2015 Online Learning Symposium

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Kent State Online: Creating Community

Friday, December 4th, 2015 - Kent Student Center

This years' event was an in-depth exploration of creating and cultivating engaged, collaborative communities in online courses. Interactive sessions explored:

  • New resources available to faculty
  • Examples of innovative work
  • Campus Partner vendor/exhibitor session
  • Breakout sessions on Best Practices, Online Accessibility, and much more.
Keynote speaker: Rena M. Palloff, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Rena Palloff, 2015 Keynote SpeakerAn author, faculty member, consultant and 2012 winner of the Richard Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education, Palloff’s research involves organizational behavior and management and how institutions can use community to promote successful learning outcomes in online courses.


Symposium Proceedings

Keynote Presentation

  • Building Online Communities: Techniques That Work

Concurrent Sessions
Ideas and Support from the Kent State Online Community

  • Designing Effective Online Discussions
  • Understanding Issues in Online Accessibility
    • Amy Quillin, PhD, Dir., Student Accessibility Services
    • Jason Piatt, Dir., Online Compliance & Communication, Kent State Online
      Presentation (PDF)
  • Springboard for Success: Getting you and your students off to a great start with Kent State Online templates
  • Faculty panel on great ideas and examples in online learning
    • Moderated by Valerie Kelly, Executive Dir., Kent State Online
      • Using Asynchronous Video for Student Interaction in Discussion Forums
      • Infusing Interactive Pedagogical Methods into a Core Graduate Nursing Course
        • Dana Hansen, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing, Kent Campus
        • Denice Sheehan, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Nursing, Kent Campus
        • Pamela Stephenson, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing, Kent Campus
          Presentation (PDF)
          Takeaway (PDF)
      • Quick and Easy Ways to Increase Instructor Presence and Student Engagement in the Online Classroom
      • Diversity in Online Teaching: An Interdisciplinary Approach
        • Molly Merryman, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology, Kent Campus
          Takeaway (PDF)          

General Session

  • Building Community with Kent State Online
    • Valerie Kelly, Executive Director, Kent State Online
    • Bethany Simunich, PhD, Director, Online Pedagogy and Research
      Presentation (PDF)