Lunch & Learn with bitmojis

Lunch & Learn

 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bite-sized professional development to discuss
instructional ideas and technological integration.

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Fall 2022 Lunch and Learn Topics - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Misconceptions of Online Learning: Synchronous Teaching is Limited

Wednesday, October 5th: In this Zoom exploration, Laura and Karianne will take you through some advanced synchronous teaching engagement tools. These will include some new features of breakout rooms, and ideas for using chat and emojis.

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Misconceptions of Online Learning: Online Courses Can Only be Taught Synchronously

Wednesday, October 19th: Sometimes when we think about online learning since our big emergency shift, we only think about the way we teach synchronously with Zoom. In this Lunch and Learn, we’ll look at the ways that asynchronous instruction can support your Zoom sessions or your Face-to-Face courses through chunking material for meaning or using Muddiest Points.

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Misconceptions of Online Learning: There Are no A-Ha Moments in Online Courses

Wednesday, November 2nd: When online courses are designed to just go through the motions, the instructor and the students can feel uninspired. Let Laura and Karianne spark your innovation with ideas about strategic use of pre- and post-reading journals and the use of effective instructor feedback to provide student follow-up opportunities in assignments and assessments. These will help your students have those “A-Ha” moments and make note of their learning progression

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Misconceptions of Online Learning: Discussion Boards are Boring

Wednesday, November 16th: Wow! Discussion boards can be so boring! That’s right, unless you are inspired to use some variety in your discussion boards. In this Lunch and Learn, Laura and Karianne will present you to Flip (previously known as Flipgrid) as an enjoyable alternative to some of your discussions. We’ll also talk about other uses for this powerful tech tool.

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Misconceptions of Online Learning: You Can't Cover as Much Content Online as You Can Face-to-Face

Wednesday, November 30th: In this final Lunch and Learn for the semester, Laura and Karianne will take you through prioritizing content by using CCPOs, the alignment of content for meaning, and visual brainstorming tools. 

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Previous Lunch and Learn Recordings

Misconceptions of Online Learning: Groups Can't Collaborate

Wednesday, September 21st: In this Lunch and Learn, Laura and Karianne will show you how to use collaborative tools in the Google suite. Discover ways to use Docs, Sheets, Jamboard, and Maps effectively to get students working together. 

Misconceptions of Online Learning: Group Work Doesn't Work in Online Courses

Wednesday, September 7th: Join Laura and Karianne to discuss creating and using groups in online courses to strategically add engagement and challenge in your course. We’ll talk about effective discussion boards and determining appropriate project duration. Discover how group work can function in an online course. 

Effective Organization in D2L

5/4/2022: We heard from students on the student panel and from survey results. Students appreciate a course that is organized. An organized course helps students be able to predict what is coming in their courses and can aid with their scheduling when arranging their lives for school, work, and family. We’ll look at some sample structures in this session that range from simple to more complicated. You find the way that works best for your course. 

Effective Use of Widgets

5/18/2022: We heard from students on the student panel and from survey results. Students enjoy the ease of accessing their instructor, their Zoom meetings, their materials, and their schedules. We’ll learn about widgets that you can provide for students that share instructor information, access to external websites or resources, or contribute to organization for your students. If you’re not sure what a widget is, this is the session for you! 


Student Voices Panel: Helpful Aspects of D2L

4/6/2022: Listen as students share their perspectives on the tools they’ve encountered in D2L. Discover some new tools and explore some new applications of tools that you already love. Attend Lunch and Learn sessions following this student panel and take a deeper-dive into these student validated D2L strategies and tools. Come to hear student voices and to be inspired! 

Helping Students Access College Resources

3/23/2022: We heard from students on the student panel and from survey results. Students appreciate it when their instructors help their students find resources to help access books, materials, and services. This session will help identify useful resources for students that instructors can provide easily. We’ll explore templates that you can use in your D2L course, numbers and links that you can share with students, and widgets to facilitate access to resources. 


Effective Videos in Courses

3/2/2022: We heard from students on the student panel and from survey results. Students appreciate it when their instructors use videos. These are introduction videos that share more about the instructor, videos that introduce a module, and how-to videos that instruct students regarding steps in process, in an assignment, or in an experiment. In this session we’ll learn about aspects of making videos that look good and effectively share information. This is NOT a professional editing session. In fact, students love it when instructors seem real and a bit unpolished. Still, we’ll talk about the skills that you need to create effective videos and some characteristics of videos that draw students into the course.


Effective Communications with Students

2/16/2022: We heard from students on the student panel and from survey results that students appreciate effective communication with their instructors. In this session, we’ll talk about ways that communication can be regular and occur frequently. We’ll talk about tools that can help an instructor manage regular communication easily. We’ll also discuss methods of ensuring that communication is substantive and has meaning for students that is individualized to the group of students currently enrolled or to individual students.

Student Voices Panel: What I love about my instructors

2/2/2022: Listen as students share their perspectives on the ways that instructors have met their needs. Discover ideas about being responsive, creating effective communication, providing essential visuals, and creating a positive classroom community. Attend Lunch and Learn sessions following this student panel and take a deeper-dive into these student validated strategies and tools. Come to hear student voices and to be inspired!


Microsoft Teams

12/8/2021 – Are you concerned about Skype going away in the new year and do you have questions about that that means for you? Want to know more about using Microsoft Teams? We will cover the basics of using Microsoft Teams as a Skype replacement and there will be time for you to ask some more in-depth questions about Teams and how it can be used for collaboration and sharing.

Google Slides Interactives

12/1/2021Want to get more out of the PowerPoint presentations you add to your D2L courses? What do you wish your students could do with the PowerPoints that your textbook provider gives you?

Give your PowerPoints a boost with some digital storytelling techniques and make them interactive using Google Slides.


11/17/2021 – Want to interact with your students through videos? Want your students to create video presentations with shared screens easily in your classroom? Want to increase your student use of assignment feedback? Flipgrid is a great tool for all these applications. Come to Lunch and Learn to explore this free video platform that offers all these educational supports and more. You will be inspired to use Flipgrid in a way that is beneficial for you and for your students. 


11/10/2021 – Thinglink is a free website for creating visual experiences for student-centered learning. This tech tool allows instructors or students to add content inside any image – including photos, video and audio players, web links, polls, text and more – that appear in the image when shared and viewed. Instructors can even embed Thinglinks into D2L course webpages! In this session, we will explore some Thinglinks created by instructors across the college and brainstorm ways to use Thinglinks with students.

Feedback for Course Refinement: Surveys

10/27/2021 – Do you ever wonder, what are my student’s thinking? How do you know the effectiveness of your instructional lessons and activities? Collecting meaningful feedback from your students can help you tune your course for better student understanding and better course management. During this Lunch and Learn session, we will look at methods of using Surveys and other methods for gathering information from your students that will help both you and your students have the best possible learning experience.


10/13/2021 – Padlet is a free online collaboration tool that is fun, colorful, and easy to use. In this session, we will explore some ways to integrate this online bulletin board tool into your course.

Fostering Feedback: Intelligent Agents

09/29/2021 – Fostering Feedback! Want to learn ways to provide regular, meaningful feedback to your students without a lot of work? Intelligent Agents increase responsiveness to students by setting response emails to be sent. You control the agent, and the agent does the work. Congratulate students for an excellent quiz score. Remind students to log in regularly. Let students know if they missed a step in an assignment. Use all the knowledge you have from instructing the course to set message delivery based on certain criteria. Let D2L do some of the communication work and free you to deliver effective content.

Online Learning Consortium Resources

09/15/2021 – At Delaware Technical Community College, we have access to the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and that means that you can access all the materials at the member level. These resources are provided to help you grow professionally whether you are interested in reading research or participating in a certification program. You can also add to your CV with opportunities to contribute to the blog, volunteer as a journal reviewer, or present at the upcoming conference. Come to this Lunch and Learn to learn about your access as a member to the OLC.

Course Readiness Checklist, Are You Prepared?

09/1/2021 – Is Your Course Ready? Even if your course has begun, do you have all the needed elements? As you gear up to teach this fall, it is important that you feel confident in your course readiness. This Lunch and Learn will review a checklist that guides you through different elements and associated tasks when preparing your course to make sure you are ready for your students! 


05/20/2021 – Surveys are useful informal tools for collecting data from students. The data collected may be in the form of Exit Tickets, Learning Styles Surveys, or Mid-Course Evaluations. In this Lunch and Learn discover how to create surveys and see how data is reported. Additionally, see the student experience with surveys.

Rubrics in D2L

04/13/2021Rubrics are a powerful tool to use for scoring constructed responses. Rubrics help an instructor be consistent when grading an assignment such as a paragraph, an essay, or a lab report. Rubrics, when shared amongst instructors, increase the likelihood that scoring for students in different sections of the same course will be consistent. Rubrics can also be shared with students before they complete a task to serve as a guide to increase the quality of the product. D2L offers a Rubrics tool to facilitate the implementation and sharing of rubrics. In this Lunch and Learn, hear tips from colleagues regarding rubric use and see what the student experiences in D2L. 

Groups in D2L

05/06/2021 – Everyone seems to have a different reaction when they think about working in groups. This Lunch and Learn shows how exciting and useful groups can be. Explore not only great reasons to use groups in your D2L course, but learn about the utility of those groups. For instance, have students self-enroll in a group, that you have set up in which student identify their mastery of the week’s assignment. Provide resources that are directly applicable to the support that the student needs! Watch and learn more about the magic of groups in D2L.

Assignments and Annotations

04/29/2021 – Save yourself from printing student assignments, writing your comments, scanning the documents, and uploading to each student. Instead enjoy the ease of using the annotations tool to provide feedback to students digitally. Bonus Material: Get a peek at how students see their annotated papers.

Feedback in D2L

04/22/2021 – Students need valuable feedback from their instructors to improve their performance. In this Lunch and Learn, explore tools in D2L used to provide feedback that students can use. SPOILER ALERT! Get a sneak peek at how students see the feedback you give them.

Quick Eval

04/15/2021 – Quick Eval is a tool in D2L that allows instructors to provide feedback to students in a timely manner. This tool is a time saver for instructors as it can show all of the assignments, discussions, or quizzes that need a response in one location. This list can also be sorted by several headings, including course or assignment. With Quick Eval, instructors can easily respond to students, and instructors can still use annotations and video responses. When instructors respond to students, they can decide to respond immediately or may choose to publish all feedback at once. After watching this Lunch and Learn, you may be interested in a Quick Eval Widget that lives on your homepage and shows you where you need respond. See the Homepages and Widgets Lunch and Learn on April 1st for support with this option.

Accessibility in D2L and Beyond

04/08/2021 – As an instructor, you want to ensure that students learn the material in your course to further their goals in life. By providing accessible materials, you provide opportunities for students who bring talent and enthusiasm to your courses who might have been hidden behind a veil of inaccessibility. In this session, learn about the Accessibility Checker in D2L making your current documents and PowerPoints accessible, and creating new materials through Microsoft templates that are designed to be accessible.

Homepages and Widgets

04/01/2021 – What is a widget? A widget is a simple software application. There are a few reasons that you would want to use a widget on your homepage. Widgets can simplify communication with your students. Widgets appear on your homepage and provide ready access to announcements, instructor information, Zoom links, and calendars. In this informative Lunch and Learn, find out how to format your homepage in D2L and add widgets to support your students.

Finding Resources

03/25/2021 – Have you ever had a problem with your password? Have you ever had an issue with D2L? This Lunch and Learn provides you with options for finding solutions to these and other concerns. An added benefit is that you can also find out about resources to provide to address student questions.

Engaging Your Students Using Intelligent Agents


 What are these alien concepts? Intelligent Agents increase responsiveness to students by setting response emails to be sent. You control the agent, and the agent does the work. Congratulate students for an excellent quiz score. Remind students to log in regularly. Let students know if they missed a step in an assignment. Use all the knowledge you have from instructing the course to set message delivery based on certain criteria. Let D2L do some of the communication work and free you to deliver effective content.

Awards and Badges

03/11/2021 – Badges and Awards are an effective means of motivating students and validating their accomplishments. In this Lunch and Learn, discover reasons to use badges and awards, how to create these tools, and how students can use these to their benefit in professional contexts.

HTML Templates for the Win!

03/04/2021 – Do you want to create attractive pages in D2L that are also accessible to all learners? HTML Templates will make it easy! Do you want to highlight information in large bulleted or numbered lists? Are you trying to use columns? Would your students benefit from a timeline? We have a template for that! Maybe you want to use interactive text that appears when students click on a tab or an accordion that unfolds with information. All of these are available as a template that will help you focus on content of your course, while you easily provide an accessible, engaging course.