Creating Engaging Online Courses: A How-To Guide

7:30am - 9:00am   Registration & Coffee

9:00am - 9:15am   Introductions and Welcome

9:15am - 10:30am   Level Up Your First Year Experience Programming with Gamification
Speaker:  Misty Woodbury, Director Academic Technology & Innovation, Emmanuel College

First-year experience (FYE) initiatives are widely recognized as key to student retention and success.  But not all FYE experiences are successful.  In the first part of this workshop you will learn what worked (as well as what didn’t work!) in Emmanuel College’s newly gamified FYE program.  The remainder of the workshop will be dedicated to discussion and activities centered around best practices for building and leveraging a gamified program and/or course at your institution.  You will also be provided with a number of resources and strategies to help begin building your own gamified program.

10:30am - 10:45am   Break

10:45am - 12:00pm   Accessibility: How to Get Your Faculty on Board
Paul Brydges, Instructional Technology Specialist, Becker College
Rachael Kline, Assistant Director, Teaching, Learning & Technoology, Becker College 
AJ Scognamiglio, Instructional Designer, Becker College

If you have experience promoting accessibility on campus, you know how difficult it can be to get faculty invested in updating their practices. Who can blame them? It can be very overwhelming to learn what the guidelines are and how to follow them. However, when it comes to online learning, accessibility is crucial to equitable student success so we must move forward. At Becker College, we use an empathetic approach to accessibility, motivating faculty to be self-guided in their course development all while keeping accessibility in the forefront. In this session we will share strategies that you can take back with you to promote the understanding, necessity, and practical practice of incorporating accessibility into online courses.

12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch

1:00pm - 2:15pm   Planning for The Open Journey
Speaker:  Lance Eaton, Instructional Designer & Facluty Development Specialist, Brandeis University

This session will explore the ways in which faculty can enhance their course through the use of open educational resources and open pedagogy.  These methods lead to more meaningful interaction for students not just with the course content but also the instructors and other students.  The workshop will explore some examples but then also guide participants through creating a plan and schedule for moving towards more open practices, recognizing that such changes are not necessarily done in a single course but several course iterations.

2:15pm - 2:30pm   Break

2:30pm - 3:45pm   Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: Methods for Ramping Up Course Design
Jessica Egan, Associate Director of Instructional Design and Faculty Development/Instructor, Bay Path University
Erica Pelletier,  Academic Technology Technician, Bay Path University 

The American Women's College at Bay Path University has gone from developing 10 courses per year to 65+. We would like to showcase the victories and defeats that we've experienced over the past few years. This will include information on curating from various OER options, collaborative project management within Google Drive, LMS integration, quality assurance, and SME training. All resources we will share are completely free and adaptable to your individual institution's needs. We anticipate a lively discussion, in which all participants are able to ask questions about how these processes can be brought to fruition on their own campus. Regardless of if you're coming from large, small, public, or private institutions, these resources and methods will give you insight on how to envision scalable course design. 

3:45pm - 4:00pm   Wrap Up