Present at ADEIL’s 28th Annual (and 1st Virtual) Conference

In October, ADEIL, the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning, will host their 28th Annual (and 1st Virtual Conference). Interested in sharing some of your knowledge and experience in a presentation? You can submit your proposal here: https://adeil.org/adeil-28th-annual-conference-call-for-proposals/

Building Community in the Online Classroom

As we work on building a sense of community and engagement in our classrooms, this article might offer a few ideas:
https://www.chronicle.com/article/Turns-Out-You-Can-Build/249038

The ideas are from a synchronous online course, which differs from our asynchronous Independent Learning courses with regularly scheduled class sessions. However, it’s interesting to read about how personal essay writing, which can be incorporated into any course, can help build community.

Attending DT&L Conference

This summer, UW-Madison will host the annual DT&L (Distance Teaching & Learning Conference) on August 3-7. DT&L is a great opportunity to learn about topics including design, teaching, curriculum and technology tools. There will also be opportunities to network and discuss. This year, the conference will take place online.

Additionally, this year, the main conference programming is free for UW-Madison employees – which includes Independent Learning faculty who teach through DCS – to attend. To attend the main conference programming for free, go to dtlconference.wisc.edu and use code KQX4693 to waive the registration fee. Please note that you’ll need to use your wisc.edu email address to register.

Hope to virtually see you there!

Library Resources

As part of a gradual, phased reopening of campus, UW-Madison libraries will begin offering Pickup by Appointment services. You can begin making requests now, and starting June 15, library staff will begin filling requests and offering appointments to pick up requested material. Please note that only materials in Memorial Library are currently available to request, and not all materials are eligible for this service. For more information, go to:
https://www.library.wisc.edu/news/2020/06/10/libraries-launch-pickup-by-appointment-service-increasing-access-to-some-requested-physical-materials/

Additionally, the UW-Madison libraries have highlighted anti-racism resources. These resources can be found here:
https://www.library.wisc.edu/news/2020/06/03/anti-racism-resources-and-the-uw-libraries/

UW Now Series: Confronting COVID-19 Misinformation

Next week Tuesday, June 9, the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association will host Professor Ajay Sethi for the discussion “Confronting COVID-19 Misinformation.” Professor Sethi is an infectious disease epidemiologist and faculty at UW–Madison; he teaches the popular course Conspiracies in Public Health at UW. After his talk, Sethi will take questions from the audience via live chat.

In recent years, a number of Independent Learning courses have offered students activities that help evaluate the credibility of sources, and this should be an excellent discussion on credible information about a very relevant topic.

For more information, or to sign up for reminder 30 minutes before the event starts, go to:
https://www.allwaysforward.org/thanks-for-your-interest/?utm_source=uwnow_0602&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cc20&utm_content=text

Want to help plan a virtual conference?

ADEIL, the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning, will be hosting a virtual conference later this year, and they’re recruiting members for the planning committee.

Would you like to help plan this organization’s first virtual conference? You can contact ADEIL member Aisha Haynes: haynesa@nullemail.sc.edu

Need to archive anything from your old d2l courses?

After June 30, UW personnel will lose access to the older versions of our courses in d2l Brightspace. This will not affect our instruction, as we’ve been instructing in Canvas for some time now. However, if there’s anything you’d like to save (especially if it’s from a course that hasn’t been offered since the Canvas migration), like reading lists, notable discussions, assignment prompts, syllabi, etc, they will disappear in the near future.

Michael G Moore interview

Last month, UW Madison shared a Q & A with Michael G. Moore, a pioneer in distance education. You can read the interview here:
https://news.wisc.edu/qa-a-founder-of-distance-education-weighs-in-on-its-educational-benefits/

Moore was to receive an honorary degree from UW-Madison at the 2020 Spring Commencement; that honorary degree will be conferred December 2020.

Favorite Strategies and Resources for Asynchronous Teaching?

Greeting, Independent Learning faculty!

As educational institutions throughout the world have transitioned to emergency remote teaching and learning, asynchronous online education (that is, not working in real time) has been suggested as a way to increase accessibility for students and faculty with limited internet. Web conferencing tools are certainly wonderful, but they also take a lot of bandwidth. For some faculty, asynchronous interaction can be a difficult adjustment if they’ve interacted in real-time throughout their teaching career.

How did you transition from synchronous to asynchronous education? What challenges did you encounter? What did you like about it? Have you encountered any resources that you’ve found helpful?

Beyond an opportunity to reflect, I would love to share your experiences, ideas, reflections, etc on teaching in an asynchronous environment. Do you have any stories you’d like to share? Feel free to reply, or e-mail me at jrfreese@nullwisc.edu.

Stay safe, healthy, and well!

Articles: Online Teaching vs Emergency/Remote Teaching and Learning

Two recent articles provide worthwhile comparisons and contrasts between online learning (with Independent Learning being just one example) and the now-widespread emergency online teaching/learning.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-04-02-what-students-are-doing-is-remote-learning-not-online-learning-there-s-a-difference

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/3/the-difference-between-emergency-remote-teaching-and-online-learning

It’s certainly amazing how quickly institutions have been able to continue instruction in the midst of face-to-face instruction being cancelled, but it’s also important to note the difference between typical online courses (the instructional design component is mentioned in both articles) vs an emergency change in teaching modality.