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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“Thru the Lens” Continues with a Look at Peer Review Standard II

14 03 2014

Please mark your calendar to join us on March 31st at 9 AM for the second “Thru the Lens” Peer Review session. We will be looking at  two courses (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.

Peer Review Through the LensStandard II deals with course outcomes and goals. We’ll be looking at:

  • Different ways faculty use their syllabus to establish the course goals and clearly state class priorities.
  • Course objectives to see if they are measurable and 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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Please Join Us! “Thru the Lens” Session 1 Is THIS Friday!

12 02 2014

This Friday, at 9 AM please join us for a one-hour mini-peer review of 4 different courses. The session will take place using Blackboard Collaborate. We’ll be using the UAS Peer Review Rubric Standard 1 and applying it to (1) ED 593: Design and Teach an Online Course, (2) Econ 202: Principles of Microeconomics, (3) Acct 379: Fund and Governmental Accounting and (4) BA490: Political and Social Environment of Business. Thank you Mary Purvis, Kathi Baldwin, Ann Spehar, Maren Haavig, and Charla Brown for opening up your course for this first mini-peer session in the Thru the Lens series.

Peer Review Through the LensFriday, February 14th 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. 

Be sure to have a print-out ready of the Peer Review Standard I ready before you attend. If you have any questions, please contact Kathi at ksbaldwin@alaska.edu.  This is your final reminder. So please mark your calendar and plan to attend!

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Tour 4 Online Courses During Our New “Through the Lens” Series

5 02 2014

Four of your colleagues have graciously opened up their courses for you to participate in an abbreviated peer review. Join us, February 14 at 9 AM, as we apply Standard I: Design of the Course of the UAS Peer Review Rubric and explore each of four courses.  You can participate from your office using Blackboard’s Collaborate.

Once a month, the “Through the Lens” series will open up a few online courses and we will apply one of the Peer Review Standards. This is a great opportunity for you to:

  • Peer Review Through the LensGet familiar with a Peer Review Standard
  • Apply the Peer Review rubric on an actual courses
  • See the Peer Review process in action
  • Explore a peer’s online course
  • Ask questions and participate in an informal peer review
  • Volunteer YOUR course for peer comments and suggestions

The “Through the Lens” series will be offered once each month. On February 14th we will use Collaborate  to meet so you can participate from your office. 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.

We hope to see you, Friday, February 14th at 9 AM. Mark your calendar now! This hour-long session will use the UAS Peer Review Rubric, so be sure to have a print-out ready before you attend. If you have any questions, please contact Kathi at ksbaldwin@alaska.edu.  We’ll send out another reminder next week repeating the connection information.

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Did You Miss the Peer Review Presentation?

16 01 2014

No worries if you were unable to attend the UAS Peer Review presentation, we have a link to the recorded session:

Visual of Peer Review Recording

Link to RECORDED PRESENTATION

To find the peer review information (or bookmark it for later reference) you have three choices:

    1. Visit the Instructional Design Center (IDC) Faculty Resources pages: UAS Peer Review for Course Improvement
    2. View the About UAS Peer Review Presentation
    3. Click on the Faculty Learning Corner Additional Resources Page





Peer Review at UAS–an Update!

18 12 2013

There has been a lot of interest in the Peer Review process developed by the Peer Review for Course Improvement Committee at UAS. We’ve developed a tutorial and website to explain peer review, answer your questions, and supply you with the rubric and the checklist so you can start using these tools on your own online course. Maren Haavig and Kathi Baldwin will be showcasing the website and answering questions about peer review during Spring Start-Up at 1 PM on Thursday, January 9th at the Juneau Campus. Ketchikan and Sitka campus will be able to dial in– check your agenda for details. Please join us.

We totally believe that the peer review process and rubrics created could be modified to peer review a traditional face-to-face course, however, at present, they are being used only to enhance and improve online courses. Take some time and let us know what you think of the UAS Peer Review Process! We look forward to your feedback.

Click the image below for the presentation, visit the website  for a textual version of the information, or return to this blog and click on the “Additional Resources”   page to find the presentation at a later time.

Peer Review Presentation





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!





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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Apply For Travel Funds

13 02 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. You have had opportunities to:

  • Attend iTeach
  • Take an online course (Designing and Developing an Online Course)
  • Work with our instructional designers (Kathi Baldwin and Lori Cheezem)
  • Participate in webinars (Softchalk and VoiceThread)
  • Participate on our Peer Review of Courses committee

Most recently we have created The Faculty Learning Corner for you to access tutorials independently. We will be adding to this blog repository in the years ahead, so please sign up for notices so you’ll receive email notifications whenever we update a tutorial, advertise a new workshop or webinar, or discuss important issues relevant to your teaching.

We have a number of out-of-town training opportunities coming up 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, Fall ED593). As they appear on the Faculty Learning Corner blog, check them out and see if they would be right for your needs.

If you would like to attend any of the conferences or workshops that we post, send Mary Purvis an email stating the following: Read the rest of this entry »








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