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An Introduction to Open Educational Resources

This short, self-paced workshop focuses on an exciting development in online course design: open educational resources (OERs). By introducing participants to OERs through the use of practical, authentic assessments, this workshop prepares individuals to find, evaluate, and eventually incorporate OERs into the design of their new or existing online course. We anticipate that this course should take you no more than three hours to complete.

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An Introduction to ePortfolios

This short, self-paced course focuses on ePortfolios and how they can be used in the online classroom. By introducing participants to how ePortfolios have become relevant, how they can help students succeed, and how they can be implemented, this workshop prepares individuals to create, implement, and evaluate ePortfolios in their online course or program. We anticipate that this course should take you no more than three hours to complete.

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Calculating Credit Hours for Your Online Course

By illustrating how much work a course contains, credit hours serve an important role to administrators, instructors, and students alike. Whereas credit hours have traditionally been calculated by looking at how long students spend in the classroom, the online classroom presents a unique set of challenges when it comes to determining that the work being asked of students is comparable to the credit hours being assigned. This short, self-paced course focuses on credit hours and how they’re calculated for the online classroom. By introducing participants to the history of the credit hour, what constitutes a credit hour, and how time-on-task equates to credit hours, this workshop prepares individuals to ensure that the amount of work in their online course is comparable to the credit hours assigned to it. 

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Designing and Facilitating Synchronous Sessions

This short, self-paced course focuses on what to consider when designing a synchronous session for your online course, and how to facilitate it. By introducing participants to the advantages and challenges to synchronous learning, the stakeholders involved, and facilitation best practices, this workshop prepares individuals to ensure they have the tools needed to determine whether to offer a synchronous learning opportunity or not, and if so, how to do so effectively.  

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