will have the second annual CEAD conference on Saturday, February 16 at EOU Badgley Hall. The conference is scheduled from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Registration will begin at 8:30am followed by an opening plenary speaker. There will be 3 workshop sessions. During each session, students will have the option of choosing one out of four workshop presentations to attend. Each presentation is geared towards diversity and multicultural competence.

The committee is soliciting presentation proposals from campus faculty, staff, students and community members that address diversity related topics. This can be previously presented work, work in progress, etc. Presentation proposals are due on January 30, 2013.

If you are interested in presenting or would like to register for the CEAD conference, please submit an online registration at http://eou.orgsync.com/org/mc/cead


Summer Institute for Innovative Technology 2013 (SIIT 3.0)

The Summer Institute for Innovative Technology 2013 (SIIT 3.0) is now accepting nominations. The deadline to nominate yourself or someone else for the institute is February 1, 2013.

This year’s institute will take place during ten days between August 22 and September 6, 2013.  A $1000 stipend is provided when completing the institute.

The SIIT allows faculty to explore new technologies related to teaching in both online and computer-enhanced on-campus courses. To date, 32 faculty have participated in the first two SIIT sessions.

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this summer’s SIIT cohort, please send an email to Heidi Harris (hharris@eou.edu) by February 1. Nominees then will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire, and participants will be notified of their acceptance by February 15. Previous attendees are welcome as nominations, but priority will go to first-time attendees.

If you have questions, please email Heidi Harris.


 Engage Students Through “Reacting to the Past” Games

Barnard College faculty recently presented a micro-version of a “Reacting to the Past” game at the AAC&U’s Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning.  The game concept, typically anchored in a classic text, is brought to life by the students, enabling students to engage and explore the historical formation of ideas around an event or issue or apply theoretical concepts to a concrete historical event.  Such games are a useful strategy for creating highly interactive seated and online classroom activities that may evolve over several weeks.  Academic work is generally embedded within the game, and students are assessed against clear learning outcomes and rigorous academic expectations for assignments related to the game.

If you are interested in learning more about “Reacting to the Past” games, go to http://reacting.barnard.edu.  The site features several published and unpublished games and sample video of student participation, as well as upcoming institutes and conferences.

Upcoming Conferences


The Teaching Professor and Magna Publications are excited to announce the inaugural Teaching Professor Technology Conference coming to Atlanta from Oct. 4-6, 2013.


Submit a proposal for The Teaching Professor Technology Conference and share your expertise at a conference of your peers.


The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 1, 2013.