Virtual Higher Education Webinar Series 2020

This virtual webinar series will serve as a way to connect Dominican and U.S. higher education institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher education institutions will share best practices and improve their potential to implement joint research and academic exchange activities. This webinar series will also demonstrate the commitment of the United States in supporting higher education partners during challenging times by strengthening people-to-people and institutional ties in the region. 

Upcoming Webinar 9: Offering successful online education  

In this webinar, Brad Skillman, Deputy Director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program and Jarrett Broder, the Director of Special Projects for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program at Florida State University present on Offering Successful Online Education. The presentation will include a focus on ideas and tools for engaging students, synchronous vs asynchronous learning; what works for a given audience and Using outside tools to enhance learning; simulators, games, and other enhancements. Denisse Cruz, Fulbright Alumna and Educational Technology Instructor will serve as moderator.


Date: September 10, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.
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Webinar 8: Personalize your Online Learning with LabXchange  

LabXchange allows educators to remix and share content to support differentiated, personalized learning. The content library contains high-quality digital resources from universities and scientific organizations worldwide – including interactive lab simulations, videos, assessments, and more. Educators can combine this content with their own materials to create customized learning pathways. As well as facilitating content creation and remixing, LabXchange connects learners, educators and researchers through social features such as private classes, discussion forums, and the ability to mentor or be mentored. By providing tools that foster hybrid learning, LabXchange allows users to engage in design, iteration, and problem-solving, while supporting individual exploration.

Thursday, September 03, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.
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Upcoming Webinar 7: Building online programs in higher education: Strategies, Partnerships and models. 

Dr. Janet Dilling and Dr. Audrey Casserleigh, Professors in Emergency Management and Homeland Security at Florida State University, will present on Building Online Programs in Higher Education: Strategies, Partnerships, and Models. This presentation will include: Strategies for starting an Online Program, building and growing online or hybrid classes, models for cross disciplinary approaches and the utilization of non-traditional faculty, Partnering with outside agencies and organizations and advantages and disadvantages of certificates, minors, or degrees. Fulbright Alumnus Ricardo Hernandez will serve as moderator. This program will be conducted in English with Spanish interpretation.

Thursday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. 

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Webinar 6: EdgeDiscovery – Forging innovative pathways for research and discovery.

In this webinar, Forough Ghahramani EdD, MBA, MS will discuss the EdgeDiscovery – Forging innovative pathways for research and discovery. New models for research are emerging — driven by new technology capabilities, high performance networking and computing, and the availability of structured and unstructured data and analytics. The presentation will explore the role of research computing and data in scientific discovery across and the opportunities for facilitating collaborative research through data-driven high performance networking infrastructure and access to dynamic network services that enable rapid movement of diverse scientific datasets. Dominican Fulbright Alumna and Country Representative for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Dominican Republic Laura Rodriguez MPA, M. Econ, served as moderator.

Date: August 20, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

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Webinar 5: TESOL: A Survey of Pedagogic Methods and Best Practices.

In this webinar, Dr. Rebecca Blankenship shared an overview of the Florida’s educational support provisions for students representing diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds for whom English is not their first language.  This discussion was rich in best practices within TESOL methodology that have been implemented support language learners. The presentation covered the differences between English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) vs. English as a Foreign Language (EFL), as well as standards and requirements of teaching, education preparation, English training practices, and more. Dominican International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumnus Karlans Camacho and Coordinator of the Teacher Development Center at the Universidad Dominico Americana served as moderator.

Date: August 13, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

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Webinar 4: Global Citizenship Certificate Program 

This webinar discusses the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative between Florida State University’s Global Citizenship Certificate program and the FATEC

Americana, Technology of College of Americana in São Paulo, Brazil. This pilot project was co-developed by professors at FSU and FATEC Americana to facilitate students communicating and learning from one another. At both institutions, students connected virtually and collaborated throughout the semester via video conferencing. The presentation will include details about how this project came about, the implementation process, the challenges and lessons learned.  

Date: July 29, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

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Webinar 3: Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

International Collaborative Online Learning (COIL) is an approach that connects students and teachers from different cultures to learn, dialogue and collaborate with each other. The teachers participate in the design of the experience and the students in the execution of the designed activities. COIL becomes part of the class, allowing all students to have a meaningful intercultural experience within their course of study. The Director for Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, SUNY Robert Balkin and the Deputy Director of the SUNY COIL Center, Jan McCauley will lead this discussion and Ex-fellow Fulbright Indhira Suero serves as moderator. The program is conducted in Spanish.

Date: July 23, 2020 at 2: 00 P.M.

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Webinar 2: Virtual Exchange (VE): The Development of Piggybacking concept in VE and online programming

Dr. Heidi Powell introduces the story and development of Piggybacking (©Powell, 2020) in virtual instruction. Piggybacking is a form of engagement when remote learning takes place from two different sites as a point of instruction and collaboration, and grew out of an initial VE project between two academics. This webinar covers not only concepts in VE but also the countries and specific curricular components related to VE and online learning (additional comments will be added by Dr. Joana Hyatt during the presentation). In addition, Dominican Fulbright alumna, therapist and life resilience coach Alejandra Matos will serve as moderator. This program will be held in English 

Date: July 16, 2020 at 2: 00 P.M.

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Webinar 1: Bridging the Digital Divide in Education Systems 

Providing best practices for education policymakers, school administrators, and teachers in creating sustainable virtual educational ecosystems, virtually engaging underserved and marginalized communities during a crisis, and training teachers to prevent a deepening educational gap.  Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Schools Dr. Alberto Carvalho leads the discussion and Fulbright alumni and specialist in Dominican education policy Laura Abreu served as the moderator.  The program was held in Spanish.  

Date: June 30, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

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