Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

April 2014

CTEL Newsletter- April 2014

  1. Online Course Design Showcase: Collaborations between USM Faculty and CTEL Learning Designers (April 16)
  2. Support in Hand: Mobility, Nudges, & Great Academic Success (May 7)
  3. Blackboard Course Shells for Summer and Fall 14
  4. BB Summer Outage
  5. UC faculty institute (May 15)
  6. CTEL Workshop Series: Creating Video Content in the “Vault” (April 11)
  7. Faculty E-Learning Technology Grants from University College (Due April 11)
  8. CTEL Grants
  9. Featured course: SED518 (Faculty: Dr. Walter Kimball | CTEL Learning Designer: Rucha Modak)
  10. Ebben/Murphy MOOC Article Published
  11. Tech Tip: How to Record Webcam Videos in Blackboard

 

1. Online Course Design Showcase: Collaborations between USM Faculty and CTEL Learning Designers

 

USM Faculty and CTEL Learning Designers will share outcomes of their collaboration on online courses that are being offered to USM students during the spring 2014 semester. Faculty-CTEL Learning Designer collaborations to be presented include Lisa Giles’ EYE 117" 'Nature, Self, & Society', Muhammad El-Taha's BUS 370" 'Management Science', Clover Jordan’s MAT9 and MAY101, and Melissa Rosenberg’s HCE612: Multicultural Counseling.

4/16/2014 | 1:00-2:30 pm | 214/215 Abromson Center | USM Portland Campus

Learn more & RSVP: http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/online-course-design-showcase

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2. Support in Hand: Mobility, Nudges, & Great Academic Success

Join guest speaker Jill Frankfort in a discussion about a strategy for increasing student retention that includes time sensitive and interactive academic support grounded in behavioral science and is automatically delivered to students via their mobile devices.

Wednesday | 5/7/2014 | 1:00-2:30pm | 434/343 Glickman Library | USM Portland Campus

Learn more & RSVP: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/mobility-nudges-and-greater-academic-success

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3. Blackboard Course Shells for Summer and Fall 14

Blackboard shells for all courses currently scheduled for Summer and Fall 2014 were created and became available for the instructor(s) on record over March 29-30th. With this availability, faculty members teaching a course for the first time are able to add new content to the online course space or copy content from an old course into the new shell. Courses with continuing enrollments (such as those for internships credits) can also be made available to enrolled students in order to give them access to course tools and content. As always, please refer to the Help Desk (helpdesk@usm.maine.edu or 780-4029) for all Blackboard related questions, concerns or request.

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4. BB Summer Outage

Blackboard's next upgrade is scheduled for July 24th-25th, 2014. In January 2014 CTEL launched the Blackboard Outage App to collect data from USM faculty re: their preference for summer Blackboard outage dates. The top three dates identified via the app were recommended to the UMS Blackboard team, which also took a vote across the University of Maine system campuses. July 24th-25th was identified as the most popular and least disruptive option. The Blackboard upgrade will begin on Thursday, July 24th at 10pm and last until Friday, July 25th at 10pm. During this 24 hour period, Blackboard will not be available to faculty, staff or students. An email from the system's Blackboard administrator will notify the USM community when Blackboard is available again. Faculty members who will teach online in summer session II or use Blackboard in a face-to-face classroom are recommended to make provisions in their syllabi for the scheduled downtime and notify their students in advance. Note: The advertised duration for this upgrade is 24 hours (much less that the 60+ hours on previous occasions), the upgrade spans Thursday-Friday (earlier upgrades occurred over weekends), faculty now have a much longer advanced notice (4-months). Please share thoughts/feedback via ctel-help@usm.maine.edu.

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5. UC faculty institute

University College is sponsoring the 2014 Faculty Institute on Thursday, May 15 from 8:30 - 4:00 on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. The Institute is a tradition where faculty, instructional developers, student services staff, and campus administrators gather to share their experiences and expertise in eLearning with colleagues around the University of Maine System. It is an opportunity to highlight your own successes and develop new strategies for dealing with educational challenges. CTEL Learning Designers Rucha Modak and Pieter Tryzelaar will be presenting two sessions.

For further information and to register:  http://learn.maine.edu/2014-faculty-institute/

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6. CTEL Workshop Series: Creating Video Content in the “Vault”

This workshop will introduce several methods for recording video content using the “Vault” recording studio. It will cover the following topics: using the HD camcorder, setting up the studio lights, making simple screencasts, and integrating videos in Blackboard. Due to the size of the studio, this workshop is limited to 6 participants. 

Friday, 4/11/2014 | 12:00-1:00 pm | 521 Glickman | USM Portland Campus

Learn more & RSVP: http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/video-workshop-series-creating-video-content-blended-and-online-courses

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7. Faculty E-Learning Technology Grants from University College

The University of Maine System Adult Baccalaureate Completion and Distance Education (ABCDE) Committee is pleased to announce the availability of Faculty E-Learning Technology Grants for the 2014/2015 academic year. This grant provides professional development funds to faculty who want to engage emerging e-learning tools, or leverage existing UMS-provided technologies, for their potential to support high-quality learning experiences for students at the University of Maine System campuses.

For details please visit: http://learn.maine.edu/faculty/?p=687

Question: Please contact, Bonnie Sparks, Executive Director of the University College (sparks@maine.edu).

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8. CTEL Grants

CTEL is currently accepting proposals for the following grant programs:

  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Grants: Funding is available for purchase of hardware, software, and other resources to support teaching and learning. Faculty teaching classes in face-to-face, blended, and online formats are encouraged to apply.

  • Conference Travel Awards: Up to four awards per semester (Fall and Spring) for faculty traveling to academic conferences to present papers related to teaching and learning.

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/grants

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9. Featured course: SED518 (Faculty: Dr. Walter Kimball | CTEL Learning Designer: Rucha Modak)

In Spring 2014, Dr. Walter Kimball, a Professor of Education and the Program Coordinator for Educational Psychology and Exceptionalities, collaborated with CTEL Learning Designer Dr. Rucha Modak to offer SED518 Instructional Strategies in Special Education through the Google Communities platform. The course exists as a private community through Google Plus. Dr. Kimball and his fellow instructor Sanford Price integrate Google Drive into the community to share weekly assignments, model student submissions as well as create a submission and work space for students in the community. The weekly modules are presented as a ‘category’ and student names and particular assignments are identified with custom made hashtags, in order to help everyone easily recognize individual participation and sift through the information generated on this platform.

Learn more about our Featured Courses: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/featured-courses 

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10. Ebben/Murphy MOOC Article Published

Within the rapidly shifting terrain of education and technology, Maureen Ebben, PhD, Communication and Media Studies and Julien Murphy, PhD, Philosophy, map the development and deployment of MOOCs in teaching and learning.  While popular accounts, editorials, and commentary about MOOCS abound, their aim was to cut through the noise to analyze empirical research published in scholarly journals about MOOCs.  The authors identify learning theories, assumptions, research directions, and themes across MOOC literature and establish a conceptual framework for understanding the present landscape of MOOC scholarship. Their analysis suggests that MOOC research can be understood as occurring in two chronological phases: (1) Connectivist cMOOCs, Engagement and Creativity, and (2) xMOOCs, Learning Analytics, Assessment, and Critical Discourse.  The analysis locates the MOOC phenomenon within a larger social and pedagogical context, and thereby offers a deeper understanding of the trajectory of MOOCS use in higher education. 

Learn More: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NUrQPR3NpBzg7zBgWgez/full

Also, please mark your calendars for a CTEL Speaker Series presentation on the article by the authors:

Monday, 5/19/2014 | 1:00- 2:30 pm | USM Portland Campus

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11. Tech Tip: How to Record Webcam Videos in Blackboard

This month's Tech Tip explains how you can record and embed a video in Blackboard using your webcam.

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/how-record-webcam-videos-blackboard

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