As we prepare for the next academic semester, the Department of Online Education and Support will begin offering 45-minute webinars during community hour for faculty on various topics related to achieving excellence in the online classroom. These fully-online webinars are facilitated by DOES staff and most feature insights from a faculty co-host with expertise on the topic. Each webinar consists of the pedagogical “Why as well as the practical “How”. At the end of each webinar, time will be allotted for attendees to comment, share their views, and to ask questions of all webinar presenters.

These 45-minute webinars are conveniently delivered online, and are easily accessed from a desktop, phone, or tablet. If you are interested but unable to attend a webinar, please register. A recording of the webinar, and the webinar presentation slide deck will be shared with all webinar registrants.



January 9, 2:00-2:45 p.m. – Getting to Know Your Blackboard Course: Navigating the Template
Did you know that every section at the college is granted an accompanying Blackboard course section? Whether you are teaching face-to-face, hybrid or fully online, this webinar will walk you through what is found in the basic John Jay Blackboard course template, and then explore how to customize it to meet your needs. In addition to looking at the basic template, we will showcase a fully online course and discuss the elements that have made it a successful online learning experience for students.
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January 16, 2:00-2:45 p.m. – Opening Your Blackboard Course: Things to Consider for a Smooth Beginning
The beginning of the semester is both an exciting and stressful time for both faculty and students. This webinar will walk you through some easy-to-follow best practices for ensuring that the first few weeks of the semester run smoothly; giving you more time to focus on building relationships with your students and giving your students more confidence and ownership over their learning environment. 
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January 22, 2:00-2:45 p.m. – Getting to Know Your Online Students: Exploring Instructor Presence and Methods for Early Intervention
Building community is essential to success for any endeavor. How do we do this online? We’ve all heard that online learning, if not thoughtfully structured, can lead students toward feelings of isolation. Many online courses experience high attrition rates due to a misunderstanding of expectations, technical barriers, and a myriad of other reasons. This webinar will explore methods for you to encourage your students to connect with one another, with you, to create an online community of learners. 
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