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Webinars

Illinois Online Network is proud to present Plug-n-Learn, a series of live, interactive discussions on topics related to online teaching and learning. New Webinars will appear approximately every 1-2 months.

Past Events

Presenter:
Dr. Susan Manning
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Aurora, IL
United States

Are Digital Natives for Real?

Time
Friday, October 29, 2010

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Marc Prensky may have labeled traditional age students as "digital natives" in Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (2001), but what does that mean? What are we seeing in our classes? What skills do they bring to the classroom, and how can we best address their needs. Expect this to be a debate of sorts as we look at current research and literature about digital natives and other generations.

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Presenter:
Mrs. Lisa Bathe (ION)
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University of Illinois Administration
Hudson, IL
United States

The Art of a Good Online Discussion

Time
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
The discussion board should become the heart of the online classroom and the hub of student learning. Many times traditional essay questions are used, but are these the best way to elicit discussion? Come to this webinar to learn a few criteria to consider when creating a discussion question and share ideas for great discussion questions!

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Presenter:
Dr. Norman Garrett
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Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL
United States

2009 Technology Tools Webinar- sponsored by the Center for Distance Learning

Time
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Dr. Norm Garrett will describe and survey the landscape of currently available technology tools for use in online or technology-enhanced learning. Participants will be better prepared to select and implement appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning, demonstrating and articulating the relationship between the tool and pedagogy and the features of the tool necessary to make its use successful.

This ION webinar is sponsored by the City Colleges of Chicago Center for Distance Learning and is provided at no cost to approved CDL faculty.

Faculty affiliated with ION member institutions pay only $20,

General public registration fee is $40/person.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Course Improvement Series: Volume 6: Course Evaluation

Time
Thursday, October 25, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This month we continue our Course Improvement series using the new QOCI Rubric (http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/initiatives/qoci/rubric.asp) as our guide. Each month we focus on one of the Rubric's categories and participate in a discussion of how we can improve our online courses specifically to that category. Last in the series is Web Design.

It's recommended that you download the checklist version of the Rubric from the link above before attending the workshop. Come join us for an active discussion in strategies focusing on course, instruction, and content evaluation. Much of the discussion will be driven by the needs of the participants and examples will be given.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Course Improvement Series: Volume 5: Web Design

Time
Thursday, September 20, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This month we continue our Course Improvement series using the new QOCI Rubric (http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/initiatives/qoci/rubric.asp) as our guide. Each month we focus on one of the Rubric's categories and participate in a discussion of how we can improve our online courses specifically to that category. Fifth in the series is Web Design.

It's recommended that you download the checklist version of the Rubric from the link above before attending the workshop. Come join us for an active discussion in layout, navigation, and accessibility. Much of the discussion will be driven by the needs of the participants and examples will be given.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Course Improvement Series: Volume 4: Learner Support & Resources

Time
Thursday, August 16, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This month we continue our Course Improvement series using the new QOCI Rubric (http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/initiatives/qoci/rubric.asp) as our guide. Each month we focus on one of the Rubric's categories and participate in a discussion of how we can improve our online courses specifically to that category. Fourth in the series is Learner Support & Resources.

It's recommended that you download the checklist version of the Rubric from the link above before attending the workshop. Come join us for an active discussion in course improvement specific to the areas of institutional and academic resouces for learners. Much of the discussion will be driven by the needs of the participants and examples will be given.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Presenter:

Dr. Virgil Varvel
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
United States

Course Improvement Series: Volume 3: Student Evaluation & Assessment

Time
Thursday, July 19, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This month we continue our Course Improvement series using the new QOCI Rubric (http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/initiatives/qoci/rubric.asp) as our guide. Each month we focus on one of the Rubric's categories and participate in a discussion of how we can improve our online courses specifically to that category. Third in the series is Student Evaluation & Assessment.

It's recommended that you download the checklist version of the Rubric from the link above before attending the workshop. Come join us for an active discussion in course improvement specific to the areas of feedback, assement strategies, and management. Much of the discussion will be driven by the needs of the participants and examples will be given.

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Presenter:

Dr. Virgil Varvel
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
United States

Online Instructor Competencies

Time
Thursday, June 21, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
As we pass from the early adopter phase into acceptance by the masses, the number of instructors taking part in online education grows. Although qualified in their field, many instructors have no education in the methods of instruction or facilitation. Those that have such training often do not have any additional training or experience specifically in the field of distance or online education. But what should such training consist of, and what additional faculties of an individual help one to be a proficient online educator?

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Presenter:

Dr. Susan Manning
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Aurora, IL
United States

Teaching Language with Technology

Time
Thursday, May 17, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Teaching a language, online or in a traditional classroom, has come a long way from cassette tapes and workbooks. This webinar will feature some innovative uses of technology tools for language instruction. The program will be presented by Susan Manning, Ed.D., an ESL instructor at Waubonsee Community College and her students! They will share how they used digital audio, digital video, podcasts, and Skype to enhance speaking and listening skills. Susan will also discuss blogs, wikis, and other text-based tools for reading, writing and vocabulary acquisition.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Course Improvement Series: Volume 2: Communication, Interaction & Collaboration

Time
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This month we continue our Course Improvement series using the new QOCI Rubric (http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/initiatives/qoci/rubric.asp) as our guide. Each month we focus on one of the Rubric's categories and participate in a discussion of how we can improve our online courses specifically to that category. Second in the series is Communication, Interaction, & Collaboration.

It's recommended that you download the checklist version of the Rubric from the link above before attending the workshop. Come join us for an active discussion in course improvement specific to the areas of Activities & Opportunities, Organization and Management, and Group Work. Much of the discussion will be driven by the needs of the participants and examples will be given.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Course Improvement Series: Volume 1: Instructional Design

Time
Thursday, March 29, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Over the next few months we will be conducting a Course Improvement series using the new QOCI Rubric (http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/initiatives/qoci/rubric.asp) as our guide. Each month we will focus on one of the Rubric's categories and participate in a discussion of how we can improve our online courses specifically to that category. First in the series is Instructional Design.

It's recommended that you download the checklist version of the Rubric from the link above before attending the workshop. Come join us for an active discussion in course improvement specific to the areas of Course Structure, Learning Goals and Objectives, Course Information, Instructional Strategies, Academic Integrity, and Use of Multimedia. Much of the discussion will be driven by the needs of the participants and examples will be given.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Synchronous Classrooms

Time
Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This Webinar will provide participants with strategies for using synchronous environments to enhance their communication with students as individuals, small groups, and as an entire class. We will focus on the types of synchronous tools, purposes for synchronous communication, preparing for synchronous sessions, and strategies for delivering them.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Instructional Design: Where To Begin

Time
Thursday, January 11, 2007

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Come join us for a workshop on the beginning steps to Instructional Design. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for designing a new course using outlining and mind mapping skills. We will also provide a few example outlines and an overview of technology tools that may help in the brainstorming process. Finally, we will hold a raffle at the end for a great prize, but you must be present to win!

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Online Teaching and Learning Best Practices

Time
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
As we near the end of another fun filled year of distance education, we once again call upon all interested to come share best practices with the community. In this Webinar, participants will have the opportunity to share their own best practices with the group. The presenter will take the time to share some of his own as well.

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Presenter:

Dr. Leaunda Hemphill
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Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL
United States

Assessment Techniques for Online Students

Time
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
You asked for it! You got it! In some of our previous evaluations, people have asked to learn more about assessment strategies for online students. Well, here it is. Yea! Come learn and discuss strategies for assessing online student work. We will also discuss activities that promote these assessment strategies and the importance of their design. Finally, we will also be giving away another prize to a lucky participant, but you must be present to win!

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Designing/Redesigning & Evaluating Online Courses

Time
Thursday, October 26, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Want to measure the quality of your online courses? At this workshop, we will distribute the QOCI (Quality Online Course Initiative) rubric and attendees will participate in a discussion on how to use this tool to design, redesign, and/or evaluate online courses.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Introduction to HTML for Online Instructors

Time
Thursday, September 28, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description

This workshop will focus on basic syntax and a few basic tags every online instructor should know. If you use a CMS that allows you to create and or edit html type documents, this is the place for you. Come learn how to manipulate text (bold, underline, subscript, superscript, etc.), create hyperlinks, and create anchors to link to other sections of the same page. We will also be giving away a prize at the end of the session, but you must be present to win!

Resources

Presenter:

Dr. Virgil Varvel
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
United States

Securing Your Online Documents

Time
Thursday, July 27, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This Webinar will focus on some techniques for securing online documents, such as using PDF security options, using HTML code to remove copying, and other techniques such as having blank images on top of desired images to protect from copying. We will also be conducting a drawing for a prize at the end of this Webinar. Must be present to win.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Resources for Online Instructors

Time
Thursday, June 29, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This Webinar will focus on providing online educators with an arsenal of free to "close to free" resources to use when teaching online. Resource topics will include blogs, wikis, audio editing, and more. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own list of resources to share.

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Presenter:

Mr. Michael Lindeman
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University of Illinois Administration
Champaign, IL
United States

Hybrid Courses: An Overview

Time
Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Have you ever wanted to put some of your course discussion and/or contents of your face-to-face course online? Hybrid courses allow you to still have a face-to-face course, however, some of the course elements are moved online. Michael Lindeman is going to talk about what exactly a hybrid course is and what you need to know to design a hybrid course. Examples of hybrid courses will be shown.

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Presenter:

Dr. Iris Stovall
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University of Illinois Administration
Champaign, IL
United States

Creating a Successful Online Tutoring Center

Time
Thursday, April 27, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Tutoring is a student service that has traditionally been offered to on-campus students within departments or in campus learning centers. As more and more institutions offer online degree programs there is an increased need for online services such as tutoring to meet the needs of students enrolled in the online degrees. This Webinar will discuss methods of online tutoring, the challenges of tutoring online, tutor training, and how the for-profit tutoring companies impacted services for the online student.

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Presenter:

Mr. Michael Lindeman
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University of Illinois Administration
Champaign, IL
United States

Simplifying Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

Time
Thursday, March 30, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This webinar will introduce participants to RSS, what it is, how to syndicate, and its purpose in online education.

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Presenter:

Ms. Teri Karpman
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Illinois Virtual Campus
Champaign, IL
United States

Presenter:

Mr. Jeff Harmon
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Marketing Your Online Courses and Programs

Time
Thursday, February 23, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
The number of online courses available continues to grow. You must find a way to attract new students and retain your current students. Marketing is one way to help you achieve success in enrollment. This workshop will demonstrate some winning strategies and show you how you can “market” your courses. The workshop is being presented by Teri Karpman, IVC and Jeff Harmon, University of Illinois Online.

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Presenter:

Dr. Virgil Varvel
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
United States

Wikis, Blogs, and Privacy, Oh My

Time
Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This Webinar looks at two very popular online programs and their implications both towards pedagogy and privacy.

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Presenter:
Ms. Rebecca Weiner
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Center for Strategic and International Studies
Washington, DC
United States

Globalization101.org: A resource for teaching globalization

Time
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Learn how Globalization101.org’s free issue briefs, news analyses, lesson plans and other resources can be used to develop and implement learning activities that include aspects of globalization relating to multiple subjects. Participants attending this Webinar will be introduced to the Globalization101.org website where they can find a variety of resources to enhance their curriculum. Example activities will be provided and discussion on how to include such topics in your subject areas will be conducted.

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Presenter:

Dr. Julie Giuliani
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McHenry County College
Crystal Lake, IL
United States

Integrating Assessment Practices in a Distance Education Program

Time
Thursday, October 27, 2005

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Best practices underscore the need for student and program assessment. Futhermore, as more community colleges seek North Central Accreditation to offer distance learning degrees, the emphasis upon assessment of student learning and program effectiveness becomes critical. This webcast will discuss some of the ways McHenry County College forged a culture of assessment in their distance education program.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

From Onground to Online: Making the Transition

Time
Thursday, September 29, 2005

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
This session will introduce future online instructors to designing and implementing online courses starting with strategies for transitioning from onground to online. Participants will leave this session with activity templates they can use or reference upon returning to their classrooms.

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Presenter:

Mr. Dan Balzer
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Illinois Math & Science Academy
West Chicago, IL
United States

Presenter:

Mr. Dennis O'Connor
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IMSA
San Marocs, CA
United States

Power Searching: A Learning-by-Doing Experience

Time
Thursday, August 25, 2005

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Want to enhance your online search skills and help your students develop their skills too? Join Dan Balzer and Dennis O’Connor for a “hands-on-the-keyboard” experience with searching digital resources. Using real-time and simulated Search Challenges, this webinar explores the core concepts and strategies of effective searching. You will put your search skills to the test and uncover the fundamental competencies of digital information fluency. Strategies for teaching power searching in the classroom will be discussed. This session is offered by IMSA’s 21st Century Information Fluency Project which provides professional development and practical tools on digital information fluency for teachers, librarians, school administrators and technology coordinators in middle schools and high schools throughout Illinois.

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Presenter:

Mr. Michael Lindeman
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University of Illinois Administration
Champaign, IL
United States

ePortfolios

Time
Thursday, July 28, 2005

Audience
Open to General Public

Webinar Description
Electronic Portfolios (also known as ePortfolios) are gaining recognition as a valuable tool for learners, instructors, and institutions. The Illinois Online Network (ION) is preparing to integrate ePortfolios into its Master Online Teaching Certificate in order to showcase and assess learning that occurs in the MVCR online courses. However, there are many decisions ION must make before rolling out the ePortfolio, including the following: What is the purpose of the ePortfolio? Who will have control of the content? How will the content be presented? Who will be involved in the ePortfolio? How will the ePortfolio be used? In this Webinar, ION program director Michael Lindeman will discuss these issues and describe ION’s approach to implementing ePortfolios. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences with ePortfolios.

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Presenter:

Dr. Carol Scatena
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College of DuPage
LaGrange, IL
United States

Online Case Study Collection

Time
Thursday, June 30, 2005

Audience
ION Member Institutions Only

Webinar Description
The asynchronous DISCUSSION BOARD is a happening place! Yes?!?! However, are you prepared for the time when an online discussion gets heated or a little too emotional? For example, how would you respond if a student is offended by the response of another student, especially because it was printed in a discussion forum for all to see? In this Webinar, we will discuss some possible preventative measures and instructor responses to similar and other true-to-life situations based by case studies, your experiences, and mine. We will also discuss how to prepare your discussion boards in a way that help you anticipate student response, nurture growth, and challenge your students intellectually.

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Presenter:

Dr. Nidhal Guessoum
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American University of Sharjah
Sharjah,
United Arab Emirates

The Phenomenon of American Universities in the Arab World

Time
Thursday, May 26, 2005

Audience
ION Member Institutions Only

Webinar Description
Higher education in the Arab World has witnessed two important developments during the past decade: a) a general and steady decline in the quality of the education offered by Arab institutions; b) the accelerating proliferation of American universities. The public widely believes that American universities provide a higher standard of learning than what is otherwise available. American institutions, however, also bring with them a suite of traditions and practices: the emphasis on general/liberal education, the development of critical thinking, transparency in administrative procedures in every area, and the principle of shared governance. Some segments of the Arab society, nevertheless, object to the presence of such “foreign bodies”, seeing in them a “cultural invasion” that affects the beliefs and behavior of those who attend them. In this webinar, we will discuss this phenomenon, considering the pros and cons of the trend, and focusing on some of the potential pitfalls that face this educational/cultural phenomenon.

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Presenter:

Mr. Kevin Johnson
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University of Illinois Administration
Urbana, IL
United States

Breaking the Ice

Time
Thursday, April 28, 2005

Audience
ION Member Institutions Only

Webinar Description
Want to find out more about your students but need some fun, new ideas to break the ice? Well, here’s your chance. This Live Webinar will provide a variety of asynchronous and synchronous ice breaker activities instructors can use in their online courses. Please bring ideas to share. The more the merrier. As one of the activities, we will offer an online art gallery. Participants who wish to contribute to the art gallery are encouraged to create a pictorial representation of themselves on a single slide in PowerPoint. Once you enter the session, you will be given instructions on how to upload your artwork to the gallery. Participation in the art gallery is not required to participate in this session.

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