Faculty Learn, Exchange Ideas about Online Learning

Faculty Learn, Exchange Ideas about Online Learning
Gil Brum, director of the University Library, talks about the iClicker.
Geography professor Lin Wu shares her experience in designing an online upper division GE sythesis course.

Faculty, staff and vendors shared tips, techniques and technologies to support and improve online learning during the eLearning Faire on March 16. The one-day seminar showcased successful online and hybrid courses at Cal Poly Pomona and the latest technology to enhance distance learning.

More than 100 people attended the various workshops, which addressed a number of topics, from online research at the University Library to the newest release of Blackboard to social learning on the Internet.

The seminar's goal was to introduce faculty to online teaching, promote exchanging ideas and stay updated with the changing technologies. “I hope the workshops piqued the interest of more faculty members into online teaching,” says Hye Ok Park, director of I&IT Learning.

In one workshop, professors Mark Meskin and Bonny Burns-Whitmore shared how they developed and improved an online GE course in human nutrition. Over the years, they found holding a two-hour face-to-face orientation session, in which they introduced the course format, explained how to navigate the Blackboard site and how to complete assignments, was critical to students' success.

Library Instruction Coordinator Christy Stevens presented ideas to help students become more sophisticated researchers using free resources on the Internet and the University Library's online databases. She showed how to use Google applications, such as Google Scholar or Google Books, in conjunction with the library's catalogues. Stevens also recommended additional applications that can help students communicate with librarians and avoid plagiarism.

The eLearning Faire was sponsored by I&IT Learning, the Faculty Center for Professional Development and the University Library.

For more information about the event, visit www.cpp.edu/~iit/learning/elearningfaire.shtml.