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The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) will design workshops, on request, on topics related to teaching and learning using technology. In addition, we offer regularly scheduled workshops on a wide range of teaching and learning issues.

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Academic Success Lecture

Friday, March 27, 2015

Register Today!  |  Registration Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015

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9:30 - 10 a.m. - Check-in (Denton)
ACT 2 Lobby

10 - 11:30 a.m. - Lecture (Videoconferenced to Dallas and Houston)
Can You Do the Flip? Designing Blended Learning Using the Flipped Approach
Denton: ACT 301, Dallas: IHSD 4302, Houston: IHSH 3310  

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Lunch & Blackboard Presentation (Denton)
Hubbard Hall Banquet Room 

2 - 3:30 p.m. - Workshop (Denton)
Library 101 

Can You Do the Flip? Designing Blended Learning Using the Flipped Approach

The flipped classroom approach is not new. Formerly referred to as blended or hybrid learning, the flipped classroom has taken blended learning to a new level by offering instructors a more structured way, along with concrete examples, about how to actually deliver flipped instruction. A question still remains, however – how can instructors learn to effectively flip their classrooms? Just as with any other form of teaching that involves technology integration, assumptions cannot be made that instructors will simply know how to do it. A flipped approach to instructor training may very well be the answer. This session will explore the principles of the flipped classroom approach as it is applied both in face-to-face and online classes.

About the Lecture Speaker

Photo of Dr. Rena Palloff, Lecture Speaker for Academic Success LectureDr. Rena M. Palloff, Ph.D., LCSW 
Doctoral & Masters Faculty
Fielding Graduate University
Santa Barbara, CA

Rena Palloff, PhD, is the owner of Crossroads West, working with institutions, organizations, and corporations interested in the development of online distance learning and training programs. Rena has consulted extensively in health care, academic settings, and addiction treatment for well over 20 years. Rena is faculty at Fielding Graduate University, in the School of Educational Leadership and Change and also in the masters’ degree program in Organizational Development and Leadership in the School of Human and Organizational Development. She is also part-time faculty at Capella University in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, teaching in the professional doctorate in Social Work. Additionally, she has designed and facilitates the New Faculty Experience (NFE) at University of the Rockies and teaches in their new School of Social, Human, and Educational Development (SoSHED). She previously taught classes on organizational behavior and management and leadership on an adjunct basis for the International Studies Program at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas in various sites throughout the Pacific Rim. Dr. Palloff received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. 

Dr. Palloff is co-author of the 1999 Frandson Award winning book Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 1999), Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2001), The Virtual Student (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community (Jossey-Bass, 2005), Building Online Learning Communities: Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2007, 2nd Edition of Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace), Assessing the Online Learner: Resources and Strategies for Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2009), The Excellent Online Instructor:  Strategies for Professional Development (Jossey-Bass, 2011), and Lessons from the Virtual Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2013, 2nd Edition of Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom).  The books are comprehensive guides to the development of an online environment that helps promote successful learning outcomes while building and fostering a sense of community among the learners. Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace has been translated into Portuguese and Korean. The Virtual Student and The Excellent Online Instructor have both been translated into Portuguese. Dr. Palloff has been presenting this work across the United States and internationally since 1994 as well as consulting to academic institutions regarding the development of effective distance learning programs. She is the 2012 winner of the Richard Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. 

Dallas Training Events

All Dallas faculty, adjuncts, staff and GAs are invited to attend the following training events. These trainings are offered jointly by the Office of Technology and the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Registration is not required. All trainings will be in IHSD Room 6700 unless otherwise noted. 

March – Academic Integrity

  • Using Rubrics for Objective Grading | March 9 | 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser | March 23 | 12 – 1 p.m.

April – Wise Words

  • Recording Lectures | April 13 | 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Bb Collaborate & IM Office Hours | April 27 | 2 – 3 p.m.

May – Managing and Preparing for Student Success

  • Tracking Student Performance | May 4 | 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Getting Ready for the Summer Semester | May 18 | 12 – 1 p.m.

Houston Training Events

All Houston Faculty, adjuncts, staff and GAs are invited to attend the following training events. These trainings are offered jointly by the Office of Technology and the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Registration is not required. All trainings will be conducted online through Blackboard Collaborate unless otherwise noted.

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  • Blackboard  Collaborate - Basic | March 10 | 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Poster Design Basics | March 24 | 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Blackboard: The Grade Center and Course Reports | March 31 | 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Respondus LockDown Browser | April 8 | 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Tips for Success in the Online Environment | April 23 | 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Blackboard: Getting Ready for Next Semester | April 28 | 12 – 1 p.m. 

Live to the Desktop Presentations - Accessibility

These Live to the Desktop presentations will be conducted online in Blackboard Collaborate. Registration is not required.

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Issues in Accessibility When Using Third-Party Tools

March 25 | 2 – 3 p.m.

This Live to the Desktop will feature general information on issues impacting the accessibility of third-party tools. Presenters will focus on how to locate and interpret information pertinent to accessibility considerations. 

Enhancing Your Courses with Google’s Gadgets

April 9 | 10 – 11 a.m.
April 15 | 2 – 3 p.m.

Web-based word processing, group note-taking, surveys and data collection, portfolio building, file sharing, peer-reviews, social networking, instant messaging, and video calls. TWU students have access to Google Apps that allow them to do all these things and more. This presentation will explore a few of the ways that Google Apps might be used for both face-to-face and distance courses. Presenters will also provide a tour of resources devoted to using Google apps for teaching and learning. 

Schedule a Workshop

To schedule a workshop for your department or program, contact the TLT group at 940.898.3409. The TLT group also sends information on all TLT events via email.

Special Events

The TLT group also sponsors several special events for the TWU community. Each fall, the Online Educator Symposium brings together faculty and others to discuss teaching in the online environment. During the spring semester, TLT sponsors the Academic Success Series (a lecture and/or workshop session followed by two online sessions on related topics). During the summer, several TLT sponsored events take place. In June, invited Teaching Assistants can participate in the PILOT program. This four-week course covers basic concepts for teaching online and F2F for Teaching Assistants. The Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy also convenes in June.  A select group of faculty members and mentors attend a three day institute on teaching and learning and work through the year to explore some aspect of teaching. In July, the Online Faculty Development Program is offered for new TWU faculty members. This program covers course development and pedagogical concepts for teaching online.

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