Learning Objectives and Course Goals

26 03 2014

Have you ever wondered what content sticks with your students after they complete your course? How much do they retain after five years? How about after ten years? Did they remember the main idea?

Standard II of the Peer Review process looks at some of the over-arching ideas that are essential in explaining the value of your course outside of the classroom setting. Join us on Monday, March 31st at 9 AM for our second installment of Thru the Lens. Tell other faculty about this unique chance to walk through two of your colleagues’ courses.

We will be looking at Marnie Chapman’s Biology 112:Human Anatomy and Physiology II, AND Maren Haavig’s Accounting 379: Fund and Governmental Accounting through the lens of Peer Review Standard II. Join us to see:

Peer Review Through the Lens

  • Different ways faculty use their syllabus to establish the course goals and clearly state class priorities.
  • Measurable course objectives written from a student’s view
  • Different ways to capture a student’s attention and focus it on the learning objectives
  • Ways faculty create clear and concise statements or checklists for assignments and due dates

Monday, March 31 at 9 AM we will use Collaborate  to meet so you can participate from your office or home. Please use the link shown, look for the “Tools Box” and click on “Participate Now” to attend. After joining the Collaborate session you will be given the information to log into each of the courses that we’ll be reviewing. Please have a headset with you so you participate by voice as well as text throughout the hour. If you have never done a Collaborate session before you might want to try logging in prior to the session to make sure you are ready at 9 am.

We hope you will join us for this session. It is a great way to see what other faculty are doing, share ideas, provide feedback and to gain more understanding of the peer review process and rubric. Mark your calendar today to reserve the date and time. We’ll post more information soon.

Thank you Marnie and Maren for opening up your courses for this mini-peer review session!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

27 11 2013

I’m certain that for the next few days you will have plenty on your plate (I’m looking forward to filling mine), but if you find yourself with a little spare time to relax and reflect, and you missed some of the sessions from UAA’s eTech Fair, you are in luck, they were recorded and you can kick back and catch the session you were interested in.

Click the image below to view recorded webinars on creating banners, using Bb Collaborate, using Voicethread, creating a Bb Exemplary Course, virtual labs and many topics of interest.

http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/classes/instructors/etech-fair.cfm





eTech Fair: Distance Education Week | Nov. 11-15th 2013

29 10 2013

Online TrainingUAA invites you to attend the eTech Fair: Distance Education Week. Drop-ins are welcome and no pre-registration is required. The agenda is attached below, note that only UAA faculty are eligible for the door prizes. This is an ONLINE training, attend from your desk or home computer, via Collaborate!

Offerings include, Interactive Rubrics, VoiceThread, Making Banners and Editing Graphics and so much more.

Take advantage of one or more of these sessions, and come back and comment and tell us what you thought of this!

Many thanks to UAA for letting us attend!

eTech Fair Agenda

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eLearning 2013

6 08 2013

Are you back in the swing of school? Are there terms you are hearing (“gamification”, “mlearning” etc.) or other words you’ve been coming across that you aren’t sure you know? Check out Ms. Marshall’s post: 10 Terms You Should Know in eLearning and get familiar with the language of eLearning today!

We were lucky to hear some excellent speakers this year at some educational technology conferences.  One stand-out speaker was Sugata Mitra. He is the 2013 TED winner of $1,000,000 for his latest endeavor in education.  You probably heard of his “hole in the wall” computer project 13 years ago in India. His talk this year involves what he learned from that project, and also some newer projects where he is convinced that kids can teach themselves with the proper encouragement. It was a fascinating talk. You can listen to the lecture at this link: Highlights from Bb World — if you want to skip directly to his talk, move the player about 11 minutes into the video. You can also watch his TED talk Build a School in the Cloud. 

Additionally, be on the lookout for a post from Mary describing a ‘book club’ event we’ll be hosting this Fall. We found the keynote Tony Wagner to be so compelling that we’re looking at purchasing his book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World” and hope to hold a discussion about some of his ideas to revamp education. Here is a recap on his talk, Closing the Skills Gap by Educating Innovators.

Stayed tuned for more information as we sift through all of our notes and find more valuable apps and links to share with you all!





Are Your Courses Ready for Fall Semester?

18 07 2013

Fall semester is almost here which makes this a good time for you to take a close look at your Fall courses. How does their design and organization compare with national standards (like Quality Matters and Blackboard Catalyst)? Would your courses fare well against the UAS Sitka peer review rubric?

ED593_PosterResizeRecently Mary and Kathi were in Vegas for Blackboard World 2013. Their ED593: Designing and Teaching an Online Course was awarded a Director’s Choice Catalyst Award (view all of the 2013 award winners). Take a few minutes and click through some of the courses. You might get some ideas on course design and organization by seeing this year’s winners.

ED593 will be offered in September. We encourage all faculty to sign up and take the course. We guarantee that your time will be well spent as you redesign and make improvement to your existing course(s) to meet best practices and national standards of course design and organization. Mary and Kathi model good teaching practices and are looking forward to you joining them!

Don’t forget there are many of us available to help you design or redesign your course(s). Please don’t hesitate to ask!





iTeach Juneau 2013 a Success

21 05 2013

We recently completed a very productive iTeach 2013 in Juneau. Twelve faculty participated. You can read some of our posts by searching Twitter with the hashtag: #iteachak.

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Guest presenter from UAF, Heidi Olson

Some of the tools that were explored and enjoyed included:

  • Adobe Presenter
  • Voki
  • Pixton
  • Jing
  • Google Apps for Educators
  • Creating movies with YouTube
  • Elluminate Live

We had great discussions around choosing teaching strategies and tools that best help students meet their learning objectives while at the same time are engaging and fun both for content creation and content viewing. We also had good dialogues about the importance of writing attainable goals and objectives and aligning them to assessments and activities.

It was an intense week and the iTeach staff thank all the faculty attendees for their participation. As always, we learned lots from our faculty participants, and we hope our faculty had a challenging and productive time. Next, we’re gearing up for iTeach Sitka!





ED593 Faculty Win Award!

13 05 2013

Last year Mary Purvis, Faculty Support Specialist, and Kathi Baldwin, Instructional Designer, created a course for all UAS Faculty called ED 593: Designing and Teaching an Online Course. They wanted the course to not only teach faculty about the things they need to know, but to also model the best practices that they know make a difference to student success. Among the creative approaches it uses are Alaskan fish, which serve as metaphors for the important parts of a successful online course that maximizes student learning and enjoyment.

BbProfilePicThe course was entered in the Blackboard Catalyst Awards program and Mary and Kathi were recently named winners of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 160 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 300 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.

The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.

“Catalyst Award winners represent some of today’s finest examples of leveraging technology to improve the education experience,” said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms at Blackboard. “Each winner has established best-in-field approaches in critical areas including online learning, course development, school communication and mobile education. We congratulate the winners on their vision and their excellent work, and we celebrate this accomplishment with them.”

Mary and Kathi, will be honored alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld®, Blackboard’s annual user conference to be held in July in Las Vegas, Nev.

Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online.

For a complete list of Blackboard Catalyst Award winners please visit: http://blackboard.com/catalyst.

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Summer Training Opportunities For Faculty

17 04 2013

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One of Title III’s most important goals is to contribute to the professional development of our distance faculty in a variety of ways. To support that goal, we have a number of out-of-town training opportunities listed below which you can apply for.

Basically, you qualify for travel on Title III funds if you’ve been involved in Title III activities over the last year or are willing to commit your involvement in one of our current projects (iTeach Sitka, Peer Review, or the Fall ED593 course). For more details on how to apply for travel funds visit our Apply For Travel Funds page.

Take a look at these conferences and see if any of these would be right for your needs!

May 31 – June 2:  The Teaching Professor Conference, New Orleans LA

The 10th annual Teaching Professor Conference provides an opportunity to learn effective pedagogical techniques and interact with colleagues committed to teaching and learning excellence. The plenary and conference sessions will renew and energize you.

July 7-11: BbWorld 2013, Las Vegas NV

Relevant sessions by expert speakers, hands-on training, all centered around the Blackboard CMS.

July 8-9: 10th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, Milwaukee WI

A conference devoted to the purposeful, strategic and comprehensive approach to blended teaching and learning.

July 29-August 1: Campus Technology, Boston MA

This conference leverages technology to improve performance in education. Aimed at Provost/Directors/Faculty/Instructional designers – there are sessions here for everyone.

August 7-9: 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison WI

This conference is for elearning practitioners. You will network with instructors and online innovators.

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UAS Online Has a New Tool!

15 04 2013

UAS Online has added a new block to the UAS Online Blackboard LMS – Set Grade Center Due Dates. Due dates can now be changed on a single page in UAS Online. Instead of having to edit every assignment, quiz or discussion board column, you can now just select the Set Grade Center Due Dates and change the due dates on this page. It can be a real time saver!

Heidi Olsen, an Instructional Designer at UAF, created a great tip sheet (pdf) on the tool. If you need any additional assistance please contact Maureen O’Halloran, Kathi Baldwin or Lori Cheezem.





iTeach Sitka is Coming Soon, and It’s Going to ROCK!!

9 04 2013

Is your application in for iTeach 2013? Here’s a preview of what we’ll be doing together:

  • Using the latest iPad and sharing the best educational apps
  • Learning about some Google Apps that can enhance your classroom experience
  • Learning some great story-boarding tips and techniques that can be used when designing instruction
  • Creating video tutorials or video lectures
  • Using Blackboard and online design best practices
  • Collaborating with faculty from UAA
  • Playing with nationally known presenter, Diane Elkins
  • Designing and building your online course
  • Learning more about Jing, Camtasia, SoftChalk, VoiceThread, Blackboard, AdobePresenter,  and lots of cool web 2.0 tools

It is sure to be a fun and productive week. Please join us!

Click for Complete iTeach Sitka Information.








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