Webinar on choosing the right LMS and rich content

Please join us Wednesday, June 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the Technology Learning Center (Bennett 102) for “Choosing the Right Delivery Vehicle to Optimize Content Consolidation and Interoperability.” This webinar is sponsored by Campus Technology and McGraw-Hill. A group discussion will follow directly after this event.

As higher education continues to transform in the digital age, two issues continue to prevail as key challenges for higher education IT leaders: choosing a Learning Management System (LMS) that will optimize content consolidation and interoperability, and identifying and selecting a rich compilation of content that will also support their consolidation and compatibility efforts.

Presenters:

  • Scott Allen, Learning Systems Administrator, Utah Education Network
  • Neal Legler, LMS Administrator and Instructional Designer, Utah State University
  • Matt McGhie, Canvas Community Director, Instructure

Hope to see you there.

Small Bytes Vol. 79 – Oldies But Goodies

Looking through the archives I found a couple of tips I wanted to remind everyone about…

Did you know?… You can select an entire document by pressing Ctrl-A. Combine that with Ctrl-C (copy) and Ctrl-V (paste) and you have a fast and easy way to select, copy, and paste an entire document more efficiently. And in Microsoft Word, there are easy ways to select an entire word, sentence, and paragraph.

  • To select a word, double-click anywhere in the word.
  • To select a sentence, hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard and click anywhere in the sentence. (You must click off the sentence to before you can select another sentence in this manner.)
  • To select a paragraph, quickly click 3 times anywhere in the paragraph.

That’s all for this time. Stay tuned for the next Small Bytes!

OCD Vol. 7 – Active Learning

Faculty Focus had a great article a few months ago about the Five Key Principles of Active Learning. These are applicable in the online environment also. The five principles are:

  1. Learning involves the active construction of meaning by the learner.
  2. Learning facts and learning to do something are two different processes.
  3. Some things that are learned are specific to the domain or context (subject matter or course) in which they are learned, whereas other things are more readily transferred to other domains.
  4. Individuals are likely to learn more when they learn with others than when they learn alone.
  5. Meaningful learning is facilitated by articulating explanations, whether to one’s self, peers, or teachers.

Please read the article to find out more information about each principle.

ANGEL Tip - If you come to ANGEL via MyWashburn, make sure you have set your MyWashburn timeout settings. By default it is set for 15 minutes and most people find that is not enough time, especially when working in an online course. To set the timeout:

  1. Go to MyWashburn
  2. Log in
  3. Select the “My Account” link on the upper left.
  4. Under the “Change Timeout” section, choose your new timeout setting from the pull-down list. (It is recommended to set it to at least 120 minutes in order to accommodate idle time that may occur when reading assignments etc.)
  5. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom right of the screen

Learning Management System review and selection process at Washburn University

Currently we are in the process of reviewing and selecting a new Learning Management System (LMS) for Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology with a goal of Fall 2013 implementation.  A selection/review committee has been actively working through this process by gathering your input and suggestions and will be sending out a RFQ to potential vendors in July.  The RFQ will also require vendors to give presentations on their product for the campus community early in the fall semester to allow more opportunity for you to participate in the selection process.  Look for those dates and opportunities as they become available.  For more information on  the timeline, committee members, selection process, survey results, and more go to: http://www.washburn.edu/lms . We encourage your participation and value your input into this very important selection and implementation for the Washburn community.