Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

November

CTEL Newsletter- November

  1. CTEL/University College Workshops
  2. Blackboard Support
  3. USM's Electronic Course Evaluations Initiative (Susan King, Director of Academic Assessment) 
  4. USM Libraries - Research Skills Online (Bill Grubb, Head of Reference and Instructional Services)
  5. USM Libraries - Video Resources for Classroom Use (Casandra Fitzherbert, Head of Access Services)
  6. ITMS Resources (Angela Cook, Manager of Audiovisual and Media Services)
  7. The Vault: Media Production Studio
  8. CTEL Speaker Series: Recordings available for all events up to September
  9. Tech Tip of the Month: Setting Up Google + Hangouts On Air

1. CTEL/University College Workshops

CTEL has partnered with University of Maine System's University College (UC) to bring you two great workshops on November 14th. Both workshops will be facilitated by UC e-learning specialist B.J. Kitchin and instructional designer Araminta 'Mina' Matthews.

a. Community Building, Strategies and the Value to Instruction

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 | November 14th 2014 | 10:00-11:30 am | 423/424 Glickman Library | Portland Campus

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/community-building-strategies-and-value-instruction

b. Secrets of Online Learning: Beyond the Post

A quality online course is built through web-socialization and presence, handcrafted instruction, and empowered student exploration all within a framework designed to help both learners and instructors achieve a balance of challenge and motivation that fuels engagement. In this workshop Mina Matthews and BJ Kitchin will show us how to design course elements based on instructional and web design principles, and share pre-designed templates that can be integrated with Blackboard.

Thursday | November 14th 2014 | 1:00-2:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman Library | Portland Campus

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/secrets-online-learning-beyond-post

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2. Blackboard Support

USM's Blackboard support operates on a tiered model. Over the past several months former CTEL Online Learning Specialist Shane O’Hara collaborated diligently with the staff at USM's Help Desk and the UMS Blackboard group to establish a tiered model for providing Blackboard support. Tier I support is handled by the USM Help Desk. CTEL staff, Rucha Modak and Pieter Tryzelaar are providing Tier II support post Shane. Tier III support is provided by the Blackboard support group in the University of Maine System IT office. CTEL staffs goal is to respond to tickets at the Tier II level within 24 hours.

To receive the best service regarding questions related to Blackboard, please start with Tier I -- the USM Help Desk: 207-780-4029 or helpdesk@usm.maine.edu (For hours of operation and other information, visit http://www.usm.maine.edu/computing/helpdesk)

For support related to course design, please contact Rucha, Pieter, or Khusro directly. If you have a question and you are unsure whom to contact, please email your question to ctel-help@usm.maine.edu. One of us will get in touch with you promptly.

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3. USM's Electronic Course Evaluations Initiative (Susan King, Director of Academic Assessment)

USM is moving toward an Electronic Course Evaluation (ECE) process to increase the efficiency of the course evaluation procedures and provide better and quicker reporting options.  For Fall 2013, so far 12 academic departments have agreed to switch their paper-based course evaluation to the electronic version of the Green Form (now called E-Green Form).  All online USM courses will also participate this fall using the new process.

To learn more about the ECE Initiative please consider attending one of the following demonstrations. Polycom access is available in Gorham and LAC.

Friday | Nov 8th | 1:00pm | 215 Abromson | Portland Campus

Friday | Nov 15th | 1:00pm | 215 Abromson | Portland Campus

Friday | Nov 22nd | 1:00pm | 215 Abromson | Portland Campus

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

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4. USM Libraries - Research Skills Online (Bill Grubb, Head of Reference and Instructional Services)

USM librarians are available to provide research instruction to your online class using Adobe Connect, Google Hangout, Skype, or other technologies, just as they routinely do in the classroom. USM’s online students have access to 40,000 journals and state-wide book delivery support, but they need to know how to find and properly cite them in order to succeed.  If you’d like a librarian to help your online students develop their research skills, schedule a session online or call 780-4272. If you would prefer to teach it yourself, the Research Skills Toolbox provides units of instruction, tutorials, exercises and quizzes asynchronously.

Questions can be directed to Bill Grubb, Head of Reference and Instructional Services at bgrubb@usm.maine.edu or 207-780-4672

Learn More:http://usm.maine.libguides.com/researchskills

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5. USM Libraries - Video Resources for Classroom Use (Casandra Fitzherbert, Head of Access Services)

Glickman Library and the Ursus catalog are now the new home of the ITMS video collection.  The collection remains closed, circulating only to faculty. To reserve a video for classroom use, request a purchase, course reserves, or video streaming requests, please use the video request form: http://usm.maine.edu/library/video-request-form (available under faculty resources on the Library’s home page).  Please allow several days for a purchase request or for a transfer from Portland to Gorham or LAC . The library recommends submitting such requests several weeks before the start of the semester.

Questions can be directed to Casandra Fitzherbert, Head of Access Services at casandra@usm.maine.edu or 780-4279.

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6. ITMS Resources

USM’S Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) has electronic equipment that faculty can check out for teaching, learning, research, outreach, etc- both for the short and long term. This equipment includes Wacom Tablets, iPads, web cameras, USB lapel microphones, digital audio recorders, flip video recorders, tripods, headsets, headphones, and data projectors. These items can be checked out at either Portland (231 Luther Bonney) or Gorham (3 Bailey Hall). Please call ahead to check on availability at 780-4280 (Portland) or 780-5636 (Gorham).

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7. The Vault: Media Production Studio

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, 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. Starting 11/18, CTEL will be assuming 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).

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8. CTEL Speaker Series: Recordings available for all events up to September

Recordings and other assets for all CTEL Speaker Series events up to September are available. Please visit: https://www.usm.maine.edu/ctel/ctel-speaker-series

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 9.Tech Tip of the Month: Setting Up Google + Hangouts On Air

Google + Hangouts on Air is a new tool that allows you live stream and record a Google Hangout session. Setting up a Hangout on Air is very simple. This month's Tech Tip walks you through the process.

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/how-setup-google-hangouts-air

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