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December 2, 2016

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Friday, December 02, 2016

OLC: Creating Concept Maps

This asynchronous workshop will begin December 5th at 12:00PM and end December 11th at 11:59PM

 Concept mapping is a research-supported strategy for improving online learning effectiveness. Concept mapping is not only a learning tool, but can also be used for teaching and assessment. In this workshop, you will explore some of the many ways you can use concept maps in various phases of the teaching and learning cycle.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify relevant research based strategies and explore learning activities that utilize concept mapping in online education
  • Develop an activity for your online course integrating concept mapping.

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

 

OLC: Creating Effective Presentations

This asynchronous workshop will begin December 5th at 6:00am and end December 11th at 11:59PM

 Presentations in the online environment need to creatively engage students to help them process and understand content in the absence of a face-to-face faculty member. In this workshop you will discover elements of an effective presentation that support learning, explore a process for creating presentations, and develop skills for preparing presentations for online delivery. You will have the opportunity to practice easy-to-master graphic and information design principles that will increase the effectiveness of your online presentations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and discuss elements of effective online presentations
  • Design and develop a presentation incorporating graphic, presentation, and information design best practices.

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

 

OLC: Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach

This asynchronous workshop will begin December 5th at 6:00am and end December 11th at 11:59PM

 Multimodal course design creates a learning environment which is conducive to various learning styles by delivering the same content in multiple formats. In this workshop, you will explore strategies for developing content in various formats by using visuals, audio, and video to engage a diverse set of learners. You will explore the research-based foundation of why this approach to learning design is effective, while viewing examples from best practices in multimodal content design.

Learning Objectives

  • Design considerations for delivering content in multiple formats to reach an audience with diverse learning styles
  • Design a learning activity using a multimodal approach

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

OLC: Exploring Hashtags for Learning

This asynchronous workshop will begin December 5th at 12:00PM and end December 11th at 11:59PM

 The use of hashtags as a mechanism for categorizing content on Twitter has evolved over time and found its way into the educational arena. Now educators are employing hashtags for activities such as backchannels, challenge opportunities, field experiences, to name just a few. In this workshop, you will explore how hashtags can be used with Twitter and Instagram to increase learner engagement and gather ideas from a wider audience. With the guidance of an expert facilitator from the OLC Institute, you will develop your own strategy for using hashtags to support your instructional goals.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and explore uses of hashtags for teaching and learning
  • Develop a strategy for using hashtags to support your instructional goals

 

OLC: Exploring Open Educational Resources

This asynchronous workshop will begin December 7th at 12:00PM and end December 9th at 11:59PM

 The term Open educational resources (OER) was first adopted by UNESCO in 2002 to describe materials used to support education that can be freely accessed, reused, modified, and shared in order to improve the quality of curricula and teaching and reduce costs.  In this workshop, you will learn where to find high quality, openly licensed materials and how to reuse them.  We will also cover creative commons licensing, attribution of open educational resources, and accessibility considerations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify open educational resources and motivations for using them
  • Describe open licenses and how they enable re-use of educational resources
  • Analyze best practices for finding and adopting open educational resources

Format:

This workshop is a three day long, asynchronous learning experience beginning on a Wednesday and ending the following Friday. Total length of time to completion: 3 days.

OLC: Fundamentals: Engaging Learners in Online Discussions

This asynchronous workshop will begin December 12th at 6:00AM and end December 18th at 11:59PM

 Well-designed online discussions address a number of research-based strategies critical to effective online learning and improved learning outcomes. Through online discussions, student-student and student-content interactions increase, and both faculty and students collaborate in the learning process as they explore unique perspectives. Join an expert facilitator from the OLC Institute in this seven-day asynchronous workshop to learn strategies for engaging learners in effective discussions as well as tools that can be employed to foster learner engagement and improve learning outcomes. Throughout the workshop, you will develop a plan for creating engaging and effective online discussions in your courses.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify strategies and tools to improve online discussions
  • Develop a plan for creating engaging and effective online discussions in your course

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days
OLC: New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started

This asynchronous workshop will begin December 5th at 6:00am and end December 11th at 11:59PM

 An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers and will be supported by sample documents such as online syllabus, discussion rubric etc. There will also be an hour-long optional (recorded) live session where you will get a chance to meet your facilitator to discuss important topics related to online teaching and ask your questions.

Topics:

Course design, delivery and assessment

Instructor roles and competencies

Five Pillars of Quality in online education

Engaging the learners

Student readiness and expectations

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the differences between online and face-to-face courses in terms of course design, roles, and expectations
  • Create a learning resource for your online course based on your readings and explorations during this workshop

Format:

This is a week-long asynchronous workshop, with an optional one-hour synchronous (live) session with the facilitator. The workshop will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The live session will be held on Monday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM UHR - FLSA Information Session for Impacted Employees: Time Keeping for OPEN Q&A for Overtime Eligible Faculty, Exempt Migrating to Nonexempt & Supervisors


We are providing classroom Information Sessions regarding Time Keeping in PHR for those impacted by the changes and their supervisors.  

This is an OPEN session is for Overtime Eligible Faculty, Exempt staff Migrating to Nonexempt & Supervisors.


For detailed information about the Fair Labor Standards Act 2016 changes, please see https://uhr.umd.edu/flsa/

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a 1938 federal employment law administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2014, President Obama issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to update and modernize regulations related to the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime standards.

In May, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final regulations which will change the overtime thresholds for all U.S. employees. The regulations must go in to effect by December 1, 2016.

How is UMD responding to the updated FLSA regulations?

To comply with the new legal requirements, the University conducted meetings with key stakeholders and formed a task force to study the impact on our campus community.  The outcome of this effort follows:

 

All Full-Time Exempt Staff including Contingent IIs, and Research Faculty with Doctoral Degrees who currently fall below the salary threshold will receive a salary adjustment to bring them up to the new threshold of $47,476 effective December 1, 2016.

All Full-Time Research Faculty (except those with a Doctoral Degree) will continue to hold Faculty ranks and be subject to applicable USM Faculty Policies, but will become eligible for overtime pay at time and a half for hours worked over 40 hours per week.

Part-Time Staff, including Contingent IIs, will be converted from Exempt to Nonexempt status and be eligible for overtime pay at time and a half for hours worked over 40 hours per week.


New position descriptions will be created for any changed positions for Research Faculty and Staff, as warranted.


OnLine sessions will also be available by November 1, 2016.  Those who are directly impacted will receive a link to these sessions.


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