Welcome New Faculty-Technology Support Information

Welcome new and returning faculty at Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology.  This past week, new faculty at Washburn University have had a lot of activities and new information to absorb.  Please remember the technology support contact information from Information Technology Services (ITS):

Technology Support Center
For desktop/laptop/classroom support
Bennett Computer Center, room 104
785-670-3000
support@washburn.edu
www.washburn.edu/its

Online Education Support
For online course support in Desire2Learn
Henderson Learning Center room 3
785-670-2381
online-ed-support@washburn.edu
www.washburn.edu/online-ed-support

Instructional Design/Technology Training
Assistance with effective use of technology.
Sue Taylor-Owens, Instructional Designer
Henderson Learning Center, room 10B

785-670-1856
sue.taylor-owens@washburn.edu
Technology Learning Center
Lab/Classroom facility for faculty and staff.
Bennett Computer Center, room 102
www.washburn.edu/its-training

Multimedia Production
Production, media duplication & audio/video streaming.
Dale Rusche, Production Coordinator
Henderson Learning Center, room 10D
785-670-1718
dale.rusche@washburn.edu

Website Support
Web space requests and content management.
Shane Bartley, Webmaster
Henderson Learning Center, room 18C
webmaster@washburn.edu

OCD Vol. 9 – Online Resources and LMS Selection

You can now find the recording of the “Online Course Management Clear Expectations – Making a Clear Syllabus” presentation online along with a sample syllabus and a syllabus outline on the Presentations page of the Online Course Design section of the Online Education Support website. Please, let me know what other types of things you would like to see presentations about.

Did you know that as an institution we have access to a whole archive of online presentations via Starlink? There are some really amazing ideas out there. To gain access do the following:

  1. Go to http://www.starlinktraining.org
  2. Place your mouse over the “Membership” option on the grey bar (you don’t have to click)
  3. Click “Create Individual Account” from the drop-down menu
  4. Fill in the form with your Washburn information
  5. Once you have logged in, click the E-Library option on the Members Page (should be the first page you are brought to after signing in)
  6. Click Archived Videos (after the paragraphs of text)
  7. A new window will open, select the collection you want to look through and start viewing

There is A LOT of stuff out there. It is definitely worth a few minutes to go take a look.

And finally, don’t forget, LMS selection is coming fast and we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to have their say. All the vendor demonstrations are available for viewing. Log in to MyWashburn and go to the Technology Support tab. There will be a “LMS Search” area with a link to LMS Presentations. There is also a link to the LMS website where you can find the evaluation forms so you can let us know what you think of the different aspects of each platform.

Online Course Management – Clear Expectations; Presentation/Discussion

I (Sue Taylor-Owens) will be hosting the first in, hopefully, a series of presentations/discussions focused on Online Course Management – Clear Expectations. This presentation/discussion will be covering “Making a Clear Syllabus.” I will be presenting in the TLC (Bennett Computer Center room 102) and also via Adobe Connect, for anyone who wants to join us from home or their desk. If you are interested in joining us remotely, please send me an email and I will send you the meeting information when it becomes available. Please join in the conversation!!

Wednesday, September 19 from 12:00 – 1:30
TLC, Bennett Computer Center room 102
OR
Contact me for online access

I will also be recording the session for anyone who is unable to attend.

Learning Management System review and selection process update

The LMS review/selection committee has released an RFP for vendors to submit proposals for a new LMS to be implemented for Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology by Fall 2013.  Vendor proposal deadline is Aug. 31st, 2012.  Following proposal submissions by the vendors, the selection committee will review proposals and meet on Sept. 11th to make a final recommendation on what vendors to bring to the campus for presentations.  Vendor presentations will potentially be scheduled between Sept. 24th and Oct. 12th and give ample opportunity for faculty, students, and staff to attend, ask questions of the vendors, and provide feedback to the selection committee before a final decision is made in late Oct. For more detailed 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.

OCD Vol. 8 – Discussions

I recently ran across a couple of great articles regarding discussions. The first, from Faculty Focus, concentrates on face-to-face courses but can easily be translated into the online course. It is “Five Reasons Getting Students to Talk is Worth the Effort“. The 5 reasons given are:

  1. Students learn content when they talk about it.
  2. Talking lets students learn from each other.
  3. Talking gives students the opportunity to practice using the language of the discipline.
  4. Talking connects student with the content.
  5. Talking connects students with each other.

I strongly recommend reading the entire article.

The other article, from Online Learning Insights, deals with a different issue in discussions, “How to get students to participate in Online Discussions…” It has some really great insight on how the course design plays into the student involvement.

ANGEL Tip – This tip probably comes a little late for those of you teaching this summer (sorry about that) but hopefully it is something that can help you in the future. In the Gradebook of ANGEL there is a setting which can change all assignments that have no grades to zeros. While this is typically not something you want to switch on for the entire semester (it tends to make the students nervous to be failing most of the semester) it does come in handy on that last day after everything has been graded so you don’t have to manually go through and zero assignments that weren’t turned in. To turn on this option, do the following:

  1. Go to the Manage tab
  2. Click the Gradebook link (first column, first link)
  3. Click the Preferences link (first column, middle)
  4. Check the first check box, which should read “Treat Ungraded Items as Zero”
  5. Click the Save button

Note: If you copy the course from semester to semester, after you copy it to the new semester, check to make sure this setting is turned back off.

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