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PIVOT Live

Delivered in five 60-minute webinars over five days, PIVOT topics focus on helping instructors achieve competency in areas related to pedagogy, course design and development as well as technical and administrative skills.

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Preparing to Teach Online (P1)

Teaching online is very different from teaching in the classroom — both pedagogically and technologically. Although SP2020 faculty were required to quickly adapt to remote instruction, faculty who are teaching in summer have several weeks before classes start to adapt their courses for the online environment. Listen to our panel of experienced online faculty to discuss tips, strategies, and effective practices for teaching in a virtual environment. Share your ideas for time management and course organization. Evaluate technologies to align course objectives with your assessments and learning activities. 

view webinar recording (May 4, 2020) | May session chat transcriptMay slide deck
view webinar recording (August 10, 2020)

Active Learning Strategies for Online Classes (P2)

Research shows that active learning and student engagement can positively impact student learning. Active learning may include in-class activities, reflection, collaboration, and assessment. This webinar will focus on taking your classroom activities and re-imagining them for the online environment. What tools are available to use? What active learning strategies can you implement into your virtual classroom?

view webinar recording (May 5, 2020) | May session chat transcript | May slide deck
view webinar recording (August 11, 2020)

Engaging Students & Building Online Community (P3)

Creating and maintaining a sense of community is important to an online course. Without classroom meetings, students may feel isolated from their instructors and peers. COVID-19 social distancing restrictions contribute to the sense of isolation. Incorporating synchronous and asynchronous engagement activities help students connect with course materials, each other, and you as their instructor. Join this webinar to share your tools and strategies for engaging students in the online environment.

view webinar recording (May 6, 2020) | May session chat transcriptMay slide deck
view webinar recording (August 12, 2020)

Reconceptualizing Online Assessments (P4)

Instructional technologies provide many opportunities to support assessment and track student performance in Blackboard. While low-impact assessments are easily implemented to check knowledge or skills, authentic assessment requires students to perform real-world tasks and apply those knowledge and skills. Join this webinar to discuss the benefits of low-impact, self and peer, and authentic assessments in your online courses. Share your ideas and strategies for designing, delivering, and evaluating student assessment in a virtual environment.

view webinar recording (May 7, 2020) | May session chat transcript | May slide deck
view webinar recording (August 13, 2020)

Supporting Students & Monitoring Progress (P5)

Online learning requires students to manage their time and workload. Students also learn in different ways. Explore how usability and accessibility can set your students up for success. Identify reporting tools to track student progress in your course and reduce attrition. Join this webinar to discuss effective practices for supporting students and increasing student success.

view webinar recording (May 8, 2020) | May session chat transcriptMay slide deck
view webinar recording (August 14, 2020)