Best LMS Hacks: How to Turn an Ordinary Course Shell into an Advisor Hub, a Communication Hub, and Much More…

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Brief Abstract

What else can you do with a course shell—besides teach a class? Join us for a revolutionary 90-minute workshop, where you will learn how to turn in an ordinary course shell into something extraordinary—such as an Advisor Hub, a Communication Hub, a Library Readiness Mini-Course, a 24/7 Advising Area (eQuad), a degree-specific Career Central, and more. By leveraging existing LMS resources in your institution, these innovations can be built without additional expenditures for software or consultants.

Presenters

Dr. Leora Waldner is the Associate Dean for Strategic Innovation and a Professor of Public Administration at Troy University, where she implements initiatives within the College to improve student experience. She is passionate about seeding innovations that enhance student experience from orientation to graduation, regardless of where our students live and learn. She has led radical innovation teams that have deployed 24/7 advising hubs for online students, free on-demand graduate orientations, and virtual graduations. As an early pioneer in eService-Learning, she visits universities across the country to share online innovations, mentor new online faculty teams, and host workshops about eAdvising and excellence in online teaching.
Tammy Barnett Esteves, Ph.D., is a native Virginian, now living in Orlando. Dr. Esteves ("Dr. E" to her students) brings both practical and academic experience to the field of public administration, preferring the moniker "pracademic." She has been a full-time faculty member with Troy University’s MPA program since 2002. Prior to entering the world of academia, her practical experiences included work as training coordinator for Virginia Blood Services; human resources director for International AutoSport; community services coordinator for the Jefferson Area Board for Aging; development coordinator for the Virginia Discovery Museum; and Interim Executive Director for Avalon, a women’s shelter in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Esteves is very active in the American Society for Public Administration and the International Leadership Association, and also does leadership training for the USCG Auxiliary. She primarily teaches Leadership in Public Administration, eGovernance, Grants Management, and Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response. Her main research interest is the role of technology for building community, particularly the intersection of sustainability and emergency management with smart city technology. She brings these interests into the classroom with creative assignments to get students to think outside the box and make connections to the world around them, encouraging whole person education and lifelong learning. In addition to considering herself a "pracademic," she also uses the moniker "edupreneur" as she is passionate about the use of technology in the classroom and encouraging student engagement. In addition to conference presentations, she has traveled with colleagues to other universities to present workshops about taking online education to the next level. Dr. Esteves has a BA from the University of Virginia, an MPA from James Madison University, and a PhD in Public Administration and Public Affairs from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Dayna McDaniel teaches for Troy University in the MPA program. She has taught at the college level for 30 years with over15 years of experience teaching online. She began working with technology in her military career with the AF as a Health Service Administrative Officer that helped set up medical systems in major regional AF health facilities as well as wrote user-friendly computer materials for health professionals as part of the medical technological acclimation process. This initial interest in the socio-technical bridging of computers with users has been a motivating factor in her building communication and student hubs to serve students and faculty members. She is passionate about simplifying online communications and building courses that target visual learners with materials and course structures to increase student learning and interests. She believes that "If you do something in the traditional classroom, you can figure out how to effectively do it online."
Dr. Johnson is a licensed, registered dietitian with over 34 years of experience in teaching and clinical practice. She is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion and teaches courses in the school of nursing at Troy University.

Extended Abstract

What else can you do with a course shell—besides teach a class?   Join us for a revolutionary 90-minute workshop, where you will learn how to turn in an ordinary course shell into something extraordinary—such as an Advisor Hub, a Communication Hub, a Library Readiness Mini-Course, a 24/7 Advising Area (eQuad), a degree-specific Career Central, and more. By leveraging existing LMS resources in your institution, these innovations can be built without additional expenditures for software or consultants. 

What are the explicit participant learning outcomes for the workshop?

  1. Participants will learn to radically re-purpose course shells into organizations that power success for their students and their institution;
  2. Participants will learn the internal logistics and partnerships needed to build and sustain such organizations;
  3. Each participant will design a Comm Hub, an Advising Hub, and a Training Hub for their institution. 

What types of collaboration or interactivity will occur during the workshop with the instructor-participants and within the participant-to-participant group themselves?​ Please outline time allotments for any presentation vs. interactivity (i.e., 15 minute presentation; 65 minute interactive workshop; 10 minute Q & A).

This hands-on 90-minute workshop features three 30-minute segments

I.  Communication Hubs

  • Virtual tour of internal communication hubs (college-level, department-level, and internal faculty hubs)  (15 minutes, includes Q&A)
  • Participants work in groups to design a communication hub for their organization (15 minutes)

II.  Advising Hub.

  • Virtual tour of Advising Hubs for students (eQuads, Career Central, etc.) (15 minutes, includes Q&A))
  • Participants work in groups to design an Advising Hub for their organizations (15 minutes). 

 III.  Training Hub

  • Virtual tour of special training hubs (e.g., Library Readiness Mini-Course, Advisor Training Hub (15 minutes, includes Q&A))
  • Participants work in groups to design a special-purpose training hub for their institution (15 minutes)

 

How will workshop participants be able to apply the effective practices shared in the workshop at their home institution?

Every participant will build the template design for a Comm Hub, an Advising Hub, and a Training Hub, and will be able to take those designs back to implement them in their own institution.  Supplemental online support resources will be provided. 

Who do you envision as the primary audience types who would get the most out of this session and why do you believe they will benefit?

  • Faculty and staff advisors will learn how build organizations to make advising more efficient, enhance internal communication, and enhance student success. 
  • Instructional designers will enhance their portfolio of services by learning how to build and support the building of these organizations;
  • Administrators will learn how to re-purpose course organizations to enhance communication and address institutional problems ranging from retention to lack of advisor training,

What activities, take-aways, and/or activities will your workshop participants engage in that make your workshop unique, innovative, and relevant to the OLC Innovate 2019 themes and track you have selected?

Every participant will build a customized design for a Comm Hub, an Advising Hub, and a Training Hub, designs they can take back and implement them in their own institution.  Online support resources will also be provided.

What materials are required for the presenters, and what materials are required of those in attendance? This must be clearly outlined within the proposal submission.

The presenter needs an LCD projector and a room with Internet access.  The participants do not need any supplies (laptops helpful, but not required, as the design templates can be done with paper and pen).