Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

December

 CTEL Newsletter - December

  1. CTEL Grant Programs for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
  2. CTEL December Workshops
  3. CTEL Roundtable Conversation: Dr. David Merill’s First Principles of Instruction
  4. Learning Express (Bill Grubb, Head of Reference and Instructional Services, USM Library)
  5. Featured Course:  Wil Kliroy's THE170 - Public Speaking
  6. Featured Reading: Dr. Michael Moore’s Theory of Transactional Distance
  7. Tech Tip: How to Use Shared Google Docs in a Google Hangout

1. CTEL Grant Programs for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

CTEL is able to offer the following grant programs during academic year ’13-’14 to support USM faculty with course design, pedagogical innovation, and integration of innovative learning technologies in the classroom.  

  • 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.
  • Course Design Grant program: The goal of this competitive grant program is to encourage innovation in course design across the University. Open to all courses that are not part of fully online programs or the USM Core.
  • Online Course Design Incentive program: Open to faculty teaching courses in USM's fully online programs that are developed in partnership with the Division of Professional and Continuing Education and courses in the new USM core.
  • 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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2. CTEL December Workshops

On Thursday, December 5th, University College Learning Designers BJ Kitchen and Mina Matthews present two workshops. 

a. Creating engaging online discussions

This workshop will briefly examine selected design patterns that relate to online discussions and engagement, while largely focusing on exciting new tools in Blackboard that can enhance social presence, cognitive engagement, peer review, and reflection among other pedagogical strategies. The session also explores using the new ‘Mashup’ tool inside discussion boards, blogs and journals. Lastly BJ Kitchen and Mina Matthews will demonstrate using rubrics to grade discussions in Blackboard to improve the consistency of assessment, provide rich and instructive feedback, and save time grading.

Thursday 12/5/2013 | 10am to 11:30am | 211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/creating-engaging-online-discussions

b. Using Maine.edu Google Apps to Build Community in an Online Course

This is an updated version of the workshop that BJ Kitchin presented on November 14th. This iteration will have a heavy focus on real course examples from across the UMS system.

All faculty and students at USM have an @maine.edu account, which provides access to Google+. Google+ can help foster student engagement within a highly engaging, accessible and easy to use space. In this workshop, BJ Kitchin and Mina Matthews will demonstrate the instructional facets of Google+ as well as instructional strategies for integrating it with other web-based technologies, including Blackboard.

Thursday 12/5/2013 | 1pm to 2:30pm | 211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Campus

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/using-maineedu-google-apps-build-community-online-course

Please note: Handouts, videos, Powerpoints, and other resources used during a workshop are posted on the event page. CTEL Workshops are not recorded -- the hands-on nature of workshops make for a poor recording. CTEL can offer a customized workshop specific to your needs. Please contact CTEL if your department is interested in a specific workshop - perhaps a past CTEL workshop or a new topic that is relevant to your department.

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3. CTEL Roundtable Conversation: Dr. David Merill’s First Principles of Instruction

In an influential paper published in 2002, Dr. David Merrill, Professor emeritus at Utah State University, identified five “first principles” of designing instruction based on an analysis of a set of instructional design theories. Join Glenn LeBlanc and Khusro Kidwai for a roundtable discussion of Dr. David Merrill's First Principles of Instruction and explore how these principles for designing instruction can be applied in your courses.

Merrill, M. D. (2002). First principles of instruction. Educational Technology Research and Development, 50(3), 43-59.

Thursday, 12/12/2013 | Noon to 1:30pm | 211 Wishcamper | USM Portland Campus

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/instructional-design-id-roundtable-first-principles-instruction

Plese note: Handouts, videos, Powerpoints, and other resources used during a workshop are posted on the event page. CTEL Workshops are not recorded -- the hands-on nature of workshops make for a poor recording. CTEL can offer a customized workshop specific to your needs. Please contact CTEL if your department is interested in a specific workshop - perhaps a past CTEL workshop or a new topic that is relevant to your department.

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4. Learning Express (Bill Grubb, Head of Reference and Instructional Services, USM Library)

The Learning Express is a state-funded collection available through the USM libraries as well as other public libraries in Maine. Maine is the only New England state to offer free access along with 21 others. This is a great resource for traditional, adult and prospective graduate students - both residential or online. This collection contains practice tests for major exams like the GRE, LSAT, CLEP, professional exams in health, security, teaching, etc. as well as language, math, job search, workplace skill-builders and much more.  The Learning Express website is: http://libraries.maine.edu/auth/auth.asp?db=LearningExpress+Library. On the website students create their own account, take practice tests, see their grade, and get feedback as well as an individualized analysis of their results.

Learn More: http://usm.maine.edu/library/learningexpress-library-0

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5. Featured Course:  Wil Kilroy's THE 170 - Public Speaking

Public Speaking (THE170) is offered by USM’s Department of Theater. In Fall 2013, the course was offered for the first time as an online course and taught by Wil Kilroy, who is also the department chair. CTEL Learning Designer Rucha Modak collaborated with Wil on the course. The course content -- learning objectives, instructor’s notes, weekly video lectures, discussion questions -- is available via the course website. Blackboard is used for course communication and assessment. In addition, CTEL piloted the use of online video assessment tool ‘GoReact’, which allowed the students to post their assigned speeches and critique each others’ performances. Students will make their final presentations in person on the Portland Campus. 

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6. Featured Reading: Dr. Michael Moore’s Theory of Transactional Distance

Dr. Michael G. Moore is a distinguished professor of education at Penn State University and a widely known scholar of distance education. He was the first to put forth a theory of distance learning that focused on the ‘transaction’ between learners and teachers who are separated in time and/or space. In his seminal paper on this topic, he discusses the many ways the psychological and communicative space that exists between the two affects the teaching-learning process. 

The theory of transactional distance lays out three facets which determine such a distance: instructional dialogue, program structure and learner autonomy. Although the ideas in this paper were initially presented in 1972 and then revisited several decades later, they are relevant to the tools available to online learners and instructors today. For instance, the theory tells us that the degree to which dialogue can and should exist in a distance (or online) educational experience depends upon the content area, the number of students and the logistical decisions behind how often students can participate. We can see these decisions being made in traditional online courses as well as MOOCs today. Moore hopes that, besides communication media such as tele/videoconferencing, the future of distance education also holds an emphasis on course design, instructor training, and learning styles. 

Learn More: http://learningdesign.psu.edu/deos/deosnews1_25.pdf

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7. Tech Tip: How to Use Shared Google Docs in a Google Hangout

This month’s Tech Tip demonstrates how to edit shared Google documents in a Google Hangout.

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