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Growing Online Learning

Growing Online Learning 2021: TLC: Teaching, Learning, and Caring

Tuesday, February 16th - Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Growing Online Learning 2021 Flyer

Keynote:
COVID Fatigue: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Moving Forward

with Elgin Community College, Heartland Community College, McHenry County College, & Prairie State College
We have been living and working in unprecedented unique circumstances. As students enter our classrooms-in person or virtual-they are bringing with them the sustained trauma of a global pandemic. And guess what? So are we. We will discuss the effects of trauma on the brain and body, how those effects may manifest in ourselves and our students, and how we can help. This presentation will help us frame our own experiences, while we consider the ways we can support our students, our colleagues, and ourselves, as we move forward.

COVID Fatigue: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Moving Forward

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am

Rachel Boldman (She/Her), M.S., LCPC
Director of Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services
McHenry County College

Vinny Cascio (He/Him), MA,CRC,LPC
Wellness Professional
Elgin Community College

Mary Grimm (She/Her), M.A., LPC
Wellness Professional
Elgin Community College

Dr. Janice Malak (She/Her)
Professor of Sociology
Heartland Community College


We have been living and working in unprecedented unique circumstances. As students enter ourclassrooms—in person or virtual—they are bringing with them the sustained trauma of a globalpandemic. And guess what? So are we. We will discuss the effects of trauma on the brain and body, how those effects may manifest in ourselves and our students, and how we can help. This presentation will help us frame our own experiences, while we consider the ways we can support our students, ourcolleagues, and ourselves, as we move forward.
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Designing for Kindness

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 02:00pm to 02:30pm

Kona Jones
Director, Online Learning
Richland Community College


When students feel like their teacher cares about them as a person, as well as their success in the course, it creates a foundation of trust that promotes meaningful interactions and learning. Right now, we all need some kindness in our lives - both kindness to our students and kindness to ourselves as teachers. This session covers what this learning environment looks like, how it functions, and the impacton student learning?
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How to Encourage Student Interaction in Zoom Meetings

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 10:00am to 10:30am

Susan Nugent
Online Support & Instructional Technology Support
Lake Land College


This session will discuss the different ways you can encourage student interaction in web conferencing tools using Breakout rooms and Polls. Other topics covered will be how to share your recordings with students and meeting management.
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Active Learning through Service Projects in a Digital Learning Environment

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 02:00pm to 02:30pm

Mary Carlson
Associate Professor, Business/Marketing/Management
College of DuPage


Join us to learn about utilizing service learning in online courses to engage students in Active Learning.Learn about free academic tools used for weekly discussions and speaker presentations. Student outcomes show an increase in engagement and improved communication and professional networking.
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Introduction to Universal Design for Learning – UDL

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 10:00am to 10:30am

Sarah Goldammer
Educational Training Specialist Southern Illinois Professional Development Center
SIU Edwardsville

Aimee Julian
Director, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support
Illinois State University


This session will explore the UDL Core Concepts – the theory and research behind this instructional framework. Presenters will also provide strategies for implementing UDL in your classroom.
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Authentic, Meaningful and Engaging Assessments

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 02:00pm to 02:30pm

Anna Catterson
Director of Online Learning & Instructional Technologies
Heartland College


Creating meaningful assessments that are authentic and provide a high degree of validity and reliability can be a challenge, but it can be done in every discipline. As an integral part, assessment provides an opportunity for teachers and students alike to identify areas of understanding and misunderstanding.With this knowledge, students and teachers can build on the understanding and seek to transform misunderstanding into significant learning. Assessments indicate to students what they should learn and they give concrete meaning to valued learning goals. This session will share best practices when creating engaging online assessments that are authentic and meaningful.
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For more information, contact Jeff Newell - jeff.newell@illinois.gov