Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

CTEL Newsletter - October

  1. Pilot Program: Mid-Term Course Evaluation
  2. 'Teaching Online': A Short Course for New Online Faculty
  3. CTEL Fall Speaker Series (October & November)
  4. USM's Scoops on MOOCs: A Faculty Panel Discussion
  5. ELT Workshop: Getting Started With Google Drive
  6. Blackboard Workshop: Frequently Asked Blackboard Questions
  7. Sloan C: Free Just-In-Time Skills Webinars and Workshops
  8. Tech Tip: Creating a Quizlet Activity

1. Pilot Program: Mid-Term Course Evaluation

CTEL is partnering with a few faculty members teaching online this semester to roll out a mid-term course evaluation to their students. The goal of this pilot is to focus on the student experience of taking an online course in terms of its design, the technology it employs and the learning that takes place. This evaluation will take the form of a Blackboard survey and students may earn extra credit.

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

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2. '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 10/23/2013 to 11/19/2013.

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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3. CTEL Fall Speaker Series (October & November):

a. October: Using Research About Online Learning to Inform Online Teaching Practice

Faculty members Rachel Brown and Walter Kimball consider engagement in an online course, or any course for that matter, to be a cohesive experience supporting students' gaining a deeper understanding of knowledge and increased proficiency of skill in areas defined by the goals of the course. 

During this presentation, they will share research findings and the resulting teaching practices that have had staying power in their online courses. 

Wednesday 10/23/13 | 1:00-2:30 pm | 301 Bailey Hall | Gorham Campus

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/using-research-about-online-learning-inform-online-teaching-practice

b. November: The Meinersmann-Randall Transformed Model of Nursing   Education

Join Dr. Krista Meinersmann and Dr. Carla Randall as they share their transformed model of nursing education addressing critical issues and concerns facing nursing education today.

The Meinersmann-Randall Transformed Model of Nursing Education (M-R TMNE) embraces the ever-growing digital environment and incorporates hands-on application-based learning experiences.

Wednesday 11/06/13 | 1:00-2:30 pm | 213 Abromson Center | USM Portland Campus

Learn More: https://www.usm.maine.edu/ctel/meinersmann-randall-transformed-model-nursing-education

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4. USM's Scoops on MOOCs: A Faculty Panel Discussion

Join us for a faculty panel discussion on massively open online courses (MOOCs) facilitated by Joyce Lapping. Panelists include Dr. Jim Suleiman, Dr Krista Meinersmann, Dr. Sharon Timberlake, and Dr. Khusro Kidwai.

Wednesday 10/09/13 | 12:00-1:30 pm | 423/424 Glickman | USM Portland Campus 

Learn More: http://usm.maine.edu/facultycommons/usms-scoops-moocs-faculty-panel-discussion

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5. ELT Workshop: Getting Started With Google Drive 

This hands-on workshop will focus on Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud-based document storage and synchronization tool, which allows users to create, share, and collaborate on the web with documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. It is a great resource for both educators and students. During this workshop, you will learn the basics of Google Drive and how it can be utilized in your courses, whether online, blended, or in face-to-face classes.

Thursday 10/17/13 | 12:00-1:30 pm | TBD | USM Portland Campus

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/emerging-learning-technology-workshop-getting-started-google-drive

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6. Blackboard Workshop: Frequently Asked Blackboard Questions

This workshop will focus on answering some of Blackboard's most frequently asked questions.

Thursday 10/10/13 | 12:00-1:00 pm | 423/424 Glickman | USM Portland Campus

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/frequently-asked-blackboard-questions

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7. Sloan C: Free Just-In-Time Skills Webinars and Workshops

The Sloan Consortium offers synchronous and asynchronous workshops and webinars on topics such as interactive learning activities, accessibility, and many other topics related to teaching and learning. Please contact Robin Russell at rarussell@usm.maine.edu if you are interested in obtaining a pass to one of the workshops. The webinars are free for anyone who wants to attend.

Upcoming Webinars: http://sloanconsortium.org/webinar_listing
Upcoming Workshops: http://sloanconsortium.org/workshops/2013schedule#oct

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8. Tech Tip: Creating a Quizlet Activity

Quizlet is a great online study tool that allows for the creation of digital flashcards. It provides students with a variety of ways to study course materials, ranging from games to group study mode. Quizlet is available through the Web as well as via numerous mobile apps. This tech tip shows how instructors can easily create a Quizlet activity and then link it within a Blackboard course.

Learn More: https://usm.maine.edu/ctel/quizlet

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