Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

June 2014

CTEL Newsletter- June 2014

  1. CTEL Grants
  2. Featured Open Educational Resource: MERLOT Pedagogy Portal
  3. Upcoming Sloan-C Webinars
  4. Safeguarding Information in an Online Course Environment
  5. Featured Course: CMS 150
  6. CTEL Workshops: LSH, Counselor and Adult Ed
  7. Tech Tip: How to Use iFrames to Embed Content in Blackboard

 

1. CTEL Grants

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.
  • 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: http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/grants

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2. Featured Open Educational Resource: MERLOT Pedagogy Portal

MERLOT is a great open educational resource for educators. It contains a peer-reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and also offers numerous faculty-developed services designed to help instructors become better teachers. MERLOT recently launched a Pedagogy Portal that provides an expansive collection of instructional strategies and theories. The resources in the Pedagogy Portal are organized into the following `categories: Learners and Learning, Course Instructional Design, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Challenges, and Assessment. As instructors, you can utilize these free resources to help improve your teaching skills and to develop new ideas.

Learn More: http://pedagogy.merlot.org

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3. Upcoming Sloan-C Webinars

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to quality online learning. It offers free webinars to those with an institutional membership. Since USM is a member of the consortium, faculty and staff members can take advantage of this wonderful resource for professional development. Several of the upcoming webinars are designed to help those faculty who are teaching online for the first time, while others deal with advanced topics such as multi-user blogging in online classes and virtual internships. Past webinars are also available as recordings. Before participating or watching a recording, please ensure that your Java version is up to date: http://sloanconsortium.org/institute/workshops/technical-requirements 

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4. Safeguarding Information in an Online Course Environment

Under the guidance of Chief Information Officer for the University of Maine System, John Forker, the Office of Information Security has compiled a list of best practices or ‘Dos and Don’ts’ to follow when integrating online tools such as social media sites into the course environment. These are good to follow whether the course is taught in a face-to-face, blended or online manner. None of these prevent faculty members from using their favorite tools in their classroom, but they are meant to ensure that student information is safeguarded in accordance with FERPA.

Learn More: http://goo.gl/l6ioYq

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5. Featured Course: CMS 150

CMS 150: The Writing Process, taught by Dennis Gilbert, is an exciting new online course that was launched during the first summer session of 2014. CTEL Learning Designer, Pieter Tryzelaar, collaborated on the course design.

The Writing Process is a study of various uses and practices in word-based communication as it pertains to media generally and its relationship to images in particular. The foundation of this course frames the practice of writing as just one component in an integrated system of “languages,” including the written and spoken word and the still and moving image. In taking this approach, students in CMS 150 will find that a) there is much to learn about writing from a close study of imagery; and b) they can become better writers by becoming better readers and makers of images.

Students are introduced to the history and aesthetics of documentary film and develop their writing through a combination of readings, lectures, film screenings, discussions, peer workshops, weekly writing “studies”, and two term projects – a documentary research presentation and a photographic essay. CMS 150 is delivered through a combination of Blackboard and a custom designed course website, which allows for the integration of multiple learning technologies, including Google Drive and VoiceThread. Each student has also been provided with an ePortfolio to present and share their work with their classmates.

Learn More: http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/cms-150-writing-process

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6. CTEL Custom Workshops: Liberal Studies and Humanities; Counselor Education and Adult Education

On 5/20 CTEL Learning Designers Rucha Modak and Pieter Tryzelaar conducted a professional development workshop for the Department of Liberal Studies and Humanities (LSH). This workshop covered third party tools that can be used in online and blended courses such as VoiceThread, GoReact and Piazza, as well as Google Apps for Education including Google Drive, Communities and Hangout and examples of courses integrating these tools. Dr. Julien Murphy and Dr. Libby Bischof presented their courses and design philosophy to the audience.

On 6/5, CTEL conducted a second iteration of this workshop for the Departments of Counselor Education and Adult Education, in collaboration with USM Librarians Bill Grubb and Tim Lynch. This workshop was designed in close partnership with Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling concentration Dr. Charlie Bernacchio.

Through these workshops, several adjunct and new-to-online instructors were introduced to the possibilities of online course design. In addition, seasoned instructors had a chance to share their experience and consider alternatives to their current course designs. This was also a great opportunity for the CTEL team to get better acquainted with these departments and share information about the resources and support we can provide. We hope to make this a model for initiating future, department-wide collaborations with CTEL

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7. Tech Tip: How to Embed Content in Blackboard Using iFrames

Our Blackboard configuration was recently changed so that you can now use iFrames to embed content. Right now, we are limited to only being able to embed YouTube Videos, UMS Google Apps and web content from all UMS campus websites, which includes libguides.com and campusguides.com. This month’s tech tip explains a new easy way to embed YouTube videos and also how to use iFrames to embed a Google Drive presentation.

Learn More: http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/how-embed-content-blackboard-using-iframes

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