National Distance Learning Week: RSVP for a variety of events Nov. 10-14

| November 6, 2014
National Distance Learning Week

Webster University celebrates its online students and long history in distance education during National Distance Learning Week.

Webster University’s Online Learning Center will host a wide range of events for students, faculty and staff to celebrate National Distance Learning Week Nov. 10-14, in recognition of our online students and faculty and Webster University’s long history in distance education.

Please join us in events we will host throughout the week, as described below. There will be webinars available for both students students and faculty.

The Online Learning Center would like to thank the Office of Admissions, Academic Advising Center, Counseling and Life Development, Global Marketing & Communications, Library Office of Military Affairs and the Walker School of Business & Technology for their partnership in supporting National Distance Learning Week events. If you or your department would like to be involved with National Distance Learning Week 2015 or if you have questions about these events, please contact the Online Learning Center at studyonline@webster.edu or (866) 622-0888.

The OLC will engage with students, faculty, and supporters in recognition of National Distance Learning Week via social media and our Online Student Center. Students, be sure look for ways to win Webster prizes!

Ways to Interact

  • Join us on LinkedIn: We invite you to join the newly created Webster University Online LinkedIn Group to network with other students and supporters of Webster’s online programs.
  • Find us on Facebook: Interact with us using hashtags #ndlw and #WebsterNDLW.
  • Follow us on Twitter: Tweet with us using hashtags #ndlw and #WebsterNDLW.
  • View our videos on YouTube.

The OLC will also be assisting the Office of Military Affairs in collecting Toys for Tots in recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Webster has a commitment to military education and our strong population of students, faculty and staff who are also veterans and/or service members. Toys for Tots is an organization that collects new toys for Marine’s to distribute. The OLC’s goal is to collect 100 toys.

If you are in St. Louis, please feel free to drop off your donation at the Online Learning Center front desk. If not in St. Louis or unable to come in person, you can send your toy donations to: Online Learning Center Webster University 470 E Lockwood Ave St. Louis, MO 63119. Please mail your brand new toy (in original packaging) or gift card by Nov. 30.

Below is a comprehensive list of all events and webinars for both students and faculty.

Please note all times below will be Central time.

Live Webinars for Students

Time Management for the Online Student – Webinar Workshop Monday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.

Counseling & Life Development Center will host “Running out of Time” – a time and stress management workshop for online students. This informative and activity filled webinar, hosted by Gladys Smith, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Assistant Director of Life and Counseling at Webster University, will review some of the common pitfalls students encounter in managing their time and share tips and strategies for improved time management and decreasing stress, RSVP here.

Walker Global Hybrid Courses – International Experiences for all Students Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.

Webster University’s Walker Global Hybrid Courses provide students with opportunities for short-term international travel enhanced by online learning for a meaningful academic experience that fits any schedule. Students gain global perspective through a rich travel experience and an online forum for reflection and the application of lessons learned while on location. Find out why all students should include a Global Hybrid course into their schedule and what opportunities are available for upcoming courses, RSVP here.

Support to Our Military Students Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m.

The Office of Military Affairs (OMA) serves as the functional lead for all-military related activity for Webster University. Our goal is to provide unmatched service, guidance and support to our military on-ground & online students. RSVP here for the one hour informative webinar which features Brig Gen Mike Callan, USAF (Ret) and his OMA team, and they’ll discuss a host of applicable topics including:

  • 40th year of celebrating Webster University educational service to our military
  • Review OMA objectives/University accolades
  • Discuss our 39 campuses/OLC support to our military students
  • ROTC and SVO forums available in STL
  • OMA Contact info
  • VSOC program
  • VSOC purpose and expectations
  • Capability of VSOC for extended campus students
  • Tools, resources and partnerships for veteran and military students
Webster University Online Open House: Webinar Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.

This webinar event designed specifically for prospective students will provide you with a everything you need to know about becoming a Webster University Online student. We will cover: Why Webster?, Why Online?, Admission Process, Financial Aid, Registration, Advising, and more! RSVP here.

You have a paper to write. Now what? Thursday, Nov. 13, 3:30 p.m.

How should you go about choosing your topic? Where should you start doing your research? When should you start doing your research? Webster University Librarians will help guide you in the right direction and get your research started off smoothly. Join us for a webinar during which we’ll answer the above questions as well as any you have. Hopefully this session will demystify the research process! RSVP here.

Webster’s Centennial: Celebrating our Unique History Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.

Join Kathy Gaynor, Curator of Archives, and Annie Stevens, S.L., Department of Religious Studies, for a look at the unique history of Webster University. You’ll learn about the major watershed moments that have made Webster what it is today as we embark on our second century of service. RSVP here.

Live Webinars for Faculty

Please note all times listed below will be Central time.

Online Classroom Management: A Discussion Among Teaching Professionals Monday, Nov. 10 at Noon

Location: Online; click the registration link below to join.
Teaching online requires expertise in both your content area and in navigating complex human relationships in a technology-mediated arena. What do you do when a student is being disrespectful to you or their classmates? How do you respond to students who perpetually miss deadlines and always seem to have an excuse? How do you approach a student that you suspect has cheated or plagiarized? To whom can you refer students when their problems extend beyond your course?

Faculty, join in and share your experiences in this moderated discussion about online classroom management. Share some of the real experiences you have had teaching online and tap into your colleagues’ vast experience to find solutions. Click here to register.

5 Things You Need to Know about WorldClassRoom Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Noon

Location: Online; click the registration link below to join.
New to teaching in WorldClassRoom? Join the Instructional Design and Training team from the Online Learning Center for an overview of 5 important components of WorldClassRoom. This webinar will NOT be a training session but will provide insight on the following topics:

  • Your course – When, Where, How
  • Adding course materials
  • Feedback and Communication tools
  • System updates
  • How to get Help

While there will not be time available to address specific issues in your course, we will be able to answer questions and point you in the right direction for obtaining additional assistance. Click here to register.

My course is ready to go live. Now what? Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Noon

Location: Online; click the registration link below to join.
Engaging students in your face-to-face class is second nature. Translating those techniques to an online environment is not always as straightforward. Teaching online can feel passive when you can’t see your students’ reactions or expressions, or hear their tone and inflection when they speak. Likewise, students may not always feel your human touch. Although most of these challenges are addressed through prudent course design, this presentation will highlight some proactive strategies you can use in your online class to positively engage students throughout the term. Click here to register.

Putting the “Discuss” back in Discussions Thursday, Nov. 13 at Noon

Location: Online; click the registration link below to join.
Join members of the Instructional Design and Training team from the Online Learning Center to learn strategies and best practices for increasing student engagement in threaded discussions in WorldClassRoom. We will share our research while covering the following topics:

  • Writing effective questions
  • Facilitation
  • Evaluation
  • Tips to increase Student Engagement

Bring your questions for “discussion” during the Q&A session. Click here to register.

Any questions about the faculty webinars should be directed to olc@webster.edu.

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