2020 Learning Innovations Summit

March 30 – April 10, 2020

Session Recordings and Resources

More resources available at OCOlearnOKportal.org.

Week 1 (March 30 – April 3)

Monday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

The State of Online Education in Oklahoma

Description: This presentation highlights key trends, issues, and updates related to online and blended learning in Oklahoma.
Presenters: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma); Dana Lindon-Burgett (Rose State College); Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)

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Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

Changes to Federal Regulations That You Should Know About

Description: The U.S. Department of Education is redoing several regulations regarding distance education and educational innovations offered by colleges and universities. This session will explore those that you most need to understand and take your questions.
PresenterRuss Poulin, Executive Director (WCET)

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Wednesday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

The Trials and Tribulations of Building an Institutional KPI Dashboard

Description: From the humble beginnings of automating a paper statistics report to predictive analytics, the KPI Dashboard (custom built by the IDEA Team at UCO using Blackboard Analytics) has had its share of growing pains as well as triumphs. This session will discuss some of the features (room search, schedule toxicity, enrollment projection, and department and university profiles) and the pitfalls, both hit and avoided, along the way.
Presenter: Liz Crowell (University of Central Oklahoma), Sean Gausman (University of Central Oklahoma)

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Thursday, April 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central

Developing Online Teaching Skills

Description: Learn what skills are critical for online instructors, and how to develop those skills while also motivating online instructors to stay active and engaged in their courses right alongside their students.
Presenter: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University)

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Five Key Components of Online Instruction Handout (PDF)

Friday, April 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

Celebrating Online Learning Excellence in Oklahoma, Part I

Description: This event will showcase the 2020 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award winners.
Facilitator:  Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)
Guest Presenters: Jason Stone, Breeman Ainsworth, Dorothy Weaver (OSU-OKC Division of Liberal Arts)

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Week 2 (April 6 – 10)

Monday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

Engaging Students Virtually

Description: Best practices to keep students involved and moving through an online course.
Presenter: Akram Taghavi-Burris (University of Tulsa)

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Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

Getting Rid of Grades, Making Room for Feedback

Description: This session will provide an overview of un-grading, a movement in both K-12 and higher ed to put the focus on feedback, not grades. The goal: increase motivation, decrease stress, and advance learning by providing students with actionable feedback instead of number/letter grades.
Presenter: Laura Gibbs (University of Oklahoma)

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YouTube Playlist of Pre-Recorded Presentation Videos

Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central

Bandwidth Depletion and Recovery in the COVID-19 Transition to Remote Learning

Description: Each of us has a finite amount of mental bandwidth for all the tasks in our lives. By bandwidth, I’m referring to attentional resources. This isn’t about how smart a person is, but about how much of their cognitive capacity is available for learning. One of the most powerful bandwidth stealers is uncertainty. In this public health crisis, our students – and our instructors – are living in a situation where uncertainty is the only constant. What can we do, within classes and as institutions, to provide environments of certainty for our students so they can recover a bit of bandwidth for learning?
Presenter: Cia Verschelden (Malcolm X College)

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Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

Don’t Forget About Accessibility as you Move Your Entire World to the Web

Description: The world is in unprecedented territory. You’re being asked to move your classes online, and seeing enrollment in existing distance education climb. Students are not on campus. How do we make sure that we keep our obligations to students with disabilities in the middle of all of this change? During this session we will discuss how critical it is, especially now, to build accessible educational environments. We will share some tips and guidance and leave you with resources to help.
Presenter: Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech)

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Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central

Preparing for AI and Machine Learning in Online Education

Description: AI is the next evolution of big data’s use in education. As more institutions develop their capabilities and architecture to obtain more data on their students, mining this data to better serve the student will become the focus of getting students to completion. Yet, the process to “hire” AI and implement it at scale should be guided by thoughtful conversations from administrators, faculty, students, and staff. While the promise of specific AI technology will be discussed, the leadership required to advance AI enabled strategic change will be a focus of the conversation.
Presenters: Luke Dowden (Alamo Colleges District), Karen Srba (St. Francis University)

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Thursday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

Building OER Momentum in Oklahoma

Description: This session will provide attendees a pathway forward for increasing availability of low/no-cost course materials for students within Oklahoma institutions.  Lessons from the field will help you expand your “why” of OER and envision where we can go as a system through harnessing current resources and future opportunities.
Presenter: Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University)

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Friday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

Online Education and COVID-19:  Answering the Call to Action

Description: All hands on deck! With the spread of COVID-19 this spring semester, many institutions have answered the unexpected call to action to continue operations by bringing online education to all students. This session will ask attendees to dig in and explore ways to maintain the quality of online learning and innovation within this record-paced transformation of interactions, environments, strategies, and cultures. During this collaborative session, we will develop a toolkit with resources to help you promote innovation in teaching, course design, program design, and learning culture at your institution.

Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma)

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Remote Teaching Lesson Guide

Learner Readiness Tool