Last week, TLT staff attended the Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT) at Johnson County Community College. SIDLIT is an annual technology conference that includes presentations, discussion groups, and demonstrations for educators and distance learning support staff.
TLT staff has presented multiple times throughout the years and 2014 was no different. Sonny presented his Second Life work with "Second Life is not dead: Current research project using Second Life virtual learning environment." Julie and Nellie highlighted their work in the School of Nursing with "Aligning and analyzing your course data." Both presentations were well attended and the presenters received ribbons attached to their name tags for all to see.
Other topics discussed were student success in online courses, accessible content, and presentation tips. Highlights from these sessions include:
- Student-to-student interaction is important in promoting student success in online courses. Let students lead discussion boards and blogs. Instructors, only post to clarify topics or answer questions.
- Create an FAQ section in your course to reduce confusion and number of student emails.
- KU provides information on how to make your course
content more accessible at http://content.accessibility.ku.edu/
- The power of the pause when presenting: breaks up a rapid pace, adds power to a phrase or section of content, and allows the audience to catch up.
TLT had a great time presenting, learning, networking, and best of all winning prizes! See you in 2015, SIDLIT!