Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

CTEL Newsletter - September

CTEL September Newsletter

  1. CTEL Fall Speaker Series: Things That We Wish We Knew When We Went Online For The First Time
  2. CTEL Emerging Learning Technology Series: Beyond the Discussion Board 
  3. CTEL Blackboard Workshop Series: Grading with Blackboard’s Rubric Tool
  4. New Pilot Projects: Panopto and Grammarly
  5. Tech Tutors Initiative
  6. CTEL Grants 
  7. Tech Tip of the Month: Blackboard YouTube "mashup"

1. CTEL Fall Speaker Series: Things That We Wish We Knew When We Went Online For The First Time

For the September edition of the CTEL Fall Speaker Series, Dr. Rob Sanford (Environmental Science) will facilitate a panel discussion on online teaching. Panelists include Dr. John Broida (Psychology), Dr. Betty Robinson (LAC), & Dr. Libby Bischof (History). A goal of this panel discussion is to give participants an opportunity to learn about online teaching, especially those who have never taught online before. This is also an opportunity for participants to make connections and share notes!

This event will be recorded.

Portland | September 18th, 2013 | 1:00-2:30 pm | 216 Abromson
Polycom participation: Room 223D Bailey Hall, Gorham and Room 162L, LAC

Learn More: https://www.usm.maine.edu/ctel/faculty-discussion-things-we-wish-we-knew-when-we-went-line-first-time

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2. CTEL Emerging Learning Technology Series: Beyond the Discussion Board

In this session on we will discuss tools and strategies instructors can use to enhance online discussion. We will explore emerging technologies and new interactive tools that are changing the “discussion board” paradigm: Adobe Connect, GoReact, Google Hangouts, Vbate, etc.

September 19th, 2013, 12:00-1:00 pm | Rooms 423 Glickman Library, Portland Campus.

Learn More: http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/beyond-discussion-board

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3. CTEL Blackboard Workshop Series: Grading with Blackboard’s Rubric Tool

Blackboard's rubric tool provides course instructors with the means to turn their paper rubric into an online rubric that can be attached to assignments, discussion boards, and other tools for grading. USM’s Online Learning Specialist Shane O’Hara will offer a brown bag workshop. This workshop will focus on the setup of a course rubric, how to link rubrics to submissions for grading, how to use the rubric when grading, etc.

September 12th, 2013, 12:00-1:00 pm | Room 423, Glickman Library, Portland Campus.

Learn More: https://www.usm.maine.edu/ctel/grading-blackboards-rubric-tool

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4. New Pilot Projects: Panopto and Grammarly

a. Panopto: CTEL and ITMS have launched a six-month pilot with classroom capture platform, Panopto. Panopto is designed to capture, edit, stream, and share recorded lectures and presentations. Panopto allows for multiple feeds--including audio, video, webcams, screencasts, and PowerPoint presentations--to be recorded at once and combined into a single, interactive viewing platform. Learners can take notes and search for content within the videos using speech recognition technology. Please contact CTEL if you are interested in participating in this pilot.

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/ctel-pilot-projects#panopto

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b. Grammarly: Grammarly is a web based software that proofreads text. Grammarly identifies errors without fixing them. It offers writing suggestions and organizes parts of the text by giving learners feedback. Students can sign up simply by using their USM email address. The Learning Commons (Portland and Gorham) and the Writing Center at LAC provide support to facutly and students with this tool.

CTEL has partnered with USM faculty and staff to understand the ways in which students are making use of this tool, and whether the tool leads to improvement in writing skills. If you would like to use Grammarly in your class or would like to participate in the evaluation project, please contact Dr. Rucha Modak (rmodak@usm.maine.edu) or Paul Dexter (pdexter@usm.maine.edu)

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/ctel-pilot-projects#grammarly

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5. Tech Tutors Initiative:

The Learning Commons in partnership with CTEL has launched the Tech Tutors program. Technology Tutors offer in-person, online, and offline technology support for USM students.

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/tech-tutors

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6. 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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7. Tech Tip of the Month: Blackboard YouTube "Mashup"

Embedding videos in a course is a more attractive and accessible option than pasting a URL. This month's Tech Tip explains how to embed YouTube videos directly in Blackboard using the 'Mashups' tool in the text editor.

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/youtube-mashups

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