SIG Online and Blended Learning
The Special Interest Group for Online and Blended Learning (SIG OBL) provides a forum for online learning, blended learning, mobile learning devices, instructional tools and strategies for teaching and learning online. The SIG OBL community includes members with a broad range of expertise on these topics.
SIG OBL chose these two areas of focus for the 2017-2018 school year:
Intentional Lesson Design
Legal Rights and Responsibilities in Online Learning
We are planning an exciting year that will include variety of opportunities to explore these topics. It will include regular bimonthly newsletters, MACUL Community articles, webinars, slow chats and who knows what else! Join our SIG (it’s free) to receive newsletters. Visit this page regularly, follow us on Twitter or Facebook and be part of our community.
June/July 2017 ‘End of the School Year‘ issue includes:
• Links to 20 OBL focused sessions from the 2017 MACUL Conference
• Introduction to the 2017-2018 SIG OBL Leadership team
• Recommended reading: Learning First, Technology Second: How we know if technology is doing its job in our classrooms Liz Kolb’s article introducing the Triple E Framework
• Summer learning opportunities
• Use it Better: Personalizing learning in online/blended settings
• Find it Faster: Locating, selecting, and using digital media & materials
• Engaging the Online Learner
Meet your SIG OBL Leadership team for 2016-2017.
Officers were selected from the six member steering committee that was elected at our Annual Meeting in March.
- Director – Jamie Dewitt, Michigan Virtual University
- Operations – Craig Steenstra, Kent ISD
- Communications – Carol Isakson, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
- Christine Greenough, Fraser High School
- David Palme, Ingham ISD
- Andrew Topper, Grand Valley State University, College of Education
and MACUL Board Advocates
- Liz Kolb, University of Michigan, College of Education
- Andy Losik, Hamilton Community Schools
- Provide value to existing members and grow membership through face-to-face and virtual experiences.
- Develop continuous and intentional professional learning experiences for all educators throughout the state.
- Focus efforts and outreach on best practices as outlined by iNACOL’s Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework and National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.
Please join MACUL and our Special Interest Group through the Membership page (it’s FREE!)
Use our Suggestion Box to recommend topics or presenters.
- INACOL International Association for K-12 Online Learning Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework and National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.
- ISTE International Society for Technology in Education Online
- and the ISTE Online Learning Network (formerly ISTE’s SIG Online Learning)
- EduPaths online professional development from TRIG and MI Dept. Of Education
- Michigan’s Online Course Catalog contains course titles and syllabi submitted by local school districts, intermediate school districts and the Michigan Virtual School.
- Michigan Learns Online resources to assist Administrators, Teachers, Parents and Students participate successfully in and provide online learning.
- … find additional resources are in our Diigo group
Wednesday March 15, 2017
Cobo Center – Rooms 252 A & B
Morning 8:30 a.m. – Noon
• Blending with digital content: Creating, finding and sharing open educational resources
Blended learning is the combination of excellent teaching and excellent digital content. But where do you get that content? In this session, we will explore the culture of open educational resources (OER) through a variety of learning experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about OER repositories, experiment with digital content creation tools and collaborate on how to integrate these resources into their practice.
Presenters: Erin Luckhardt, Blended Learning Coach, and Jeff Gerlach, Instructional Design Coach, Michigan Virtual University
• Mentoring Online Students: Conversations to Support Improvement
Engaging in professional dialogue is an opportunity for mentors of online students to think about their practice and ways to improve it. This session will engage participants in an active learning experience to explore challenges mentors commonly face and stimulate constructive conversations about effective practices.
Presenters: Ken Dirkin, Director of Online Professional Learning, and Julia McBride, Professional Learning Coach, Michigan Virtual University
Afternoon 1 – 4:30 p.m.
• Tools and Tips for Online & Blended RTI & MTSS
Join us to discuss how RTI (Response To Intervention) & MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) can be represented in online and blended educational environments. Come see how technology is integrated at each level. Learn tools to use at every step to help enhance student success and provide interventions for struggling students.
Presenters: Emily Sicilia, Literacy Learning Facilitator, LifeTech Academy and Erin Terpstra, MTSS Program Lead, Michigan Virtual Charter Academy
• Using Creativity to Transform Your Formative Assessments
Formative assessments have become a regular and routine part of learning experiences. They are great opportunities to check for understanding, monitor progress and connect with any necessary interventions. In this session, come together with other educators as you explore how to make formative assessments fun and interactive. Students and teachers are able to use creativity to make these experiences the best part of their day. You will walk away with resources, tools and supports to deploy immediately in your classroom.
Presenters: Andrew Shauver ,Instructional Technology Specialist, and Heidi Gascon, Instructional Technology Consultant, Ingham ISD
Additional Special Interest Group Pre-Conference Workshops are listed at the MACUL Conference Site.
MACUL Conference 2016 Recap
Learn more about the conference and download the app at http://maculconference.org/
the app contains session descriptions with links to many of the presentations and handouts! Many of the keynote and featured sessions were recorded and are now available at MI Streamnet along with a number of other recorded webinars, meetings and talks – search for MACUL.
SIG OBL presented the following preconference sessions on March 9, 2016.
Mentoring Online Students: Resources Conversations to Support Improvement. Engaging in professional dialogue is an opportunity for mentors of online students to think about their practice and ways to improve it. This session will engage participants in an active learning experience to explore challenges mentors commonly face and stimulate constructive conversations about effective practices. Speaker: Ken Dirkin
Creating and Curating Content for your Blended Classroom. Presentation Blended learning is the combination of excellent teaching and excellent digital content. But where do you get that content? There are many Open Educational Resources available, which we’ll explore. And for the times when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, there are several tools to help you easily create exactly what your lesson calls for. Speakers: Jeff Gerlach, Brandon Bautista and Roman Stotland
Blended Best Practices for Your Classroom Presentation Blended learning has become a national phenomenon; time to join in the fun! This preconference session is an opportunity to learn more about what blended learning is, how it can impact your classroom and what you can do to get started now! Expect an interactive & collaborative session where you will be working with others and constantly reflecting on your practice. Speaker: Rachelle Wynkoop and Jamie DeWitt
Strategic Creativity: Your next favorite assessment tool! Presentation Traditional assessments are un-engaging. Creative activities yield data that’s difficult to use. How do we balance assessing student progress with creative learning obpportunities? Come with us – see engaging and effective assessment through the exploration of digital tools that unpack student learning through screeners, formative assessments and more. Each attendee leaves able to immediately apply tools to the classroom! Speakers: Heidi Gascon and Andrew Shauver
Plan to attend next year’s MACUL Conference in Detroit on March 15-17, 2017 #Learning Forward