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Bridging the Divide Summer Series

Interactive online professional development courses developed, facilitated, and powered by the Universities of the Louisiana.

UL System faculty and staff are preparing to serve students this fall. With the presence of COVID-19, we must prepare to serve students in any condition and through any modality. Because of this, the UL System is working to leverage our intellectual, creative, and innovative capital with our Bridge the Divide Summer Series.

This summer-long professional development series will present new learning opportunities for UL System Faculty and Staff each week. Time to complete the interactive professional development courses will range from 45 minutes to 10+ hours depending on the topic. If faculty and staff are unable to join a live course during the week that the course is offered participants may still access the course content after the live session ends.

Courses will begin every Monday from June 22 – August 7 and cover topics from four tracks.

Training will take place on Moodle thanks to the work of the Louisiana Tech IT staff.

Track 1: Technology and Tools for Online Learning

Track Lead: Dawn Benoit
As new technologies have become more reliable, viable, and sometimes more affordable, they’ve brought exciting opportunities to reconsider how we teach, engage with, or involve learners in different ways. Track 1 encompasses training materials around technology and tools for online learning. Some examples include: LMS/ technology add-on/ lecture capture software/ Respondus Lockdown Browser/ etc.
Example PD Topics: A Guide to Moodle Gradebook; Features in Moodle and Suggestions on How to Use Them; How to Set-Up Respondus Lock-down Monitor; Best Practice Ideas in Creating Lecture Videos.
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Track 2: Quality Matters

Track Lead: Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby
The online learning infrastructure area starts from the premise that quality and equity are inextricably linked. Track two topics align with an area of Quality Matters. Examples include, but are not limited to, course design and alignment/communication/instructions and grading rubrics/accessibility.
Example PD Topics: How to Assess Alignment between Course Objectives, Course Resources and Course Assessments; Communicating Expectations Advise on Clear Grading Policies, Instructions, and Electronic Communication; Creating Equity through Multiple Learning Pathways; Don’t Re-Invent the Wheel, Smart Ideas for Creating a Course Online.
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Track 3: Innovative and Engaging Course Content

Track Lead: Dr. Yonna Pasch
Courses should offer students the ability to demonstrate their understanding of content through multiple digital formats. Embedding a variety of technological resources; developing creative assignments, and engaging course content are key to course retention. Track three topics encompass innovative course assignments, discussion boards, and alternative exam options.
Example PD Topics: Digital Escape Rooms; Low-cost AR/VR; Mathematics & Digital Resources; How Group-work Can Work Online.
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Track 4: Student Success

Track Lead: Dr. Taniecea Mallery
Student success goes well beyond the classroom. This track is designed to address matters related to student success outside of the classroom that can impact student’s classroom experiences. Examples include, but are not limited to, tutoring strategies, communication techniques, and promoting student research opportunities.
Example PD Topics: Advising Students Remotely; Creating a Campus Community Online; Career Skills and Readiness Online; Mental Health Resources for Students at a Distance; Addressing Issues Regarding Online Identity and Connection.
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Badges and Certificates

  • Participants who complete live professional development courses may earn course badges 
  • Participants who earn six badges within a track may earn a track certificate. 
  • Participants may earn up to 69 course badges and four track certificates. 

Badges and certificates will live in the ULS Training Moodle course, but may be downloaded for the participant to add to her/his curriculum vita; institutional LMS; or social media. More information about badges and certificates and their portability will be forthcoming. Participants who complete the professional development on their own time after the live sessions have ended will not be eligible to earn a badge or certificate for the professional development course/track. 

Access Summer Series

Grambling faculty and staff have received the necessary log in information from La Tech. Faculty and staff from the remaining eight campuses should click the button below, click “Log In” in the top right corner, and select their institution from the list. They will be prompted to log in with their Moodle credentials and be redirected back to the ULS training site. Please contact the La Tech Help Desk if technological difficulties arise.


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