The guest lectures listed below are from past MVCR
course offerings which included active discussion and participation by the
guest with the course participants. These courses are no longer in session and some of the biographical information is no longer current.
These virtual guest lectures are still accessible online and the guests'
e-mail addresses are linked to their presentations if you wish to contact
them for questions or comments. The lectures are in various electronic formats
and may require special plug-ins. More information on each lecture is linked
below. To return to this page from these lectures, use the back button on
Developing the Online Developmental
Writing Course Lina Brotherton
Lina is an adjunct faculty member at Oakton Community College, where
she has been teaching in the Communication department for the past fifteen
years. She has taught almost every class offered, but her main focus
has been with ESL and Developmental Writing students. In addition, she
is a full time high school counselor in a single gender (female) college
preparatory high school located in Wilmette, Illinois.
Virtual Learning Matthew Wicks
Matthew Wicks, Director of Virtual Leaning at the Illinois Mathematics
and Science Academy (IMSA).
How Many Times a Day Should
I Log On?
And Other Important Questions That
I Should Have Asked Jennifer Keithley
Jennifer Keithley, Last summer I began a journey into On-line learning.
I took the very class that you are taking now. It was revolutionary
in my teaching life. Since I am an outgoing and talkative person face
to face, I wondered if it would be possible to dialogue with other students
without really being able to see them. Could I learn information without
the traditional lecture? The questions plagued me. However, after finishing
the course, I was convinced. On-line learning is the future of education
and I wanted to be a part of that future. Here are a few of the questions
that I wish I had asked before I started teaching online.
Issues in Online Learning
Tod Treat is a member of the Chemistry Faculty at Parkland Community
Tod first became interested in online learning in his first year at Parkland,
when he became interested in expanding access for students in Chemistry 100.
Gradually, as the course evolved, he became interested on information literacy
and copresented a workshop on the topic. He also was involved in a pilot project,
called TechCARI, which focused on assessment of technology as a learning tool.
Making an Online Course Plagiarism
Mike McNett is an English Instructor at Oakton Community College. In addition to his role as a Visiting Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialist
with ION, Mike McNett teaches writing at Oakton Community College. During
the 1999/2000 academic year, he developed Oakton's first online section of
English 102 (Composition II), the research paper course, and it was first
offered in the Fall 2000 semester. He is now teaching English 101 (Composition
I) online for Oakton as well.
Trials and Tribulations with
Annette Ingram, Internet Course Administrator, Lewis and Clark Community
College, Illinois. Annette has been working with Lewis and Clark since
1998 and has been more recently involved with WebCT and faculty support.
She is also responsible for the technical and administrative side of
WebCT at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Profiling Your Online Students
Karen Stewart, Ed.D., Executive Director of Teaching/Learning Quality
and Innovation, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Does Online Learning Enhance
Thelma S. Parker, Professor of Student Development and Faculty Coordinator
of Instructional Computing at Oakton Community College. Thelma's work
in instructional technology has been to support faculty integration
of technology in their courses and the development of online courses.
Soda, as she is commonly known, has taught several courses and seminars
for faculty on technology applications, the World Wide Web, and online
learning. She has also developed and taught an online course. She received
the 1999 Thomas A. Zimanzl Educator of the Year award from the Community
College Association for Instruction and Technology. This lecture is
presented in PowerPoint.
Usability in Online Course
Mary Winters-Meyer, Webmaster, Department of Crop Sciences, The University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Mary graduated from the University
of Illinois with a degree in English/Rhetoric, and with three years
of computer engineering courses under my belt. Her web responsibilities
have grown tremendously as more and more faculty and staff in the department
become interested in putting content on the web. She now manage about
a dozen different websites for various crop-related projects funded
by the Department of Crop Sciences and the University of Illinois Extension.
Designing and Running
Online CoursesPatricia Phillips-Batoma
Patricia M. Phillips-Batoma, Computer-Assisted Design Specialist,
Department of Chemistry, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Patricia relates lessons learned while designing and administering
Web sites for the Chemistry curriculum at the University of Illinois.
Planning and Designing the
Online Learning EnvironmentCheryl Bielema
Cheryl Bielema, Instructional Development Specialist, University of
Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL) - Cheryl Bielema currently manages the Faculty
Resource Center, consulting with and training faculty in the integration
of technology. She coordinates the use of Flashlight Online, an evaluation
databank and authoring tool sponsored by AAHE, and is directing an evaluation
study of web-assisted courses using Blackboard during Fall Semester,
2000, the first semester of its use at UMSL. Cheryl worked previously
at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in distance learning
for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,
as well as in UI Extension. Her teaching experience is in Curriculum
and Instruction for preservice teachers, and as a guest lecturer for
distance learning issues and adult learning.
Creating an Online Learning
Peg Saragina, from Santa Rosa Jr. College in California shares her
experiences as a virtual professor offering suggestions and advice for
creating a productive learning community and providing timely and effective
feedback online. This lecture is presented on a simple webpage.
How to Retain Students in
Online CoursesRay Schroeder
Ray Schroeder, from the University of Illinois Springfield discusses
his experience as a Virtual Professor and strategies for student satisfaction
and retention in online classes. This lecture is presented in PowerPoint.
Plant Anatomy: Taking a New an
Old Course in New DirectionsRichard Crang
Richard Crang and Michelle Solodyna, from the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign discuss the step-by-step approach they took as they
transformed Richard's course on Plant Anatomy from a traditional
classroom-based format to an online-enhanced course with resources and
course content presented on a CD. This lecture is presented in various
Does the Virtual Classroom
Narrow or Widen the Educational Divide?Nidhal
Nidhal Guessoum, from the College of Technological Studies in Kuwait
discusses how the internet accessibility in rural areas in the US and
abroad -- the so-called "digital divide"-- affects the virtual classroom.
This lecture is presented on a simple webpage.
Illinois Virtual Campus Student
Support CentersCathy Gunn
Cathy Gunn, from the University of Illinois, introduces the Illinois
Virtual Campus's Student Support Centers and discusses the role of faculty
in online education.
The Importance of Faculty Support
to Online LearningMary Hales
Mary Hales, Director of Technology Enhanced Learning at Lewis & Clark
My Life With WebCT
Herb Lyon, Professor of Mathematics at Black Hawk College in Moline
Illinois, describes his experiences using the course management program
WebCT to teach calculus. Herb describes the lessons he has learned teaching
Amy's Newbie Experience
Amy teaches communication at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL describes her transition to online teaching and learning (reluctantly) by taking MVCR's Online Learning: Overview class
You want me to teach what?!
Mary Busler teaches communication at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL. Mary's students consistently report that she is an exceptional teacher with a lot of knowledge and great enthusiasm for her subject, students, and learning. As she will explain in her "lecture", she came to online teaching kicking and screaming. We think you'll find her journey interesting.
Jeannie's MVCR/MOT ExperienceJeannie Anderson
Jeannie presents an online guest lecture on several points:
- My course application project from OO1022
- How I have applied this project to other courses I teach.
- Projects to look forward to in future MOT core courses.
- Opportunities this program has afforded me.
- Additional Best Practices and Tools.
Jeff has worked in higher education in a variety of faculty and administrative positions. His teaching background can be considered unique as he has taught courses in technology, education, psychology, and college success in variety of delivery modes, including online, interactive television, hybrid, and open learning formats in addition to face-to-face instruction.