Monday, August 30, 2010

Live to the Desktop Series

Surviving the Stampede: Managing Large DE Sections
Date: Friday, September 10

Time: 10 am
Location: Live to the Desktop
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As section sizes increase, planning alternative management strategies will save you time and energy. This session will focus on techniques, including communication, feedback, and Blackboard tools that can streamline the management of large groups of students.

Three or More is Company: Creating and Managing Learning Communities with Group Work
Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 11 am
Location: Live to the Desktop
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This session will present a number of approaches for designing and developing effective group project ideas in DE courses. The session will cover use of the Groups area in Blackboard and provide a number of handouts that can be used with groups. Group work is also one way to manage workload in a DE course. It helps reduce the number of submitted assignments while requiring students to take greater responsibility for social learning.

Posting War: Building and Managing Meaningful Online Discussion Boards
Date: Wednesday, November 10
Time: 1 pm
Location: Live to the Desktop
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The asynchronous Discussion Board drives interaction in many DE courses. It is an important tool but it can overwhelm you and students very quickly. This session will feature several planned strategies to develop meaningful Discussion Board activities and manage the Discussion Board area while maintaining acceptable levels of instructor presence.