E-Campus Working Groups (EWG)

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What is a "Working Group"?

A Miami Regionals E-Campus Working Group (EWG) is a small group of colleagues from different departments across Miami University Regionals coming together as a learning community to investigate important new areas of work knowledge and new approaches to traditional strategies in online learning.

EWG members focus on a specific area of study, in which the community supports each other, shares information, and works together to advance their field. Additionally, EWG participants who successfully complete the learning community experience earn $250 in professional development stipends.


Why Join a Miami Regionals E-Campus Working Group?

Watch Thomas Morgan, Rebecca Eaton, and Tsuneo Ferguson share their experiences with being a member of an EWG.

Fall 2020 EWG Opportunities

Teaching with Canvas: Fall 2020

Facilitated by Leah Henson, Languages, Literatures, and Writing

VIRTUAL SYNCHRONOUS MEETINGS: THURSDAYS, 1-2 PM

This E-Faculty Working Group (EWG) will present an opportunity to form a community of Miami University Regionals faculty that utilizes the Canvas learning management system (LMS) to deliver high-quality HyFlex and/or Temporary Online courses for Fall 2020. The goal of the ‘Teaching with Canvas: Fall 2020’ EWG is to help faculty more effectively use Canvas while simultaneously increasing students’ satisfaction with their learning experiences. Tailored to newer-to-Canvas users, this EWG will focus on utilizing the Canvas features necessary for effective Hyflex and Temporary Online courses (e.g. Regionals templates, modules, Gradebook, Speedgrader, feedback options, instructor presence, etc.). The faculty cohort will actively collaborate and support each other through learning opportunities during the semester to expand their knowledge and expertise in using the LMS in their courses. Upon successful completion of the EWG, each participant will receive $250 in professional development funds.

To apply, connect with Robyn Brown, E-Campus Coordinator for E-Faculty Engagements, via phone at 513-217-4119 or email at ecampushelp@miamioh.edu.


Focus

As a result of engaging in this EWG, participants will be able to:

  • Enhance Canvas course delivery for a Fall 2020 course
    • Course may include features such as the Regionals template, modules, Canvas quizzes, Canvas assignments with clickable rubrics, weighted grades, or more
  • Locate and utilize Canvas guides for instructors and for students
  • Identify multiple ways to provide student feedback through Canvas
  • Use programs such as Proctorio and TurnItIn to promote academic integrity

Topics to Be Covered

  • Brief overview of course set up (Regionals template, modules, etc.) for HyFlex and/or Temporary Online
  • Creating continued instructor presence
  • Using Gradebook and Speedgrader features
  • Providing student feedback through Canvas
  • Promoting academic integrity

Group Activities

  • Virtual Synchronous Meetings: Select Thursdays from 1-2 pm
  • 12-week duration; virtual synchronous meetings tentatively starting the week of August 24 and meeting roughly bi-weekly throughout the remainder of the term.
  • 6 working meetings; including (but not limited to): conversation, course planning, review of Canvas settings and features.
  • Reading guides on Canvas/Instructure features
  • Relating philosophical and practical approaches to the HyFlex and Temporary Online classroom

Outcomes and Expectations

In order to successfully complete the EWG, participants will be required to:

  • Attend and participate in at least 4 of the 5 scheduled meetings.
  • Delivery of a robust Canvas course site for a Fall 2020 HyFlex or Temporary Online course.
  • And, working in collaboration with E-Campus, share lessons learned, tips, tricks, and/or strategies with colleagues through at least one of the following:
    • Create job aids or ‘how-to’ guides
    • Write a ‘quick read’ article
    • Record a video
    • Present at a department meeting, E-Campus event, or alternative
    • Share what you’ve done through social media channels
    • Mentor a first-year faculty/instructor
    • Create examples and templates
    • ...and additional possibilities

Increasing Online Instructor Presence

Increasing Online Instructor Presence

Facilitated by Jill Gomez, Languages, Literatures, and Writing

VIRTUAL SYNCHRONOUS MEETINGS: WEDNESDAYS, 3-4 PM

The Increasing Online Instructor Presence E-Campus Working Group (EWG) will present an opportunity to build a more valuable instructor-student relationship by using practices that foster student engagement and improve academic achievement through intentional instructor presence. This EWG’s goal is to build and/or expand a faculty member’s toolbox of techniques and practices to best humanize the relationship between student and instructor in online environments. This EWG will focus on the importance of instructor presence online by exploring Canvas features such as prework modules, various modes, and types of feedback, and discussion boards. Participants will also focus on communication strategies via email and other means such as Canvas Announcements.

To apply, connect with Robyn Brown, E-Campus Coordinator for E-Faculty Engagements, via phone at 513-217-4119 or email at ecampushelp@miamioh.edu.


Focus

As a result of engaging in this EWG, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the theoretical basis for the importance of instructor-student engagement in the online environment
  • Examine successful practices of instructor presence in the online environment
  • Create modules, screencasts and videos, discussion boards, and feedback in order to be more visible to students
  • Increase communication with students
  • Explore possible solutions to the challenges of instructor presence in the online classroom

Topics to Be Covered

  • Theoretical basis for instructor presence in courses with web-based features
  • Pre-semester communication plans
  • Introductory Canvas prework modules
  • Recurrent and enhanced communication
  • Various modalities of feedback in Canvas
  • Discussion board best practices
  • Solutions for challenges and barriers to online instructor-student relationships

Group Activities

  • Virtual Synchronous Meetings: Select Wednesdays from 3-4 pm
  • 12-week duration; virtual synchronous meetings tentatively starting the week of August 24 and meeting roughly bi-weekly throughout the remainder of the term.
  • 6 working meetings including (but not limited to): conversation, review of scholarly sources, presentation and demonstration, experiential practice.
  • Reading guides on instructor presence
  • Relating philosophical and practical approaches to instructor visibility
  • Guest speakers

Outcomes and Expectations

In order to successfully complete the EWG, participants will be required to:

  • Attend and participate in a minimum of 5 of the 6 scheduled meetings.
  • Create at least one example for, or otherwise demonstrate, each of the tools presented (e.g. creating prework modules, enhancing communication, etc.) by the end of Fall term.
  • And, working in collaboration with E-Campus, share lessons learned, tips, tricks, and/or strategies with colleagues through at least one of the following:
    • Create job aids or ‘how-to’ guides
    • Write a ‘quick read’ article
    • Record a video
    • Present at a department meeting, E-Campus event, or alternative
    • Share what you’ve done through social media channels
    • Mentor a first-year faculty/instructor
    • Create examples and templates
    • ...and additional possibilities