Copyright Simplified

12 06 2014

Infographic on Copyright

Maureen came across a great article today on making the complexities of copyright easier to understand. We encourage you to click on the Infographic here to read the article Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then …

And, speaking of infographics– aren’t they popping up everywhere? Don’t you enjoy using them? Well, they really aren’t difficult to make. Nicole gave us some great resources during iTeach Juneau and iTeach2 Sitka for making your own infographics. Many classroom applications. Why not give it a try?

You might start by using Piktochart and you might want to follow or subscribe to eLearning Infographics, a blog that shows some really interesting eduational infographics. We’d love to see some examples of things you create–so share your infographics with us so we can celebrate your creations.

Speaking of sharing– did anyone make a good bubb.li or photo collage that they would like to share? We’re still waiting for your submissions. If you missed May 23rds post, it’s not too late to give it a try!





How Can I Make My Multiple Choice Tests More Effective?

7 04 2014

Today’s 20 Minute Monday Morning Mentor is by Linda Suskie and talks about making your exams more effective. If you haven’t seen this short video, contact Nicole to get access to the video– it has many helpful tips to make your exams more effective. Linda’s supplemental materials include a blueprint for creating an examination that can also be used by students as a study guide. She also provides many useful tips on creating questions.

Here are a few tips that I found important:

  • Do not ask questions on trivia or common knowledge.
  • Avoid negative items and if you must use them, underline  and bold the NOT or EXCEPT.
  • Order responses numerically or alphabetically if single words are used.
  • Make Alternatives roughly all the same length.

There are many other tips, so be sure to contact Nicole D. for the link and check out her video and her “examples” handout.

Monday Morning Mentor

 





Fried Friday: Identifying Serious Sleep Disorders

4 04 2014

You and/or your students may be plagued by serious sleep disorders and not realize the cause. The Groat Center for Sleep Disorders provides some excellent examples for you. Enjoy your Friday and stay tuned for more tips and humor from your friends at Title III! Click image below to begin the video.

Groat Center for Sleep Disorders





Improving Completion Rates in Online Developmental Math Courses

13 03 2014

mathPosterOn February 28, Patricia Brower, Math Technology Specialist, and Jeff Johnston, UAS Campus Director, presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference in Portland on their Title III funded case study. The focus of the presentation was on the analysis of the changes made to the online developmental math courses at the Sitka Campus. Patricia and Jeff spoke with several attendees about the success of the case study and the improvements made to the completion rates of UAS’ online developmental math courses; the courses have sustained a 30% increase in completion rates over five continuous semesters.

Under the UAS Sitka Campus Title III grant, research was conducted to discover how we could increase completion rates for our online developmental math courses. Using the well known emporium model (where math is taught within a physical lab) as a guide, we set out to improve our completion rates by improving sustained engagement. In looking at the research data, we found that throughout the US, developmental math courses were serving as a barrier to completion not only of the math courses themselves, but of degrees in general. Creating an “impassable gateway” for many, and serving as a graveyard for college students, developmental math courses have proven to be in need of redesign so that student can acquire their degrees and to go on to successful careers. To learn more about the purpose and approach of the research read the brief report.

The case study brought much interest from campuses across the United States interested in the possibility of creating successful online courses for developmental mathematics. Jeff and Patricia presented on how through the project, the Title III team was able to adapt the emporium model to a completely online environment. This new “Virtual Emporium Model” is one of the first models used for online developmental math education. Mcgraw Hill is featuring the results of this case study for other Universities, so that they can see how to successfully use adaptive math programs like ALEKS on their own campuses.





Fried Friday: What President Are YOU?

7 03 2014

Fried Friday ladyIt’s that day of the week again, Friday. Do you need a little something extra this morning to bring on that smile? Well here’s something that just might do it.

Make a few selections and see what President you most resemble. It’s NOT just based on your dog selection either. Give it a try and see who you are, deep down!

If you have a good Fried Friday that you’d like to see us share, please contact us. We love posting your ideas!

To find your inner president start by clicking the “Pick Your Dog” image below. You can post a comment telling us which president you got!

Start the Selection








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