Lodging Details

Faculty should make their own hotel reservations at the InterContinental Hotel.  The Lead Institution will pay the hotel directly for your Sunday night stay. 

Accommodation Information


Contact Amanda Fairbanks for more information.

Learn Shop:  Strategies to improve online discussions and student engagement in the online classroom

Sunday, April 8, 2018
12:30 p.m.  Registration & Lunch
1:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Learn Shop

Who should attend?

Six faculty from each program are invited to participate.  Registration will open in January. 

What is the cost?

There is no registration fee for the learn shop.  The Human Sciences Board of Directors will provide lodging Sunday evening at the InterContinental on the Plaza.

What will I learn?

Utilizing discussions in online courses can be an effective way to increase student to student and student to instructor interactions.  However, there can be challenges associated with online discussions such as lack of student participation, disruptive students or the workload associated with reading and grading discussion posts. 

Throughout this learn shop, you will be exposed to strategies to:

  • Create discussion board activities that your students find interesting.
  • Effectively facilitate discussions and manage the workload related to reading and grading posts.
  • Engage online learners outside of discussion board forums.
  • Add more consistency across online courses offered at various Great Plains IDEA institutions.

While the facilitator of the learn shop will give short presentations on the selected topics, significant time will be dedicated to participant interaction and work on updating and revising current practices and content.

Who is presenting?

Brian Udermann

The learn shop will be presented by Dr. Brian Udermann, Director of Online Education in the Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.