ITS Offers Online Faculty Resources

In response to faculty members continually looking for ways to keep abreast of advances in technology, IT Services and the Office of the Provost have joined together to purchase a subscription to a substantial collection of intensive online professional development opportunities that can be accessed from any computer.

Magna Online provides an extensive cache of videos and publications that may be of interest to faculty members. These are productions based on conferences many may have wished to attend, but did not have the resources to do so.

One such selection is “How to Balance Online Learner Needs and Instructor Workload” by Samantha Streamer-Veneruso and Tammy Stuart Perry. They discuss the concerns instructors have when creating an online class: have they created more work than they can handle? The pair shows the solution lies in creating a learner-centered community that encourages students to assume more of the learning responsibility while reducing the instructor’s workload. To view the video, or read the accompanying materials, log in to and type in “Stuart Perry” in the TOPICS search section.

Another video, this one from Educause, is “Best Practices for Designing Successful Blended” by Veronica Diaz. This video demonstrates how to make the best of face-to-face and online instruction by designing a blended course from scratch or re-designing a traditional class. To provide feedback after viewing these videos, or for assistance in setting up an account, contact the Learning Technologies Team at 660.785.7750 or stop by PML 205.

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