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.

Summer 2021 EWG Opportunity

Multiple Choices: Expanding Your Assessment Toolbox

Facilitated by Dr. Alan Cady, Biological Sciences, and Dr. Barbara Oswald, Social and Behavioral Sciences

VIRTUAL SYNCHRONOUS MEETINGS: TUESDAYS 9-11 A.M.

This timely E-Faculty Working Group (EWG) will provide an opportunity for faculty to explore the dynamic role of alternative assessments for improving student learning and engagement. Participants will discuss and implement strategies for creating accessible and engaging assessments aligned with course learning objectives. Each session of this EWG will focus on the theory and development of different alternative assessment types, including project-based learning and group discussions, that can inspire connections in knowledge, encourage social interaction, and demonstrate the application of course concepts in real-world contexts. 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 email at ecampushelp@miamioh.edu.


Focus

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

  • Examine the key features of outcomes-based assessments and their role in demonstrating student learning and understanding
  • Distinguish between formative and summative assessments and identify opportunities to use each in your course curriculum
  • Evaluate methods to encourage meaningful engagement in your class discussions
  • Develop or modify one of your assessments to align with student learning outcomes and encourage real-world application for one or more Fall 2021 semester course(s)

Topics to Be Covered

  • Theoretical basis of best practices for authentic/alternative assessments
  • Approaches for creating project-based or scaffolded projects that engage students and ease grading burden
  • Strategies to develop engaging online discussions that move beyond the “post one, respond two” format
  • Methods for fine-tuning one or more existing assessments (including any assignment from an online course regardless of whether you are the instructor, course author, or course steward)
  • Opportunities to establish networks, collaborate with colleagues and share your creations with the group

Group Activities

  • Virtual Synchronous Meetings: Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m.
  • 6-week duration; virtual synchronous meetings starting Tuesday, June 15 and meeting weekly until July 20 (June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20)
  • 6 working meetings; including (but not limited to): conversation; overview of scholarly sources and best practices; presentation and demonstration; experiential practice; collaboration and feedback

Outcomes and Expectations

To successfully complete this EWG, participants will be required to:

  • Attend and participate in at least 5 of the 6 scheduled meetings
  • Create an accessible and engaging alternative assessment, or modify one of your existing assessments, for use in one or more Fall 2021 semester course(s)
  • And, working in collaboration with E-Campus, share lessons learned, tips, tricks, 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