For NDLW 2016, we offered a number of webinars that explored a variety of distance learning topics including emerging distance learning trends, strategies and best practices to engage online students, and new tools designed to enhance the online teaching and learning experience. Access recordings and available webinar resources for our program below.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday, November 7 | 10:00 – 11:00am EST
The Art of Virtual Storytelling
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.

KateNugentKate Nugent is the Director of Product and Training at The Ariel Group, a training and consulting firm that specializes in the competencies of Leadership Presence and Storytelling. She has facilitated storytelling programs for 13 years, for corporate and higher education audiences, including American Express, Proctor and Gamble, and Harvard and Columbia Business Schools.

Monday, November 7 | 1:00 – 2:00pm EST
Trends in Alternative Credentialing: Benchmarks, Badges, and Noncredit Programming
Kyle Peck | Co-director, Center for Online Innovation and Professor, Penn State University
Jim Fong | Director, Center for Research and 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.

headshot-kyle-peck-480x480Dr. Kyle Peck is the Co-Director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning and Professor of Education and Research Fellow in the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Penn State University. Dr. Peck’s current focus is on innovations in education, including digital badges and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He received his Master’s in Education/Reading from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Educational Technology. Dr. Peck is a co-author of two books, has written more than 40 book chapters and journal articles, and has presented his work in 12 different countries.
Jim FongJim Fong is the Founding Director of UPCEA’s Center for Research and Consulting, now the Center for Research and Marketing Strategy. Prior to UPCEA, he held leadership positions at Penn State Outreach (education). Mr. Fong regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses online and on-campus at Drexel University, Penn State University, Framingham State University, and Duquesne University.
Peter JanzowPeter Janzow is an open badge evangelist and the Senior Director, Business and Market Development for Pearson’s badging platform, Acclaim. In the rapidly changing labor economy of the 21st century, his work is dedicated to helping workers get credit for what they know and what they can do, unlocking new opportunities and improving their lives through learning. Mr. Janzow received a history degree from Knox College and has earned digital badges representing various professional learning achievements delivered through formal and informal learning providers. He has actively contributed to education for many years in roles that include executive management, global market development and entrepreneurship for educational publishing and technology companies. Mr. Janzow is a former Director of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday, November 8 | 1:00 – 2:00pm EST
Don’t Overlook Your Help Desk! How Golden Gate University Supports The Demands of Their Unique Online Student Population
Doug Geier | Director, eLearning and Instructional Design, Golden Gate University
Paulo Dias | Managing Director, Technical Services, Pearson

In this session, learn how Golden Gate University utilizes help desk services to meet the demands of a unique online student population of adult learners – many of whom work full-time, requiring on demand support, ensuring students get a positive technical support experience for their online programs. The 24/7 help desk support allows the school to offer enhanced technical support, allowing students and faculty to access services outside of regular business hours, 24/7, 365 days a year.

Doug GeierDoug Geier is the Director of eLearning and Instructional Design at Golden Gate University where he oversees LMS support, instructional design, help desk and proctored testing services. GGU is a private, non-profit university located in San Francisco, California that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business and management, taxation, and law. Many programs are offered both in-person and entirely online. He was a 2012 participant in the Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning and is currently a part-time MBA student at GGU. In previous roles, Doug has held positions in educational software publishing and online learning as a producer, content developer, and instructional designer.
Paulo DiasPaulo has a degree in Business Management from Marylhurst University, as well as an associate degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Seneca College and has extensive experience in multiple web-based course delivery platforms. He is responsible for overseeing the Helpdesk & Support Services Business Unit at Pearson which includes the 24/7 Helpdesk Team, as well as the Client Services Team. Paulo’s mastery of both technical and soft skills ensures that the Pearson team of helpdesk professionals and client services staff play a large role for keeping learners in the classes and adding tremendous value to their learning online experience. With over 16 years’ experience, Paulo continually develops new methodologies for providing the industry’s best helpdesk and support services to all our partners.

Tuesday, November 8 | 1:00 – 2:00pm EST
Snapchat 101: Engaging Students Online
Dr. Wendy Tietz | Professor, 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.

Dr. Wendy TietzWendy Tietz, PhD, CPA, CMA, CGMA, is a professor in the Department of Accounting in the College of Business Administration at Kent State University, where she has taught financial accounting and managerial accounting since 2000. She teaches in a variety of formats, including large face to face, hybrid synchronous web-based, and asynchronous web-based. She authors a blog, Accounting in the Headlines, which has real-world news stories and resources for use in the introductory accounting classroom. Dr. Tietz was awarded the Bea Sanders/AICPA Teaching Innovation Award for her blog in 2014. She is the co-author of Managerial Accounting, Braun & Tietz, 4th edition, 2015, Pearson Prentice-Hall, and is also the co-author of Financial Accounting, Harrison, Horngren, Thomas & Tietz, 11th edition, 2016, Pearson Prentice-Hall.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 9 | 10:00 – 11:00am EST
Harnessing the Power of Mobile Devices with Learning Catalytics™
Terry Austin | Professor, Temple College

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!

terry-austin-thumbTerry Austin has been an instructor at Temple College for 15 years. He was chair of Biology for over a decade. During that time he has taught both semesters of a two-semester Anatomy & Physiology course and has transitioned A&P to a fully online offering. In addition he has transitioned Microbiology into a hybrid offering, where all course components other than lab are fully online. These days Terry lives in Salado, Texas where he oversees his online courses and continues to develop and deliver content for his virtual classrooms. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Midwestern State University with an emphasis in Mammalogy. He has completed doctoral work in Neuroscience at the University of North Texas. Terry is the author of several VideoTutor modules for Pearson’s MasteringA&P and is a Faculty Advisor for both MasteringA&P and MasteringMicrobiology.

Wednesday, November 9 | 1:00 – 2:00pm EST
Ask Me Anything: Online Students Tell All
Joaquin Van Thienen | Florida International University, Broward Community College (AS)
Alexandria Pipitone | Florida International University
Amanda Condon | Arkansas Tech University, University of Arkansas Community College- Hope (AS)
Andrea Shaw | Director of Student Programs and Partnerships, Pearson
Gillian Seely | Director of Content Strategy, Pearson

Over 5.8 million students are taking at least one distance education course. What did they look for in a program to fit their needs? What tools help them succeed? What advice would they offer to a first-time online learner and/or educator? What do they really want to tell their teacher about their class? Join us for this open dialogue with three students currently enrolled in 100% online courses. “Ask them Anything” about their experiences to best help you engage and motivate your learners. As a bonus, you will also gain insight into recent research on student attitudes toward digital course materials.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday, November 10 | 10:00 – 11:00am EST
The Advantages of Using REVEL to Promote Success in Varied Classroom Settings and Environments
Elizabeth King | Adjunct Instructor, Columbus Technical College

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.

beth-king-thumb-340x340Beth King is an experienced instructor, having taught high school music for over 20 years. She now teaches part-time at Columbus Technical College.