Ontario's E-Learning Strategy

Upcoming e-Learning Webinars For 2010


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JANUARY 2010

Wed. Jan. 27

Help! I Want to Take an e-Learning Course but Don't Know If It's For Me!

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You've heard about this thing called e-learning. It sounds okay, but is it really for you? Where can you find out more about e-learning? Tune in to this webinar. We'll give you some straight answers to some tough questions.

Students
Guidance Counsellors

Wed. Jan. 27

Help! I'm Taking an e-Learning Course and Don't Know What to Do!

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Uh oh. You've done it this time! You've signed up for an e-learning course, the course has begun, and you haven't a clue what's going on. Maybe you've logged in and don't know where to click first. Maybe you can't log in and don't know where to turn. Help is here. Have a listen!

Students
Guidance Counsellors

Wed. Jan. 27

Help! I'm Taking an e-Learning Course and It's Not Going Well!

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E-learning seemed like a good idea at the time you signed up for this course. Now you're not so sure. You're behind. You're confused. You find it hard to stay focused. The technology you're using isn't cooperating. You feel disconnected from others. You feel like dropping out. Before you do that, listen to this webinar. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Students
Guidance Counsellors

Wed. Jan. 27

Help! I'm Taking an e-Learning Course and Want to Be Successful!

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You've decided to take an e-learning course. If this were a face-to-face class, you might know what you have to do to get by or do well. But online? Are the rules different? Is more or less expected of you? Learn some hot tips that any high school student can follow to be successful in an e-learning course.

Students
Guidance Counsellors

Wed. Jan. 27

Help! I've Signed up for an Online Course…Now What?

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You've done it. The papers are signed, the registration is in, and you're magically in an e-learning course. Now what? What can you do to prepare your family, your friends, your environment, and yourself for this new way of learning? Let us give you a few pointers that will help.

Students
Guidance Counsellors

FEBRUARY 2010

Mon. Feb. 1

Make Your Life Easier By Planning Ahead

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If you're like most District e-Learning Contacts (DeLCs), you greet each new semester with a mixture of hope and angst. You hope everything goes well, but you worry about student registrations, course copying, teacher training, student orientations, and keeping up with day-to-day demands. We can't take your responsibilities away from you, but we can give you some helpful tips to make the semester start up a little less frantic!

DeLCs

Tues. Feb. 9

Time-Saving Tips and Tricks for e-Learning Teachers

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Good teaching – face-to-face or online – is good teaching! Often, it entails a significant investment of time and energy. Is it possible to work smarter, not just harder? Sure! Stand on the shoulders of giants in this webinar, and allow us to share with you what others in the province know about communicating, responding to student concerns, marking, and delivering e-learning content efficiently.

e-Learning Teachers

Wed. Feb. 10

E-Learning Myths or Truths

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Let's face it. E-learning is new – and daunting – territory for many people. In this webinar, we'll tackle two of the most controversial issues facing e-learning today: the belief that e-learning could have a negative impact on teachers, and the belief that e-learning may promote academic dishonesty. Come join us as we explore these topics. Then decide whether these beliefs are myths or truths.

Administrators
Guidance Counsellors

Thurs. Feb. 11

Search 2.0 (Elementary)

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If you haven't seen it, you're in for a treat! The OERB's Search 2.0 feature has finally arrived. Come see why it was worth the wait! Let us show you our new advanced and faceted search features, which allow you to filter your search by learning style, resource type, file type, contributor, and more. See also how you can now combine a search by curriculum expectations with a keyword search. Come along! You may just find what you've been searching for! Note: This session focuses specifically on content for elementary students and teachers.

Teachers
Parents
Students

Tues. Feb. 16

Keeping Better Track of Your e-Learning Students

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If you've ever taught online, then you know how challenging it can be to keep a close eye on all of the things your students are doing…or not doing! Are they logging in regularly? Are they accessing the correct items? Are they spending enough time on the content? Are they taking responsibility for their own learning? Let us introduce you to a few key tools that will make your job a little easier: the Attendance, Intelligent Agents, Checklist, and Progress tools. We think you'll love what you see!

e-Learning Teachers
DeLCs

Mon. Feb. 22 @ 12 p.m.

Promoting e-Learning in Your Board
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Starting an e-learning program can be compared to launching a hot air balloon. Sometimes the launch is flawless, and the balloon sails up and away to inspiring destinations. Sometimes, though, the balloon rises but quickly gets blown off course, or skids along the ground but never really takes off. What's the difference between a successful launch and one that won't lead where you want it to? Promotion. Coordination. Buy-in. Come join us for this webinar, where we teach you a few tricks of the trade you can apply to your setting.

DeLCs
Administrators
Guidance Counsellors

Tues. Feb. 23 @ 3:30 p.m.

Assessment and Evaluation in e-Learning Courses
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You're an e-learning teacher. How exciting! Until all the assignments arrive…in droves! How much should you mark? What's the correct balance of assessment for learning and assessment of learning? How can you legitimately assess learning skills? How can you keep track of who has and has not submitted which assignment? Join us for this practical webinar!

E-learning Teachers

Thurs. Feb 25 @ 9:00 a.m.

Using the Course Copy Batch Process
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The Course Copy Batch (CCB) process can be used to speed up the process of creating new course offerings. When you have a lot of courses to create, or need to copy very large courses, the CCB does the work overnight so you can make better use of your time. In this webinar, we will step through the process of creating course shells, preparing a batch script, and placing it in the CCB inbox.

DeLCs

Thurs. Feb. 25 @ 3:30 p.m.

Search 2.0 (Secondary)
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The OERB's Search 2.0 feature has finally arrived. Come see why it was worth the wait! Let us show you our new advanced and faceted search features, which allow you to filter your search by learning style, resource type, file type, contributor, and more. See also how you can now combine a search by curriculum expectations with a keyword search. Note: This session focuses specifically on content for secondary students and teachers.

Teachers
Parents
Students

MARCH 2010

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices – By Subject

Whether you're brand new to teaching online or a seasoned veteran, you'll appreciate the chance to converse with colleagues across Ontario about e-learning strategies that work specifically in your subject area. Join us for a moderated discussion with one, two, or 40 people who teach the same subject as you do! Bring your concerns and ideas; we'll handle the rest!

e-Learning Teachers

Mon. Mar. 1 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Guidance and Career Education

e-Learning Teachers

Tues. Mar. 2 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Mathematics

e-Learning Teachers

Wed. Mar. 3 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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The Arts

e-Learning Teachers

Wed. Mar. 3 @ 3:30 p.m.

The Top Ten Things to Do When Starting an e-Learning Program
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E-learning is about to become a reality in your board, and you're in charge of making it happen.  What successes have others in the province achieved and how have they achieved them? Equally important, what disasters have others encountered and how can they be avoided? Come hear our top ten things to do when you're starting an e-learning program.

DeLCs
Administrators
Guidance Counsellors

Thurs. Mar. 4 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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English

e-Learning Teachers

Mon. Mar. 8 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Business Studies

e-Learning Teachers

Tues. Mar. 9 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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French and French Immersion

e-Learning Teachers

Wed. Mar. 10 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Canadian and World Studies

e-Learning Teachers

Thurs. Mar. 11 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Computer Studies

e-Learning Teachers

Tues. Mar. 23 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Native Studies

e-Learning Teachers

Wed. Mar. 24 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Health and Physical Education

e-Learning Teachers

Thurs. Mar. 25 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Science

e-Learning Teachers

Mon. Mar. 29 @ 12 p.m.

Welcome to Being a District e-Learning Contact (DeLC)!
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Congratulations! You're the new kid on the e-learning block! But just because you're new doesn't mean that you have to enter the position blindly. Let us tell you about the role of the DeLC, what to expect in your new role, what resources are available to you, and what you can do to make your role both manageable and influential. Come join us!

DeLCs

Mon. Mar. 29 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Technological Education

e-Learning Teachers

Tues. Mar. 30 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Interdisciplinary Studies (Peer Tutoring)

e-Learning Teachers

Tues. Mar. 31 @ 3:30 p.m.

Sharing Best On-Line Teaching Practices
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Social Sciences and Humanities

e-Learning Teachers

APRIL 2010

Tues. April 6 @ 3:30 p.m.

Adding Your Own Content to Your Course Shell
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Whether you've been teaching on-line for five days or five years, you'll want to tune in to this webinar! Find out how you can add your own homemade worksheets, rubrics, presentations, and exemplars to your course to make it spring to life.

e-Learning Teachers
DeLCs

Wed. April 7 @ 3:30 p.m.

Setting Up an e-Learning Summer School Program
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One of last summer's hot trends for teachers and students was online summer school. Find out why e-learning in the summer makes so much sense, and how you can make it happen in your board. See how e-learning offers the flexibility needed for successful delivery. Learn from those who have done it and done it well!

DeLCs
Administrators
Guidance Counsellors

Thurs. April 8 @ 3:30 p.m.

What's the OERB Got to Do With Me?
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You've probably heard of the Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB), and you may have even visited it. But do you really know what's in the OERB and how it can help you do your daily work more effectively? As an elementary special assignment teacher, you may have found yourself looking for specialized resources for a particular subject area, classroom materials that could be used to support differentiated instruction, or resources that support the learning of students with special needs. The OERB has all this and more!

Elementary Special Assignment Teachers

Tues. April 13 @ 3:30 p.m.

Secrets of the LMS, Part 1
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If you teach on-line, then you already know about the workhorses of the LMS: the news, dropbox, discussions, e-mail, pager, schedule, blog, quiz, and classlist tools. But what about all those other tools that you see but may never use? Spend a half hour with us, as we give you some insight into three tools that are some of the b kept secrets of the provincial LMS: the articles, checklist, and competencies tools.

e-Learning Teachers
DeLCs

Thurs. April 15 @ 3:30 p.m.

Cooperative Education Online
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Cooperative education and e-learning: they're a natural fit! If you're a co-op teacher in an Ontario provincially-funded school, then you may be interested to know what content is available to you, how you can use it to serve your students, and how you can build a continuous intake program that draws in students throughout the semester or school year. Join us to learn more about the value of online co-op!

Classroom Teachers

Tues. April 20 @ 3:30 p.m.

Secrets of the LMS, Part 2
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If you teach on-line, then you already know about the workhorses of the LMS: the news, dropbox, discussions, e-mail, pager, schedule, blog, quiz, and classlist tools. But what about all those other tools that you see but may never use? Spend a half hour with us, as we give you some insight into three more tools that are some of the b kept secrets of the provincial LMS: the FAQ, glossary, and group tools.

e-Learning Teachers
DeLCs

Mon. April 26 @ 12 p.m.

Troubleshooting Course Copying in Your Org
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Technology is great when it works, and frustrating when it doesn't! One of the areas where you may be feeling some frustration is in course copying. You follow all the steps, submit your request, and when you check your org in the morning, the course is not there or half there. Or you copy the course components, only to find that the process times out half way through, leaving you to wonder what got copied. Let us give you a hand with this most complicated of processes.

DeLCs

Tues. April 27 @ 3:30 p.m.

Secrets of the LMS, Part 3
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If you teach on-line, then you already know about the workhorses of the LMS: the news, dropbox, discussions, e-mail, pager, schedule, blog, quiz, and classlist tools. But what about all those other tools that you see but may never use? Spend a half hour with us, as we give you some insight into three more tools that are some of the b kept secrets of the provincial LMS: the homepages, journal, and survey tools.

e-Learning Teachers
DeLCs

MAY 2010

Tues. May 4 @ 3:30 p.m.

How You Can Embed Extra Cool Things in Your e-Learning Course!
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You've been around the e-learning block before. You've taught your course, modified it, tweaked assignments, and built some good community. Is that all there is? We can show you how to make video, audio, animation, and other neat extras work for you and your students. Join us!

e-Learning Teachers

Wed. May 5 @ 3:30 p.m.

Adults + e-Learning = Good Sense and Good Cents!
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If you're working in adult education, you may find yourself with too many students to contend with. Thanks to a struggling economy, many adults are looking to upgrade for college or university programs; take three or four final credits to obtain a high school diploma; and enroll in courses to propel their careers forward. Discover how technology can make learning more accessible for the adults in your community, both logistically and financially, since adult credit courses are funded by the ministry!

Administrators
Classroom Teachers

Tues. May 11 @ 3:30 p.m.

Homepages, Widgets, and Nav Bars, Oh My!
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First impressions last a long time, so turn cluttered or confusing course homepages into attractive, inviting, and memorable spots for students? This session will review how to create or modify course homepages, create new widgets and add them to your homepages, modify navigation bars in courses, and modify tool names on navigation bars.

DeLCs
e-Learning Teachers

Thurs. May 13 @ 3:30 p.m.

Blended Learning
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What is blended learning and why is everyone talking about it? If you're curious about how blended learning is being used in elementary and secondary classrooms throughout Ontario, this webinar is for you! Find out what tools classroom teachers are using, and what kind of impact they're having on students.

Blended Learning Teachers
Classroom Teachers

Tues. May 18 @ 3:30 p.m.

Using Interactive Tools in e-Learning Courses
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You may have heard of the term interactive before, but what does it mean, and how does it relate to teaching online? Let us show you how you can use some of the provincial LMS's tools, including the Locker, Blog, and Homepage tools to help students share their ideas with each other and build their knowledge.

e-Learning Teachers

Mon. May 31 @ 12 p.m.

Year-End Advice for DeLCs
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The end of school year is upon us, and that means summer is near. Wouldn't it be nice to return in the fall to a tidy org and relaxed teachers? Let us give you our take on archiving old courses, eliminating expired accounts, setting up preview courses for teachers, and copying courses for the following school year.

DeLCs