What Works Well in Online Teaching – A Resource for Faculty

Over the last year, members of the Faculty Development Committee (a statewide standing committee of the Academic Affairs Council) have worked to create a document to promote reflection and dialogue about effective online teaching practices.

What Works Well in Online Teaching Brochure coverAccess this resource at http://bit.ly/WhatWorksWell

The document provides:

  • A description of effective practices specific to instruction delivered online
  • Guidance for new and experienced online or hybrid/blended instructors
  • An opportunity for reflection and dialogue about online teaching
  • An opportunity to align online courses or course components with shared standards of best practice and instructional design principles

What Works Well in Online Teaching” by the Minnesota State Faculty Development Committee, Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 / A derivative from the original work developed by the Portland Community College Distance Learning Advisory Council.

Special shout out to the following Minnesota State faculty who worked to bring this together for all of us in the system:

  • Elizabeth McMahon, Northland Community College and the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative
  • Amy Jo Swing, Lake Superior College
  • Jennifer Veltsos, Minnesota State University, Mankato

A note of thanks to Portland Community College for creating the original document, creative commons licensing it, and sharing it publicly on their website.

STAR Symposium Committee Receives Excellence Award

The STAR Symposium Committee received an “Overall-in-All” Excellence Award at the 2018 Minnesota eLearning Summit. The committee received the award for the work they’ve done to plan and successfully implement the STAR Symposium All Day Virtual Teaching and Learning Conference for the past three years. The “overall-in-all” designation indicates excellence in all three award categories: innovation, collaboration, and impact.

eLearning Summit 2018

The STAR Symposium is a virtual one-day conference hosted annually by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI). Coordinated by the MOQI Coordinators (Elizabeth McMahon and Robin O’Callaghan), the STAR Symposium celebrates excellence in teaching and learning by providing an avenue for individuals to share best practices, ideas, and resources with colleagues within and outside of Minnesota. The Symposium includes a keynote address, featured session, and multiple concurrent sessions in an easy-to-navigate format that provides participants opportunities to learn and share strategies that positively impact face-to-face, blended, and online courses and/or programs.

The idea for the STAR Symposium grew out of a desire to find better ways for faculty from Minnesota State institutions to share and learn about effective practices in teaching and learning. Lacking resources to provide a face-to-face conference, the MOQI Coordinators assembled a team to design and deliver the STAR Symposium as a low-cost, virtual, interactive one-day conference. A radical departure from a traditional conference, this required creativity and imagination to build an infrastructure, market and sell the value of the new idea, and provide supports to presenters and participants to ensure a high-quality, user-friendly, engaging experience. After only three years, the very successful Symposium has expanded beyond system borders to include national and international presenters and participants.

The award was given to the following individuals to recognize their contributions, creativity and innovation, exceptional collaboration, and extraordinary impact on teaching and learning:

Elizabeth McMahon, Northland Community and Technical College
Dorinda Sorvig, Northland Community and Technical College
Robin O’Callaghan, Winona State University
Mary O’Brien, Winona State University
Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest, Winona State University
Angie Anderson, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Miki Huntington, Minneapolis Community College
Carla Johanson, Distance Minnesota Support Center
Kimberly Johnson, Minnesota State System Office
Carrie Miller, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Darcy Turner, University of St. Thomas
Roseann Wolak, Saint Cloud State University