Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

May 2014

CTEL Newsletter- May 2014

  1. CTEL Grants 
  2. UC Faculty Institute
  3. Featured Course - POS 104  (Faculty: Julia Edwards/Alex Van Sickle | CTEL Learning Designer: Barbara Stebbins)
  4. CTEL Speaker Series: A Review of MOOC Research: What Questions Are Scholars Asking?
  5. CTEL Workshop: Share and Share Alike: Leveraging Open Educational Resources
  6. CTEL Workshop: How to use Online Library Resources in Online courses
  7. Teaching Online: A Short Course for New Online Faculty
  8. Featured Article - Abrami, Bernard, Bures, Borokhovski and Tamim (2011) Interaction in Distance Education and Online Learning: Using Evidence and Theory to Improve Practice.
  9. Tech Tip: How to Activate YouTube Account
  10. Tech Tutors program: Trained USM students will provide support with learning technologies to USM students
  11. Gorham Office Hours

 

1. CTEL Grants

CTEL is currently accepting proposals for the following grant programs:

  • Course Design Grants: Courses which are currently not part of USM’s online programs are eligible. Applications for Spring ‘15 are due 5/30.
  • Online Course Design Incentive: Required online courses in USM’s online programs are eligible. Applications for Spring ‘15 are due 5/30.
  • 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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2. UC faculty institute

University College is organizing 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 (on utilizing 3rd party tools and leveraging open educational resources). Joanne Benica, Director, Disability Services Center, and Cynthia Curry, Independent Accessibility Consultant and Adjunct Faculty Member will be presenting a session on accessibility: “Considering Students’ Online Experiences: The Soft Side of Accessibility.”

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

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3. Featured Course - POS 104  (Faculty: Julia Edwards/Alex Van Sickle | CTEL Learning Designer: Barbara Stebbins)

Introduction to International Relations (POS104) has been offered through USM’s Political Science department online in the fall, spring, and summer semesters for the past two years. It was one of the first courses designed using an external course website (http://ctel.usm.maine.edu/pos104/) along with the traditional Blackboard site.

The external course website contains most of the course information. This includes the instructor contact, the responsibilities of instructor and students, course description, learning objectives, lesson material and assignments. Blackboard is used for announcements, communication, discussions, quizzes/exams, turning in assignments, assessments and information about Statecraft Simulation.

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/pos-104-introduction-international-relations

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4. CTEL Speaker Series: A Review of MOOC Research: What Questions Are Scholars Asking?

With faculty members Maureen Ebben, USM Communication and Media Studies, and Julien Murphy, USM Philosophy.
In this May CTEL Speaker Series discussion, faculty members Maureen Ebben and Julien Murphy will talk about their recent publication that surveys the first decade of scholarly research about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).  While popular accounts, editorials, and commentary about MOOCS abound, the purpose of this discussion is to cut through the noise to analyze empirical research published in scholarly journals about MOOCs.

Event Date and Time:

Monday, May 19, 2014, 1:00pm to 2:30pm 

Location:

109/110 Abromson Center, Portland Campus

Learn more & RSVP: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/review-mooc-research

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5. CTEL Workshop: Share and Share Alike: Leveraging Open Educational Resources

Why reinvent the wheel and spend a lot of time developing teaching material when someone, somewhere has already done it and is willing to share their work?  Discover sources and examples of resources that you can use in your own courses. The workshop will be facilitated by CTEL Learning Designers Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free teaching and learning materials that are available for anyone to use. Examples of OERs range from full online courses, textbooks, video lectures, assignments, syllabi, and tests/quizzes. These resources exist in the public domain or they have been made available through open licensing, which provide users with varying levels of permission to share, reuse, and adapt/remix materials for educational purposes. This workshop will provide an overview of recent trends in the OER movement and how educators can find, evaluate, and utilize OER materials in their courses. Attendance is limited to 10 RSVPs.

Event Date and Time:
Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location:  
521 Glickman Library, Portland Campus

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/share-and-share-alike-leveraging-open-educational-resources

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6. CTEL Workshop: How to use Online Library Resources in Online courses

USM Libraries provide not only the peer-reviewed journals and books that online students need, but also the one-on-one services that support those resources. Ranging from the online Research Skills Toolbox to chat reference assistance and live online instruction, the Libraries welcome the opportunity to work with online instructors. Bring your questions as we explore new ways in which USM Libraries can help you enhance your online course. The workshop will be facilitated by Bill Grubb, Head of Reference and Instructional Services. Attendance is limited to 10 RSVPs.

Event Date and Time:
Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location:
521 Glickman Library, Portland Campus

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/how-to-use-online-library-resources-in-online-courses

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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, May 21 and ending Tuesday, June 17.

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

Learn more: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/short-course-0

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8. Featured Article - Abrami, Bernard, Bures, Borokhovski and Tamim (2011) Interaction in Distance Education and Online Learning: Using Evidence and Theory to Improve Practice.

Abrami, Bernard, Bures, Borokhovski and Tamim (2011) propose a transformation in the manner in which distance education and online learning are studied. The traditional manner of studying these fields is via comparison to classroom instruction, which is a generic term for any instructional strategies not involving technology. The authors claim that not only does this do a disservice to such strategies because they are not described well enough, but that such a comparison has outlived arguments against it (see CTEL March Newsletter’s featured article for one such argument). The heart of contemporary distance education/online learning, according to the Abrami et al paper, is the previously unavailable possibility for interaction. They recommend that future comparisons be made between two or more online learning environments and that they focus on student self regulation, multimedia learning principles, motivational design principles and collaborative and cooperative learning principles.

Learn more: http://www.anitacrawley.net/Resources/Articles/Abrami%20Interaction.pdf

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9. Tech Tip: How to Activate YouTube Account

This month’s Tech Tip explains how to activate your UMS YouTube account and then upgrade your account to be able to upload videos longer than 15 minutes.

Learn more: http://media.usm.maine.edu/~ctel/ptryzelaar/activate_youtube_account.pdf

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10. Tech Tutors program: Trained USM students will provide support with learning technologies to USM students 

In preparation for the Summer semester, USM Tech Tutors will be offering on-site and online support with Adobe Connect and VoiceThread. In addition to workshops both live and online, a series of "how to" videos will be made available on The Learning Commons website. Throughout the semester, students can schedule individual meetings with Tech Tutors for personalized assistance by selecting "Schedule a Tutoring Appointment" on The Learning Commons website. Faculty utilizing these technologies should encourage their students to attend one of the following sessions:

Learn More about Tech Tutors: http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/tech-tutors  

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11.  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 summer semester. A CTEL Learning Designer will be available on the Gorham campus on following dates and locations. Please note that there are three different locations, all in Bailey Hall. 

5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, and 6/18 | 113 Bailey Hall

6/25 | 206 Bailey Hall

7/2, 7/9 and 7/16 | 321 Bailey Hall 

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

Please feel free to stop by on these days or contact Pieter Tryzelaar or Rucha Modak to set up an appointment.

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