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Tentative Session Agenda (June 30, 2008 1:30 - 4:30 PM)

As discussed during the 6-13-2008 Conference Call...

Session Overview: This session will provide participants with examples of how instructors are using Sakai to meet a range of instructional needs in face-to-face, blended and fully online courses.  In addition, models for professional development and training on use of Sakai will be shared.  Input and ideas from participants will also be sought in order to grow the recently launched Sakai teaching and learning repository OpenEdPractices.org.

NOTE: We would like to keep the agenda rather flexible so that we can focus on things that the participants are most interested in.  Thus, we want to prepare the content/presentations below with the understanding that we may not end up showing all of it. 

Link to the Pre-Conference wiki page: http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/confluence/display/CONF09/Pre-Conference+Workshop+-+Teaching+With+Sakai

Agenda Overview

Topic

Time

Introduction to the Teaching and Learning Group and pre-conference session

15 minutes

Dr. Chuck - Extending Learning Outside the Walls of the Virtual Classroom

45 Minutes

Tooling Around with Sakai - Tool-based Teaching Strategies

30 Minutes

BREAK

10 minutes

Open Mic Session - Participants share their tool-based teaching strategies

30 minutes

Teaching the Teachers - Professional Development Models

30 minutes

Open Mic Session - Participants share professional development models 

20 minutes

Topic #1: Tooling Around with Sakai - Tool-based Teaching Strategies

NOTES:

  • The idea with the sessions below would be to do very brief instructional demonstrations around tools.
  • As we record topics below we can look for themes that we can use to tie them together
  • We want to show Sakai in action as much as possible so please plan to limit or avoid use of PowerPoint slides and instead demo Sakai sites.

Tool

Title

Instructional Practice To Show

Time Needed

Presenter(s)

Presenter(s) E-Mail

Podcasting

Social Podcasting

Using the Podcasting Tool to create a "social podcast" in which students contribute content rather than the instructor.

5 - 10 minutes

Josh Baron

josh.baron@marist.edu

Forums

Group Discussions

Use of the Group Aware feature and Forums to demonstrate the benefits of breaking classes into smaller groups for online discussions.  Richer and more meaningful discussions result because of the intimacy of a smaller group and the trust that develops over the semester.

10 minutes

Josh Baron

josh.baron@marist.edu

Lessons

Making Learning Real

Use of the Lessons (Melete) tool to bring "real time data" and other authentic content into a course.

5- 10 minutes

Josh Baron

josh.baron@marist.edu

Resources

Content Publishing Strategy

University of Delaware's way to introduce content publishing in Sakai (3 layer model) http://www.udel.edu/udlms/examples.html

10 minutes plus discussion time

Mathieu Plourde

mathieu@udel.edu

Resources plus Web Content

Interacting with image collections

Use of web galleries for image presentation and other tools for student engagement through structured critiques

10 minutes

Kate Ellis

kdellis@indiana.edu

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 Topic #2: Teaching the Teachers - Professional Development Models and Strategies

Topic/Title

Overview

Time Needed

Presenter(s)

Presenter(s) E-Mail

Sakai Summer Institutes

Marist College has just begun to implement two-day summer institutes for faculty who teach online courses.  The institutes are designed to help them learn how to use Sakai tools, best practices in deploying those tools, and to provide assistance in migrating their courses from our old CMS to Sakai.

10 minutes

Josh Baron

josh.baron@marist.edu

The Art of Teaching Online

Marist College has developed a three week online workshop for faculty on pedagogy associated with teaching online courses.  Faculty who are new to online teaching take this course to both experience online learning (which is new for many of them) as well as learn research-based best practices.

10 minutes

Josh Baron

josh.baron@marist.edu

Faculty Assistance for Self-Reliance (attachment)

Under the University of Wyoming's policy of lightweight faculty support, fostering instructor skills sufficient for them to do their own course development, the office of Instructional Computing accepts certain responsibilities.

10 minutes

Robin Hill

hill@uwyo.edu

Building Learning Communities

Rhode Island school districts are using Sakai to build Learning Communities among their teaching staff in support of their professional development work.

10 minutes

Steven Foehr

steve@staff.ri.net

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