Intermediate Access I

Las Positas College
1999 to 2000

This hands-on class will allow you to build on your abilities to develop tables and forms while expanding your knowledge of ACCESS. After a quick review of Tables and Forms, we will focus on developing Basic Queries and Reports. Bring small projects to work on during the last few hours of class. Text: ACCESS for Dummies recommended but not required.

Intermediate Access II

Las Positas College
1999 to 2000

Take your knowledge of tables, forms, queries and reports to a new level with this hands-on workshop. This class will focus on developing subforms, macros and other advanced features. Bring projects to work on during the last few hours of class. Other projects will be provided. Text: ACCESS for Dummies recommended but not required.

Community & Collaboration

Featured

  • Founder and President of a community center for members of the queer community; a diverse and marginalized community in the Midwest. Led a group of volunteers through the incorporation, strategic planning, and program development processes.
  • Serve on the City of Urbana’s Human Relations Commission. The commission advises and consults with the Mayor and Council on all matters involving racial, religious or ethnic prejudice or discrimination and recommends legislative action necessary to accomplish its purpose.
  • Collaborated with executive leadership teams to determine administrative and operational goals and develop organizational strategic plan and budget ranging from $100,000 to $8.5 million.
  • Developed and supervised a process for developing a company’s policies and procedures for all aspects of the Human Resources that ensured staff input and engagement within the process.
  • Experienced in developing accessible Microsoft Office documents and Web pages using Headings, Cascading Style Sheets, and other accessible design best practices.
  • Supervised the development of and designed the organization’s Staff Intranet (Taproot) to increase communication and sharing of information among all staff.

Trends & Issues in Instructional Design

University of Wisconsin – Stout
Online Instructional Design Graduate Certificate

In-depth comparison of current instructional design theories and models, variables that affect adult learning, techniques for stimulating and sustaining learner motivation, reinforcement of learning, skill transfer, and use of cognitive task analysis to determine instructional content.

Syllabus | Orientation Presentation | Example Design Document
Example Welcome Message (Accessible Design, Closed Captions, & Transcript)

Instructional Design for E-Learning

University of Wisconsin – Stout
2009 – 2012

Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience. The course also addresses hybrid learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design. This course focuses on instructor-led and facilitated methods more than self-paced/ computer-based training.

Online Learning: An Overview

University of Illinois
2005 – 2012

This eight-week, graduate level course overviews the nature of online learning and teaching.  This course introduces the key elements of an online program through active discussions, collaborative projects, and optional synchronous sessions.  Assignments focus on the analysis and assessment of quality online course design and best practices in teaching online.

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Instructional Design for Online Course Development

University of Illinois
2005 – 2012

This eight-week, graduate level course introduces instructional design principles as they relate to online course analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Students are required to apply content through by directly applying the systematic approach of instructional design to their own teaching environment.  The course requires high level participation using discussion forums and project submissions.  Optional synchronous sessions focusing on weekly topics provided using a web conferencing tool.

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Issues and Strategies for Faculty Support and Development

University of Illinois
2005 – 2012

This eight-week, graduate-level course addressing various models for faculty training and exploring the literature to see what works with faculty training. It explores methods of faculty training, reasons why faculty embrace technology, instructor competencies, and assessing whether or not training is successful.  The course also spends time looking at support and development models specific to online faculty as well.

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Web Design Principles for Online Educators

University of Illinois
2005 – 2012

This eight-week, graduate-level course that overviews the core principals of web design as they relate to the development of online courses and course materials.  The course begins with the process for planning a web site and builds on that information to help students evaluate existing courses and develop their own criteria for what makes a quality course.  Strategies for the creation of accessible materials are also explored.  Requires a high-level of participation using discussion forums and assignment submission. Optional synchronous sessions focusing on weekly topics provided using a web conferencing tool.

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Quality Assurance and Accountability in Distance Education

University of Illinois
2005 – 2012

This instructor-led, eight-week, fully-online course examines quality assurance strategies and issues. Students will examine processes, philosophies, and strategies for building appropriate accountability measures into online learning programs. The course accomplishes this by analyzing the standards and process for accrediting online degree programs.

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Positive Behavior Planning

Chapman University
1998 to 1999

This course provides instruction in developing Positive Behavioral Intervention Plans based on Functional Assessments. Students will become familiar with California Education Code sections related to behavioral interventions.

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A Changing Landscape: Essential Skills & Tools for Teaching

Wiley Users Conference
February & April 2011

Today’s faculty are expected to master their subject matter, understand teaching pedagogies for the 21st century, and be Internet and tool savvy in the process….all within a context of changing demographics and student expectations!  Can we know it all?  Based on input from participants and years of experience working in the classroom, this workshop will highlight some of the essential skills and tools instructors need for effective instruction.  These attitudes and skills work regardless of where you teach – online or in a traditional classroom.  

Collaborating Online Means Never Having To Say Goodbye

University of Illinois: Faculty Summer Institute
May 2010

As the physical conference comes to a close it’s important to remember that the learning, networking, and collaborating with one another doesn’t have to end.  As a matter of fact, it is at this time that the new skills we’ve learned be put to use, the new connections we’ve made be cultivated, and the tools we’ve learned about be utilized.  This is a concept Kevin Johnson understands.  As a distant education consultant, distant instructor, distant student, and co-author of Online Education for Dummies, Kevin rarely meets face-to-face with clients, colleagues, students, or faculty. This session will explore the challenges of communicating and collaborating with other professionals in the field and efficient strategies for continuing dialogue as we leave the conference to return to our respective campuses and organizations.

Program & Instructional Design From the Dummies Perspective

Illinois Community College
April 2010

Are your online students often surprised or overwhelmed by the idiosyncrasies of learning online?  Do they arrive in your virtual classrooms with unrealistic expectations of workload and levels of interaction/participation? if so, join Dr. Susan Manning and Kevin Johnson, two online instructors and authors of the recently released book Online Education for Dummies, as they share ideas on how to develop courses around the idea of student expectations and success.  In this two-hour event, we’ll share ideas of how institutions, advising staff, departments, and instructors can better prepare students for transitioning to the online environment.  Be smart and let the Dummies guide you.  Hope to “see” you there!

iPods, Upods, WePods, Oh My!

Blackhawk College
February 2008

Do you feel overwhelmed about the amount of technology choices you have?  Do you enjoy technology, but still haven’t moved beyond setting the clock on the VCR?  Or, do you enjoy technology so much that more time is spent learning new technologies than on work or family?  If so, this presentation is for you!  This presentation will introduce participants to available technology, discuss pedagogical uses, and demonstrate a few implementation and time management strategies for incorporating the right technology at the right time.

Global Campus Partnership Implementation of Online Student Support, Instructor Services, Research and Evaluation, and Course Design – Building on Best Practices

University of Illinois
October 2007

The University of Illinois Global Campus Partnership has built its services and procedures on best practices in the online learning community with a goal of producing high quality courses and instruction, responsive student services, and continual evaluation and assessment.  As a completely new entity, the Global Campus is fortunate in being able to learn from other organizations and UI units that have pioneered online learning.

The Benefits & Challenges of Teaching Online

Western Illinois University
October 2007

Join us for a discussion on the benefits and challenges of teaching online to both undergraduate and graduate audience.  Kevin Johnson from the Illinois Online Network will share his experience on the reasons for choosing to teach fully online courses and provide resources for making the transition to online an easier one.

Quality Standards for Online Course Design

Elgin Community College
October 2007

This presentation will be geared towards administrators, deans, and department chairs.  It will focus on strategies for setting quality standards at the institution and department levels.  Kevin Johnson will introduce the Quality Online Course Initiative Rubric and discuss models for its use.

The Institutional Direction of Online

Illinois Valley Community College
March 2007

This presentation will be geared towards administrators, deans, and department chairs.  It will focus on strategies for developing online programs and setting quality standards at the institution and department levels.  Kevin Johnson will introduce the Quality Online Course Initiative Rubric and discuss models for its use.

Innovative Technologies

University of Illinois at Springfield: Faculty Summer Institute
May 2005

Come learn a variety of instructional tools at a panel of expert share their online classroom experiences using Blogs, RSS, Skype, Elluminate, Wiki, Moodle, and more. This panel will answer questions, demonstrate tools, and speak to best practices with regard to using technology tools in the classroom.

Going Digital: Creating A More Efficient & Paperless HR Department

National Cooperative Grocers’ HR Conference
October 2014

Come learn how Common Ground Food Co-op created a Human Resources Department that is digital and 98% paperless. This workshop will start with the basic structure needed for digital filing. Participants will also discuss security concerns and learn about different tools available for transitioning to a digital/paperless environment, such as e-signature software and commonly used Online Human Resource Management Systems. Demonstrations included.

Movin’ On UP: Keeping a Community Center Going on a Small Budget

Creating Change National Conference
January 2012

We’re back and still moving UP. Members of the UP Center find community connections vital to our success. Therefore, sharing our experiences and learning from others is what this workshop is about. If you are a small organization (or want to start one), this workshop is for you. Come learn strategies for developing community partnerships and planning large-scale events on a small budget. We will share templates and other resources with participants.

Strapping on the Toolbelt and Keeping Students Engaged

Online Teaching & Learning Conference
October 2011

The four phases of engagement as explained by Rita-Marie Conrad and Ana Donaldson lend themselves to a variety of fun technology tools. Engage your learners through audio, video, collaborative tools and more! Tool-masters Jonathan Finkelstein, Kevin Johnson, and Susan Manning will enliven your morning with a survey and demonstration of gadgets and gizmos that even beginners can use to enhance engagement and learning.

Engaging Students Academically Using Social Tools

Wiley Learning Institute
October 2011

Through the use of social networking tools, individuals can share pictures, stories, experiences, and insights with the entire Internet community. How can you meet students where they are and harness the tools they are already using for academic purposes? In this workshop, technologists Manning and Johnson will define social networking and delve into discussions about and demonstrations of how some of the social networking tools can be used in an academic setting.

Tools for Managing Your Workload

Wiley Learning Institute
October 2011

What do you get when you mix strategies for managing an online instructor’s workload using Conceição and Lehman’s four-step process with Manning and Johnson’s strategies for choosing technology tools to solve a problem? You get an amazingly useful session that introduces specific technology tools that help online instructor’s solve problems specific to managing their workload within the context of design, teaching, support, and time allocation. In this session, we will discuss and demonstrate specific technology tools that help solve problems specific to designing online courses, teaching online, supporting online instructors, and allocating the instructor’s time.

Universal Design Learning and Tech Tools

University of Illinois: Faculty Summer Institute
May 2011

Among the challenges for online instructors are two key questions: what technology tools should I use to support my teaching, and how I do this while keeping universal design in mind? This session will overview what we mean by universal design and how that relates to online education. We will then match technology tools to solving appropriate instructional problems with an eye to universal design.

UP UP and Away: Building a Community Center for Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Creating Change National Conference
January 2011

The UP Center of Champaign County is a new community center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, and ally community in the Midwest. Within seven months of being incorporated as a nonprofit, The Center had developed twelve educational, support, and social programs, hosted the community’s first organized Pride Festival, and connected to over 20 local resources in order to serve the LGBT community needs better. This workshop provides attendees with the challenges we faced and shares some the successes we had in developing our center in order to help others wanting to develop similar initiatives. Come learn and share ideas for incorporating and structuring a community center, utilizing the Internet and social networking tools to promote your organization, and strategies for raising money.

Using A Quality Design Rubric To Assist in a Peer Mentoring Program

Elgin Faculty Mentoring Conference
December 2010

Want to encourage quality course design in your online programs while promoting instructional strategies based on best practices? Join Kevin in this all-day workshop l distribute the rubric and attendees will participate in a discussion on how to use this tool to design, redesign, and/or evaluate online courses.

A Day in the Life of…

University of Illinois: Faculty Summer Institute
May 2010

If you followed a typical, white-collar American  worker for a day, you might be surprised at how many technology tools he uses and the degree to which he collaborates with others on the job. This session will step through the work lives of four such professionals.  We will then align their work practices with instructional strategies and tools we can use in the traditional, hybrid, or online classroom. Come prepared to collaboratively build an instructional matrix or skill set, tools, and instructional strategies.

Eenie Meenie Minie Mo: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for You

Elgin Community College
March 2010

With so many technology tools out there, how do you know you which one is right for you? Do you simply use what everyone else is using, or do you spend hours, days, and/or weeks looking for that perfect tool? Join us as Kevin presents a matrix for reviewing, evaluating, and determining if a tool is the right one for your needs based on his new book The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching, coauthored with Dr. Susan Manning.

Communicating and Collaborating at a Distance

FETC National Conference
January 2010

Come explore technology tools that encourage communication and collaboration in the online environment.  Participants will get a firsthand look and demonstration of a variety of Kevin’s favorite technology tools.  Kevin will also present strategies for matching specific tools to your individual needs. 

From Onground to Online: Making the Transition

Sloan-C International Conference
November 2007

If you followed a typical, white-collar American  worker for a day, you might be surprised at how many technology tools he uses and the degree to which he collaborates with others on the job. This session will step through the work lives of four such professionals.  We will then align their work practices with instructional strategies and tools we can use in the traditional, hybrid, or online classroom. Come prepared to collaboratively build an instructional matrix or skill set, tools, and instructional strategies.

Interaction in the Online Classroom

Joliet Junior College
January 2007

This workshop will focus on how to encourage student-to-content, student-to-student, and student-to-instructor interaction using both asynchronous and synchronous tools in an online classroom.  Participants will be provided pedagogical rationales for activity choices as well as a set of templates to use within their own online classes.

Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning

South Korean College & University Instructors
July – August 2006, July – August 2005

The Illinois Online Network will provide fifteen days of instruction during which you will be exposed to topics such as the role of the instructor in online courses, instructional design and storyboarding online courses, the appropriate use of technology in online courses, and the assessment of student learning. This will be a hands-on workshop that will require you to interact with our instructors, critique courses, and design a model for your own online course.

ION’s Quality Online Course Initiative Standards

University of Illinois: Faculty Summer Institute
May 2006

Want to measure the quality of your online courses? Join Kevin and members of ION’s QOCI Committee who worked hard to development an online course rubric. At this workshop, we will distribute the rubric and attendees will participate in a discussion on how to use this tool to design, redesign, and/or evaluate online courses.

Introduction to Online Teaching & Learning

UNESCO (Beirut)
September 2005

This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge needed to create, manage and teach high quality, interactive, fully online or Web enhanced courses.  Participants design course syllabi and other documents that conform to best practices for online courses.  Learning activities will include presentations, discussions of important issues, exploration of example online courses, and hands on training with FrontPage. We’ll focus on the differences between traditional and online teaching and learning.  Guidelines for online course design will be based on educational research in student learning.  Microsoft FrontPage training will result in participants creating course documents that use good design principles.

Elluminate: A Moderator’s Guide

University of Illinois: Faculty Summer Institute
May 2005

In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to utilize Elluminate’s features as moderators. Attendees will upload slides from PowerPoint, create breakout rooms, upload and push multimedia files, create online quizzes, poll participants, initiate a web tour, and more. Come learn the true meaning of having an online good time.

From Onground to Online: Making the Transition

University of Illinois: Faculty Summer Institute
May 2005

This session will introduce future online instructors to designing and implementing online courses starting with strategies for transitioning from onground to online. Using Moodle as our Course Management System, we will look at elements of design in the areas of course organization, instructional design, and student support. Participants will leave this session with a Course Template they can use or reference upon returning to their campuses.

Live & In Person

University of Illinois: Faculty Summer Institute
May 2005

Come learn how you can implement synchronous tools in your online classroom as another way to encourage communication and collaboration. In this workshop, we will discuss competencies and facilitation strategies for successfully implementing Chat, Audio Only, and Web Conferencing applications into your online classes. Attendees will participate in a chat and web conference session as a part of this fun and exciting program.

Introduction to HTML for Online Instructors

University of Illinois – Illinois Online Network
September 2006

This workshop will focus on basic syntax and a few basic tags every online instructor should know. If you use a CMS that allows you to create and or edit html type documents, this is the place for you. Come learn how to manipulate text (bold, underline, subscript, superscript, etc.), create hyperlinks, and create anchors to link to other sections of the same page.

Resources for Online Instructors

University of Illinois – Illinois Online Network
June 2006

This Webinar will focus on providing online educators with an arsenal of free to “close to free” resources to use when teaching online. Resource topics will include blogs, wikis, audio editing, and more. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own list of resources to share.

Breaking the Ice

University of Illinois – Illinois Online Network
April 2005

Want to find out more about your students but need some fun, new ideas to break the ice? Well, here’s your chance. This Live Webinar will provide a variety of asynchronous and synchronous icebreaker activities instructors can use in their online courses. Please bring ideas to share. The more the merrier. As one of the activities, we will offer an online art gallery. Participants who wish to contribute to the art gallery are encouraged to create a pictorial representation of themselves on a single slide in PowerPoint. Once you enter the session, you will be given instructions on how to upload your artwork to the gallery. Participation in the art gallery is not required to participate in this session.

Designing, Redesigning, & Evaluating Online Courses

ITC Audio Conference
October 2007

Learn about the Illinois Online Network’s new rubric to measure the quality of your online course design. A statewide committee has spent the last two years developing this instrument to help design, redesign, and/or evaluate online courses for quality. The presenter will distribute the rubric and attendees will participate in a discussion on how they can use and customize the tool to their needs and the needs of their institutions.

Synchronous Classrooms

City Colleges of Chicago
February 2007

This Webinar will provide participants with strategies for using synchronous environments to enhance their communication with students as individuals, small groups, and as an entire class. We will focus on the types of synchronous tools, purposes for synchronous communication, preparing for synchronous sessions, and strategies for delivering them.

Instructional Design: Where To Begin

University of Illinois – Illinois Online Network
January 2007

Come join us for a workshop on the beginning steps to Instructional Design. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for designing a new course using outlining and mind mapping skills. We will also provide a few example outlines and an overview of technology tools that may help in the brainstorming process.

Online Teaching and Learning Best Practices

University of Illinois – ION
December 2006

As we near the end of another fun filled year of distance education, we once again call upon all interested to come share best practices with the community. In this Webinar, participants will have the opportunity to share their own best practices with the group. The presenter will take the time to share some of his own as well.

Human Relations Commissioner

City of Urbana
2015 to 2016

The Human Relations Commission advises and consults with the Mayor and Council on all matters involving racial, religious or ethnic prejudice or discrimination and recommends legislative action necessary to accomplish its purpose.