ReFocus Online – Week 2 Update

From: “Victoria Russell (vrussel3)” <>
Date: Monday, June 22, 2020 at 8:50 AM
To: “Victoria Russell (vrussel3)” <>
Cc: Digital Learning Support <>
Subject: ReFocus Online News-Week 2 (June 22nd edition)

Welcome to Week 2 of ReFocus Online: Assignments and Feedback!

  • Website
    The Week 2 webpage is now open and full of information to begin building online assessments, assignments, and feedback for students.
  • Week 2 Interactive Workshop
    The link for today’s workshop was sent out Sunday afternoon (3:30 p.m.) to everyone who registered by Friday. Please check your email and we’ll see you at 2:00!

    • Please note that workshop meeting inks will now be sent out the morning of the sessions (Monday mornings currently). This week’s meeting link did not go out on Friday as the university was closed.
    • If you emailed requesting a late registration, we will be in touch this morning–please watch your email!
  • Week 2 Virtual Q&A
    This week’s Virtual Q&A will occur on Thursday, June 25th from 10-11 a.m.

    • A link for the Virtual Q&A will be sent out Thursday morning. It will not be posted on the website. Registration is NOT required for the Virtual Q&A sessions.
    • A form to submit questions ahead of time will be available on the ReFocus Online website (via the ‘Submit Q&A Questions’ button) beginning this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. We may not be able to address all questions during the session, but will make sure to respond to everyone in some capacity.
  • Consultations with Center for Teaching and Digital Learning Support
    Book a consultation with our team! We are using an online appointment system–just choose the center you wish to work with and select an available day and time. A confirmation will be emailed to you including a meeting link for your scheduled time. Consultations can be booked as far as 2 weeks in advance and up to one day ahead. Each consultation lasts 30 minutes and there are a limited number each day.

Looking ahead to Week 3: Content Creation and Curation…

Registration for Week 3 Interactive Workshop will open at 3:30 p.m. today (6/22) and close this Friday (6/26) at 5:00 p.m. Please visit the ReFocus Online website and click on ‘Register for Workshops’. The following concurrent sessions will be available:

  • Core Session-Accessible Online Course Content (Jerry Slezak (DLS) and Danielle Smith (ODR))
    This session will show faculty the basics of creating accessible content for an online course based on a ‘flipped classroom’ model. Demonstrations for creating an accessible slide deck, best practices in Screencast-O-Matic, and captioning using YouTube will be provided. A short Q&A will occur at the end.  It is recommended for any faculty member, but especially those that have not taught online before or whose only online teaching experience was during remote teaching in Spring 2020. (Note: This concurrent session will repeat during the second round of ReFocus Online)
  • Using Padlet to Demonstrate Knowledge, Share Resources, and Encourage Class Interactions (Jennifer Walker, COE)
    This session will present an overview of the Padlet website. Ideas for using Padlet as a formative assessment, sharing resources, or encouraging interaction among students will be presented. Finally, the session will include a “live” opportunity to develop and engage in a Padlet exercise. (Note: This concurrent session will not repeat during the second round of ReFocus Online)
  • Open Education Resources (Rosemary Arneson and Paul Boger, Simpson Library)
    Paul Boger and Rosemary Arneson will explore tools for identifying open and affordable educational resources.  We’ll explore how you can use the Library Reading Lists feature in Canvas to link your students to library resources, scanned materials on reserve, and other resources.  We’ll share some of the things we learned about making library resources available after the switch to remote learning in the spring. (Note: This concurrent session will not repeat during the second round of ReFocus Online)

We hope you all have a good week!

Center for Teaching and Digital Learning Support


Dr. Victoria Russell
Associate Director-Center for Teaching
Associate Professor-College of Education
University of Mary Washington

Twitter: @techtweed