Upcoming Training Schedule 

    The Distance Learning Department has scheduled various different workshop sessions on the dates listed below.  The sessions vary anywhere from one (1) to two (2) hours long and will be conducted via Video Conferencing or online in a webinar format using Adobe Connect.  






    November (available all month) 

    Strategic Technologies for Higher Ed 



    November (TBD) 

    Best Practices for Implementing Video into Courses 



    November 7 

    “Align and Redesign”
    Presented by: Dr. Roseann Torsiello and Professor Barbara Monaghan (Berkeley College)


    This webinar will focus on the development of an online advanced writing course transformed by using the Quality Matters rubric. Highlights will include:

    Rewriting course objectives using Bloom’s Taxonomy.

    Implementing a learning outcomes matrix to focus on course development and alignment.

    Understanding the relationship between module-level learning objectives and learning activities.

    Developing multimedia content, specifically text, audio, video, animation and interactions, that create a meaningful learning environment.

    Employing formative and summative course evaluation.

    Lessons learned from student feedback and self reflection.



    9:00 to 10:00 A.M.


    The Art of Virtual Storytelling 

    Presented by: Kate Nugent, Director, Product and Training, The Ariel Group


    In any situation that calls for you to persuade, convince or manage…the ability to tell a purposeful story will be your secret sauce.”

    – Peter Guber, entrepreneur and storytelling guru


    Our modern world gives us many opportunities to communicate our ideas and points of view, but few of us stand out from the crowd. Storytelling is the differentiator. In this interactive and practical webinar, you will learn how to integrate a story into your virtual lectures, webinars, 1:1 student coaching sessions and other virtual communications. You will be introduced to powerful storytelling techniques that engage and influence audiences of every size. Storytelling “lights up” every part of the human brain, and your ability to paint a picture for your students increases the chances that the learning will stick.



    9:00 to 10:00 A.M.


    “Trends in Alternative Credentialing: Benchmarks, Badges, and Noncredit Programming”
    Presented by: Kyle Peck, Co-director, Center for Online Innovation and Professor, Penn State University; Jim Fong, Director, Center for Research & Marketing Strategy, UPCEA; Peter Janzow, Senior Director, Business & Market Development, Pearson Acclaim


    Micro-credentials, nano-credentials, badges…staying current on emerging trends in education is a challenge. It is also the life-force of the work that we do to prepare students for an ever-shifting professional landscape. In this engaging session, learn about the driving factors behind the emergence of alternative credentials, how higher education institutions are responding, and hear insights about what’s next.




    1:00 to 2:00 P.M. (EST)

    November 8 

    NDLW WEBINAR:  Overcoming Test Anxiety 


    9:00 to 10:00 A.M.


    Repeat session 6:30 to 7:30 P.M.


    Snapchat 101: Engaging Students Online
    Presented by: Dr. Wendy Tietz, Professor of Accounting, Kent State University


    Snapchat is currently the number one social media platform used by 16 to 24 year olds and is rapidly gaining users aged 35 years and older. In this interactive session, you will learn the basics of Snapchat, including how to set up an account, how to communicate with other users, and Snapchat lingo and features (e.g. geofilters, swiping, face lenses). We will also discuss at least four ways that Snapchat can be used to engage your students in your class using real-life examples. Participants who have downloaded the Snapchat app will be able to put these lessons into practice in real time.  

    Join the Snapchat fun – and learn about a powerful way to engage your online students.




    1:00 to 2:00 P.M. (EST)

    November 9 

    NDLW WEBINAR:  Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor 


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    2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone. 

    Dial +1 (224) 501-3312 

    Access Code: 327-465-357 

    Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting 

    Meeting ID: 327-465-357 


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    Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app. 

    9:00 to 10:00 A.M.

























    Distance Learning Resources for Telehealth
    Presented by: Janet Major (Arizona Telemedicine Program)

    Moderator: Pat Cassella (USDLA Board of Directors)

    This webinar will share best practices as well as where to go for the resources you need to produce successful events for telehealth applications.

    Please join us to learn how to produce  telemedicine clinics and educational telehealth events for patients, physicians and students using telehealth and distance learning technology.




    10:00 to 11:00 A.M. (EST)


    Harnessing the Power of Mobile Devices with Learning Catalytics 

    In this session, Professor Austin will describe how encouraging the use of Learning Catalytics on mobile devices can revolutionize student participation as well as team-based learning in your classroom. To make this session as interactive as possible please plan on having a second device (i.e. smart phone or tablet) available during the webinar! 

    Our Presenter: Terry Austin, Professor, Temple College



    9:00 to 10:00 A.M.


    Video Compliance for ADA 

    This webinar will provide the tips needed to make your videos ADA Compliant.


     3:00 to 4:00 P.M.

    November 10 


    Upswing (e-tutoring) 





    Join the call: https://www.uberconference.com/upswinghaley 

    Dial in number: 585-632-4593 

    PIN: 99057 

    9:00 to 10:00 A.M.



    The Advantages of Using REVEL to Promote Success in Varied Classroom Settings and Environments 


    Instructor Beth King will discuss how she implemented REVEL and adjusted instruction to improve performance and engagement in her online and face-to-face Introduction to Music courses at Columbus Technical College. 



    9:00 to 10:00 A.M.



    Video Conferencing & Streaming Support: How to Effectively Plan and Facilitate Connections
    Presented by: Ken Conn & Roxanne Glaser (i2i Technologies)
    Moderator: Sunay Palsole (USDLA Board of Directors)


     “You want me to do what by when?” Those thoughts often enter our minds when faced with requests for video meetings, interviews, guest presentations, or classroom connections in the reactive world we live in. During this session, we will highlight four basic scenarios for using video communication and help participants think through the logistical and technical details. Topics will include when is video streaming more appropriate than video conferencing, specific variables to consider during preparation & set-up, and how to get everyone on the same page to set expectations.



    9:00 to 10:00 A.M.



    How VTC is Changing K-12 Education in the Kenai Peninsula
    Presented by: Mara Youngren-Brown and Matthew Zorbas (Student Interns); Elaine Shuck (Polycom); Rob Sparks and Greg Zorbas (KPBSD Teachers)
    Moderator: Janet Major (USDLA Board of

    Kenai Central High School and Soldotna Prep school are part of a school district the size of the state of West Virginia. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District  includes 44 schools most accessible by road but several only accessible by airplane or boat. Video conferencing is becoming an integral part of delivering the curriculum to students and is becoming part of the training method for teachers and support staff. See how Greg Zorbas, Rob Sparks their students and many other teachers in the school district are using VTC to deliver and enhance the curriculum. 




    11:30 to 12:30 P.M. (EST)


    November 11 


    Using Blogging to Contribute Expertise to Your Field
    Presenter: Janine Lim, PhD, Andrews University


    A regular, useful blog is a true win/win, both for the writer as well as for the reader and, more broadly, a big win for an entire community of interest.  A good blog serves to promote the writer’s organization while underscoring that person’s credibility.  The reader, or course, gains useful insights and helpful perspectives. 




    10:00 to 11:00 A.M. (EST)

    November 18 

    Using Blackboard Course Tools 

    CBC Campus -- Lifesize A

    9:00 to 11:00 A.M.

    December (available all month) 

    The Art of Influence 



    December (TBD) 

    Campus Carry 



    December 2 

    Control Panel Overview in Your Blackboard Course 

    CBC Campus -- Lifesize A

    9:00 to 11:00 A.M.

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