La Verne Online offers a variety of resources and services to faculty. These include an Early Alert Reporting system, online teaching resources, online teaching certification, instructional design services, and resources for Blackboard.
Early Alert Reporting
Identifying at-risk behaviors early can make a positive difference for the rest of the semester. Help us to identify students in your Course(s) who might be starting their term on the wrong foot due to “at-risk” behaviors such as, but not limited to:
- Attending class, but does not appear on your roster.
- Is on your roster, but has not attended classes at all.
- Has missed two or more assignments.
- Has stopped participating
- Has performed poorly in early assignments/quizzes.
- Appears emotionally distressed/moody/withdrawn.
- Other Concerns
Online Teaching Certification
Leading Engaging Online (LEO) Courses Certification has replaced IOTL as La Verne Online’s faculty certification course. This two-week, 15-hour course focuses on the pedagogy of teaching and facilitating an online class.
The six quests that comprise the course ask faculty to consider key questions such as how they will welcome students and prepare them for success as well as how they will support a thriving learning community and monitor and encourage progress throughout the term. LEO Courses Certification is designed using a personal approach to learning so that faculty can explore topics most relevant to their teaching style and needs. In addition to promoting individual exploration, LEO Courses is also geared toward developing a strong community of practice where faculty share with and learn from one another.
LEO Courses will be offered 5-weeks before the start of each term. The course runs 2-weeks from a Monday to Monday. Upcoming dates are:
February 19 – March 5, 2018 Registration closed.
May 7 – 21, 2018 Register Now!
August 20 – September 3, 2018
December 3 – 17, 2018
February 18 – March 4, 2019
May 6 – 20, 2019
Priority is given to faculty teaching for La Verne Online. All other La Verne faculty and staff are welcome to register and participate in the course dependent on the availability of seats.
JumpStart: Teaching on a Template
- modifying an existing course template from a department or program
- preparing the course template for launch
- using Blackboard management tools to engage with and evaluate student progress during the term
This is a self-paced, self-monitored course. This is designed as a crash course for faculty who must rapidly become acquainted with both a department or program course template and the Blackboard LMS. The course is not intended to prepare faculty to develop a course from scratch or achieve online certification. Sign up for the course!
Online Proctoring with Respondus
Thursday, March 8th, 2:00-2:30pm
Without proctoring, it is far too easy to cheat on quizzes and exams in Blackboard. Now there is a way to reduce cheating through the use of an online proctoring tool called Respondus. In this webinar, we’ll demonstrate how to employ LockDown Browser to prevent the use of websites and other applications during online tests. We’ll also show you how to configure Monitor, a companion application, to use the student’s webcam to flag suspicious activity while assessments are in progress.
WebEx for Student Engagement (group collaboration, online office hours, & more)
Thursday, April 12th, 2:00-2:30pm
Are you interested in including online office hours, student group collaboration, guest speakers, or synchronous discussions in your online class? You can achieve all this and more by integrating WebEx online meetings into your online classes. In this webinar, we’ll review key features of the WebEx interface so that you can easily share media, present a PowerPoint, or facilitate a discussion using moderator controls.
Creating Engaging Instructional Videos
Thursday, April 26th, 2:00-2:30pm
Faculty created videos are a great way to infuse your class with you passion, personality, and insights. In this webinar, we’ll share some best practices for online video as well as demonstrate how to use YouTube, Camtasia, and Screencast-o-matic to easily create effective and engaging video.
PowerPoint Slide Design Tips #1 – Basic Aesthetic and Cognitive Principles of Slide Design
Thursday, May 10th, 2:00-2:30 PM
Our slides are our visual means of communicating during a presentation. In this webinar, we’ll consider principles that improve both the aesthetics and pedagogical effectiveness of slide design. We’ll examine ways that key principles of design such as contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity, can help to create visually engaging slides that more effectively draw students into your presentation. We’ll also see how considering principles of cognitive science in slide design such as dual-encoding, cognitive load, and schema-building, can improve the academic impact and retention of your presentation.
A Blackboard Essentials dashboard is available on on the Faculty tab within Blackboard. It links you to questions and essential information about the way you can use the LMS.
Blackboard Video Tutorials
Visit Blackboard’s webpage of instructional videos for faculty.
Get familiar with features in minutes. View the list of instructor videos or watch multiple videos about a particular topic using the playlists.
There is also a list of student videos.