Sessions Available by Request | Online Teaching | Kent State University

Sessions Available by Request

All sessions can be held either in-person or as a webinar. A minimum of 7 registered attendees is required. The link to request a session can be found on the main Faculty Development page of this website.


Best Practices in the Online Classroom

This presentation provides an overview of the biggest topics in online learning by outlining several major ways that courses are impacted by the online environment, and discussing how to deal with these changes and challenges to maximize student learning. Best practices and pedagogical considerations will be discussed around topics such as: communication, interaction, feedback, engagement, teaching presence, content considerations, accessibility, navigation  and structure, and fostering an online learning community.  


Breaking new ground: Rethinking content in your online course

This presentation will discuss considerations and strategies for online course content, including: reconceptualizing traditional lectures, attending to content strategy, considering alignment, and thinking about rigor in online courses.  You'll leave with do-able takeaways to help you storyboard and create online presentations, evaluate the type and amount of content in your course, find educational content you can use from other sources, and ensure that your materials support students doing well on your assignments. This session also addresses General Standard 4 of the QM Rubric: Instructional Materials.


Come Together: Incorporating Group Work and Peer Feedback in Online Courses

This presentation will discuss the benefits of group work, address common objections and barriers, and provide strategies and tips for creating and facilitating online group work. We'll also talk about peer feedback, and ways to effectively incorporate it into online courses. Attendees will be encouraged to be active participants by conceptualizing one group work or peer evaluation assignment for their online course, or helping others brainstorm ideas for their course. Additionally, you will leave with examples and takeaways for things such as: Team Agreements, Self-Evaluation and Peer Evaluation forms, Peer Feedback rubrics, and more. This session also addresses General Standard 5 of the QM Rubric: Course Activities and Learner Interaction.


Creating Effective and Engaging Online Assignments

This informational presentation will highlight the importance of clear assignment instructions and expectations in online courses, and provide you with a worksheet to think through your assignment prompts. You'll also discuss how to ensure your assignments are aligned with your objectives, and the benefits of scaffolding larger assessments to improve student learning. Finally, over a dozen different types of online assignments will be presented, along with takeaway handouts that will help you consider new options for your online classroom. This session also addresses General Standard 3 of the QM Rubric: Course Assessment and Measurement.


Designing with Quality Matters

This presentation introduces you to research-based instructional design best practices as reflected in the Quality Matters rubric. You will gain an overview of the backward design process, which promotes a well-aligned course that is focused on student learning outcomes, as well as an introduction to the Quality Matters rubric standards. The QM rubric can serve as both a guide and checklist for the design of online courses, and can also prompt gread ideas for the revision of your online course.  If you’d like to continue to work on the design of your course, great follow-up options would be attending the Applying the QM Rubric full-day, in-person workshop, or enrolling in the Designing your Online Course fully-online, asynchronous workshop.


Effective Online Discussions

Get the most out of using online discussions to promote interaction and engagement! This workshop addresses the challenges and rewards of utilizing discussions effectively in the online classroom. If you think there’s only one way to do an online discussion, come to this workshop to learn about several ways to approach an interactive, online discussion that will leave your students (and you!) re-invigorated and engaged. Other topics include: writing clear expectations and instructions, considering deadlines and grading, using effective facilitation strategies, and developing engaging discussion prompts to promote critical thinking. In addition, hands-on activities will be included to allow you a chance to engage with the workshop material. This workshop also addresses General Standard 5 of the QM Rubric: Course Activities and Learner Interaction.


Elevating Presence in Online Courses

This presentation discusses the three types of presence in online courses, teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence, that collectively form the Community of Inquiry framework. Learn how (and why) to design presence into your online course, and how to elevate and maintain it when teaching. A discussion of the theory behind the framework, including transactional distance and social learning,  will evolve into practical takeaways that you use in your online course. How presence is an integral part of course design will also be discussed, as well as the direct connections between presence and specific Quality Matters standards.  


Hitting the Mark: Checklists for Online Quality

Whether you're developing a new online course or have been teaching online for years, Kent State Online can help you decide on important components to include, as well as prioritize your time for course development or revision. In this presentation, we'll discuss checklists for Design & Development (separated into Basic and Advanced), Course Copy and Prep, and Online Teaching, as well as suggestions and guidelines for accessibility. Come join the discussion to hear about online course components that are vital to student learning, as well as resources that can help you "hit the mark".


Peer Review of Online Courses

If you’ve ever been asked to review an online course, or have asked a colleague to do so, this workshop will be vital in helping you think through the many ways that peer review of an online course can differ from that of a face-to-face course. This workshop is not about policy but, instead, is intended to provide information and facilitate a dialogue that can help you and your department decide on an approach to reviewing online courses that works for all potential stakeholders. We’ll discuss widely-used rubrics for online course review, as well as suggestions for preparing both the course and the reviewer.


Rubrics and Feedback: Providing accurate assessment and quality feedback

In this workshop, you’ll get ideas and best practices for providing feedback (including audio and screencast feedback!) for several Bb tools, including Assignments and Discussions. We’ll also help you think through the creation of your rubrics, using the Bb Rubric tool, and provide you with some rubric templates and examples to help you get started. This session addresses several specific standards from General Standard 3 and General Standard 5 of the QM Rubric.


Springboard for Success: Using Kent State Online templates to get you and your students off to a great start

Did you know that Kent State Online has created a Bb course template and online course syllabus template for faculty use? While these templates do not infringe on your course content or prescribe that you design your course in a specific way, they are a huge time-saver to you and can be a big benefit to your students!  The templates include things such as: university policies and links to university resources, clear links and descriptions for technology help, editable wording for netiquette and communication policies, and much, much more. In this presentation, we'll showcase the Kent State Online templates, including how they were constructed and tested, what they contain, how to access them, and how to edit/modify them. This session also addresses many standards of the QM Rubric, including General Standard 1 and General Standard 7, as many QM standards are already "met" through the templates. Want to get off to a great start with your new online course or course revision? Start with the Kent State Online templates! 


Designing your Online Course

This is a self-paced, asynchronous, online session for Kent State faculty who want to design or re-design an online course that they are teaching at Kent State. This session covers the essentials of an instructional design method that works well for online courses and supports Quality Matters standards. While this workshop is not about Blackboard Learn, participants will leave having designed at the beginning modules of their online course, and can then continue on to the Building Your Online Course session to construct their course in Bb Learn. Activities will take approximately 40-60 hours to complete, and feedback and guidance will be given by an Instructional Designer.

  • This special online workshop, typically held for 4-6 weeks, can be requested for a cohort of 7 or more faculty.