March 2020 Online Learning and Digital Collaboration Learning Opportunities

March 30-31

Monday, March 30th

12:00-1:15pm Encouraging Student Interaction in Remote Settings Workshop (please register here)

As we prepared for this remote transition we asked you to articulate your teaching values.  Interaction—between you and among students—was your top value. Preserving or even amplifying interaction in remote settings remains a teaching priority. Join us online to share ideas and evidence-based practices for encouraging interaction in remote settings using Moodle, Zoom, Teams, or other means.  

Tuesday, March 31st

7:30-8am:  30 Minutes of Mindfulness 

Join Min-Ken Liao and Meghan Slining for 30 Minutes of Mindfulness online here. No prior experience is required. You may join as you are able, but please try to arrive as close to the 7:30 am start time as possible. 

Week of March 23-27

Monday. March 23rd  

11am – 2pm : Zoom Sandbox 

Drop-in online at your convenience to our Zoom sandbox where colleagues will be on hand to help you practice using the tool. Still unsure about how it works? Want to practice as a meeting host? Interested in testing out the interface? Join us here at anytime between 11am – 2pm. 

Tuesday, March 24th

7:30-8am:  30 Minutes of Mindfulness 

Join Min-Ken Liao and Meghan Slining for 30 Minutes of Mindfulness online here. No prior experience is required. As video and audio will be muted on entry, you may join as you are able, but please try to arrive as close to the 7:30 am start time.

11:30am-12:30pm: Virtual Faculty-Staff Dining Room 

Bring your lunch and gather with colleagues using this link. Log in and introduce yourself in the chat before enjoying your lunch! 

1-3pm Zoom Sandbox 

Drop-in online at your convenience to our Zoom sandbox where colleagues will be on hand to help you practice using the tool. Still unsure about how it works? Want to practice as a meeting host? Interested in testing out the interface? Join us here at anytime between 1–3pm. 

3-4:15pm: Encouraging Student Interaction in Remote Settings Workshop (please register here)

As we prepared for this remote transition last week we asked you to articulate your teaching values.  Interaction—between you and among students—was your top value. Preserving or even amplifying interaction in remote settings remains a teaching priority. Join us online to share ideas and evidence-based practices for encouraging interaction in remote settings using Moodle, Zoom, Teams, or other means. 

Wednesday, March 25th 

11:30am-12:30pm: Virtual Faculty-Staff Dining Room 

Bring your lunch and gather with colleagues using this link. Log in and introduce yourself in the chat before enjoying your lunch! 

12:30-1:30pm: First Year @ Furman Social Hour

Your first year at Furman brings a set of unique challenges for navigating a new space and environment that is certainly intensified given our current circumstances. This social hour is designed for members of the First Year @ Furman group to connect and process what all of these changes mean for anyone just adapting to life at Furman. Bring your lunch and join us online here 

2-4pm Zoom Sandbox 

Drop-in online at your convenience to our Zoom sandbox where colleagues will be on hand to help you practice using the tool. Still unsure about how it works? Want to practice as a meeting host? Interested in testing out the interface? Join us here at anytime between 2–4pm. 

Thursday, March 26th 

7:30-8am: 30 Minutes of Mindfulness 

Join Min-Ken Liao and Meghan Slining for 30 Minutes of Mindfulness online here. No prior experience is required. As video and audio will be muted on entry, you may join as you are able, but please try to arrive as close to the 7:30 am start time.

3-4:15pm Remote Learning with Zoom Workshop (please register here)

Please join us remotely here for a digital workshop on remote learning and collaboration via Zoom. The focus of this workshop is to familiarize you with basic functionality of this often-used remote learning platform, discuss how your pedagogy might align with the tool, and consider how best to use it to achieve your learning goals. 

Friday, March 27th 

4:45-5:45pm: Faculty-Staff Virtual Social Hour (immediately after the Dean of Faculty virtual forum)

You’ve made it through the first week! Gather in (virtual) community here with colleagues for relaxed conversation around what worked, what didn’t, and future plans.  If this group grows larger than 20 we’ll use Zoom’s breakout room feature to facilitate conversations. 

Week of March 16-20

To register for workshop events listed in chronological order, please visit here.

Course Continuity Workshops

  • Monday, March 16 from 11am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 17 from Noon-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 18 from 9-10:30am

Location: Online via Zoom.

Taking time to think through how you will transition your course to remote learning in conjunction with the selection of specific technologies can improve your (and your students!) comfort with the process. Join the Faculty Development Center to consider pedagogical questions that will help you quickly redesign your courses for online learning using a focused course continuity tool.  This is a working workshop, and you should plan to have your course syllabus/syllabi on hand.  The focus of this workshop is syllabus redesign, with less focus on technology choices.

Remote Learning Via Zoom (online here)

  • Monday, March 16 from 3-4pm
  • Tuesday, March 17 from 7-8pm
  • Thursday, March 19 from 2:30-3:30

Please join us remotely (from your office, home, conference hotel) for one of two digital workshops on remote learning and collaboration via Zoom. You need not have a Zoom account of your own to participate. Please note that this is not a comprehensive Zoom training. The focus of these workshops is to familiarize you with basic functionality of this often-used remote learning platform, discuss how your pedagogy might align with the tool, and consider how best to use it to achieve your learning goals.

Zoom Sandbox (online here)

Thursday, March 19th from 9am – 4:30pm.

Drop-in online at your convenience to our Zoom sandbox where members of the Faculty Development Center will be on hand to help you practice using the tool. Still unsure about how it works? Want to practice as a meeting host? Interested in testing out the interface? Join us here at anytime between 9am – 4:30pm.

Technology Deep Dive Sessions

These virtual trainings will familiarize you with some of the most convenient and useful digital tools available to you for remote learning support. These workshops are focused primarily on the use and functionality of the wide range of options available to you and are not designed for specific pedagogical planning.

  • Moodle Webinar: Using Gradebook & Quizzes – Monday, March 16th from 2:30-4pm
    • Join this session virtually here!
  • Microsoft Teams (Andrew Markovic) – Monday, March 16th from 11am-Noon
  • Zoom Videoconferencing Tool – Tuesday, March 17 from 2-3pm (online here)
  • Moodle Basics – Thursday, March 19th from 11:00-12:30pm (online here)
  • Microsoft Teams (Andrew Markovic) – Friday, March 20th from 1-2pm (online here)

Course Planning Drop-In Consultations (online)

Sign up for your 15 minute online session here.

  • Wednesday, March 18 from 10:30-Noon
  • Friday, March 20 from 10am-Noon
  • Friday, March 20 from 1-3pm

Are you still stuck on a particular remote transition challenge? Would you like to receive peer-to-peer feedback about an adaptation you plan to make? Would it help to talk through your hopes for the remote learning transition? Have you got creative ideas you’d like to share with others? Sign up to chat with staff in the Faculty Development Center, ITS, and SOAR.