Opportunities for Professional Development in Online Education

MarylandOnline’s Virtual Professional Development Series provides workshops and sessions on topics of interest to our members and online educators. This includes instructional design, use of new technology, accessibility, inclusive practices, and other topics directly related to the teaching and learning process. Download the complete list of Spring Webinars 2024 here.

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.

MarylandOnline also sponsors the MarylandOnline Leadership Institute (MOLLI), a comprehensive program designed to expand and nurture a strong network of emerging leaders in online education. MOLLI webinars and workshops cover a variety of topics related to leadership in online learning.

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

Spring 2024 MarylandOnline Webinar Series

January

Leadership: A Preview of a Reimagined MarylandOnline Leadership Institute (MOLLI)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

As the new MOLLI Director, Dr. Shinta Hernandez is launching a reimagined program designed to empower participants with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively lead in an evolving online educational landscape. This webinar will showcase two newly launched pathways of professional development for the year 2024: Leadership Talk and Expert Insights. These comprehensive series of webinars and workshops enable participants to hear directly from experts and thought leaders on the various aspects of leadership in higher education, specifically online education. These series will also provide an opportunity for networking that fosters growth, collaboration, and innovation.

Shinta Hernandez (Dean of the Virtual Campus, Montgomery College)

Moderator: Robyn Alexander (Learning Designer, Howard Community College)

This event has already taken place. For a link to this recording and other MOL recordings, please visit: MarylandOnline YouTube.

 

February

Academic Focus: Let's Chat About ChatGPT

Thursday, February 15, 2024
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

When building online assessments and assignments, instructors must consider the tools that students are using to help them complete their work. Often, students use Google, and over the past year, students have begun using ChatGPT—a free artificial intelligence (AI) program that generates answers to questions on just about any topic. During this session information about ChatGPT, suggestions for learning about AI, and strategies for building assignments that promote critical thinking will be presented.

Julie L. Grignon (Associate Professor of Psychology, Anne Arundel Community College)

Moderator Jennifer Bopp (Manager, Instructional Design/Coach; Information and Instructional Technology, Anne Arundel Community College)

This event has already taken place. For a link to this recording and other MOL recordings, please visit: MarylandOnline YouTube.

 

How To: Creating Meaningful Alternative Text

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This webinar will identify resources for creating meaningful alternative text and demonstrate how to insert alt text into images using common self-authoring apps.

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

Moderator Richard Smith (Instructional Designer, Harford Community College)

This event has already taken place. For a link to this recording and other MOL recordings, please visit: MarylandOnline YouTube.

March

Academic Focus: Generative AI x Education: Potential for Enhancing Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Generative AI is a hot topic, especially in education. This webinar will provide inspiration and ideas for how generative AI can be used to enhance teaching and learning, along with practical implications for managing change.

Tawnya Means (Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois)

Adam King (Technology and Learning, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois)

Moderator Michael Mills (Vice President, E-learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ELITE), Montgomery College)

This event has already taken place. For a link to this recording and other MOL recordings, please visit: MarylandOnline YouTube.

 

How To: Fix Your Ambiguous Anchor Text

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Anchor text transports students to a specific webpage location. This webinar demonstrates how to convert the ambiguous to the concise.

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

Moderator - 10 a.m. session Megan Myers (Dean of Distance Education, Anne Arundel Community College)
Moderator - 2 p.m. session Marjorie Rawhouser (Assistant Dean, Transfer Studies, Anne Arundel Community College)

This event has already taken place. For a link to this recording and other MOL recordings, please visit: MarylandOnline YouTube.

 

April

How To: Under Pressure: Designing Educational Escape Rooms

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

This presentation will offer the template for making virtual escape rooms while also suggesting multiple applications including museum use, use in the literature classroom, and use in public libraries.

Rachael Zeleny (Associate Professor of English and Integrated Arts, University of Baltimore)
Moderator: Ron Hansen (Director of Instructional Systems, Chesapeake College)

This event has already taken place. For a link to this recording and other MOL recordings, please visit: MarylandOnline YouTube.

 

How To: Achieving Distinguishable Text

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Distinguishable text makes it easier for users to see and hear content. This webinar demonstrates how to fix common problems.

Deborah Dorsey (Assistant Professor of Health, Harford Community College)
Moderator: Jessica Young (Director, Online Learning and Instruction, Frederick Community College)

To Register click here: Achieving Distinguishable Text

 

May

How To: Semantic Structure and How to Break Your Hardcopy Habits

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The way we arrange our information impacts its “scannability.” This webinar will show you how to apply styles to achieve semantic structure.

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

To Register click here: Semantic Structure and How to Break Your Hardcopy Habits

 

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Additional Resources for Online Professionals