Join us for a face-to-face Quality Matters workshop, Improving Your Online Course (IYOC), on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Drinko Library 138 conducted by Prof. Ann Calder Rose of West Liberty University.
IYOC explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online courses and develop a course improvement plan. You will be asked to log into one of your classes. If you do not have one, let us know in advance of the April 20 session.
You must be present for the entire workshop to receive QM certification. Sorry, no exceptions. The Libraries and Online Learning department will cover your tuition for the QM certification. Lunch, refreshments, goodies, and a door prize will also be provided (you could win an Amazon Kindle Fire!)
Each year we provide workshops to help faculty and staff navigate the complicated world of copyright fair use as it pertains to both face-to-face and online classroom environments. Please join us for one or more of the sessions planned for the 2017-18 academic year. Use the Human Resources training and development registration site to register for the session(s) you’d like to attend. All sessions are scheduled for Drinko Library. Registrants will receive a Skype meeting link prior to each meeting so they may join remotely. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion.
Wednesday, September 6
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Session 1: General Information Session on Fair Use – Drinko 402
2017-18 Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) training is back! We are offering face-to-face and online QM workshops that are conducted by the national program throughout the year.
FACE-TO-FACE QM WORKSHOPS
If you prefer in-person training, our first one-day workshop will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 to learn the underlying principles behind the QM Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process. Learn about drafting helpful recommendations as you apply the QM Rubric to an actual course. The Applying the QM Rubric one-day workshop will be conducted by Prof. Ann Rose, Office of E-Learning, West Liberty University, and held in Drinko 349 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NOTE: you must stay for the entire F2F workshop. You will not be certified by the national QM program if you arrive late, leave early, or disappear for a period of time during the class to attend another commitment so please plan accordingly before registering. Plenty of breaks will be provided along with refreshments and a box lunch so we hope to make the day enjoyable.
ONLINE QM WORKSHOPS
We are also offering several online QM rubric classes over the course of a 2-week period asynchronously. Marshall University is covering the tuition for MU faculty to participate in each of these courses. If you register for a session, you must successfully complete the course in its entirety to receive the QM certification. If you do not complete your online course, you will be billed for the tuition incurred by MU on your behalf. All workshops are set up as statewide workshops so anyone from a participating institution may register.
Pick the class that meets with your schedule and register online:
Collaborate Ultra is available and ready to use. Ultra is replacing the out-of-date version of Collaborate. Collaborate Ultra is browser-based (Chrome), does not rely on Java or a launcher, and has a much sleeker look and ease-of-use.
As always, you can also find information by logging into Blackboard. Click either the Faculty or Student Services tab at the top to learn more about Blackboard tools.
Currently instructors must turn on the tool by going to Customization, Tool Availability, and checking the box beside Collaborate Ultra to turn it on. Hit Submit. We anticipate that Collaborate Ultra will be available in every course without having to turn it on starting Fall 2017 semester.
We will also be phasing out the old version of Collaborate. Collaborate Ultra contains all of the tools necessary, including recording sessions. The old version of Collaborate is not as stable as the newer versions and has many more known issues. This update will enhance our experience, not inhibit it.
Registration is still open for Teaching with Technology. Choose any sessions you wish to attend from the list below – the first one is Tuesday, September 20th!
Teaching with Technology sessions focus on how technology is being used in our teaching practices. They are open to all, facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Design Center, and feature a specific topic or tool (and often both). These sessions include demonstrations of teaching practice and discussion.
Fall 2016 Schedule:
Grade Center – September 20, 2016 | 10–11am | Drinko 349
Hi everyone, these are a few reminders or Blackboard updates from your Instructional Designers:
Notifications page: we notice that several of you are turning off access to this page or don’t update this page regularly. Maybe you aren’t aware that you can? If so, great news, we have some new modules that greatly help students. To add these modules, go to Notifications, click Add module, and click Add on the following: Accessibility Statement & Links, Blackboard Support, FERPA & Privacy Statements, and Student Support & Resources Links (on page 2).
You can then reorder your boxes by scrolling over the name of the module, holding down your mouse button and dragging to move or reorder so that all modules are in the left column and the Student Support & Resources Links is on the right column.
Here’s an example of what that looks like:
Re-ordering the Course Menu: Perhaps you’ve noticed that when you complete a course copy or add something new to the Course Menu, your links are always added to the bottom under the Blackboard Help links? You can reorder the course menu to help your students easily navigate the course. Scroll to the left of the link name on the menu. When the compass arrows appear, click with your mouse, hold the button down, and drag your links to the top.
Using material from previous semester: You can use your old content without creating new content from scratch by following the Course Copy Directions, found on the Start of the Semester Tips on the Faculty tab inside Blackboard.
You can change all due dates on the Date Management page, found under Course Tools under Course Management on your Course Menu.
Tip: Don’t put due dates on the description of items or assignments because then you have to go back and change them every semester and you may miss them. Put due dates on the ACTUAL assignment/discussion/test/quiz/etc and the due date will be put on the course calendar that the students can view in Blackboard. OR create a course schedule for the students to view.
Reminder: The Instructional Design Center Open House: “Fall into Blackboard” will be held the week of August 29th. We are hosting a faculty wine reception on Tuesday, August 30, 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Ruth Newberry, from the Blackboard Outcomes team will be here to answer questions about goal, alignment, and outcomes. Please join us in Drinko Library 235!