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Broadcast Views: Broadcast like a professional on an amateur's budget: Make your WFH set-up the envy of your peers.

I will be presenting this Thursday at the 37th annual Distance Teaching and Learning conference. My session is "Broadcast like a professional on an amateur's budget: Make your WFH set-up the envy of your peers." I hope to see you there, but there is a recording and handouts if you cannot make it.

The session description is:

In the same way that the pandemic has forced late-night hosts like Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah to build impromptu recording studios at home, educators have created their Work From Home studios to teach online. Participate in this interactive session to learn how an affordable teleprompter setup can improve the quality of your live and prerecorded videos, engaging with your students in more meaningful ways.


34th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning

I am going to be presenting at the 34th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. You can find resources for each of my sessions on the site here:

Tuesday 7th August
So, they have asked you to teach an online course
Learn a framework for designing online instruction that improves learning and is flexible enough to work within any size budget or level of resources and support. Explore fundamentals of a “backward design” approach to identify and prioritize needs and plan for assessment, presence, communication, and feedback.

Thursday 9th August
Students, faculty, us: Collaboration at a distance
It is one thing to encourage distance learning, and another to create distance engagement and collaboration. Explore how we can work together with our students, faculty members, and colleagues.

Thursday 9th August
Overcoming barriers: How to increase faculty and staff buy-in for online programs
The first step in overcoming resistance to teaching online is to understand the obstacles and objections. Explore three key reasons that faculty and staff give for not wanting to make the move to online and learn about a framework that can help overcome the objections.


TEDx: What must be done?

TEDx at DePaul University

Inspired by St. Vincent de Paul's quote "what must be done?" the team behind TEDx DePaul University is seeking speakers and performers from the DePaul community that will challenge thoughts and inspire ideas through a series of engaging talks at the April 29th event. Do you have a big idea to share with the community?

You can apply online to speak at TEDx.


Assessment in Online Learning Workshop

Assessment in Online Learning

I will be presenting an “Assessment in Online Learning” workshop January 13th and 26th. This will be part of the Assessment Certificate Program, “a workshop based training and support program for faculty and staff engaged in the assessment of student learning at DePaul University and Loyola University Chicago.”

You can download the handouts here. If I have updates, I will post them on the same page.

Presentation details:

DePaul University

  • Date: January 13th, 2016
  • Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Location: 11013 DePaul Center

You can register here.

Loyola University (Lake Shore Campus)

  • Date: January 26th, 2016
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Location: 410 Cuneo Hall


Do's and Don'ts For Presenters

Do's and Don'ts

I am going to be at the 31st Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning (11th - 13th August, 2015) this year. DEPD Director Les Howles has some great tips for presenters, highlighting do's and don'ts. This is based upon feedback from conference attendees, and is well worth watching and reading.

The handout has 10 things that a successful presenter should do, and 10 things a successful presenter should not do. Ultimately, your presentation should should provide lots of practical tips and advice.

If you have not done so already, you can register for the conference here:

(Full disclosure: I am on the 2013-2015 Planning Committee for the conference)


29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

August 7-9, 2013 Madison, Wisconsin Online registration is now open for the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. Join your colleagues to learn more about current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education/training. This year's Conference Program offers more than 150 educational opportunities, 16 hands-on optional workshops, and several networking events to choose from. Workshops have limited space, so register early to ensure your spot. Conference highlights include:
  • Keynote, Dr. Richard Baraniuk, Rice University, speaking on “Disruptive innovation via open educational resources”
  • Keynote, Dr. Sally Johnstone, Western Governors University, speaking on “Envisioning a competency-based future”
  • Forum topics on “Open Educational Resources (OERs): Potential and pitfalls” and “Competency-based assessment: How and why to get started”

Register online by July 22 to receive the "early-bird" fee, and don’t forget to take advantage of the Group Rate if you have 3 or more of your staff attending. Finally, if you are unable to attend in person, you are encouraged to register for the Virtual Conference to view selected sessions from this year’s conference. If you have any questions, please email Kimary at

Administration & Management CoP

Dawn Drake and I presented a Communities of Practice workshop on Administration & Management at the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Learning and Teaching in Madison, WI. This was an interactive session, but I have shared the slide deck that we used as visual aid.

Presentation Video Uploaded

I have uploaded the video to accompany the presentation given at the DePaul Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference (20th April, 2012). You can view it here, or on the page with the transcript and handouts.

"It's-a me, Mario!" – What playing videogames taught me about effective online course design


I presented ("It's-a me, Mario!" – What playing videogames taught me about effective online course design) at the 2012 DePaul Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday. The webpage and handouts for the presentation are now live, and can be found here.


D2L Fusion 2010


One of my colleagues (Beth Rubin) will be leading a presentation (Effect of Using D2L on Student and Faculty Outcomes) at the Fusion 2010 Architects of Education Desire2Learn Users Conference in Chicago on Tuesday 13th June from 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. I will be sitting this one out, but I will be at the poster sessions taking place from 10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. that day.

More information on the conference can be found here:

You can view/download a PDF copy of the presentation on the Effect of Using D2L on Student and Faculty Outcomes page.

Come along on the day and say hello!

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