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December 13, 2018

Faculty to present at Peer-to-Peer Distance Learning Exchange Jan. 16

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

Kansas State University Global Campus invites you to its Peer-to-Peer Distance Learning Exchange event, designed to showcase the strategies and tools learned through the K-State Online Essentials course or attendance at a distance education conference in a series of short, five-minute presentations.

This capstone event will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in 227 K-State Student Union.

Participants in the 2018 K-State Online Essentials course and other recipients of Global Campus professional development funds who attended a 2018 distance learning conference will make presentations. Faculty and staff who are interested in online teaching are encouraged to attend.

Taught by Lisa Shappee, library director and associate professor at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, and Laura Widenor, quality coordinator for Global Campus, Online Essentials is a rigorous course that equips instructors with best practices and technology tools for online teaching.

A list of presenters who will share their expertise at the event will be available in early January.

"I highly recommend the Online Essentials course for every instructor, whether they teach online or not," said Rebecca Miller-Regan, assistant professor in bakery science and program participant in 2018. "I learned so much about many aspects of teaching and student engagement which I have incorporated into both my online and face-to-face courses."

In 2018, Global Campus sponsored the attendance at distance learning conferences for nine people at five events across the U.S. Global Campus also sponsored a virtual attendee registration for the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate conference, which allowed more than 100 faculty and staff to access professional development sessions.

"Attending this conference has provided more insight to better understanding how at the very least, I can have a more hybrid type of course," said Chad Miller, associate professor of landscape horticulture and distance conference attendee. "I came away with many different ideas that I will consider for implementing in my teaching. I think one of the biggest realizations from the conference is that whether a course is taught in-person or distance-based, many of the same concerns for engaging students and maximizing learning are the same — just different formats."

Faculty or staff interested in taking part in the 2019 K-State Online Essentials faculty development course or the conference opportunities can apply at global.k-state.edu/faculty/resources or contact Widenor directly at lwidenor@k-state.edu.