FIU Online Faculty Webinars – 2019

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FIU Online’s monthly Faculty Webinar series explores relevant instructional strategies and effective ways to use technology in an online classroom. Missed a webinar? No worries, all recordings and recaps for past webinars can be found below:

Past Faculty Webinars

February 2019: Creating Instructor Presence in an Online Course

A strong sense of instructor presence can help students feel connected to the course and the content, increase student and faculty satisfaction with the course, reduce the sense of isolation. We will discuss a combination of instructional design and delivery methods that can create or strengthen the sense of instructor presence in an online course.

An absolutely excellent tutorial; should be mandatory for every instructor! -Dr. Clifford Perry

March 2019: Writing in Bloom: Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

Well-written, measurable learning objectives are the key to developing quality online courses. In this webinar we will explore how to create objectives that are measurable, precise, and clear at both the course and module/unit level. Participants will be introduced to different taxonomies that are useful in creating objectives and analyze sample course-level objective and the associated module/unit level objectives. We will discuss learning outcomes display templates and identify potential learning outcomes for a course.

I will try to implement some of these great ideas. – Jennifer Williams

April 2019: Grading Made Easy

Closing your Canvas gradebook and submitting grades to Panthersoft can be an easy! In this webinar, we’ll show you how fast and easy grading can be with Canvas Gradebook. Learn how the “Treat Ungraded as 0” option works and how it affects student grades, as well as other cool things, like grading rules and calculations that will make your life simpler. Finally we will go over grades submission to Panthersoft.

Thank you! Looking forward to implementing in spring. – Daniel Creed

May 2019: Creating and Sustaining Effective Online Discussions

In this session, we will share strategies to create and sustain online discussions that foster critical thinking. Provide strategies to guide an instructor to effectively design the discussion, facilitate the conversation as it progresses, and assess the discussion when it concludes.

Thank you. Learned some very practical strategies. – Dr. Rosa Chang

June 2019: Showcasing your Course Content

Battling information overload and student non-engagement is a persistent challenge in the world of online instruction. In this session, discover a series of tactics for curating and presenting resources in your Canvas course to encourage student exploration, evaluation, reflection, and application. The discussion will include methods for using alignment maps to curate content and best practices for enhancing student-content interaction in online learning.

Eye opener. – Eugenio Jaramillo

August 2019: Feedback that Sticks; Gradebook Strategies for Amazing Outcomes

For many of us, the cliche rings true: “I teach for free, they pay me to grade.” Grading and feedback is an essential part of the teaching and learning process, though it presents many pitfalls and challenges, especially for online faculty. Join Amber Webber, PhD for an exploration through techniques for creating feedback that sticks with students, and leveraging the Canvas tools available to streamline and strengthen grading strategies for the upcoming term.

This has been very good. it now gives me a format to update my course. – Dr. Trudy Gaillard

September 2019: Teaching Diverse Learners: Multiple Intelligence Theory and Inclusive Teaching and Learning

Often, instructors deliver course material and assess students in similar methods by which they themselves were taught and tested in college, which do not always accommodate the learning needs of a diverse student population. Instructors can develop a more “inclusive” learning environment by offering adult student assignment options in online courses to increase their interest in the content, level of engagement, and success as they complete tasks. Incorporating Multiple Intelligence Theory (MI) when designing inclusive assignments and assessments helps faculty address not only students’ physical learning styles, but also their other areas of intelligence, such as cultural, spatial, interpersonal, realia, color learning style, etcetera.

Thanks for some good ideas for building a good class step by step. – Dr. Terry Lease

October 2019: Understanding the QM Rubric

In this QM rubric crash course, instructors will learn the underlying principles behind the QM Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process.

It seems many courses would benefit from this! – Suzanne Koptur

November 2019: Re-imagining Video Lectures for Impactful Learning Experiences

We know that video for instructional content can be an incredible vector to deliver engaging lectures and pertinent course information. However, video hasn’t changed much since VHS first appeared in the 70’s. In this month’s webinar, instructors will learn how to harness the power of PlayPosit to develop interactive videos for asynchronous and synchronous instruction, construct engaging formative assessments, and create immersive learning experiences utilizing discussion forums, personalized learning paths, and embedded activities. Let’s get more out of your video content with PlayPosit.

Yay!!! Would love to create some of these! Great job!– Dr. Wendy Guess

Future Faculty Webinars

We are working on developing additional webinars for the Spring 2020 term, so be on the look out for future email campaigns from the FIU Online team. If you have any ideas for future webinar topics, we’d love to hear them! Contact Christina Schettini ( to share your ideas for future webinar topics.

Christina Schettini is a Project Manager for the FIU Online Instructional Design team. Through her work, she supports the development of effective and engaging learning experiences in the online modality.

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