Blended and Online Series

Blended and Online Workshop Series

The Blended and Online Workshop Series (BOWS) are sets of interactive workshops that focus on pedagogy and practice of blended and online learning. Series topics include foundations, assessments, course design, experiential learning, learning technologies, and equity, diversity and inclusion. The series are offered monthly with weekly scheduled workshops, so participants are welcome to attend one, some, or all based on their interest and availability. Each workshop creates informal opportunities for focused blended and online teaching development and connections with academic staff from various disciplines. 


In this series, participants will have the opportunity to learn about:  

  • Applying their experience to teaching in blended and online learning contexts  

  • Designing courses for virtual classrooms 

  • Developing interactive learning materials and activities 

  • Leveraging Universal Design Learning to help students achieve their learning goals  

Each of these sessions focus on establishing a solid foundation for teaching and learning in blended and online contexts and participants will benefit from attending one, some, or all of the workshops. Participants can expect to take away an improved understanding of how to integrate their pedagogy with the unique characteristics of blended and online learning. 

Teaching and Learning in a Blended and Online Classroom

Teaching in a blended and online setting can be a rewarding experience for both instructors and students. Instructors benefit from engaged, motivated and self-directed learners, while students enjoy the accessibility, flexibility, and incorporation of learning technologies. In this workshop, participants will be able to build upon their existing blended and online teaching experiences by discussing instructional design models and learning activities that contribute to a successful blended and online teaching and learning environment. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Discuss pedagogical approaches and instructional design models that suit a blended and online learning environment 

  • Identify blended and online learning teaching strategies that advance student learning outcomes 

  • Select different learning activities that promote student engagement and self-directed learning 

Date: May 7, 2021
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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Universal Design for Blended and Online Learning

The three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provide multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement. These principles can be used as a framework for blended and online learning course design and development that supports a wide range of learners. In this workshop, participants will explore how to apply UDL principles in blended and online learning design. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Explain the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) 

  • Recognize how the UDL principles can be applied to blended and online course design 

  • Identify three UDL instructional methods to implement in your courses 

Date: May 11, 2021
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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Intentional D2L Course Shell Design

Our D2L course shells are the primary digital space for instructor and student interaction. How can we design these course shells to meet the needs of both instructors and students? In this workshop, we present D2L course shell examples from across campus and intentional design strategies that can be adapted for a wide range of courses and pedagogical approaches. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Be introduced to D2L shell examples from across campus 

  • Explore how they can use different features of D2L to enhance content navigation 

  • Promote student engagement and community 

  • Improve student learning outcomes 

Date: May 18, 2021
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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Building an Online Class Community

Establishing a sense of community in the blended and online classroom positively affects the quality of student learning, student engagement and motivation. The Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework shapes meaningful learning experiences through cognitive, social and teaching presence. This workshop highlights practical CoI instructional activities that instructors can leverage to build an online class community in digital learning spaces. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Understand how the CoI framework can be applied to build a community in your online class 

  • Identify CoI instructional activities that lead to an online class community 

  • Select at least one activity to implement within your online teaching context 

Date: May 25, 2021
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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In this series, participants will have the opportunity to learn about: 

  • Advancing academic integrity in blended and online assessments 

  • Selecting appropriate tools for online assessments

  • Providing constructive and timely feedback

  • Using rubrics to assess students’ work

Each of these sessions provides an innovative approach to designing online assessments. Whether participants attend one, some, or all of the workshops, they will take away assessment strategies that they can apply in their current and future teaching practice. 

Designing Online Assessments that Promote Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is central to high-quality learning experiences in blended and online classrooms. In this workshop, participants will explore four strategies for designing assessments that promote student learning and academic integrity. 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize the importance academic integrity has in your course design 

  • Discuss the challenges associated with academic integrity and online assessments 

  • Identify practical tips and strategies that reflect academic integrity in your courses 

Date: June 1, 2021
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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Best Practices for Designing Quality Rubrics

A rubric is more than a grading tool. In blended and online courses, rubrics are a great way to gauge student learning, engagement, and competencies. Designing high-quality rubrics for use in blended and online learning courses promote student-centered learning through clear communication, explicit assignment expectations, and timely feedback. In this workshop, participants will use sample rubrics to explore best practices and learn how to use the Rubrics tool in D2L for efficient teaching and learning. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Identify essential markers of competency and integrate them into a D2L rubric 

  • Leverage rubrics to identify opportunities for deeper learning or skills development 

  • Embed opportunities for formative feedback and development throughout your course 

Date: June 8, 2021
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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Online Student Assessment

Online learning has both unique challenges and opportunities that can influence online student assessment. Alternative assessment strategies can be integrated into the course design to ensure rigorous and effective online student assessment. Drawing on course design best practices, this workshop provides an opportunity to work through a variety of online assessment strategies. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Discuss a variety of alternative online assessment strategies  

  • Select appropriate assessment methods that are connected to course learning outcomes  

Date: June 15, 2021
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

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Assessment and Feedback Strategies in Blended and Online Courses

Online learning assessments range from multiple-choice exams to research projects to group presentations. These methods assess learning in different ways and are an opportunity for instructors to provide meaningful feedback to help students with motivation and ongoing development. In this workshop, participants will explore how to use formal and informal assessments, learning technologies and tools, and strategies for providing feedback. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Select appropriate assessment methods to evaluate student learning in blended and online courses 

  • Identify assessment methods available through learning technologies such as D2L and Top Hat 

  • Use effective assessment strategies to provide meaningful feedback to students

Date: June 22, 2021
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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