Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
9:50 AM - 10:15 AM: Concurrent Sessions
Texas 4
Engagement Strategies for Learners
Session Title
Add Civility and Tone to Digital Communications
Use discussion boards, blogs or Twitter-like features to teach, gauge, monitor, and provide civil digital communication and instructional feedback in asynchronous online environments.
Learning Objectives
Demonstrate a rubric strategy to measure civility and tone.
Demonstrate a learner-learner communicative online interaction.
Demonstrate an instructor-learner communicative interaction.
Intended Participants - Role
Instructional Designers
Intended Participants - Knowledge Level
Participants new to the topic
Jon Oestreich, Associate Director, Wisconsin Virtual School
Jon is Associate Director at Wisconsin Virtual School. He is a QM Master Reviewer, served on QM K12 Rubric Revision Teams for the 4th and 5th Edition QM K12 Rubrics and is a certified facilitator for online and face-to-face K12 Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshops. He is an active member of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance. Jon has taught and designed a number of social studies courses that ranged from Advanced Placement, Core subjects, and Credit Recovery.

Kirsten Wilson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Virtual Arkansas
I serve as Director of Curriculum & Instruction for our state virtual school. I've been immersed in blended learning for a little over a year. 19 years of my career was in brick & mortar; experience spanning K-12. I work with an amazing team that writes 94% of our own content and provides rigorous, relevant online courses to over 250 public schools across our state. We are currently implementing standards of QM internally and are moving toward QM certification for courses we design and develop.

Candice McPherson, Course Design Coach, Virtual Arkansas
I have been involved in education for 12 years. I am currently a course design coach for the state virtual school. I manage course design and development projects by assisting teachers with the creation, implementation, and revision of online courses. Our courses are presented in a blended format with content only options as well. We work as a supplemental provider to K-12 public schools around the state to help them meet the needs of learners.

John Englander, Associate Dean of Humanities, The Virtual High School
John Englander is Associate Dean of Humanities for The Virtual High School. He is responsible for curriculum and instruction initiatives in the Humanities department and for ensuring teachers entering the VHS program are prepared for the experience of teaching in a collaborative online classroom. He has close to 20 years of experience in online learning. Prior to VHS, John spent 10 years as the Associate Director for Online Learning at Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development non-profit organization.