UW Extended Campus

2023 Faculty Symposium

Monday, June 5 & Tuesday, June 6, 2023

 

Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning

A professional development opportunity for faculty teaching in online
collaborative programs administered by UW Extended Campus.
Network and engage with faculty, instructional designers, and
media staff to share and discuss best practices in online teaching and learning.

Our 2023 Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Cathrael (Kate) Kazin, JD, PhD

Recognized for her expertise in online and competency-based learning and assessment, Kate serves as Managing Partner of Volta Learning Group, which works with wide range of higher education, K-12, and business clients to promote meaningful access to opportunity, especially for adult and “new majority” learners. She serves on the national Advisory Board of Credential as You Go and the EdTech Advisory Group for Credential Engine. In prior roles, she was the founding Chief Academic Officer of College for America (CfA) at SNHU and designed its award-winning CBE model. She is a former Commissioner of NECHE, New England’s regional accreditor and has been honored by the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) for “extraordinary contributions to the field of CBE.”

Before joining SNHU, Kate was Executive Director of the Higher Education Division at ETS, where she focused on the assessment of 21st century and interpersonal skills. She has worked as an education lawyer at Hogan Lovells as well as at the US Department of Labor, where she was a speechwriter for then-Sec. Robert Reich.

A former University of Iowa faculty member, Kate has taught widely in the US and internationally. She has given presentations and workshops on CBE, microcredentials, and innovative learning and assessment strategies at a wide range of venues, including ACE, AAC&U, CBExchange, CAEL, Chautauqua Institution, Harvard Graduate School of Education, League for Innovation, New America, Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore), NISOD, Universidad del Valle (Guatemala), and the White House. She earned an AB with Highest Honors in English from Smith College, a PhD in English from Cornell University, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review.

She is based in Seattle, Washington.

Myunghee Jun

Myunghee Jun, RN, PhD, is an associate professor at UW-Green Bay. She teaches courses for the RN-BSN program and serves as the GB campus academic director for MS in Health and Wellness Management. She has taught over 35 years in Korea and the U.S. and is the author of over hundred articles on nursing.  Her primary areas of interest in research and teaching include nursing education, research methodology, leadership and management, and cultural diversity in healthcare.

Christine Vandenhouten

Christine Vandenhouten PhD, RN, CPH is a Professor and Director of Nursing at UW-Green Bay.  Dr. Vandenhouten is an experienced online educator with over 32 years of experience in nursing education.  She is currently working with three UWEX collaborative online programs including the MS Health and Wellness Management program, BS Health Information Management and Technology program, and the BSN@Home collaborative RN-BSN program.  She is currently serving as the BSN@Home Steering committee chair which is responsible for program and financial oversight.  Dr. Vandenhouten has published chapters and articles on e-Learning topics including faculty development for e-Learning.  Other research interests include innovative teaching strategies, political participation/advocacy among healthcare providers, and community/public health topics.

Dr. Russell Roberson

Dr. Russell Roberson recently retired from his role as the Chief Quality, Regulatory, Data Governance, and Patient Safety Officer for Elsevier, a medical device company.  Before Elsevier, Dr. Roberson served as the Vice-President, Quality & Regulatory, for GE Healthcare.  Dr. Roberson has taught courses in both the HCA and HMIT programs.  Of note, Dr. Roberson is a two-time non-Hodgkin’s cancer survivor and uses this unique experience to help students understand the importance of their work in the healthcare field. 

Jessica O’Neel

Jessica is an Instructional Designer for the UW Extended Campus. Working primarily with self-paced, asynchronous courses in the Independent Learning program, Jessica strives to design learning experiences that are inclusive, easy to navigate, and meet learners where they are in their educational journey. She is an active member of the Instructional Design EDI group which developed a course reflection document to facilitate the inclusion of EDI in courses. 

Kristine Pierick

Kristine Pierick is a senior instructional designer with University of Wisconsin Extended Campus. Kristine has worked on the Collaborative AAS, Independent Learning, and Flexible Option programs. She holds a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has earned the Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Kristine is passionate about equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice and the role of those topics in higher education and online course development 

Kyle Sky

Kyle Sky is an Instructional Designer with the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus. He believes powerful learning occurs when faculty connect with their students and provide individualized, authentic learning experiences. He supports faculty in the Health & Wellness and Cybersecurity Collaborative programs. Before becoming an instructional designer, he was an instructor and academic librarian. Kyle earned his Instructional Design Graduate Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Nate Ewings

Nate Ewings is a seasoned instructional designer and manager at the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus where he has worked on the Cybersecurity, Health Information Management and Technology, and Flex programs. He holds a Bachelor’s in Biology Education from UW-Madison and a Master’s of Science in Education from Purdue University. Nate is interested in the interplay between motivational theory and student engagement and retention and is intrigued by the potential applications of generative AI in the educational landscape. 

Eric Peloza

Eric Peloza is a versatile instructional designer at the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus where he has worked on the Applied Biotechnology, Biodiversity Conservation and Management, and Independent Learning programs. He holds a Bachelor’s in Integrative Biology from UW-Madison and a Master’s of Science in Education from Purdue University. As a life-long learner, Eric is passionate about fostering the student-centered learning experience and creating opportunities for others to experience the power of education. 

Laurie Berry

Laurie Berry is an experienced instructional designer with the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus and currently works with faculty in the UW Flexible Option competency-based degree program as well as the master’s degree in Health and Wellness Management to apply innovative solutions to online course development. She is passionate about accessibility and works to ensure that all UW Extended Campus students can access and engage in online learning. Laurie holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Western Illinois University. Laurie has presented at local and national conferences including OLC Innovate, OLC Accelerate, Distance Teaching & Learning, and ADEIL. 

Amy Lane

Amy Lane is a highly skilled Instructional Designer at the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus with a passion for creating high-quality online educational experiences for students. She has worked with the MS-IT Management collaborative program and various courses within the esteemed UW Flexible Option program. Amy’s dedication to higher education also includes online teaching experience in higher education. Amy is interested in the Scholarship of Teaching of Learning (SoTL) to improve student learning, faculty development, assessment, Universal Design, and high-impact practices. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis and MS degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development from South Dakota State University, Brookings. 

Tim Krause

Tim Krause is a Professor in Computing and New Media Technologies at UW-Stevens Point. He is the academic director for Applied Computing and the MS in Information Technology Management. He also teaches game development and is a co-owner of a therapeutic games company. 

Jill Rinzel

Jill Rinzel is a Professor of Psychology in the College of General Studies at UW Milwaukee at Waukesha. She serves as the Academic Director for the UW Flexible Option, Associate of Arts & Science degree. Additionally, she teaches Psychology courses both in the Flexible Option program and in the traditional semester based AAS degree program. 

Eileen Horn

Eileen Horn is a Senior Instructional Designer with the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus. Eileen is specifically interested in maximizing learning potential for self-directed, self-paced Competency-Based education (CBE) students. Building on her experience designing online learning for over ten years in various higher-education environments, she was part of the original team that created design standards and processes for the UW Flexible Option program. Eileen earned her Certificate in Distance Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education and her M.S. degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Laura Pedrick

UW Milwaukee
Executive Director, UWM Online
Academic Affairs

Sue Stalewski

UW Milwaukee

Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Academic Initiatives and Planning, Biomedical Sciences Programs, Office of the Dean

Pritosh Kumar

UW Parkside

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management (Tenure Track)

Parag Dhumal

UW Parkside

Professor & Chair, Department of Business, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Please find the room layouts here:

Memorial Union – Rooms Layout for the Faculty Symposium

Time Event
9:00am - 10:00am

Registration/Check in

10:00am - 10:10am

Welcome by Jason Beier and introduction of the first speaker.

10:10am - 10:25am

Senior Vice President Johannes Britz

10:25am - 10:30am

Introduction of keynote speaker Kate Kazin by George Kroeninger.

10:30am - 12:00pm

Why is it important to embrace “failure” as an essential aspect of learning? What changes if we reframe it, not a terrible fate to be avoided, but rather as a key feature of the learning process? What does this shift in perspective make possible for learners and their learning? And why is this shift particularly important for online learners and faculty? We will explore these questions and more, beginning with why the whole topic of “failure” and mistakes can make us so uncomfortable. The session will be as interactive as possible, alternating mini-presentations with hands-on activities. Our focus will be on designing learning and assessment that both engage students and foster learner agency.

12:00pm -12:15 pm

Break

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Lunch

1:15pm - 1:45pm

Learn about UWM’s microcredentialing initiative and how microcredentials could be incorporated into Flex. 

Presenter: Laura Pedrick, UW-Milwaukee and Sue Stalewski, UW-Milwaukee

Room: National Pan-Hellenic Council Room (2nd Floor)

This session will focus on five practical steps you can take to promote learner agency in online learning environments.

Presenter: Kate Kazin

Room: Multicultural Greek Council Room (4th Floor)

Join us for a journey into the world of ChatGPT, the AI writing tool having major effects on higher education. We’ll explore the tool’s capabilities and limitations and discuss what they mean for students and faculty. We will also explore the impact on course policies and assessments and how to prepare your course for the widespread use of ChatGPT and other AI tools. Don’t miss this opportunity to uncover the future of online learning! 

Presenter: Kyle Sky, UWEX and Nate Ewings, UWEX

Room: Beefeaters Room (3rd Floor)

Discussions are critical components of online courses, but do you sometimes feel they’re missing something? In this interactive session, we’ll explore techniques you use to liven up your discussions—from making them more engaging to boosting critical thinking and interaction. We’ll also discuss several strategies for drawing more out of your students and deepening their responses and interactions with each other. Come ready to share ways to take your discussions from good to great! 

Presenter: Laurie Berry, UWEX

Room: Old Madison Room (3rd Floor East)

1:45pm - 2:00pm

Break

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Research has shown that High Impact Practices (HIPs) used in the online environment can improve outcomes for all students, but especially for more at-risk student populations. In self-paced programs like UW Flexible Option, peertopeer interaction is limited, and this presents a unique challenge to implementing HIPs. This session will focus on the Eight Key Elements of HIPs and how they can be implemented in several of the HIPs categories in a self-paced, online environment. 

Presenter: Jill Rinzel, UW-Milwaukee and Eileen Horn, UWEX

Room: Old Madison (3rd Floor East)

We are pleased to share an innovative Interactive Capstone Project Selection Tool aimed at enhancing intentional collaboration. This tool has been specifically designed to assist both faculty and students in the process of selecting the most suitable Capstone projects. By utilizing this tool, users can engage in discussions, analyze project ideas, and make informed decisions based on program criteria. Its interactive features make course expectations transparent, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) for all students. With this tool, students will have access to the necessary information right from the beginning of the capstone course, ensuring they receive the support they need throughout their academic journey.  

Presenter: Amy Lane, UWEX and Tim Krause, UW-Stevens Point

Room: National Pan-Hellenic Council Room (2nd Floor)

Join us for a journey into the world of ChatGPT, the AI writing tool having major effects on higher education. We’ll explore the tool’s capabilities and limitations and discuss what they mean for students and faculty. We will also explore the impact on course policies and assessments and how to prepare your course for the widespread use of ChatGPT and other AI tools. Don’t miss this opportunity to uncover the future of online learning! 

Presenter: Kyle Sky, UWEX and Nate Ewings, UWEX

Room: Beefeaters (3rd Floor)

In this session, we will highlight ways to add equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) content to your online courses using a tool called the EDI Course Reflection Document. See what principles of EDI look like in practice—from quick additions to assessment redesigns—by examining before and after examples from recent course developments. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty on incorporating EDI into your course with meaning and purpose. 

Presenter: Kristine Pierick, UWEX and Jessica O’Neel, UWEX

Room: Multicultural Greek Council Room (4th Floor)

2:30pm - 2:50pm

Break

2:50pm - 3:20pm

Discussion boards managed properly increase the educational value of the course, support the mission and vision of the University of Wisconsin, and result in positive student reviews. This presentation will address how to design, administer, and participate in online discussion boards that will differentiate and drive a competitive advantage for the University of Wisconsin online courses. 

Presenter: Russell Roberson, UW-Parkside

Room: Befeater (3rd Floor)

In this session, participants will learn how a care-focused pedagogical approach in an on-line RN-BSN program can promote care as a primary nursing value among students. 

Presenter: Christine Vandenhouten, UW-Green Bay and Myunghee Jun, UW-Green Bay

Room: National Pan-Hellenic Council Room (2nd Floor)

Come preview the brand new UWEX Online Course Design Showcase Website. We will briefly tour the showcase and explain its purpose. Then, we will turn it over to you, our partner faculty, for brainstorming, workshopping, and peer discussion! Come share your ideas and input with others from across our programs! 

Presenter: Eric Peloza, UWEX and Kerri Patton, UWEX

Room: Old Madison (3rd Floor East)

This session will focus on five practical steps you can take to promote learner agency in online learning environments.

Presenter: Kate Kazin

Room: Multicultural Greek Council Room (4th Floor)

3:20pm - 3:30pm

Break

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a journey into the world of ChatGPT, the AI writing tool having major effects on higher education. We’ll explore the tool’s capabilities and limitations and discuss what they mean for students and faculty. We will also explore the impact on course policies and assessments and how to prepare your course for the widespread use of ChatGPT and other AI tools. Don’t miss this opportunity to uncover the future of online learning!

Present: Kyle Sky, UWEX and Nate Ewings, UWEX

Room: Beefeaters (3rd Floor)

This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating assignments for analytical courses. It will discuss the technological limitations of platforms such as Canvas incorporating such assignments. It will provide possible solutions for the discussed challenges. 

Presenter: Pritosh Kumar, UW-Parkside and Parag Dhumal, UW-Parkside

Room: National Pan-Hellenic Council Room (2nd Floor)

Come preview the brand new UWEX Online Course Design Showcase Website. We will briefly tour the showcase and explain its purpose. Then, we will turn it over to you, our partner faculty, for brainstorming, workshopping, and peer discussion! Come share your ideas and input with others from across our programs! 

Presenter: Eric Peloza, UWEX and Kerri Patton, UWEX

Room: Old Madison (3rd Floor East)

In this session, we will highlight ways to add equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) content to your online courses using a tool called the EDI Course Reflection Document. See what principles of EDI look like in practice—from quick additions to assessment redesigns—by examining before and after examples from recent course developments. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty on incorporating EDI into your course with meaning and purpose. 

Presenter: Kristine Pierick, UWEX and Jessica O’Neel, UWEX

Room: Multicultural Greek Council Room (4th Floor)

4:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Light dinner fare with cash bar (cash only!)
  • Poster Presentations
  • Dinner will be served from 5-6pm
Time Event
8:00am - 10:00am

Room: Capitol View – 4th Floor

Room: Chart Room – Lower Level West

Room: Class of 1924 Reception Room – 4th Floor

Room: Festival Floor – Lower Level

Room: Profile – 2nd Floor

Room: Multicultural Greek Council Room – 4th Floor

Room: National Pan-Hellenic Council Room – 2nd Floor

10:00am -12:00pm

Room: National Pan-Hellenic Council Room – 2nd Floor

Room: Profile – 2nd floor

Room: Class of 1924 Reception Room  – 4th Floor

Room: Langdon Room – 4th Floor

Room available to DS Group starting at 8am.

Room: Capitol View

Room: Multicultural Greek Council Room – 4th Floor

12:00pm

Please choose your Grab and Go lunch when registering for the event.

The Venue

 

The meeting will be held at the Memorial Union in Madison – 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706.

Google Maps – Memorial Union

Parking Near Memorial Union

Campus lots:
• Lot 6: Helen C. White Library Parking Garage – next to the Union – 600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706
• Lot 7: Grainger Hall Ramp – 325 N Brooks St, Madison, WI 53715
• Lot 46: Lake & Johnson Ramp – (Corner of Lake and Johnson) – 301 N Lake St, Madison, WI 53715
• Lot 83: Fluno Center – 601 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715

PDF – Parking near Memorial Union

 

Embracing “Failure” as Key to Learning

Why is it important to embrace “failure” as an essential aspect of learning? What changes if we reframe it, not a terrible fate to be avoided, but rather as a key feature of the learning process? What does this shift in perspective make possible for learners and their learning? And why is this shift particularly important for online learners and faculty? We will explore these questions and more, beginning with why the whole topic of “failure” and mistakes can make us so uncomfortable. The session will be as interactive as possible, alternating mini-presentations with hands-on activities. Our focus will be on designing learning and assessment that both engage students and foster learner agency.

Breakout Sessions

Exploring Microcredentials at UWM: Flex and Traditional Online Modalities

Presenters: Laura Pedrick and Sue Stalewski

Learn about UWM’s microcredentialing initiative and how microcredentials could be incorporated into Flex.

Five Tips for Fostering Learner Agency in Online Learning

Presenters: Cathrael (Kate) Kazin

This session will focus on five practical steps you can take to promote learner agency in online learning environments.

Preparing Your Course for ChatGPT

Presenters: Kyle Sky and Nate Ewings

Join us for a journey into the world of ChatGPT, the AI writing tool having major effects on higher education. We’ll explore the tool’s capabilities and limitations and discuss what they mean for students and faculty. We will also explore the impact on course policies and assessments and how to prepare your course for the widespread use of ChatGPT and other AI tools. Don’t miss this opportunity to uncover the future of online learning!

Let’s Discuss! Share Your Strategies for Engaging Online Discussions

Presentor: Laurie Berry

Discussions are critical components of online courses, but do you sometimes feel they’re missing something? In this interactive session, we’ll explore techniques you use to liven up your discussions—from making them more engaging to boosting critical thinking and interaction. We’ll also discuss several strategies for drawing more out of your students and deepening their responses and interactions with each other. Come ready to share ways to take your discussions from good to great!

Can Self-Paced, Online Learning be HIP?

Presenter: Jill Rinzel and Eileen Horn

Research has shown that High Impact Practices (HIPs) used in the online environment can improve outcomes for all students, but especially for more at-risk student populations. In self-paced programs like UW Flexible Option, peer-to-peer interaction is limited, and this presents a unique challenge to implementing HIPs. This session will focus on the Eight Key Elements of HIPs and how they can be implemented in several of the HIPs categories in a self-paced, online environment.

Introducing an Interactive Capstone Project Selection Tool to Facilitate Intentional Collaboration Between Faculty and Students

Presenters: Amy Lane and Tim Krause

We are pleased to share an innovative Interactive Capstone Project Selection Tool aimed at enhancing intentional collaboration. This tool has been specifically designed to assist both faculty and students in the process of selecting the most suitable Capstone projects. By utilizing this tool, users can engage in discussions, analyze project ideas, and make informed decisions based on program criteria. Its interactive features make course expectations transparent, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) for all students. With this tool, students will have access to the necessary information right from the beginning of the capstone course, ensuring they receive the support they need throughout their academic journey.

Use of Discussion Boards to Achieve Exceptional Learning and Student Reviews

Presenters: Russell Roberson

Discussion boards managed properly increase the educational value of the course, support the mission and vision of the University of Wisconsin, and result in positive student reviews. This presentation will address how to design, administer, and participate in online discussion boards that will differentiate and drive a competitive advantage for the University of Wisconsin online courses.

Care-Focused Online Instruction for Adult Learners

Presenters: Christine Vandenhouten and Myunghee Jun

In this session, participants will learn how a care-focused pedagogical approach in an on-line RN-BSN program can promote care as a primary nursing value among students.

Previewing the UWEX Online Course Design Showcase: A Collaboration Between Instructional Designers and Faculty!

Presenters: Eric Peloza and Laurie Berry

Come preview the brand new UWEX Online Course Design Showcase Website. We will briefly tour the showcase and explain its purpose. Then, we will turn it over to you, our partner faculty, for brainstorming, workshopping, and peer discussion! Come share your ideas and input with others from across our programs!

Complexities of Creating Assignments for Analytical Courses

Presenters: Pritosh Kumar and Parag Dhumal

This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating assignments for analytical courses. It will discuss the technological limitations of platforms such as Canvas incorporating such assignments. It will provide possible solutions for the discussed challenges.

Intentional Inclusion: Designing Online Courses Through an Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Lens

Presenters: Kristine Pierick and Jessica O’Neel

In this session, we will highlight ways to add equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) content to your online courses using a tool called the EDI Course Reflection Document. See what principles of EDI look like in practice—from quick additions to assessment redesigns—by examining before and after examples from recent course developments. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty on incorporating EDI into your course with meaning and purpose.

Hotel and meal costs are supported by UW Extended Campus. There is no fee to attend.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. 

We encourage participants to dress in their campus spirit wear.

If you have any questions, please contact Inge Dilla at Inge.Dilla@uwex.wisconsin.edu.