Sloan-C: Fall Workshops and the EWU College Pass Waiver

The most current list of faculty development workshops offered by The Sloan Consortium, an organization committed to quality online instruction, is available.

Eastern faculty can take advantage of a “college pass waiver,” which provides you with free access (waived tuition of $500-ish) to any Sloan-C workshop.

Sloan-C describes their workshops as being “developed by practitioners for practitioners; enabling thousands of colleagues worldwide to collaborate cost effectively with peers and experts, via real-time and asynchronous meetings. These workshops are 2 to 4 weeks long, and have been widely acclaimed among professional development organizations in online education.”

Tuition waivers are available for Sloan-C workshops for EWU faculty and staff involved with instruction.

Once you find the workshop(s) that fits your needs, please contact Nick Brown (; 509-359-6607) or Bryce Spencer (; 509-359-6167). Nick or Bryce will provide you a waiver code that will allow you to take the workshop at no cost.

Currently, EWU has a 50-seat college pass for this school year. If demand warrants, we will look at increasing the number of available waivers.

Topics vary from instructional technology focused (Podcasting, using social media in instruction, mobile learning tools, etc.) to instructional methods (assessment, starting with online teaching, engaging students, etc.).

Sloan Consortium Featured Workshops: Fall 2012

November 28, 2012 – December 7, 2012 : Dismantling the Barriers to Digital Literacy for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities face many barriers to digital literacy. Some are a function of disability, but many barriers are created by lack of foresight or effort on the part of institutional personnel. Digital literacy demands the ability to use the appropriate tools, facility in reaching and processing materials, and appropriate access and response to digital curriculum. This workshop will review case studies and strategies for dismantling barriers to digital literacy, whatever their inception.

November 28, 2012 – December 7, 2012 : Assessing Learning in Social Media
This workshop is for those who would like to develop experience with strategies for assessing learning in social media. How can educators identify student achievement in tools which are dynamic and decentralized? How can assessment of student learning in social media improve student success? How does such assessment affect workload? Practical formative and summative assessment strategies will be introduced in this workshop through interactive discussions and problem-based simulations. Participants will develop an assessment strategy that to support a learning plan integrating social media.

December 5 – December 14, 2012 : Fair Use and the TEACH Act: A Closer Look
For those who already possess a basic understanding of copyright law, this workshop takes a closer look at the fair use defense and The TEACH Act. The workshop offers insight into what current cases and research reveals about how courts really evaluate the fair use factors when confronted with actual cases. While educators like to focus on their non-profit educational role (the first factor), this sometimes conflicts with the impact on the market for the work (the fourth factor). In addition to examining the tension between these factors, the 9th Circuit’s decision in Perfect 10 v. & will be discussed.

December 5 – December 14, 2012 : Pass the MERLOT: Encouraging Faculty to Enhance Their Classes with MERLOT
Formerly titled: Encouraging Your Faculty to Use MERLOT to Enhance Their Classes MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a free and open online community of resources designed to encourage sharing of global learning materials and pedagogy. This course provides the necessary tools and knowledge to design and conduct training sessions, seminars, and workshops that focus on helping faculty use MERLOT to support their course curriculum, teaching and student learning. Attendees will learn how to easily navigate the MERLOT site while focusing on how to encourage faculty to save time and effort by doing the same.