VOL. 2, ISSUE 1, FEB. 2007

What's New

Help Ticket System

Continuing our commitment to provide excellent technical support to faculty and staff using instructional technologies, the e-Learning Center has implemented a new support-tracking system. This system will allow ELC staff to ensure prompt, thorough responses to support requests while allowing instructors to view the status of their support tickets. To access this system, choose the Faculty Support tab on the e-Learning Center web site.

Configure Your Bb Vista Course

Instructors may now request various configuration changes to their Bb Vista sections from one convenient site. On the e-Learning Center web site, select “Configure Your Bb Vista Course Section” (located in the Bb Vista section). You can request that students be enrolled to finish incompletes, that two or more Bb Vista sections be combined, that your Bb Vista sections not be used at all, and other options. More configuration choices will be added soon, so check back often!

What's Happening

e-Learning Institute
May 21-24, 2007

The e-Learning Center is hosting the annual 4-day conference featuring keynote speakers Jingjing Qin and several program tracks with a focus on Learning in a Mobile and Collaborative World. Our web site will have conference updates, registration information, and you can join our mailing list to stay updated on speakers, sessions, and how to register for the event.

e-LEARNING SHOWCASE

The e-Learning Center hosts the Spring 2007 e-Learning Showcase on March 9th from 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Cline Library, Room 200. This e-Learning Showcase will highlight recent curricular innovations designed to involve and engage students in active learning environments using new or existing technology.

  • Jean Boreen, Associate Dean of Arts and Letters, Laura Rose Taylor, Interim Coordinator of the Cline Library, Georgia Michalicek, Distance Education Consultant for ITS, and Don Carter, Director of the e-Learning Center, attendees at this year’s annual Educause Learning Initiative conference, Creating a Successful Learning Culture: Connecting Learners, Communities, and Information, will host a panel session to discuss topics from the conference.
  • Dr. Andrea A. Hunter and Clint Humphrey of the Anthropology Department will present Preparing Students for a Study Abroad Cultural Immersion Experience and reveal how hybrid and web courses help prepare students for life altering experiences traveling abroad, studying, and engaging with indigenous cultures worldwide.
  • Wolf Gumerman, Anthropology Department, will present on Evolving Human Evolution: A Hybrid Course. The goal of this project was to increase retention and student success in ANT 101 by creating a web enhanced course that actively engages students through interactive modules. Wolf will discuss the processes he used in this project.
  • Dawn Hawley, Geography - Planning and Recreation, will present on Enhancing Public Participation with Technology. This course on public participation techniques was enhanced with technological tools including chat, blogs, and tablet PCs to better ready students for the evolving planning profession and its work with the public.
  • Taylor Joyal, Environmental Sciences, will discuss Integrating GIS Technology into the Environmental Sciences Core Curriculum to Engage Students. Environmental Sciences faculty have integrated field and lab based projects throughout their core curriculum that are designed to build a “tool box” of skills that students can apply to natural systems analyses.
  • Chris S. Johnson, Associate Professor in the School of Communication, will be presenting on Media Enhanced Applied Learning System, the process and transformation of basic learning aspects of an introductory class into highly interactive and participatory lessons. By conducting a brief pre-class survey, looking at the technology the students are using, and the expectation of engaging education, Chris developed written, audio and visual snippets of content that students can easily digest and successfully master.

All faculty and staff are welcome at the event. Lunch is provided. Please visit the event section of our web site to register for this free event.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE

Director Don Carter

We have embarked into the second major term with all online courses in Bb Vista, and all courses at the university with a Bb Vista shell. Areas of future focus for ELC are interactive environments such as formal classrooms, informal physical spaces, virtual learning and collaborative environments, as well as emerging tools from the so-called Web 2.0 and social software sphere. Examples of Web 2.0 tools are wikis, blogs, Flickr, del.icio.us, MySpace, FaceBook, and Second Life. All of these tools share a high degree of interaction and user-created content. Look for opportunities to learn about these tools and how to use them for interactive engagement with students for learning.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS DATE AND TIME

The e-Learning Center offers a variety of training to meet your instructional needs, including training in Bb Vista, technical tools, and instructional planning and design. The full training schedule is located on our web site.

If your schedule or location does not allow you to attend our workshops in person, do not despair! We offer Bb Vista labs and workshops online. To view our scheduled online workshops search our schedule by the System field and select Online.

Bb Vista Basics - Learn the basics that you need to know to start building courses in Bb Vista. This workshop is a prerequisite for the other Bb Vista workshops. Feb 21, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Feb 26, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Bb Vista Upgrade: Application Pack 1 - This workshop will tour the new features and highlight the changes to the current tools with the latest upgrade to Bb Vista. Feb 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Feb 21, 9:00am - 10:00am
Create Web Pages with Word - Build accessible, clean, and easy web pages by using
Microsoft Word. Learn how to format your pages, create links, add graphics, and save your Word documents as web pages.
Feb 23, 9:30am - 11:30am
Feb 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Resources Toolbox - This workshop will introduce the library’s Resources Toolbox, an interactive guide to adding library resources and search tools to your Bb Vista courses or web pages. Mar 7, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Apr 4, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Bb VISTA UPGRADE: APPLICATION PACK 1

The latest upgrade to Bb Vista, installed this February, improves the stability of the older features in Bb Vista and offers a variety of exciting new features.

The Discussion tool has been updated. The Calendar tool now includes clearly marked tabs for easier switching of day, week, or month views. The Assessments tool has also been improved. Designers and instructors can now add their own custom quiz instructions to each assessment.

New features include the Class Roster tool in the Course Menu that allows users enrolled in a course section to view personal profiles of instructors, teaching assistants, and students enrolled in their class. Class Blogs give instructors the ability to create new ways for students to express themselves and collaborate with other students. Journals provide students a private space to reflect on their experiences, chronicle their learning, or record their reactions to a class lecture/discussion. Peer Review in Discussions and Class Blogs allows students to rate each others’ posts based on criteria set by the instructor. Grading Forms (rubrics) allow an instructor to specify multiple grading criteria for a learning activity. Using the new Goals tool, designers can now provide learning goals to students.

Visit our web site for more detailed information about these and many more new Bb Vista features.

RECOGNITION

Lorraine Elder, Assistant Director of the
e-Learning Center for the past four years, has accepted a position as AZUN Project Director at Distance Learning Services.

Lorraine’s contributions to the e-Learning Center include refining work processes to improve Jingjing Qin production of online and web-enhanced courses, successfully managing the transition from WebCT Campus Edition to Bb Vista, and implementing continuous improvement processes. Lorraine’s humor, enthusiasm, attention to detail, and focus on results will be greatly missed.