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Blended Learning (RewirED)

Discover how you can harness the power of technology to create effective and engaging learning environments. This series of seminars for Columbia faculty and graduate student instructors explores hybrid/blended learning approaches and techniques, features hands-on activities, and culminates in a showcase of faculty projects.

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Visit the RewirED community website for workshop presentations, handouts and showcase videos.

When and Where

The RewirED series is running in Spring 2017. Columbia faculty and graduate student instructors are welcome to register for individual sessions or the whole series. Lunch will be available to those that register. Scroll down to read the session descriptions. 

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Blend the Course

(CUMC) Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

(Butler Library) Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

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Produce the Media

(CUMC) Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

(Butler Library) Thursday, February 23, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

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*Supplemental Workshop: DIY Online Video Production

(Butler Library Room 204)
Friday, February 24, 2017
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Register here.

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Leverage the Feedback

(CUMC) Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

(Butler Library) Thursday, March 2, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

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Curate the Resources

(CUMC) Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

(Butler Library) Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

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Reflect the Learning

(CUMC) Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

(Butler Library) Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

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Show the Blend

(CUMC) Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM (CANCELLED) 

(Butler Library) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.

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Learn about the program below

Who

RewirED is ideal for Columbia faculty, but postdocs, graduate student instructors, and staff are also welcome to attend.

Program Description

Participants will explore successful blended learning designs used in Columbia classrooms and their outcomes. Consider how blended learning with technology may prime, enhance, and extend teaching and learning in the Columbia classroom. Explore how and why student reflection, assessment, and feedback are an important part of the blended learning strategy. Examine best practices for identifying and integrating media and technologies into a blended learning design. Apply blended learning concepts discussed to redesign a course activity with the aim to enhance the teaching and learning objectives for the course.

Each workshop has a hands-on activity to help participants integrate the methods or approaches discussed into a new or existing course activity.

Spring 2017 Workshop Sessions:

Blend the Course

In this introductory session we will outline key considerations for blending a course. Discussions topics will include using backward design to plan blended learning, considering the strengths and limitations of various teaching and learning modalities while keeping learning objectives in mind, the shifting roles of a student-centered learning environment, tips for integrating assessment technologies to iterate on approaches, and technologies to get started.

  • (CUMC) Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
  • (Butler Library) Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
Produce the Media

This session surveys three ways that video may be used as an effective teaching and learning tool. We’ll address these questions: What are ways that video can be used in our courses? What are some best practices for creating effective educational video content? What software and equipment is required for educational video creation? No previous experience using video in teaching is necessary to participate in this session.

  • (CUMC) Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
  • (Butler Library) Thursday, February 23, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
Leverage the Feedback

This session will explore blended approaches to receiving and providing feedback for instructors and students. We will review formative assessment techniques for preparing students for class and getting feedback on student understanding. In addition, we will review blended ways to give students feedback on their performance on summative assessments.

  • (CUMC) Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
  • (Butler Library) Thursday, March 2, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
Curate the Resources

Ever wonder how to sift through all of the noise online to find the few available resources appropriate for your course?  Want to foster that expertise in your students?  In this workshop, you will learn the skills required for you and your students to collect and curate digital resources to advance your learning objectives. Instructors often wish to highlight a collection of digital resources for close analysis. Students engaged in this form of inquiry often participate more in class and gain important practice in identifying, vetting, and organizing content in their field of interest.

  • (CUMC) Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
  • (Butler Library) Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
Reflect the Learning

During this session we will explore different uses of ePortfolios and how to begin thinking about their benefits and how they can promote reflective practices. We will take an in-depth look at how three programs at Columbia, with differing goals, introduced ePortfolios into their curriculums. Lastly we will discuss different technological solutions to building ePortfolios and begin to think about how ePortfolios can enhance your programmatic goals.

  • (CUMC) Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
  • (Butler Library) Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
Show the Blend

In this final installment of CTL’s RewirED series, we celebrate the work of Columbia faculty who have experimented with blended learning techniques this semester. In addition, we present awards and gifts to the Spring 2017 RewirED participants who have attended at least 3 sessions during the semester. All past RewirED attendees are encouraged to join us and ask questions about content from any of the prior five sessions. Best practices that emerged throughout the semester will be highlighted.

  • (CUMC) Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM (CANCELLED)
  • (Butler Library) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Register here.
DIY Online Video Production

This event is for faculty and graduate student instructors who are interested in learning about workflows for a variety of media production approaches, including lecture capture and video annotation as well as best practices for dissemination and sharing media. This workshop will cover a description of equipment and software and move into a discussion of how these tools can be used to create a variety of media types that can facilitate instruction and content delivery.

This event is for / open to faculty and graduate student instructors who are interested in learning about workflows for a variety of media production approaches, including lecture capture and video annotation as well as best practices for dissemination and sharing media. This workshop will cover a description of equipment and software and move into a discussion of how these tools can be used to create a variety of media types that can facilitate instruction and content delivery.

This workshop complements the Produce the Media session of the RewirED workshop series.

Fall 2016 Workshop Sessions:

Blend the Course:
In this introductory session we will outline key considerations for blending a course. Discussions topics will include using backward design to plan blended learning, considering the strengths and limitations of various teaching and learning modalities while keeping learning objectives in mind, the shifting roles of a student-centered learning environment, tips for integrating assessment technologies to iterate on approaches, and technologies to get started.

Activate the Classroom:
In this session we discuss different ways to cultivate an active classroom. We will explore techniques such as just-in-time-teaching and other techniques to increase student engagement and retention of concepts. The session culminates with a consideration of effective questions and the use of audience response systems to measure where students are in their learning.

Present the Information:
In this session, we discuss effective principles for creating engaging presentations. We will explore presentations through Richard Mayer’s principles of multimedia learning. Examples of principles we will discuss include signaling, segmenting, redundancy, and personalization. Faculty are encouraged to bring a presentation they would like to revise.

Drive the Discussion:
This session explores different methods for stimulating meaningful discussions in the classroom and on the web. Questions we will ask include: What makes discussion an effective instructional approach? What challenges are there associated with discussion? How can we extend the discussion from the classroom to the online environment or from the online environment to the classroom? The session culminates in a discussion of techniques and tools to help drive your pedagogical goals.

Collaborate the Inquiry:
Challenging course concepts may be better understood by students through collaborative learning activities. Unfortunately, this approach is often time consuming and places a strain on classroom time. This session will discuss approaches for developing collaborative activities online that are structured to prime and extend classroom learning through student inquiry, analysis, and reflection.

Assess the Participation:
Many web tools provide data analytics that track user activity and may provide useful insights into the level of participation taking place. This session will discuss the various types of data that may be available and ways this data may be used to focus effort and enhance student participation.

Show the Blend:
In this final installment of CTL’s RewirED series, we celebrate the work of Columbia faculty who have experimented with blended learning techniques this semester. In addition, we present awards and gifts to the RewirED participants who have attended the first 6 sessions during the semester. All past RewirED attendees are encouraged to join us and ask questions about content from any of the prior four sessions. Best practices that emerged throughout the semester will be highlighted. Lunch will be available to registered participants.

Related CTL Programs, Services, and Resources

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212 305 5307
mhall@columbia.edu

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