Vol. 1, Issue 2, May 2006

What's New

The e-Learning Center welcomes Jerry Gile as a new instructional technologist. Jerry, who comes to the e-Learning Center from NAU TV Services, will be the primary instructional technologist for Jerry Gile the College of Business Administration and the School of Communication.

The e-Learning Center also welcomes three new and one returning Graduate Research Assistants for the 2006-07 year. Jingjing Qin and Erika Edwards from the Department of English, Brandon Haist from Geography, and Alexa Grochocki from Sociology will work with various e-Learning research and faculty fellows projects by collecting data, setting up spreadsheets and databases, and observing courses. We welcome their enthusiasm!

What's Happening

Faculty Mentor Grants

The e-Learning Center is proud to host another e-Learning Showcase, focusing on "Experiential Learning." The fall e-Learning Showcase will highlight recent curricular innovations designed to involve and engage students in active learning environments. Activities to be presented include field-based technology enhancements, classroom or lab simulations, and out-of-class collaborative critical reading and writing. The Showcase will be held on October 27, 2006 from 9 a.m - 1 p.m. at the University Union in Havasupai A and B.

As part of the Fall 2006 Faculty Development Program, Jos'e Mestre, Professor of Physics & Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, will present on Using Cognitive Research: Insights for Teaching, Friday October 20, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Cline Library, Room 200.

Library e-Reserves in your Bb Vista Course

Class preview pages, stored in Bb Vista, are publicly visible documents, displayed on classes.nau.edu, that let prospective students and enrolled students get early access to information about classes and to know what to expect in a class.

Class preview pages should contain enough information about the class to help students decide whether the class is right for them. Some instructors use modified versions of their class syllabi as their preview pages while others prefer to create a customized web page.

How Do I Create a Class Preview Page?

The simplest way is to start with the e-Learning Center's template. The template is a web page (an HTML page, .htm) that contains placeholders for information that should be available on a class preview page. Instructors can use an HTML editor to modify the template, replacing the placeholders with their own information.

Upload your Class Preview Page file to Bb Vista

Once you have created your Class Preview Page, you will need to upload it to Bb Vista.

  • Log in into vista.nau.edu class preview pages
  • From your MyWebCT page, select the course where you plan to post the class preview page.
  • Go to the Build tab and select Manage Course.
  • Select the Course Preview Page Setup link.
  • Select the Browse for Course Preview Page button. A popup window will be displayed.
  • In the popup window, select the My Computer icon. A dialog box will be displayed, showing a list of directories and files on your computer.
  • Navigate to the template file that you saved to your computer and select it.
  • Select the Open button.
  • A small popup window will be displayed while your file is being uploaded to Bb Vista. When the file has finished uploading, you will see the file name above the Browse for Course Preview Page button. Your page is now in place and can be viewed at classes.nau.edu.
Complete, step-by-step help and links to the template files can be found at http://www.nau.edu/vista-faculty.
Director Don Carter

Director's Note

What's new? 1) Public Class Preview Pages stored in Bb Vista for every class at NAU. This public web site could very well change the way students find detailed class information prior to registering, and then after enrolling, for early access to preview topics such as required textbooks and reading lists. 2) ELC now has a south campus presence in SBS West, the old CBA building. 3) e-Learning Commons is coming soon to Bb Vista. This will be a virtual space in Bb Vista for faculty wanting more interaction and sharing with each other. The vision is that faculty and the ELC staff will work toward a greater understanding of issues and solutions for instructional goals and develop strategies for increasing student success.

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.
Oct. 26, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Collaborative Learning - Working together engages problem solving skills and helps students remember course content more effectively. Find out how to infuse your online class with collaborative approaches without sacrificing individual accountability. Aug. 29, 2006 1:00pm - 4:30pm
A New Bb Vista Shell: Use it Effectively - You now have a Bb Vista shell for your campus course. What are the best ways to use it? Nov. 1, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 9, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
RefWorks Citation Management Software - RefWorks can help you manage, share and present research information for both individual and group work. Nov. 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 16, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

New e-Learning Center South

The e-Learning Center has recently opened a South Campus office in SBS West (the old CBA), Room 213, to accommodate for faculty’s growing instructional technology needs. ELC Instructional Technologists will be available to meet with faculty on a weekly basis. South campus training sessions will be offered and are viewable on the training schedule on our web site. Upon request, we can offer SBS West workshops, departmental small group sessions, and one-on-one faculty assistance.

Faculty Support Schedule

Primary Contacts

  • Jerry Gile, Instructional Technologist for College of Business Administration, 523-0498
  • Matt Minister, Instructional Technologist for College of Engineering & Natural Science, 523-0948
  • Andrew Ned, Instructional Technologist for School of Forestry, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, and College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, 523-1210
  • Linda Neff, Instructional Technologist for College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, 523-1620


Mark James, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Paula Garcia, Coordinator for Assessment, Pedagogy, and Practice in the e-Learning Center, and Federica Barbieri, an e-Learning Center Summer Research Assistant, have had a paper accepted to the Association of American Colleges and University's conference on General Education and Assessment: Engaging Critical Questions, Fostering Critical Learning.

Their paper, "Effective Uses of Peer Instruction and Classroom Response System to Increase Student Interaction," focuses on the types of instructional techniques that best take advantage of electronic response system (i.e., "clickers") technology in teaching large-lecture science courses.

The conference will take place in Miami, Florida on March 1-3, 2007.