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 spring and summer webinars, click on Spring and Summer 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 Spring webinars, you will find links to other professional resources relevant to online educators.

Spring and Summer 2022 MarylandOnline Webinars

February

Academic Interest: Managing Stress in an Unmanageable Time

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
10:00AM to 11:00AM

After two years of dealing with COVID-19, we are all stressed, exhausted, and pushed to the limits of our ability to cope. While there is no magic solution to the ongoing trauma we’ve been experiencing, there are many things that we can do in our everyday lives to help manage the day-to-day stressors. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the impacts of stress on our physical and mental health and work to create a practical self-care plan that you can utilize in your daily life.

Stephanie Will (LCPC Mental Health Services Program Manager, Montgomery College)

Moderator: Deborah Dorsey (Assistant Professor of Health, Harford Community College)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel

March

Academic Interest: Culturally Responsive Teaching with Pedagogy and Andragogy in the Online Environment

Thursday, March 10, 2022
10:00AM to 11:00AM

Culturally Responsive Teaching motivates us as teachers and increases teachers’ effectiveness. It helps teachers better understand our multicultural students and how cultural responsiveness keeps students on track to academic success.

Yazdan Rodd (Director of Online Learning & Instructional Innovation (OLII), Frederick Community College)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel.

April

Academic Interest: MarylandOnline Leadership Institute (MOLLI) - Reboot: Post-pandemic Leadership Strategies

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
10:00AM to 11:15AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended almost every aspect of our educational systems. From the increased need for mental health services to remote work and learning arrangements, questions of mandated vaccine requirements, and rapid response to an ever-evolving health crisis, higher ed leaders have been challenged to respond with decisiveness and accuracy, an almost impossible demand. As the new higher ed landscape is emerging, the leadership response must also adapt.

This webinar will explore the effective strategies of three higher-ed leaders. The focus will be on those approaches that advance the institutional mission as well as personal lessons of time management, personnel management, and embracing the new opportunities for serving our students.

Kelly Reffitt (Vice-Provost, Mercer University)
Shinta Hernandez (Dean of the Virtual Campus, Office of ELITE, Montgomery College)
Carl S. Moore (Associate Vice President for Learning & Engagement, University of the District of Columbia)
Moderator: Larry Ragan (Lawrence C. Ragan, Ragan Education Consulting, Director, PSU (Retired))
Chat Moderator: Richard Smith (Instructional Designer, Harford Community College)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording on MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel.

 

How To Designing Learner-Driven Course Experiences

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
10:00AM to 11:00AM

This presentation will enable participants to a) understand the differences between instructor roles in instructor-centered and learner-driven courses, b) evaluate course assignments to identify opportunities to make them more learner-driven, and c) utilize a framework to create learner-driven course experiences.

Patrick Dempsey, EdD, MBA (Director of the Office of Digital Teaching & Learning, Loyola University Maryland)

Moderator: Sherry Massoni (Associate Vice President for Workforce & Community Education, Harford Community College)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording at MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel

 

May

How To: Soft/Power Skills-Advancing Graduate Workplace Value 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
10:00AM to 11:00AM

Soft/Power Skills are high-demand cognitive skills that complement the technical and industrial skills of employees in the workforce. Employers recognize that skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication among staff and contractors are necessary to achieve company objectives. In recent years, deteriorating mental health conditions reduced interpersonal and class interactions, and disparities in social-emotional training threaten the production of soft/power skills for the workforce. In this webinar, you will learn how to recognize the social skills gap, identify the competencies that make up soft/power skills, and utilize strategies and resources to teach soft/power skills in online courses.  

Marcy Jackson, MA, CFD, CPP (Distance Learning Program Manager, Montgomery College)
Moderator: Lois Entner (Assistant Director of the Library, Harford Community College)

THIS WEBINAR WAS CANCELLED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR A NEW DATE.

 

How To: Rethinking Writing Assessment: Piloting Labor-Based Grading in Online Writing Courses 

Thursday, May 12, 2022
10:00AM to 11:00AM

The Writing Across the Curriculum program at UMGC serves thousands of students each year from diverse cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds. As part of our efforts to provide an equitable and supportive learning environment for all students, we have begun piloting a modified labor-based grading system. In this webinar, we will describe our implementation of this system, plans for scalability, and initial results.

Jim Booth (Collegiate Professor, Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Maryland Global Campus)
Andrew Cavanaugh (Collegiate Professor, Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Maryland Global Campus)
Sarah Felber (Collegiate Professor, Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Maryland Global Campus)
Anne Marie Hubbell (Collegiate Professor, Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Maryland Global Campus)
Jeanine Williams (Program Director and Collegiate Professor, Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Maryland Global Campus)
Moderator: Sherry Massoni (Associate Vice President for Workforce & Community Education, Harford Community College)

This webinar has already taken place. You can find the recording at MarylandOnline’s YouTube Channel

 

June

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB): The ABCs of LGBTQ+ Allyship 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
10:00AM to 11:00AM

In this entry-level session, participants will learn more about the identities beneath the LGBTQ+ umbrella and how to be allies to those who identify as part of the community. This is a brave space, meaning participants are allowed to respectfully ask questions and share freely as we discuss.

Rachel Adams (Assistant Professor of Communication, Howard Community College)
Moderator:
Brianna McGinnis (Chair – Mathematics & Engineering Division, Carroll Community College)

TO REGISTER: Click on The ABCs of LGBTQ+Allyship

More listings to be added - Check back often for updates.

September

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.

October

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.

November

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

Additional Resources for Online Professionals