Opportunities for Professional Development in Online Education

MarylandOnline (MOL) provides opportunities for professional development in online education in Maryland via webinars and face-to-face events. If you would like to be on the contact list for future events, please email us at info@marylandonline.org.

To download the following list of fall webinars, click on Fall 2021 Webinars.

To view our list of upcoming spring and summer webinars, click on Spring and Summer Webinars 2021.

To view past webinars, go to the MarylandOnline YouTube Channel.

Beneath the list of MOL fall webinars, you will find links to other professional resources relevant for online educators.

Fall 2021 Webinar Series


COOL TOOLS: Hypothes.is: Anchor Tool for Student-Centered Learning

Thursday, September 16, 2021
11:00AM to 12:00PM

Promote active and collaborative learning in the online classroom with the hypothesis. It is a tool that allows students to engage with texts individually and in groups Hypothes. is can help leverage access to open educational resources for simple classroom management of reading assignments.
Stephen (Chip) Gladson (Montgomery College, Professor, English, College Coordinator, Writing in the Disciplines)
Moderator: Mike Mills (Montgomery College, Vice President, E-Learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel.

COOL TOOLS: Captioning Video

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
1:00PM to 2:00PM

Discussions about captioning often center around providing an alternative source of access to educational content for learners who are deaf or hard of hearing. However, captions are also a critical component of multimedia and video content that assist all learners.
Steven Crawford (Maricopa Community Colleges District Director, Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation)
Moderator: Karen Rege (Harford Community College, Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel.


ACADEMIC INTEREST: Developing Measurable Outcomes for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (D.E.I.B.) in Higher Education

Thursday, October 7, 2021
10:00AM to 11:00AM

D.E.I.B. efforts are often touted as heart-led work that relies on everyone to" do the work" together. However, these efforts rely too heavily on the psychology of others rather than clear, measurable activities at an organizational level. The key to sustainable and impactful D.E.I.B. strategies is to incorporate organization-level Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and attach them to the performance of key senior leaders within the organization. In this session, we will discuss:
1. The importance of buy-in from senior leadership
2. Developing realistic organization-level KPI's
3. Implementing key activities to impact change
Crystal Lynese-Walker (Black Equity at Work, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Associate Director)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline's YouTube Channel.

ACADEMIC INTEREST: Decolonizing the Curriculum

Thursday, October 21, 2021
10:00AM to 11:00AM

Montgomery College is one of three Maryland institutions awarded a 2021 Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) institutional grant. The award supports significant advances in O.E.R. adoption, scaling, and sustainability in support of student success throughout the College. The project includes a fall and spring faculty/student academy consisting of 20 faculty and ten students from across various college disciplines to support the design, development, and refinement of (11) O.E.R.s aligned to the principles of Decolonizing the Curriculum. Join us to learn more about Montgomery College's work and how a participatory action-research model is being used to foster change across the college community.
Dr. Paul D. Miller (Montgomery College, Professional Development Director)
Dr. Angela Lanier (Montgomery College, Instructional Designer)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording at MarylandOnline's YouTube Channel

HOW TO: Using the M.O.S.T. Commons to Support O.E.R. Adoption

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
11:00AM to 12:00PM

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Commons is a resource for locating and collaborating around openly licensed educational resources to support learning in Maryland. Since the site was launched in 2019, many new resources and functions have been added to support the discovery and adoption of high-quality O.E.R.s. During this webinar, we will showcase these new resources and functions, discuss how the Commons is supporting institutions and faculty in finding and adopting high-quality digital materials, and show the ways the site can support your own institution's efforts to provide and share quality open-licensed resources. There will be plenty of time to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Colleen McKnight (Frederick Community College, Director of Library Services)
This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline's YouTube Channel.


ACADEMIC INTEREST: Faculty Training in Time of Crisis

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
10:00AM to 11:00AM

Winston Churchill once said, “Never waste a good crisis.”  The session will present how a team of instructional designers and faculty mentors prepared 835 Montgomery College faculty for remote teaching between March and December 2020 and how the training is still being used to ensure that all MC faculty are well-prepared for the next disruption.
Michele Knight (E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence, Montgomery College, Instructional Designer)
Tom Cantu (E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence, Montgomery College, Instructional Designer)
Moderator: Rob Coyle (University of Maryland Global Campus, Assistant Vice President, Course Development)
TO REGISTER: Click on Faculty Training in Time of Crisis FA21

HOW TO: Gamified Course Design

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
10:00AM to 11:00 AM

The objective of gamified course design is to motivate students to perform actions that lead to success in an asynchronous learning environment.  For the last six years, all of Debbie Dorsey’s online Health and Exercise Science courses have incorporated gamified elements such as scaffolding, currency, freedom to fail, loss aversion, and social status.  Debbie will provide a virtual tour of her course design and share lessons learned on what does and does not promote positive learning behaviors.
Debbie Dorsey (Harford Community College, Assistant Professor of Health)
Moderator: Melissa Harris (Harford Community College, Coordinator for eLearning)
TO REGISTER: Click on Gamified Course Design FA21

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