Distance Learning

In an effort to connect as a community, support each other as educators, and support our students and families, OEA is offering the following events related to comprehensive distance learning.

Current Opportunities:

Winter Webinar Series:

Building Relationships at a Distance (webinar): Student engagement in face to face, hybrid, or virtual classrooms remains a high priority for educators working with students. As educators build and maintain virtual spaces, this session will help participants develop or improve on social and emotional learning practices at a distance. With an emphasis on communication, non-verbal gestures, and questioning strategies, participants will work to improve emotional intelligence – or EQ – within themselves and their instructional practice. Building relationships and making connections is critical in these unprecedented times and by doing so, we can increase student engagement in learning.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Facilitating Student Collaboration and Connection in Virtual Spaces (webinar): Facilitating interactive collaboration and active student engagement while teaching virtually is a large yet essential task. Teachers need to assess formatively, and students need to have autonomy and ownership in their learning. Using tools such as Pear Deck, Jamboard, Padlet, and MURAL will allow students to interact with you and the class like they would have with your white board in your physical classroom. There are so many options...but which platform(s) should we use and why?! In this session, participants will compare and contrast various interactive tools, and will consider how and why these can support developmentally appropriate practices, formative assessment, community building, and engagement.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

SEL in a Virtual Space (webinar): How can you create meaningful relationships with and between students in a safe virtual space? This webinar seeks to answer this question with *already tried it* practices. Learn about different strategies, exercises, and activities that put SEL at the forefront in an intentional and transparent way.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Building Slides for Accessibility: Why and How (webinar): In this workshop we will explore best practices for online digital-visual accessibility. The majority of our time will be spent learning about practical tools and strategies you can implement immediately and efficiently into your lessons. The tool we will focus on for this presentation is Google Slides, but the principals can be applied widely to any digital content.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Digital Reading Strategies (webinar): Engage students with digital reading strategies. Differentiate and maximize your plan time with edTech like self-grading Readworks! Customize your lessons quickly with digital sorts and graphic organizers through Google Slides, Google Draw, and Padlet.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Phenomena-Centered Science in your (virtual/hybrid/f2f) Classroom (webinar): Centering your K-12 science instruction around phenomena can build student engagement and understanding, even in a virtual or blended classroom environment. We’ll explore key aspects of science instruction, share NGSS-aligned resources for the new school year, and consider strategies (like Driving Question Boards) that support science in your K-12 (possibly virtual) classrooms.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Courses, Virtual Learning Communities, and Self-paced Modules

Instructional Technology and Online Course Design for Community College Educators: Back by popular demand, this 8-week online course is designed for community college educators who want to learn how to better design and facilitate online learning in blended or fully online courses. The course, designed and taught by community college members, introduces participants to current online course design methods along with current instructional technology in education; emphasizes research-based practices for online course design and student engagement; and outlines methods to evaluate, select, and implement appropriate technology in an instructional setting. Participants will start a course design document and build individual components for their current or future online course. You can access the syllabus online. The course will be instructed by Colin Stapp, Chemeketa Community College. Three graduate credits are available and optional from Western Oregon University.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members:$225

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes Virtual Book Study: This 2019 book by Flower Darby is a top read among instructional designers and faculty who teach online. From the publisher: The concept of small teaching is simple: small and strategic changes have enormous power to improve student learning. Instructors face unique and specific challenges when teaching an online course. This book offers small teaching strategies that will positively impact the online classroom.

Join a virtual book group to discuss the book in live online discussions. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice implementing strategies that the author describes in an Inside Higher Ed interview as “effective, yet doable…small successes”. This book study will be facilitated by Kaitlin Lucas, Chemeketa Community College:

Kaitlin Lucas works in the Tech Hub at Chemeketa Community College, where she supports faculty with academic technology and online course development. She also facilitates faculty development workshops on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), online pedagogy, and the college's learning management system. Kaitlin has an MSEd Information Technology and Instructional Design Certificate from Western Oregon University.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate/Advanced

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members: $75

  • Monday, January 25 - Friday, February 26, 2021. Live discussion on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is open!

Trauma Informed Remote Learning: This is a self-paced module created by NEA and hosted in OEA's learning management system, OEA Learn. The module is an introduction to trauma informed pedagogy with a special focus on remote/distance learning. Most people take between 45-120 minutes to complete the module depending on how much time is spent reviewing the supplemental resources included in the tutorial. It is entirely self-paced, does not include a facilitator, and does not involve interaction with other participants. There are extensive resources available in this module that can be viewed or saved at your leisure. In this opportunity you can earn 1 PDU.

Level: Foundational

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members:$25

Communication and Collaboration Tools for Remote Learning: This self-paced module, created by NEA and hosted in OEA Learn, will guide educators through the many options for online collaboration and communication with students, families, and colleagues. You will learn the basics of available online platforms to collaborate and communicate online, including virtual meetings, messaging, screencasts, structural platforms, appointment tools, and content creation tools. The following are some of the tools introduced in this tutorial: Class DoJo, Remind, Zoom, Google Meets, Screencastify, Weebly, Google Sites, EdPuzzle, Google Forms, Sign Up Genious, Kahoot, Quizziz, Flipgrid, Padlet, Voki, Animoto, Word Clouds, Voice Thread, and Scratch. Most people take between 45-120 minutes to complete the module depending on how much time is spent reviewing the supplemental resources included in the tutorial. It is entirely self-paced, does not include a facilitator, and does not involve interaction with other participants. There are extensive resources available in this module that can be viewed or saved at your leisure. In this opportunity you can earn 1 PDU.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members:$25

Remote Learning 101: This is a self-paced module created by NEA and hosted in OEA's learning management system, OEA Learn. The module is for educators new to remote learning. In this module, you will be introduced to basic tools and best practices for remote learning. Most people take between 30-90 minutes to complete the module depending on how much time is spent reviewing the supplemental resources included in the tutorial. It is entirely self-paced, does not include a facilitator, and does not involve interaction with other participants. There are extensive resources available in this module that can be viewed or saved at your leisure. In this opportunity you can earn 1 PDU.

Level: Foundational

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members:$25

Other Formats

Going the Distance: A distance learning blog written by and for members. Members can connect with each other, learn from each other, and share what is working, what isn’t working, and how they are overcoming the challenges of emergency school closures. Read it here! And consider submitting your own story, we'd love to hear from you.

Micro-credentials:

Micro-credentials are free, high-quality, self-directed professional development. Educators demonstrate mastery of specific competencies, and earn digital badges to share with networks, on resumes, or in an educator profile. Earn up to 15 PDUs for each micro-credential. Learn more about micro-credentials here.

Level: Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced

Other resources:

Recorded Opportunities:

To access webinar recordings and slides, visit https://tinyurl.com/OEArecordings

Office Hours - Canvas LMS: Wondering how to make the most of your learning management system (LMS) to increase student success? Do you have specific questions about Canvas? Join OEA member experts Georgann Willis (Umpqua CC), Nicole Mace (Klamath CC), and Sascha McKeon (Blue Mountain CC) for Canvas LMS Office Hours. The panelists will briefly share their favorite strategies and tips for using Canvas. We will then move right into Q and A. Bring your questions to this interactive session, which will be moderated by Colin Stapp, Canvas expert from Chemeketa Community College. While the focus will be on Canvas users in adult learning settings, all members interested in LMS best practices and/or Canvas are invited to attend and participate.

  • Recorded Monday, November 30, 2020. 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Virtual Show and Tell: Member Successes in Distance Learning

Have you been wondering how educators across the state of Oregon are engaging and supporting students in Distance Learning? Are there areas that you still have questions about? In May, we started asking members to share strategies around hot topics related to Distance Learning for All. Each session is about 35-40 minutes long and features a member host and three educators who talk through their strategies using artifacts and success stories. A brief self-care strategy ends each session.

  • Engagement: How can I establish and maintain engagement in any distance learning modality? Wellness strategy: Physical self-care. Recorded May 7, 2020.
  • Differentiation and Diverse Student Strengths: How can I best support diverse student
    strengths and needs (ensuring differentiation) - in any distance learning modality? Wellness strategy: Emotional self-care. Recorded May 14, 2020.
  • Special Education: How can I best support students in Special
    Education in any distance learning modality? Wellness strategy: Social self-care. Recorded May 21, 2020.
  • Connecting with Families: How can I better connect with families and
    caregivers, both to support human needs and academics? Wellness strategy: Holistic self-care. Recorded May 28, 2020.

Level: Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced


Past Opportunities:

Classroom Embedded Performance Assessment: Wondering about assessment in comprehensive or hybrid distance learning? In this 9-week virtual learning community (VLC) members will learn about performance assessments and rubrics, create or revise a quality performance assessment, implement it with students, and reflect on the process to inform instruction. Members can earn up to 29 PDUs and 1 graduate credit and work towards completing the micro-credential, "Classroom Embedded Performance Assessment".

This VLC is open to all members and is relevant for those teaching remotely or in a physical classroom. Most participation is asynchronous, at your own convenience, during the nine weeks. To be successful in this VLC, plan on participating at least two hours each week. There will be seven live sessions on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. The recordings of those sessions are available for viewing for those who can't make the live session.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate/Advanced

  • September 21 - November 20, 2020. REGISTRATION IS FULL

Technology Integration for Remote or In-person Learning: In this 9-week facilitated virtual learning community (VLC), members will explore best practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. Participants will choose specific technologies to explore and implement based on their interest and student needs. Participants' exploration and implementation will benefit from a supportive and member-led learning community. Members can earn up to 29 PDUs and 1 graduate credit and work towards completing the NEA micro-credential, "Technology Integration - Learner".

This VLC is open to all members and is relevant for those teaching remotely or in a physical classroom. Most participation is asynchronous, at your own convenience, during the nine weeks. To be successful in this VLC, plan on participating at least two hours each week. There will be five live sessions on Thursday evenings. The recordings of those sessions are available for viewing for those who can't make the live session.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

  • September 21 - November 20, 2020. REGISTRATION IS FULL

Facilitating Online Professional Learning for Educators: This six-week course was designed with OEA professional learning opportunities and member facilitators in mind. Members will learn about online community building, facilitator presence, adult learning theory, best practices for facilitating both asynchronous learning and synchronous (live) discussions, and the basics of OEA Learn (Oba) and Big Blue Button, OEA’s learning management system and virtual meeting platform. If you’re interested in facilitating an OEA virtual learning community or online course, this is a first step in becoming ready to lead other members online. Participants can earn PDU or graduate credit. Live sessions are held every Monday night at 7 p.m. To be successful in this course, plan on participating at least two hours a week

This course is open and relevant to ALL members, K-12 and community college.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

  • October 5 - November 12, 2020. REGISTRATION IS FULL


Instructional Technology and Online Course Design for Community College Educators: This 8-week online course is designed for Community College educators and trainers who want to facilitate online learning in blended or fully online courses.

The course, designed and taught by community college members, introduces participants to current online course design methods along with current instructional technology in education; emphasizes research-based practices for online course design and student engagement; and outlines methods to evaluate, select, and implement appropriate technology in an instructional setting. You can access the syllabus online.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

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