2020 IGNIS Webinar Schedule

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Our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience, all IGNIS webinars below have been postponed until fall 2020.

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

You mean I have to talk to my students! HAS BEEN CANCELLED – New topic below!

Yes you Can-vas!

Alissa Sells
Program Administrator, Educational Technology & Open Education
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

In response to campus closures for COVID-19, we’re switching gears for the first IGNIS webinar of our 2020 season and running an extended session to help train faculty and staff in Canvas. In addition to showing you how to build a simple course in Canvas, Alissa will share a list of teaching resources to help get you started on the path to building a well-designed online course. If you’ve never used Canvas (or just need a refresher) and need to move your course online ASAP so students can finish the quarter or you are proactively planning ahead for potentially being online for spring quarter, this webinar is for you!  Join Alissa for a demo of selected topics from Canvas 101 during the first hour then stick around for open Canvas lab time during the second hour where you can start building your course, ask questions, and get support as you build.

*If you don’t already have one, please ask your campus eLearning office for a Canvas classroom before the webinar.

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Igniting their Spark – Research Based Strategies for Improving Online Retention Rates … Postponed!

Ben Whitmore
Instructional Designer, Community Colleges of Spokane

Many people have a false narrative about the success and pass rates of online students. Across the country, online students generally have a 10-20% lower chance for completion, but the same cannot be said for the community and technical colleges in Washington State. Our online students are thriving at higher rates than other colleges.  Join Ben for a look at state-wide data on success rates compared to other state-wide college districts, research in the areas of online retention, barriers that prevent students success, research-based solutions to address those barriers, and tools in Canvas to help develop interventions even after the quarter has already started.

Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Extreme Makeover: Discussion Board Edition … Postponed!

Whitney Boswell
Instructional Designer, Green River College

Discussion boards are typically formatted as a “call and response” type activity where students are asked to answer a question, read their peers’ posts, and then respond.  Many students feel like this is a waste of time and they get bored doing the same thing each week while faculty find it difficult to facilitate when students don’t actually engage and discuss the topic. Join Whitney for a look at different discussion board activities, examples of those activities, and how Green River faculty have transformed their discussion boards.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Addressing Test Anxiety … Postponed!

Mihaela Cosma
Professor Adult Basic Education, English as  Second Language & GED, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Tests are part of almost every college course.  Anxiety and lack of self-confidence truly inhibit brain function and mental performance, so many students don’t do their best at tests despite rigorous preparation and content mastery.  You can help your students become better test-takers by teaching them test-taking strategies and self-regulation skills they can use before and during the test.  Developing effective test taking skills takes time and practice.  This webinar will address both cognitive and affective strategies faculty can embed in their instruction towards instilling in students habits and mindsets of good test-takers. Join Mihaela to learn about simple, research-based tips and techniques you can share with students to assist them along their academic journeys and with special applicability to situations such as tests and presentations.

Thursday, April 30th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Guidelines for Developing a Robust Digital Badge … Postponed!

Steve Gance
Policy Associate, Office of Educational Technology & Open Education, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

Millions of digital badges have been awarded since the advent of Open Badges 1.0 in 2013. Despite the success of Open Badges, a widespread concern is that badges are often trivial and are not backed by rigorous evaluation of the competencies recognized by the badge. The release of OpenBadges 2.0 in 2018 has renewed interest in digital badges and how to adequately represent and assess the achievements those badge represent.  Join Steve for an overview of SBCTC’s efforts to develop design guidelines for creating robust digital badges, a taxonomy of different badge types, and examples of badge descriptions that effectiviely communicate achievements to employers and others who have an interest in the skills represented by the badge.

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 2:00 PM (GAAD Event!)

Using Ally Course Level Reports to Improve Accessibility … Postponed!

Amy Rovner
Instructional Designer, Accessible IT Coordinator & Part-time Nutrition faculty, Shoreline Community College

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The Ally Course Level Reporting tool is now available in every Canvas classroom (when enabled by your institution). The Ally accessibility checker provides quick links to help you prioritize and improve the accessibility of your course content and you can watch your score improve. We’ll walk through a demonstration of how to use the tool and make the basic changes it suggests.  Join Amy for this special Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) IGNIS webinar and find out how you can see a snapshot of the accessibility of your course with just one click.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Meet the WA Course Design Checklist … Postponed!

Alissa Sells
Program Administrator, Office of Educational Technology & Open Education, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

Well-designed online courses benefit everyone.  Created for Washington by Washington, the WA Course Design Checklist is an open source course design tool developed to assist faculty and other course developers in creating more equitable, inclusive, and engaging online learning environments that promote student and faculty success by removing barriers to teaching and learning.  Students, faculty, eLearning staff, and instructional designers from in Washington community and technical colleges participated in its development.  Join Alissa to meet the checklist, find out how it intersects with the excellent work already in progress at our colleges, and how you can use it to solve pesky course design issues and make your teaching more efficient while engaging your students and helping them succeed.

Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

P(an)op(to) Quiz!  … Postponed!

Marie Clever
Adjunct Faculty, Business Management,Green River College, Green River College

Whitney Boswell
Instructional Designer, Green River College

It’s time for a pop quiz using Panopto’s interactive quizzing feature! Engage students by adding in-video quiz questions that help you check for comprehension, reinforce concepts, and improve knowledge retention.  Join Marie and Whitney to learn how they implemented Panopto quizzes in a business course, the basics of how to set up a Panopto quiz that connects to your Canvas Gradebook, and to discuss the student data they collected and analyzed from student surveys and Panopto analytics.