Vol. 1, Issue 2, May 2006

What's New

Using TurnItIn

TurnItIn, a Bb Vista-integrated online service, allows instructors to comment directly on submitted papers without having to download the paper. TurnItIn can be used to check papers for possible plagiarism, as well.

Tablet PCs have arrived

How can you simulate grading papers by hand in an electronic environment? By using a Tablet PC with a stylus, you can imitate actual pen strokes to mark student papers and save the marked papers digitally.

Cameras Available

We have purchased four (4) Nikon 7600 (7.1 megapixel) digital cameras, one Nikon 8800 (8 megapixel) digital camera and two Panasonic PV-GS150 digital video cameras. This equipment can be signed out for one (1) week. Each camera comes as a kit in a camera case with the necessary user guides, software, batteries, battery charger and appropriate cables for downloading the still or video images to your computer. Contact Fred Ami at 523-1239 to reserve a camera.

What's Happening

Bb Vista Migration Continues for Fall 2006

At the end of Summer 2006, WebCT Campus Edition (CE) system will phase out. Bb Vista shells will be automatically generated for every scheduled NAU course in the Fall 2006 semester. Converting your existing CE course to Bb Vista is still possible by completing the migration request form on the e-Learning Center website. Bb Vista Basics training and Migration Labs are ongoing with e-Learning Center staff to assist you with this transition.

e-Learning Center Institute, May 22-25, 2006

The e-Learning Center is hosting a 4-day conference featuring keynote speakers and several program tracks:

  • Assessment
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Pedagogies and Strategies
  • Tools, Tips, and Tricks

Guest presenters include:

Dr. Charles Dziuban, Director, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE), University of Central Florida. UCF's distributed learning initiative has grown to exceed 1,200 courses offered as fully online or blended (hybrid) with more than 45,000 students enrolled each year. In this session, he will discuss ongoing evaluation and the impact these courses have had on students, faculty, and programs at UCF. Dr. Dziuban, the keynote speaker, is scheduled to speak on Monday, May 22nd at 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Virginia Anderson, Professor of Biological Sciences at Towson University and nationally known assessment author, will present a two-hour presentation on "Effective Grading and Assessment: Strategies to Enhance Student Learning and Faculty Satisfaction". Dr. Anderson's presentation will focus on designing exams and assignments, constructing criteria, communicating effectively, and how data is used to improve student learning. Dr. Anderson will host this interactive discussion on Wednesday, May 24th at 9:00 a.m.

Shelley Henson, Assistant Director of Outreach at the COSL (Center for Open and Sustainable Learning), part of Utah State University's Department of Instructional Technology, will host an informative/overview session to introduce the idea of "open courseware" that will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 1:00 p.m.

Brian Lamb, Emerging Technologies Coordinator in the Office of Learning Technology at the University of British Columbia, and Alan Levine, Director of Membership and Technology Resources for the New Media Consortium (NMC), will provide the closing address on Thursday, May 25th at 10:30 a.m. The primary topic of their talk will be about social software, which is the term used to define applications that support group interaction, such as blogs, wikis, and other online communities.

Director Don Carter

Director's Note

Mark your calendar - the second annual e-Learning Institute is to be held May 22-25, 2006! Four days packed with keynotes, track sessions, a showcase of courses, and time to meet and discuss with NAU peers and others from around the state and region the challenges and opportunities of technology-mediated teaching and learning.

Coming in Fall 2006 all NAU courses will have a Bb Vista shell and public pages. Faculty use public pages to inform and maybe tickle the fancy of prospective students for every course! Now is a good time to get familiar with Bb Vista and the assistance the e-Learning Center can offer.

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.
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. Offered frequently. See the e-Learning Center web site for times and dates.
Course Quality - Learn how to evaluate the quality of your course. 05/04/2006 9:00am - 10:30am
Create Web Pages with Word - Build accessible, clean, and easy web pages using Microsoft Word. 05/12/2006 12:00pm - 2:00pm
TurnItIn- Learn how to use TurnItIn to foster academic integrity and discourage plagiarism on writing assignments. 05/10/2006 10:30am - 11:30am
Managing Your Course - Explore grade book, group manager, selective release, settings, and tracking and reports in Bb Vista. 05/05/2006 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tablet PCs- Learn the advantages of a Tablet PC over a laptop. 05/02/2006 9:00am - 10:00am

What's new with assessment?

The Assessment track at the e-Learning Institute will include a variety of workshops and presentations by faculty and assessment professionals. Dr. Virginia Anderson, Professor of Biological Sciences at Towson University, will present on "Effective Grading and Assessment: Strategies to Enhance Student Learning and Faculty Satisfaction".

Sessions on classroom-based assessment activities focus on rubric implementation and electronic survey tools. Sibylle Gruber, Associate Professor in English and Director of the University Writing Program, will present on assessment of technological literacy. Katie Desmond, the Office of Academic Assessment, will lead a panel discussion on rubric development. The e-Learning Center's Paula Garcia and Jingjing Qin will discuss the use of electronic surveys to assess technological changes in classrooms. Mark James, Associate Professor in Physics and Astronomy, will discuss what happens when clickers are used in large lecture classes.

Online learning environment sessions include Associate Professor Laura Sujo de Montes' presentation on evaluation of the online graduate program in the College of Education and Cynthia Conn's session on cooperative learning strategies in online courses. Mitch Hopewell, the Office of Academic Assessment, will discuss online course evaluation and response rates. Other assessment-related workshops include sessions on Bb Vista's assessment reports and assignment grading tools.


Bronze Telly Award Lipoprotein Transport, produced by the e-Learning Center and Dr. Lon Owen, Department of Biology, was recently awarded a 2006 Bronze Telly award. A photo of award winners Clint Forrester and Addrianna Tallman Clint Forrester, an e-Learning Center student employee who created the artwork and most of the animation for this production, deserves special recognition.

NAU Assessment Fair The best poster presentation was awarded to the e-Learning Center's Jingjing Qin, Paula Garcia, and Mark James, Physics and Astronomy, for "Students' Perceptions of Clickers in the Classroom". Adriana Tallman, an e-Learning Center student employee, created all of the artwork and deserves special recognition for this project.