DE Summit

DE Summit – Virtual

Please join us for the annual Distance Education Summit! This virtual conference is presented by Oxnard College as a fully online event, with opportunities to attend in-person viewing rooms at Ventura College. Please join us to get inspired, share ideas, and support your colleagues with best practices in online teaching and communicating and interacting with your students! 

Please see the VCCCD DE Summit Calendar invite for the Zoom links. We look forward to seeing you there!

To request special accommodations please email Leo Orange at Below is the agenda for the event. The Zoom links are in your Outlook calendar invite for March 1, 2023. 

Welcome & Keynote Presenter Summary, Recording, Materials links
9:00 am  Welcome  
9:15 am Keynote - Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock Cultivating belonging in asynchronous online courses

Concurrent Sessions 

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Presenter Summary
10:05 am – 10:35 am Andrea Hanstein The CVC Exchange: Breaking Down Barriers to Student Success – Presented by:
The California Virtual Campus (CVC) Exchange serves students statewide in ways that decrease time to completion and increase access and decrease time to completion. The good news is that all colleges in VCCD are now home and teaching colleges on the Exchange! This session will provide an overview of what that means for instructors, counselors, and your students, addressing questions such as: What can a faculty member do if more students need their course, but all sections are full? What are some enrollment strategies using the Exchange?  How will a Quality-Reviewed badge boost your classes in search ranking? Bring your ideas and questions!
  Michelle Beard, Jack Bennett, Chris Frederick, and Ryan Petitfils

How can we Increase Engagement and Authentically Assess Student Learning?

Authentic Assessment Presentation Slides

VC math faculty will present their recent qualitative research finds in authentically assessing students. Our workgroup wanted to find ways to assess student learning in all modalities in ways that were equitable to all students while checking for deep understanding and not merely memorized tasks The workshop will share ideas and samples of rich questions that can be used in the form of discussion boards, activities, assessments or semester-long projects. You will walk away with practical ideas on how to more confidently evaluate and engage with students.

  Trudi Radtke and Kelsey Stuart

What goes in Must Come Out: Exploring the Evolution and Ethics of Generative Pre-training Transformer Technology and its Impact in Higher Education

Ai ChatGPT Presentation Slides

Generative Pre-training Transformer (GPT) technology has been a game-changer in the field of artificial intelligence, offering tremendous potential for language-related applications. Many educators are unfamiliar with how Chat GPT works, the data used to train the model and the larger social context of AI research and development. This presentation will demystify Chat GPT for educators by providing a definition and overview of chat GPT, a discussion of how this model was trained and developed, and the ethical implications of language AI in higher education.

Concurrent Sessions 

10:40 am – 11:10 am

Presenter Summary
10:40 am – 11:10 am Trudi Radtke, Meg Phelps, Matthew Moore, Eric Martinsen, Dylan Altman, and Ali Fazelpour

A.I. Promises & Pitfalls: Panel Discussion

Join us for a lively panel on Artificial Intelligence in higher education. Panelists—faculty and Instructional Technologist Designers —will explore opportunities, challenges, and considerations for AI use in the online classroom. Topics include academic integrity, student-teacher communication, and the implications of using AI tools such as ChatGPT. Gain insights into emerging conversations, practices, and resources for AI in online learning.

  Celina Benavides-Black and José Maldonado

Fostering Familismo: Creating Community among Students in Online and Hybrid Classes

unfortunately, this session was not recorded, but here are the

Sense of belonging is an important predictor of student success. Students who feel connected are more likely to be retained and achieve their higher education goal. As students increasingly enroll in online and hybrid courses, this shifts how faculty can build community in classes. This workshop shares culturally-relevant strategies to increase student connections in online learning.

  Raffi Najarian

Kahoot! (Connect) With Your Students

One of the main difficulties educators have while teaching online is maintaining a connection with students. Utilizing interactive teaching modalities like Kahoot! will not only keep your students engaged but also provide an excellent platform to present new, review material, or to reinforce previously learned material.

11:10 am – 11:15 am break

Concurrent Sessions 

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Presenter Summary
11:15 am – 11:45 am TechSmith’s Casey Seiter

Get Started with Camtasia

Join TechSmith’s Casey Seiter, Customer Success Manager, as he shows an overview for Beginners for Camtasia.   Casey will walk through the basics of the program, and be doing a live demo – start to finish – of a quick online introduction video. He’ll go over the basic ways to edit, enhance and augment your videos and give you some tips and tricks with the program!

  Meg Phelps

Gold Standard CVC OEI Easy Alignment Tips

CVC-OEI: The Gold Standard Padlet presentation

Meg Phelps shares her perspective on the most common CVC rubric "hot spots," with easy fixes on how to tweak your course design into alignment. Meg's perspective comes from many years of experience reviewing for the CVC at the state level, teaching POCR reviewers for @ONE, as well faculty lead of Ventura College's fully-certified local POCR (Peer Online Course Review). Bonus: learn about options for getting your course "Quality Reviewed" and badged on the CVC exchange! 

  Kelsey Stuart & Trudi Radtke

Backwards Storyboarding - The lectures that actually get watched

Let’s address Storyboarding in lesson planning and module layout, let’s take it to the next level and flip our conclusions to launch our lectures in student-friendly directives that allow for a variety of learning styles to reach those carefully laid out learning outcomes! 
How do we ensure we reach our students? How do we use our material to fan a flame?  
With quick tricks and open points for discussion, we will give you the tools you need to keep your students engaged in learning and retaining that learning in our Backwards Storyboarding approach to lessons. 

Student Panel

11:50 am

Presenter Summary
  Dr. Luis Gonzalez with students from OC, VC, and MC

Student Panel

A question and answer panel with VCCCD students to learn what they like most about how their instructors communicate with them

12:20 pm / Closing  (this is the same Zoom session as the student panel) Raffle and closing content