Listings of Past Webinar Series
The listings below document the efforts of past webinar leaders, as well as the evolving interests of online literacy educators.
Members may watch recorded webinars by clicking on the image accompanying each listing.
Webinar Leaders: Megan Boeshart Burelle & Kim Fahle Peck
Date of Webinar: Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
The above scenarios represent examples of writing center administrators having to grapple with how to start, improve, or revamp the ways they implement online tutoring in their centers. Should centers offer asynchronous or synchronous tutoring? Should they use their LMS? WConline? Google Docs? Zoom?
This webinar will assist writing center administrators in making decisions regarding modalities and platforms for online tutoring that consider access and inclusivity, institutional culture, and budget and resource constraints. The webinar will begin with a grounding in Tenet 6 of OLI Principle 1, Online literacy instruction should be universally accessible and inclusive: “Institutional support systems and programs (i.e., tutoring centers, student academic success centers, disabilities services) should be available minimally to all students in the same modality as their course and available maximally in additional, flexible ways.” We will engage in a discussion with participants about how we as administrators have worked to provide at least this minimal level of shared modality of tutoring and courses, but have also striven for increased flexibility by drawing on institutional resources and integrating tools to meet our needs.
Webinar Leader Bios
Webinar Leaders: Sipai Klein & Justin Mays
Date of Webinar: November 11, 2020
This webinar will provide an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) in academia and education in general. Specifically, this webinar will draw from the field and relate it to our own effort to program an artificial intelligence software, known as LochBot to our students, that employs natural language learning skills to respond to writers through the writing center’s website with an audience of approximately 1000 students/year. This software, commonly known as chatbot technology, is becoming more widely integrated into consumer technologies and could become integral to our front facing technologies in both digital consumer and educational interfaces. This webinar, then, will discuss how our effort to craft the language of the chatbot and how we relied on feedback gained from the target audience through usability testing.
Participants will be given the opportunity to interact with the chatbot, enter questions, and explore the language of the AI. This interaction will follow with a group discussion on the participants’ experiences and a reflection on how chatbots and other AI might apply to to online literacy learning, such as:
Webinar Leader Bios
Sipai Klein (Clayton State University) is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of The Writers’ Studio at Clayton State University. He earned a doctorate from New Mexico State University in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. He teaches courses on writing center education, document design, technical communication, and introduction to writing and rhetoric. He has published work in Computers, Composition, and Communication Online, the Writing Lab Newsletter, and the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. His research interests include new media, community practice theory, and writing pedagogy.
Justin Mays (Clayton State University) is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning Technologies. Justin Mays, Clayton State University, firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-466-4190, 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow, GA 30260. Justin Mays is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Clayton State University. He works with faculty to implement new technologies and teaching strategies which support student learning. His research interests include AI-enhanced learning and online pedagogy.
Moving WAC to the Web: Using GSOLE’s OLI Principles to Create Accessible Resources for Online Writing across the Disciplines
Webinar Leaders: Amy Cicchino, Lindsay Clark, & Traci Austin
Date of Webinar: October 15, 2020
As more universities implement online learning, instructors and administrators across disciplines are more likely to find themselves operating in online environments. While the shift online offers many affordances for instructors and students alike, it also creates unique challenges for instruction and learning—particularly for writing across the curriculum programs because they face the double challenge of needing to prepare faculty to instruct literacy education within disciplinary contexts in addition to offering them strategies for effective literacy education online.
This webinar explores how GSOLE’s “Online Literacy Instruction Principles and Tenets” can frame and assess online literacy instruction across disciplinary contexts. By focusing especially on the first principle—accessibility—the leaders will engage administrators and instructors in a process of linking principle to practice. This webinar thus responds to a gap between national documents and local practice and focuses on how to develop local practices to support the first principle, accessibility.
The webinar will open with the leaders describing their own experiences with developing accessible online courses for a WAC program, which involved using Blackboard Ally. Then, participants will be invited to share their own experiences, and to collaboratively respond to a course design scenario. Through engaging with the webinar, you will:
Webinar Leader Bios
Amy Cicchino is an Associate Director in Auburn University’s Office of University Writing. She studies digital multimodal pedagogy, writing program administration, and writing across the curriculum.
Lindsay Clark is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University where she teaches business communication and co-directs the College of Business Administration’s Communication Lab. Her research includes visual and multimodal communication, genre theory and pedagogy, and writing across the curriculum.
Traci Austin is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University, where she teaches business and managerial communication and co-directs the College of Business Administration’s Communication Lab. Her research interests include communication pedagogy, instructional systems design, instructional technology, and assessment of learning.