Digital Learning Day | 2.23.23

Making Connections, Every Student, Everywhere

The Alamo Colleges Digital Learning Day promotes activities meant to:


Share the latest technology ideas & methods


Discuss current trends in digital innovations


Discuss high-quality evidence-based digital learning strategies


Generate greater awareness and appreciation for digital learning


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Academic Success Track

9–9:30 a.m. | Inclusive Introductions: Breaking the Ice Breaker

Session 1

Interested in an online ice breaker that is more meaningful and promotes deeper learning? I think I have just the thing for you. This introduction discussion moves beyond name, hobby, and fun fact. This activity has been a success in my online classes, and allows students to take a deep dive into themselves.

Facilitated by Mark Farris

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9:45–10:15 a.m. | SoftChalk

Session 2

SoftChalk is a content authoring program intended for use in online learning environments. It is one of the fastest, easiest, most flexible way to create, manage and share digital curriculum in various learning management systems (LMSs).

Facilitated by Jerryl Lowe & Reese Hearn

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10:30–11 a.m. | Digital Badging / Microcredentials

Session 3

Learners want better jobs, and employers need workers, but the skills gap is often too wide to cross. Join this session to learn how the Alamo Colleges Online Skills Lab is democratizing in-demand skills with micro-credentials and digital badges through student, faculty, and employer engagement.

Facilitated by Amber O'Casey

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11:15 –11:45 a.m. | Quizizz: Engage Everyone, Everywhere

Session 4

Learn about a new way to engage online students, encourage penalty-free practice and gather formative data on student understanding. Quizizz is a web-based platform that uses gamification of quiz-based learning to engage and motivate students, while keeping the platform simple and quick for educator use.

Facilitated by Amanda Harrison

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Noon–12:30 p.m. (Lunch Session) | "Of Course” Design!

Session 5

We have some great faculty course design support initiatives coming up! Join us for a brief overview of what’s coming in 2023!

Facilitated by Rudy Lopez

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1–1:30 p.m. | Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning

Session 6

We will discuss how to maintain your presence in online classes and communicate effectively with your students to foster learning.

Facilitated by Nancy Tran

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2:30–3 p.m. | Flexing a Course

Session 8

This session will provide the top five best practices for shortened-term transformation. We will explore some of the easy ways to scale a 16-week course down to an 8-week course without losing any rigor, content, or engagement.

Facilitated by Dr. Bobbie Myatt

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3:15 –3:45 p.m. | Turnitin Draft Coach

Session 9

Draft Coach is a new product from Turnitin that allows students to develop their writing skills and check their own work for unintentional plagiarism, ineffective citations, and common grammatical mistakes prior to submitting a class assignment. View a demonstration of this new add-in for Microsoft Word for the Web and see how Draft Coach can help students become more confident writers.

Facilitated by Lia Moore-Lamm

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4–4:30 p.m. | StudyMate Campus | Flashcards & Learning Games for Canvas Courses

Session 10

Would you like to provide your students with tools to help them study? Join us for a session on how instructors and students create items using three simple templates, and how StudyMate transforms them into 11 activities and learning games. Learn how this fun, powerful tool will transform your classes to engage students with course content. Easily create flashcards, self-assessments, and learning games all from within Canvas, leverage the power of Canvas for sharing projects, tracking student use, and more.

Facilitated by Cesar Hernandez

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Digital Learning Day 2022

Student Success Track

9– 9:30 a.m. | Online Learner Student Profile: Learn about who we serve

Session 1

Who do we serve? This session will review the demographics of our online student learner profile, along with other immediate needs. Also learn about the change of instructional modalities and how online learning is gaining more interest for our students, including data from our recent Priority Survey for Online Learners (PSOL).

Facilitated by Monica Guerrero Rogers

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9:45–10:15 a.m. | Fall in Love with Online Communication: Chat & Text

Session 2

Meeting the needs of students through customer service may be challenging in a frequently changing communication landscape. The following discussion is geared towards best practices for utilizing integrated software to help yield enrollment, by way of two-way text messaging and real-time chat services.

Facilitated by Pam De La Garza and Ryan Cardenas

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10:30 - 11 a.m. | Northwest Vista College Student Life Online Services & Programming

Session 3

The NVC Student Life Office is here to help all NVC students gain a competitive edge. Join us and find out how online Wildcats can connect with their college! 

Facilitated by Marie Morgan

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11:15–11:45 a.m. | InScribe

Session 4

Peer Connection and Conversation; Classroom Communities; Mentorship and Coaching Hub—new opportunities to increase student success, build community, promote engagement, and scale support for students across their five independent colleges. 

Facilitated by Katy Kappler, InScribe, and Dr. Luke Dowden

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1–1:30 p.m. | St. Philip's College Math World

Session 5

MathWorld is St. Philip’s College's premier math tutoring lab on the MLK campus. Our mission is to assist St. Philip’s College math students, dual credit students, ECH students, and online students through their math journey. When students visit MathWorld, the instructors will help the students to understand math concepts while building confidence in math skills that will carry into the real world.

Facilitated by Michael Feesl

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1:45–2:15 p.m. | San Antonio College Virtual Advising Services

Session 6

SAC’s virtual advising services are hosted by certified advisors, and students can schedule appointments or drop in via Zoom. We utilize student-centered videos via the SAC Advising YouTube Channel and maintain an up-to-date webpage that includes directives and contact information. Our virtual footprint is used to reach online students and to expand access to advising resources for campus-based students, faculty, and staff.

Facilitated by Timothy Pair

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3:15–3:45 p.m. | Northeast Lakeview College: NSO Anywhere, Anytime!

Session 7

Northeast Lakeview College offers a New Student Orientation option completely online. Students receive important resources, an introduction to the college environment and student engagement.

Facilitated by Alejandrina Hernandez

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About Digital Learning Day 2023

The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect, reframe, and reprioritize, and to focus on making intentional connections. As higher education professionals, we know that relationships and connections are the foundation of effective practices for increasing student engagement. 

In honor of Digital Learning Day, Alamo Colleges Online, in partnership with Faculty Development, invites you to a day-long series of 30-minute sessions focused on creating authentic connections and personalizing learning and support opportunities for every student across the Alamo Colleges District.

Dr. Meagan Sanders
ACOL Instructional Designer

About Alamo Colleges Online Instructional Designers

Instructional Designers provide one-on-one consultations with faculty, deliver specialized workshops to a group of faculty, and conduct in-depth course reviews. Additionally, Instructional Designers offer support for College directed initiatives to build and strengthen the College’s capacity to deliver premier, quality digital learning experiences for students. 

Schedule a consultation today!


You can also contact your College's Instructional Designer:

Northeast Lakeview College
Barbara Wong,

Northwest Vista College
Barbara Wong,

Palo Alto College
Dr. Meagan Sanders,

St. Philip's College
Jen-Beth Ball,

San Antonio College
Amy Gates,