Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

January 2014

CTEL Newsletter - January 2014

1. CTEL Speakers Series - Accessibility Series with Julie Alexandrin, Joanne Benica and  Cynthia Curry

2. CTEL Workshops - Adobe Connect and VoiceThread

3. Adobe Connect Workshops for USM Students (January 13 - 24)

4. Tech Tutors Program in Collaboration with Learning Commons

5. Featured Course: EYE 117 (Faculty: Lisa Giles | CTEL Learning Designer: Pieter Tryzelaar)

6. “Vault” Multimedia Recording Studio in the Glickman Library

7. Tech Tip: Poll Everywhere

8. Gorham office hours

9. Proctored Exams- University College

1. CTEL Speakers Series - Accessibility Series with Julie Alexandrin, Joanne Benica and Cynthia Curry

The Spring 2014 Accessibility Series is designed to guide faculty in adopting foundational practices that result in accessible digital learning experiences for USM students, including learners with disabilities. Topics include basic characteristics of disabilities, resources and assistance provided for both students and faculty by USM’s Disability Services Center, practical considerations when developing courses, steps for ensuring accessibility of course readings and educational materials, and features of Blackboard that maximize use and engagement by all students.

This series is led by USM Faculty members Cynthia Curry and Julie Alexandrin, and USM’s Director of Disability Services Center Joanne Benica. Following are the titles and dates of each session.

1. USM’s Obligation to Our Students with Disabilities: The Role of Collaboration Between Faculty and the Disability Services Center

Thursday | 1/30/2013 | 12:00pm to 1:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman Library | USM Portland Campus

2. The First Steps to Successful Online Teaching for Students with Disabilities

Thursday | 2/6/2013 | 12:00pm to 1:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman Library | USM Portland Campus

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

Thursday | 2/13/2013 | 12:00pm to 1:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman Library | USM Portland Campus

4. Blackboard for Diverse Learning Experiences

Thursday | 2/27/2013 | 12:00pm to 1:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman Library | USM Portland Campus

Learn More: http://usm.maine.edu/facultycommons/ctel-accessibility-series

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2. CTEL Workshops - Adobe Connect and VoiceThread

Adobe connect is a web conferencing platform that can be used to host virtual class meetings. CTEL will be offering workshops to help you get started with Adobe Connect. These workshops will provide an overview of the Adobe Connect interface, hardware setup,  and best practices on utilizing Adobe Connect in the classroom. The workshops will be facilitated by CTEL Learning Designers Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak.

  • Jan 21, 2014 | 521 Glickman | Portland Campus

  • Jan 22, 2014 | 104 Bailey Hall | Gorham Campus

VoiceThread is a web-based presentation tool that allows you to have an asynchronous conversations using a combination of audio/video recordings and text. CTEL will be offering workshops to help you get started with VoiceThread. These workshops will provide an overview of the VoiceThread interface, how to create and share VoiceThread presentations, and how to setup up private classroom groups. The workshops will be facilitated by CTEL Learning Designers Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak. 

  • Jan 28, 2014 | 521 Glickman | Portland Campus

  • Jan 29, 2014 | 104 Bailey Hall | Gorham Campus

Learn More: http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/ctel-workshops-adobe-connect-and-voicethread

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3. Adobe Connect Workshops for USM Students (January 13 - 24)

During the first two weeks of the spring semester, Tech Tutors in the Learning Commons are offering in-person (in Seminar Room 1 in The Learning Commons on the Portland and Gorham campuses) and online Adobe Connect workshops for students.  To participate virtually, students can access http://meet.maine.edu/lctechtutor/.  All workshops are offered simultaneously in person and via Adobe Connect.

These workshops are an excellent opportunity for your students to make sure their equipment is configured to use Adobe Connect and learn to use Adobe Connect in the classroom. Please encourage your students to participate.

Monday |1/13 | 3PM | Gorham | Tech Tutor: Raymond

Tuesday |1/14 | 5PM | Gorham | Tech Tutor: Raymond

Thursday |1/16 | 6PM | Portland | Tech Tutor: Dustin

Friday| 1/17 | 2PM | Gorham| Tech Tutor: Raymond

Sunday | 1/19 | 5-7PM | Portland |Tech Tutor: Dustin

Tuesday | 1/21 | 5PM | Gorham | Tech Tutor: Raymond

Thursday |1/23 | 6PM | Portland | Tech Tutor: Dustin

Friday | 1/24 | 2PM | Gorham| Tech Tutor: Raymond

Portland Learning Commons is located on the 2nd floor of the Glickman Library.

Gorham Learning Commons is located in Library found in Bailey

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4. Tech Tutors Program in Collaboration with Learning Commons

Learning Commons in partnership with CTEL offers the Tech Tutors program. Tech Tutors is a team of USM students who have been selected and trained by the Learning Commons to support USM students with a set of learning technologies that are used in USM courses. This set includes: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Office, Adobe Connect, VoiceThread, Grammarly, Screencast-o-matic and MiniTab. Please note, Tech Tutors do not provide Blackboard related support. USM’s Helpdesk should be contacted for Blackboard related questions.

Please share information about the Tech Tutors program with your students and encourage them to make use of this resource. There are three ways to access support from a Tech Tutor:

1. Schedule an appointment for an in-person or online consultation: http://usm.askonline.net/

2. Access the collection of viode tutorials and handouts developed by the Tech Tutors: http://usm.maine.libguides.com/Lctech

3. Get help via email by submitting a question in the "Got a Question" section of the Tech Tutors homepage: http://usm.maine.libguides.com/Lctech

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

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5. Featured Course: EYE 117 (Faculty: Lisa Giles’ course| CTEL Learning Designer: Pieter Tryzelaar)

EYE 117, Nature, Self and Society, is new online course that is being launched in the Spring 2014 semester. This Entry Year Experience course is being taught by Lisa Giles. CTEL Learning Designer Pieter Tryzelaar collaborated with Lisa on the course design. The course is being delivered through a combination of Blackboard and a custom built course website, which allows for the utilization of a variety of learning technologies, including Crocodoc, Google Drive, and VoiceThread. EYE 117 is a writing intensive course that focuses on critical thinking and reading comprehension. The students will spend the semester working in facilitated peer writing groups. The real challenge of the course design was trying to figure out how to best translate the traditional structure of the Entry Year Experience into an digital platform. The result is a media rich online course that has numerous guest speakers, virtual tours, streaming films, video lectures, and digital roundtable discussions.

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6. “Vault” Multimedia Recording Studio in the Glickman Library

Located in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor of Glickman Library, "The Vault" serves as a small media production studio for faculty. It is called "The Vault" because the room originally served as the bank vault for the bakery that was located in the present day Glickman building.

The room has excellent acoustics and contains a computer workstation equipped basic media production tools and software for faculty to record and edit digital projects- including screencasts, whiteboard video lectures, podcasts, or Khan-Academy style instructional videos.

The Vault is now designated exclusively for faculty use. Students can access recording equipment through Instructional Technology & Media Services. CTEL has assumed the responsibility for scheduling and supporting faculty who wish to use the vault. Faculty who wish to schedule an appointment can contact Rucha Modak (rmodak@usm.maine.edu) or Pieter Tryzelaar (ptryzelaar@usm.maine.edu).

Equipment  (note: some of this equipment is on order). 

Hardware: 17” Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet, 
Professional Softbox Lighting Kit, 
Blue/Green curtain, 
Radio-quality microphone
, 
tripod-mounted HD video camcorder, and a mobile whiteboard stand.

Software: 
Camtasia
, Screencast-O-Matic
, Audacity, 
GarageBand
, iMovie, 
iPhoto (Additional software may be obtained upon request).

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7. Tech Tip: Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a great digital tool that allows instructors to collect real time feedback from students. It is free to use for up to 40 responses per poll. Students can submit responses via the Poll Everywhere website, text messages, or even through Twitter. This month’s Tech Tip shows how to easily create polls so they can be used in online, blended, or face-to-face courses.

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/how-create-and-share-polls-using-poll-everywhere

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8. Gorham office hours

CTEL piloted office hours on the Gorham campus during the Fall 2013 semester. Many faculty with office in the Gorham campus benefited from this resource. We will continue to offer these hours in Gorham during the spring semester.

Location: 104 Bailey Hall

Hours: Wednesday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

CTEL thanks Dr. Dahlia Lynn, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education and Steve Rand, Registrar for arranging this space. 104 Bailey is very well equipped and it should provide a conducive space for collaboration with faculty and staff. Please make the most of this resource.

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9. Proctored Exams - University College

University College offers statewide onsite proctored exams for online, ITV, and video conference courses.

For online courses, faculty can direct students to go to this website and choose a location at which to take their exam(s). Upon completing this form, students will receive a confirmation and contact information for their location of choice, along with instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

For ITV or VC courses, students are already registered at a specific location.

Faculty should provide a copy of the exam via email ten days in advance of the exam date and submit this form.

For more details, please contact University College at the beginning of the semester. 

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