Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

February 2014

CTEL Newsletter - February 2014

  1. CTEL Grant Programs for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
  2. CTEL Accessibility Series Continues with Julie Alexandrin, Joanne Benica, and Cynthia Curry
  3. February CTEL Speaker Series - We’re Flipping Crazy: The Chemistry Flipped Classroom Experience (Lucille Benedict and Jim Ford)
  4. Online Assessment Workshops
  5. Results of a Fall 2013 Survey of USM Students Enrolled in USM’s Online Courses and Programs
  6. Featured Courses: MAT9 and MAT101 (Faculty: Clover Jordan | CTEL Learning Designer: Rucha Modak)
  7. Teaching Online: A Short Course for New Online Faculty
  8. National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) Free Webinar: Getting Started on Course Redesign
  9. TechTip: SlideShare Mashup

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

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.
  • 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 Accessibility Series Continues with Julie Alexandrin, Joanne Benica, and Cynthia Curry

The Spring 2014 Accessibility Series continues this month with three events designed to guide faculty in the adoption of  foundational practices that result in accessible digital learning experiences for USM students, including learners with disabilities.  

  • The First Steps to Successful Online Teaching for Students with Disabilities

Thursday | 2/6/2014 | 12:00pm to 1:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman Library | USM Portland Campus

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/first-steps-successful-online-teaching-students-disabilities

  • Syllabus Inventory: Are Your Digital Text Readings Accessible for Students with Disabilities?

Thursday | 2/13/2014 | 12:00pm to 1:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman Library | USM Portland Campus

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/blackboard-diverse-learning-experiences

  • Blackboard for Diverse Learning Experiences

Thursday | 2/27/2014 | 12:00pm to 1:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman Library | USM Portland Campus

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/blackboard-diverse-learning-experiences

RSVP for these events: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/rsvp-sp14-ctel-accessibility-series-0

Learn more about this series: http://usm.maine.edu/facultycommons/ctel-accessibility-series

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3. February CTEL Speaker Series - We’re Flipping Crazy: The Chemistry Flipped Classroom Experience (Lucille Benedict and Jim Ford)

We’re Flipping Crazy: The Chemistry Flipped Classroom Experience

Lucille Benedict and Jim Ford, Associate Professors in Chemistry, will present the new classroom model that is being used in the Principles of Chemistry I (CHY 113) course here at USM. In this talk they will focus on the successes, challenges, and the future of the course, as well as explain how this model could be implemented in other courses at USM.

Tuesday | 2/25/2014 | 1:00 pm to 2:30pm | 110 Abromson Center | USM Portland Campus 

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/we%E2%80%99re-flipping-crazy-chemistry-flipped-classroom-experience 

RSVP for this event: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/rsvp-february-ctel-speaker-series-event-flipped-classrooms

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4. Online Assessment Workshops

USM's Office of Academic Assessment and CTEL are offering an informational workshop regarding Online Assessment options on the Portland and Gorham campuses. The workshop will be offered in February and March 2014. 

The workshop is open to any faculty members who are interested in exploring alternatives to paper-based course exams. As mentioned to you last fall semester, the paper-based exam-scanning services, provided by the Office of Academic Assessment, will no longer be offered at USM after May 2014.

The first part of the workshop will provide an "overview" of online assessment options and best practices, and the second part will cover a demonstration of the "specifics" on how to get started with setting up online assessment in Blackboard.

Workshop dates are listed below. Dates are available in February and March, on the Portland and Gorham campuses. 

  • Wednesday | 2/12 | 12:00-1:30pm |  Room 104 Bailey Hall | Gorham campus
  • Friday | 2/14 | 12:00-1:30pm | Room 213 Abromson | Portland campus
  • Wednesday | 3/26 | 12:00-1:30pm | Room 104 Bailey Hall | Gorham campus
  • Friday | 3/28 | 12:00-1:30pm |  Room 214 Abromson | Portland campus

Learn More: https://cms.usm.maine.edu/ctel/online-testing-workshops 

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5. Results of a Fall 2013 Survey of USM Students Enrolled in USM’s Online Courses and Programs

During the fall 2013 semester, USM Student Success Center staff member and Adult and Higher Education graduate student, Kristi Hertlein, collaborated with USM’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) to conduct a survey of students who were recently admitted to USM’s online courses and programs. One goal of the study was to examine the transition process for new majors in USM’s online programs. The data provides valuable insights into the experiences and needs of USM students enrolled in online classes and programs. Highlights from the study are provided below.

Student suggestions included:

  • Clearly listing all proctored exams and required synchronous meetings in MaineStreet, as well as notifying students through a welcome email to allow them to adjust their schedules, if necessary
  • Being consistent with the location of information such as syllabus and assignments in Blackboard
  • Responding to students’ questions within 24 hours and providing an online forum for frequently asked questions to help student engagement and increase efficiency
  • Providing a forum to discuss extra-curricular topics and encouraging its use through the welcome letter in order to create a sense of community
  • Setting clear expectations about the extent of students’ and instructor’s online engagement through rubrics or instructions in the syllabus 

To learn more, please contact Kristi Hertlein at hertlein@usm.maine.edu.

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6. Featured Courses: MAT9 and MAT101 (Faculty: Clover Jordan | CTEL Learning Designer: Rucha Modak)

In Spring 2014, USM's Department of Learning Foundations and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics collaborated with CTEL to design two of their remedial mathematics courses fully online. Both courses are being taught by Clover Jordan, who has taught these courses face-to-face in the past. Clover worked with CTEL Learning Designer Rucha Modak to create online resources for both classes. While Blackboard served as the primary organizational and communication space for the courses, an external learning management system called MyMathLab was heavily employed to make quizzes and homework problems available to the students. MyMathLab is a publisher run website tied to textbook content and students buy access to it when they buy the textbook. Clover was able to integrate her original powerpoint videos in MyMathLab, which she created using the online tool ‘Screencast-O-Matic’ and published on YouTube. In addition to face-to-face office hours, Clover met her students through Adobe Connect and used a Wacom tablet to demonstrate equations in its whiteboard space.

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7. Teaching Online: A Short Course for New Online Faculty

The goal of this course is to provide a structured learning community for faculty who may be wondering how to get started in teaching online. This course gives faculty a chance to experience an online course, explore the possible technologies and applications at their disposal for online teaching, and begin planning their course development. Faculty will work with their own courses and have an opportunity to share their ideas with colleagues and get their feedback and support.

Course facilitators are Glenn LeBlanc and Rich Frino of University College and CTEL Learning Designers Rucha Modak and Pieter Tryzelaar. The course runs from Wednesday, February 26 and ends on Tuesday, March 25. 

Please contact Robin Russell (rarussell@usm.maine.edu) if you are interested in attending this course. 

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8. National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) Free Webinar: Getting Started on Course Redesign

Getting Started on Course Redesign is a webinar for those of you who are thinking about beginning a large-scale course redesign project. This two-hour-long webinar will provide participants the opportunity to learn about how redesign efforts have begun at both four- and two-year institutions. NCAT Redesign Scholar Teresa Overton from Northern Virginia Community College will describe how their redesign of developmental math, impacting almost 10,000 students, got started and how they resolved problems that arose. NCAT vice president Carolyn Jarmon will give examples of what has been experienced by four-year institutions in a variety of academic disciplines as they began their redesigns. The agenda includes plenty of time for discussion to help you think about how to get started.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2789293130020440066

Learn More: http://www.thencat.org/Webinars/2014Webinars.html

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9. TechTip: SlideShare Mashup

SlideShare is an online presentation tool that allows you to upload and share digital slide presentations. This month's Tech Tip explains how to embed SlideShare presentations directly in Blackboard using the 'Mashups' tool in the text editor.      

Learn More:  https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/slideshare-mashup

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