Continuing the Conversation

Spring 2020 Webinars

Student Interaction with Course Material: How online tools can be used to excite the online student with the course topic

John Gosney
Director, Faculty Engagement & Outreach, Learning Technologies, UITS
Lecturer in American Studies, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI


Sometimes it's hard for students to find interest in course content, especially in a shortened summer session course. This webinar will explore relevant connections between the course material and the students’ own fields of study. The faculty member used small group discussion, then combined those presentations into one culminating presentation. Students uploaded recorded presentations of the connections they found between the course material and their own major, then asynchronously discussed those presentations. This presentation will explain the course structure, discuss how it was delivered through Canvas, and explain the use of video capture tools. The presenter will also show examples of student work.


John Gosney is the Director of Faculty Engagement & Outreach for the Learning Technologies division of Indiana University’s central IT group. In this role, Gosney oversees a portfolio that includes IT consulting in the campus teaching centers, IT Training, assistive technology and accessibility, and teaching and learning initiatives focused on electronic textbooks and active learning. Gosney is also a lecturer in American Studies at IUPUI, where he teaches both face-to-face and online courses focusing on American popular culture.

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The Perils and Victories of Online Collaboration

Linda Cox, Director of Medical Imaging Technology Program at IUPUI
Stephanie Whitehead, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Faculty Development at IU East
Dina Peterson, Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiologic and Imaging Sciences at IUPUI
Monica Solinas-Saunders, Associate Professor in SPEA at IU Northwest


Are you thinking about starting a collaborative program through IU Online? Or have you started one and not sure what the process is? Come see what others have done throughout the process in this IU Online Webinar focusing on Collaborative Programs. During this webinar you will meet current IU faculty across multiple campuses that have been directly involved with developing an IU Online Collaborative program. Hear their experiences with the perils and victories of this process which will include the starting stages of the process, how they were successful during the development of their programs, and the status of their end product. This will be a panel discussion with a question and answer session.

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Student Interaction with Learning Materials: How IUanyWare can facilitate the online student experience

Stephanie Cox, Manager, Application Virtualization, UITS
Ellyn Pruitt, Virtual Application Engineer, UITS


When you're teaching in a physical computer lab, you can ensure all students have access to the same software on similarly configured machines, but when students are using their own devices in online classes, you lose that consistent configuration. Not with IUanyWare, which allows students and faculty to log in to virtual computers to access a wide range of software titles needed for a class without having to purchase separate licenses for their personal computers. Plus, students can access these virtual desktops from any device, anywhere they have a connection to the Internet. During this webinar, learn about the current resources at IU and how these solutions can be used in an online course.

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Student Interaction with Instructor: How online tools and open access can assist students in an online foreign language classroom

Francoise Bachelder, PhD
Adjunct Professor, IU Northwest


Teaching online is often seen as being impersonal; however, this doesn’t have to be the case. The online environment can be used as a forum where students can feel free to express their real knowledge through different activities that correspond to their own learning preferences. They can use the discussion board to exchange ideas and information with their peers. They also have access to readings and website information and can submit the required assignments that will receive immediate feedback from their instructors. During this webinar, the faculty member will share ideas on how to engage students in an online environment with weekly virtual meetings, direct feedback on assignments, and interesting group discussions and assessments that intrigue all the students in the course.


Dr. Francoise Bachelder is originally from Montpellier, France, where she received a master’s degree in cultural anthropology. She also has a master's in French from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Purdue University. Bachelder has taught in high school in California, and at the university level in Indiana and Ohio. Her research interest is in multicultural education, and she has taught many classes online on this subject. She believes that online learning is very challenging but also extremely rewarding. Bachelder enjoys teaching French courses online with many tools, and loves guiding and supporting the students’ online experience when learning a new language and developing an appreciation for French culture.​

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Creating Online Visuals that are Accessible: How to design content for all learners in mathematics

Christopher Lang, PhD
Professor of Mathematics
Coordinator of the Upper-Level Mathematics Program, IU Southeast


It is important that we are able to reach all learners in an online environment, and some disciplines make that more difficult than others. For mathematics, including high-quality notation and equations in documents or slideshow presentations that are accessible can be challenging. The presenter will describe how a simple slideshow template can enable quick conversion of HTML documents to simple slideshows suitable for video lectures. The commonly-used technology, MathJax, is used in an HTML document, which makes it fast and easy to include high-quality mathematical notation in a document or slideshow. This webinar will demonstrate how a faculty member created templates to easily make the online learning materials accessible for all learners.


Chris Lang has taught at IU Southeast since 1994, where he is now a professor of mathematics and coordinator of the upper-level mathematics program. He has published research in mathematics, physics, mathematics and physics education, and pediatrics. He teaches an online course in Fourier analysis for the graduate certificate in mathematics for dual-credit high school teachers.

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Student-to-Student Interaction: How to ensure meaningful small group work in an online drama course

Lynn Jettpace, MA
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, IUPUI
Associate Director, University Writing Center, IUPUI


Because of the need to have students consider performance as an aspect of dramatic texts, students can miss important experiences when taking drama courses online. This presentation demonstrates an assignment using VoiceThread to incorporate performance into an online drama class that allows students to perform and analyze scenes in pairs or small groups. Since incorporating the VoiceThread assignment, students consistently report it is the most meaningful and enjoyable aspect of the course, allowing them to interact with texts and their classmates on a deeper level. This presentation will discuss why and how to set up these assignments, the pros and cons of using VoiceThread for small group activities in online classes, and student responses to the assignment.


Lynn Jettpace is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at IUPUI and holds degrees in literature from the University of Kentucky and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a research specialty in drama. She has been teaching online composition and literature for the past 18 years and founded the IUPUI Online Writing Center.

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About the webinars

All webinars are held via Zoom at begin at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada).

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.