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Harmonize Product Demonstration

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Harmonize

Join our product leaders as they provide a demonstration of Harmonize and a sneak peak at our product roadmap. Harmonize is the most advanced, intuitive online collaboration platform that seamlessly integrates with learning management systems (Canvas, Brightspace, Blackboard, Moodle) and popular plagiarism detection platforms Turnitin and Unicheck.

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Student Success: We're Doing it Wrong

Student Success: We're Doing it Wrong

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Dr. Jeff D. Borden

In this on-demand webinar, Dr. Jeff D. Borden, Chief Academic & Vice President of Academic Affairs at D2L, unpacks the value and usefulness of the two “forgotten” corners of the learning triangle, now supported by numerous studies in neuroscience and learning design research.

Learn why engagement matters, how outside-class relationships grease the skids for in-class learning, and how to build a safety net for all students. He also illustrates and models the important behaviors and aspects of holistic, personalized, meaningful learning experiences.

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Regular & Substantive Interaction: In Practice

Regular & Substantive Interaction: In Practice

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Dr. Michael Patrick, Alexandra Salas, PH.D, and Dr. Michelle Singh

Institutions want to engage with students and provide individual attention, but it can be a challenge to know where to start or improve. This was made even more difficult by the pandemic-induced shift to remote and hybrid learning for the masses.

So, how can educators go beyond the grade book? How can we do more to meet the Regular & Substantive Interaction guidelines that are truly helpful for students— not just checking the box? 

In this on-demand webinar, the panelists discuss innovative strategies for engagement, the impact they've seen in online classrooms, and lessons learned

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Harmonize Product Roadmap

Harmonize 2022 Product Roadmap

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Marcus Popetz & Tricia Baker

Harmonize elevates the online learning experience by creating an interactive space for instructors and students to connect and collaborate in new, more engaging ways. More than just a discussion board, Harmonize is a new way to empower educators and drive student participation.

CEO & Founder, Marcus Popetz and Tricia Baker, Director of Product Management at Harmonize provide an overview of newly released and upcoming Harmonize features, including the new Engagement Insights tool. Watch this recording of their SymphonizED 2021 session for a sneak peak at what's coming in 2022.

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How to Increase Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) in Online and Distance Learning

How to increase Regular & Substantive Interaction (RSI) in Online & Distance Learning

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Online Learning Consortium & Harmonize

Meaningful engagement between instructors and students is an essential component of successful online and distance learning, driving higher quality interactions and experiences. This aligns with the Department of Education’s rules requiring courses to include “Regular and Substantive Interaction,” especially in distance and competency-based education. 

In this on-demand webinar, speakers 1) discuss how to create a learning environment that cultivates quality, meaningful interactions and 2) share innovative, best-practice examples in action. 

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Harmonize + Canvas = Advanced Discussion Platform

Harmonize + Canvas = Advanced Discussion Platform

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Harmonize

Have you been looking to increase student engagement, while creating compelling content within the Canvas Discussion Board? Harmonize can help you do this!  Harmonize is an LTI-compliant discussion platform that seamlessly integrates into Canvas, elevating your experience and the tools available.

  • Using Rich Media 
  • Anonymous Posting
  • Multiple Due Dates
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Plagiarism & Speedgrader Integrations

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Evolving Models for Predictive Analytics

Evolving Models for Predictive Analytics and Student Success

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Chronicle of Higher Education and Harmonize

Predictive analytics has played an important role in helping colleges and universities support students. But the pandemic has deeply changed how students engage with faculty members and their institutions. As a result, predictive-analytics models, too, have changed. How can colleges adapt their algorithms to better predict enrollment, retention, and completion, and the factors that may affect those results?

A panel of higher-ed experts convenes to discuss how colleges can develop new data models and strategies to keep students on the path to a degree.

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Building Online Communities at Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Harmonize, Amanda Hood, Betty Jo Harris, & Melinda Laird

Learn how Copiah-Lincoln Community College is encouraging active participation and thoughtful communication in their online discussions, while using Harmonize. Students, who were previously just "checking the box" in the standard discussion boards are now thriving, sharing videos, podcasts, photographs and more to deepen their conversations. 

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Easing Instructor Workload in Blackboard, D2L, & Moodle

Easing Instructor Workload in Blackboard, D2L, & Moodle

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Harmonize

Do you use Blackboard, D2L, or Moodle in your online courses? If so, we invite you to listen to this 30-minute on-demand webinar where Harmonize Success Coach, Michael Hakkarinen, M.Ed, ISTE Certified Educator shares how Harmonize can help you overcome some of the common pain points in online discussions in Blackboard, D2L, & Moodle. He discusses which features instructors are using successfully to ease workload and increase student engagement.

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Fall Kick-off with Harmonize

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Harmonize

Are you using Harmonize in your upcoming courses? Looking to review best practices for online discussions or maybe even explore some of the new features in Harmonize? If so, this webinar is for you!

We begin with a high level overview of our core features, share new and innovative ways you can begin engaging your students from day one, and dive into some of the more advanced Harmonize features too. 

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Easing Instructor Workload in Canvas

Easing Instructor Workload in Canvas

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Harmonize

Do you use Canvas in your online courses? If so, we invite you to listen to this 30-minute on-demand webinar where Harmonize Success Coach, Michael Hakkarinen, M.Ed, ISTE Certified Educator shares how Harmonize can help you overcome some of Canvas' common pain points in online discussions. He discusses which features instructors are using successfully to ease workload and increase student engagement.

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Upgrade Your Online Discussions, Q&A, and Chat with Harmonize

Upgrade Your Online Discussions, Q&A, & Chat with Harmonize

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Harmonize

Harmonize is a powerful learning and communications tool that helps every student share ideas and engage more deeply in their learning. The platform supports state-of-the-art online discussion forums, Q&A, live chat, and more-- seamlessly integrated with Blackboard.

Students have more choices for how to join the conversation—from audio, to video, to text, to images and more.

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Help Make Online Learning More Engaging, Collaborative, and Inclusive

Help Make Online Learning More Engaging, Collaborative, and Inclusive

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By:  Harmonize

Harmonize is a powerful learning and communications tool that helps every student share ideas and engage more deeply in learning. The platform supports state-of-the-art online discussion forums, Q&A, live chat, and more—seamlessly integrated with the Brightspace platform!

Listen to this on-demand webinar to learn how you can help increase engagement and communication with your students.

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The New Q&A Features in Harmonize

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Harmonize

Harmonize Q&A puts students in control of their learning by fostering peer-to-peer collaboration and helping eliminate roadblocks to learning.

Listen to this on-demand webinar to learn how to begin using Harmonize Q&A today!

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Data Analytics to Empower Faculty Decision-Making: Multiple Due Dates in Online Discussions

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Emily Ravenwood from the University of Michigan & Harmonize

Are you interested in understanding the activity of your students in online discussions, what the data means, and how it can help Instructors connect with students?

In this on-demand webinar with Emily Ravenwood of the University of Michigan we discuss how setting multiple due dates influences the activity levels in an online classroom and what level of analytics are useful.

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Leveraging Online Discussions to Build Social Connections in First Year Writing Classes 

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: R. Bruno from the University of Michigan

Students learning online need to be seen and heard.  Instructors teaching online need to figure out what works. Join us Wednesday, April 14th to meet R. Bruno, an instructor of English at the University of Michigan, who is using Harmonize Discussions to connect students with the content and each other.  During this session you’ll learn how SpeedGrader, media rich discussions, and Harmonize Chat have helped Instructor Bruno combat the isolation of online learning.

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How Do You Use Q&A in your Online Course?

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Harmonize

Educators from accorss the country shared  how they use or would like to use Q&A or in their next online course. Listen to this on-demand webinar to hear their examples and ideas, so you can get started using Q&A!

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An Introduction to Auto-Grading

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Harmonize

There is more to teaching than grading. Create media rich, interactive discussion forums to engage students and build community. And now with the new Auto-Participation Grading feature and Milestones you can add multiple due dates, set unique student expectations, customize the percentage scoring for submissions, and then… sit back and relax. Let Harmonize do the work counting posts, comments, and replies! This new feature calculates a participation grade and passes it back to the grade book for you, so you can spend less time grading, and more time teaching.

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Student Led

Strategies for Effective Student-Led Facilitation in Online Discussions

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Dr. Alyssa Wise & Harmonize

Join Dr. Alyssa Wise, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences & Educational Technology at New York University, in a conversation about student-led facilitation strategies. During this webinar, she will share her experiences and best practices for engaging and empowering students to lead online discussions, including how different kinds of student-led facilitation can contribute to increased engagement and richer online discussions. She will also share insights as to how you can introduce this method to your students and get started utilizing it in your next class.  

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Best Practices in Online Discussions

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Rhonda Blackburn & Harmonize

Rhonda Blackburn, PhD shares key insights from her most recent publication, the Best Practice Guide for Online Discussions. During this webinar, she reviews critical elements that will help your institution develop meaningful discussions with students regardless of their style, preference, or ability. And how substantive feedback  contributes to student success and retention. 

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Blended Learning Q&A with Jared Stein

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Jared Stein & Harmonize

It is three months into the fall term - how are you doing with blended learning? Do you have a question? Looking for inspiration? Need new ideas?  During this webinar we will answer your questions and share ideas to help you excel in your classroom.  Jared Stein, VP of Higher Education Strategy for Instructure, participates in a Q&A session about Blended Learning.

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Foreign Languages: How to Engage & Empower Your Students

Date/Time: On Demand
Hosted by: Sabine Gabaron
 

Engaging students in online discussions can be challenging if they do not have the opportunity to do so in a meaningful, connected and substantive way. This is especially true when learning a foreign language. In this webinar, learn how you can motivate your students to engage in ongoing discussions and take the risks needed, while feeling safe to express and exchange ideas in a classroom community. Practical examples will be shared with you, so that you can apply them next term to help engage your students more effectively.

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An Introduction to Transformative Learning

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Sheri Prupis & Harmonize

Join Sheri Prupis, Director, Teaching & Learning Technologies at the Virginia Community College System for an informal conversation about transformative learning. She will talk about how students learn in 3 core ways and the importance of being social, personable, and accessible. And most importantly, how synchronous and asynchronous are both essential to create a transformative learning experience for the student in the online environment.

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Richer Online Discussions Drive Better Student Engagement: Insights from Brown University

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Harmonize

Join James Foley, Assistant Director for Digital Learning & Design at Brown as he shares his experience working with faculty to cultivate a richer discussion environment for their online courses. In this webinar, we will explore a use case that focuses on the Language Arts department, but the lessons learned translate well to multiple departments within the University, as they look to achieve learning outcomes, increase engagement, and make grading simpler.

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Live Stream - Canvas Partner Day

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Harmonize & Canvas

On September 10, we participated in Canvas Partner Day--a live stream event where we got to meet Canvas users in a virtual face-to-face and talk about our favorite topic: how to keep students engaged in their learning. Together, we tackled everything from broad rules to live by to specific tactics instructors can use on day one to create welcoming, lively learning spaces. 

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4 Tips to Encourage Creative & Original Discussions 

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Harmonize & Unicheck

Unicheck and Harmonize have joined forces to highlight how you can be creative and original with online discussions. During this webinar we will share with you 4 tips to encourage students to be creative and original, while increasing engagement in your online discussions.

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5 Ways to Increase Online Discussion Board Participation & Engagement

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Harmonize

Interested in boosting your engagement in online discussion boards? In this webinar, you will not only learn how to reach and engage your students, but you'll also leave with several resources you can put into practice right away.

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Taking Online Discussions Beyond the Basics

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Instructure & Harmonize

Instructure and Harmonize have teamed up to examine the most requested features for online discussion forums and how you can solve them with Harmonize. During this webinar you will gain key insights from both Instructure and Harmonize, while walking away with techniques and learning tools that you can put into practice immediately to elevate your asynchronous learning strategy.

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Pandemic Prep: Training your Students and Instructors - Instructure & Harmonize

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Instructure & Harmonize

The start of the fall semester is only 4 months away. Are you prepared to offer your instructors the proper training they need? A comprehensive blended learning strategy can help your students and instructors succeed if the need arises to shift online again. Asynchronous learning is crucial to this strategy to ensure flexibility and accessibility to all students. Join us as we discuss how to build and enhance your blended learning strategy!

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Harmonize Product Demonstration Featuring Our Canvas Integration

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted By: Instructure & Harmonize

Have you been looking to increase student engagement, while creating compelling content within the Canvas Discussion Board? Harmonize can help you do this! Harmonize is an LTI-compliant discussion platform that seamlessly integrates into Canvas, elevating your experience and the tools available. We will be reviewing using rich media (e.g., images, video, text, audio), Speedgrader integration, analytics, reporting, and more.

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Fall Forward: Exploring Learning Models

Fall Forward: Exploring Learning Models

Date/Time: On-Demand
Hosted by: Harmonize & USDLA

As we prepare for fall, there is nothing more glaring than the need for asynchronous learning as part of the learning curriculum. Synchronous tools, such as Zoom have helped ease the sudden transition from onsite to remote learning. But as we prepare with more time, experience and emphasis on thoughtful and equitable learning - the need for asynchronous learning is prevalent. In this webinar, we will discuss the range of learning models and how asynchronous supports student engagement and retention.

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with the United States Distance Learning Association.

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Engaging Online Learning with Smart & Simple Course Design  - An Instructional Design Perspective

Engaging Online Learning with Smart & Simple Course Design | An Instructional Design Perspective

Date/Time: On Demand
Hosted By: Michael Hakkarinen - Principal Learning Consultant with Instructure & Adjunct Professor at Mount Saint Mary's University

How do you design an online course to meet learners where they are at? To be a successful online learner requires strong time management, self reliant problem solving, and active participation skills. These are also the same skills necessary to be successful in an in-person course. But how do we set-up our students to activate these skills and succeed in an online environment? In this webinar we will discuss:

  • The Basics of Instructional Design with Online Courses
  • Who are "Instructional Designers" in education today?
  • Is "Good Instructional Design".. Course Planning?

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