NAU eLearning: e-Content Day & Updates
When: Thursday March 22, noon-5:00pm
Where: Health & Learning Center - 2nd floor community rooms, behind Disability Resources
What: Publishers, e-Book delivery designers, and a few NAU faculty using these resources will provide demonstrations and consultation.
A variety of resources from full Texts one might use for a course to customized resources including readings, simulations, and individualized guided learning activities are available across the disciplines. These resources are usually offered for access from many devices such as e-book readers such as the Kindle or Nook, smart phones, and ipads, as well as through a browser on a computer. In many cases the simpler resources such as text articles can be printed if that is one's preferred medium for reading.
Increasingly there are customized approachs, directed by faculty, to create the resources even across multiple publishers to provide students texts for a course. While there are tremendous opportunities for a rich variety of resources, the landscape in this arena is still developing with lots to learn and some pitfalls to avoid.
In addition to the publisher there will be training for using NBC Learn which is a resource NAU already licenses.
Come anytime during the afternoon to explore this developing area for providing course materials for students with an eye toward stabilizing if not reducing the cost of textbooks for students.
There will be refreshments provided, especially around lunch-time.
Further details for the agenda will be in a forthcoming email and will be posted on the e-Learning website.
Here are some links to explore to learn more:
Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology
Coming again this year... Our annual eLearning sponosored conference on teaching and learning with technology.
When: Mon. & Tue., May 21-22, 2012
Where: Franke College of Business
What: Two days of informative sessions for engaging, effective and efficient use of technology for learning.
THEME: Designing and Redesigning for Student Progress
A formal RFP to solicit presentations will be forthcoming. In the meantime please send ideas for presentations desired or send an offer to present especially regarding Blended Learning generally or engaging first year students for success, to Don.Carter@nau.edu.
To review last years sessions, see SILT 2011
Bb Learn Update
Bb Learn HEALTH CHECK
Though it has been over a week since we have experienced slow-downs or complete sessation of service from Bb Learn, we are working with Blackboard to run an indepth health check and detailed optimization routine on our systems. We are hopeful these activities will expose any underlying issues, thus leading to improvement of our system relaibility. Please do continue to contact us anytime you (firstname.lastname@example.org) or students (StudentComputing@nau.edu) experience issues with Bb Learn.