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UT Online – Fall 2016 Workshops

UT Online is offering a series of faculty development workshops, training sessions, and online certificate courses for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.

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Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) – Online
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Online Training Course – NEW!
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Responds
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Echo360 Active Learning Platform
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Online Teaching Certificate
  • Using Video for Effective Online Learning

If you have any questions, please contact UT Online at UTLV@utoledo.edu or (419) 530-8835.

Class size is limited. Register early.


FREE WEBINAR: IMPLEMENTING & EVALUATING WEB APPLICATION ACCESSIBILITY (July 7)

3PlayMedia        Online Learning Consortium Formerly the Sloan Consortium

Free Webinar: Thursday, July 7th at 2pm ET

While awareness of web accessibility is increasing, it can often be an overwhelming thing to implement.

In this free webinar, Jared Smith, the Associate Director of WebAIM, will provide an overview of web accessibility. His expertise in the field will leave you with web accessibility tips and strategies that you can implement right away, as well as tools and resources for evaluating your site or web application’s current accessibility.

Jared’s presentation will cover:

  • The principles of web accessibility
  • Accessibility laws and standards
  • The challenges of making web content accessible
  • Tips for implementing an accessible website or application
  • Why you need to test your website for accessibility
  • Tools for evaluating your site’s current accessibility

Register for FREE today!


FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE FOR FACULTY AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNERS (JULY 12 – 14)

BbWorld16Live Live Streaming July 12th-14th

 

Live Streaming Online: July 12th – 14th

BbWorld Live is comprised of single-day tracks focused on teaching, learning, and the school-to-home connection with sessions offered for K-12, Higher Education, or Corporate & Government Training.

 

The Higher Education sessions on July 14th will include:

11:30AM ET

Rocket session: great teaching in a world of connected students
Multiple presenters

Love a TED talk? Who doesn’t! We took that format and supercharged it. Introducing rocket sessions: 7-minute sessions that pack a punch. Not sure what to expect? You won’t be disappointed in these seven rocket sessions. Topics include:

  • Engaging your students via text message
  • Integrating video into your courses
  • Social presence in online learning

 

12:35PM ET
Superheros collaborate! Teaching virtual teamwork
Graceful Beam and Sharon Wilson
Georgia Northwestern Technical College

A once-feared online capstone class has been transformed into an epic adventure for students at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Buckle up for an exciting ride with Graceful Beam and Sharon Wilson as they highlight how they used online collaboration tools to revamp a course that was once dreaded by all, and is now a student favorite.

 

1:30PM ET
KEYNOTE
Dr. Howard Gardner
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dr. Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences. However, he’s a man with many hats. He’s authored over 30 books and received honorary degrees from over 30 institutions in recognition of his work’s impact on education. He’s been named one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. Join us for this rare, online keynote address just for faculty.

*Note: Can’t make all of the other sessions? Simply register for the KEYNOTE session only!

 

2:30PM ET
A week-long faculty institute drives big results
Michelle Dames
Austin Community College

Austin Community College developed a week-long faculty institute centered around instructional design. The program mirrored the focus of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric’s four key elements: course design, interaction & collaboration, assessment, and learner support. Tune in as Michelle Dames outlines the design of the institute, shares resources, lessons learned, and results of a self-efficacy survey.

 

3:00PM ET
The top 10 things you didn’t know you could do in Blackboard Learn
Tammy Jolley
Blackboard

Your job is to deliver great teaching for your students. Our job is to make sure that you have access to the best tools for your classroom. In this session (included by popular demand) Tammy uses her 19 years of experience in education to highlight the most exciting capabilities of Blackboard Learn, our flagship LMS, that you can start using today.

 

3:30PM ET
Building (attr) active courses: A session on instructional design
Tim Boon
University of Leuven

Engaging students in online courses can be quite challenging. Good-looking and well-structured courses help students stay motivated. By embedding web 2.0 tools (Google Drive, Prezi, Padlet, …) and using just a tiny bit of coding you can make your Blackboard courses stunning and a lot more interactive. Tim Boon will show you how.

 

4:00PM ET
A response to the challenge of digital accessibility
Harriette Spiegel
University of Tennesse, Martin

What does it mean to create “accessible course documents”? At colleges and universities, we’re all seeing a strong emphasis on ADA compliance, which has taken on new meaning as online courses and digital content become the norm. In this interactive session, accessibility expert Harriette Spiegel will walk through the step-by-step protocol for creating accessible content and discuss recent trends in accessibility.

 

4:30PM ET
Featured speaker: making sense of the new world of digital credentialing
Carla Casilli
Badging + Credentials expert

More than five years have passed since the inception of the open badges experiment, and in that time the concept of digital badges has moved steadily into the general consciousness. As this idea evolves, so do its many opportunities and challenges. Part technology and part conceptual approach, the digitization of representations of learning now includes wide-ranging considerations such as competency-based education and e-portfolios, as well as professional development. This presentation will explore the evolving dimensions of this work.

 

Join online for FREE!

Register by Midnight on July 1 for a chance to win an iPad.

 


FREE Online Workshop: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (July 12 – 25)

Where: 100% Online
When:
July 12 – 25, 2016

About the Workshop
This workshop will explore the Quality Matters project and processes and prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online and blended courses, and ultimately, student learning and success.

Quality Matters (QM) ProgramQuality Matters (QM) is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. In this workshop, you will become familiar with the Quality Matters standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools. After successfully completing this workshop, you will gain practical ideas to improve your own courses using QM Rubric Standards, and be eligible to take the online Peer Reviewer Certification course.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the underlying principles of QM.
  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  • Apply the 5th Edition QM Rubric to review online courses.
  • Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric standards.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

This course is a two-week, fully online, asynchronous workshop conducted via Moodle, an online learning platform.  To get a sense of the course schedule and grading policies, please read the abbreviated workshop syllabus.

The registration/cancellation deadline is Wednesday, July 6. 2016. To register for the course, please visit our online registration page. For more information about QM, visit the UT Online website and the Quality Matters section housed in our Faculty Resource Center, or email UTLV@utoledo.edu. More sessions of this workshop are available to faculty members; please check out the Ohio QM Consortium training calendar for registration information.


FREE to UT Faculty: Ohio QM’s Annual Member Meeting (5/12/16)

UT Online at The University of Toledo is proud to host

The Fourth Ohio Quality Matters Consortium 
Annual Member Meeting

Quality Matters (QM) The Heart of It All

Thursday, May 12, 2016
The University of Toledo (Main Campus)
Student Union Ingman Room
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

The Fourth Ohio Quality Matters (QM) Consortium Annual Member Meeting will include hands-on sessions and opportunities to network with colleagues and peers from around the state. Topics include QM related research, QM related faculty development initiatives, meeting general review standards, competency-based education, and more.

This meeting is free to Ohio QM Consortium members, including UT faculty.

To learn more about the event and register, visit our online registration form.


Echo360 Changes

Echo360's Active Learning Platform: Capture and Remote Learning, Student Engagement, Instructional Content Management, Learner Analytics and Dashboard

Starting with Summer 2016, UT will be transitioning to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform, which is a new cloud-based service. This new platform combines Classroom Capture and Personal Capture services with Student Engagement Tools (formerly known as LectureTools) and incorporates additional analytics tools.

Classroom Capture and Personal Capture software will remain the same, but instructors will now use a new portal for managing content. Additionally, the Echo360 player has been redesigned and will allow students to take notes, ask questions, or flag segments in captures that they find confusing. Also included are powerful new analytics tools that will allow instructors to monitor student progress, view how many students have watched videos, and evaluate student engagement. The new Student Engagement Tools will allow instructors to add interactive elements to their presentation slides, such as poll questions, a note-taking platform, interfaces for discussions, and a location for students to ask questions.

At this time, the automatic publishing of individual capture links to Blackboard is not possible. The feature is currently in development at Echo360. However, you can link your Blackboard course site to your Echo360 “course portal,” which is similar to the EchoCenter in the current version of Echo360.

Starting this Summer, all new content will be published to the Active Learning Platform, while existing content will continue to reside in the previous Echo360 environment, for now. Instructors can continue to link to existing content in the previous Echo360 environment, and UT Online will work to identify content that can be migrated to the new Active Learning Platform, if desired.

For more information about Echo360 and any of the aforementioned components, please visit the Echo360 How It Works page or contact the UT Online Help Desk. Trainings on how to use the Classroom Capture, Personal Capture, Student Engagement Tools, and analytics will be offered this Spring and Summer. Please register for these trainings on the UT Online Trainings and UTC Student Engagement Tools pages. Furthermore, step-by-step instructions will be available for instructors in the coming months on the UT Online Guides page. Please also watch email for future updates and instructions.


FREE Accessibility Webinar: 8 Tips for Addressing Standard 8

Overwhelmed by the idea of meeting Section 508 requirements? Not sure if you are truly addressing the five Specific Review Standards under General Standard 8? In this free webinar, participants will look at eight steps they can take toward making their digital content accessible for all users. High-level topics will be discussed, as well as nuts and bolts ideas such as heading levels, alt text, descriptive links, captioning and transcripts, and specific examples of how faculty can meet Standard 8. Takeaways will include a greater awareness of accessibility issues and a number of practical resources.

8 Tips for Addressing Standard 8
March 16, 2016
1 PM to 2 PM EDT

Catherine Artac, Instructional Designer and Technologist with Minnesota State University Moorhead, will facilitate this free event. Register now as space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Can’t make it? This QM Success Story will be recorded and available to subscribers after the session.


What’s New for Summer 2016

In Summer 2016, you will see some exciting new changes with our supported technology. Please read the headings below for what’s new:

Collaborate Ultra is here!
Collaborate Ultra Web Conferencing is a whole new experience. Most importantly, the new version no longer requires a separate “launcher” plugin to be installed. Entry into the “classroom” is much easier than ever before. While the new version doesn’t yet have some of the features of the classic version, it will meet the needs of many instructors and students and is a much more seamless experience than classic Collaborate. You can add Blackboard Collaborate Ultra using the instructions found here. More information about Blackboard Collaborate can be found here.

Collaborate “Classic” will be unavailable by default.
For those instructors who require some of the advanced features available only in the classic version of Collaborate, you will need to take a few extra steps to enable it in your courses. Please refer to the Enabling Collaborate Classic in Your Blackboard Course guide to learn what these steps are.

The classic chat and virtual classroom tools will be disabled.
Due to the removal of Java support in many browsers and the announcement that Java will be discontinued, we will be removing the Chat and Virtual Classroom tools from Blackboard. We highly recommend using the new Collaborate Ultra in place of these tools.

Batch add/remove Grade Center columns
The Batch Create/Delete Grade Columns tool allows instructors to add/remove manually-created columns at once. Please see the Creating Multiple Grade Columns and Deleting Multiple Grade Columns guides for more information. Information on making these tools available in your course can be found in the Enabling Third Party Building Blocks guide.

The New Echo360 Platform (previously Echo360 Lecture Capture and LectureTools)
Echo360 has migrated to a new platform that allows for seamless integration of classroom captures, personal video captures, and student engagement tools that allow for polling, note-taking, and other interactive experiences. Additionally, detailed analytics are available to track student participation in student activities and videos.

Single Sign On
Move between Blackboard and other UT applications that support single sign on! Coming this summer, users will be able to authenticate on one site and move seamlessly among Blackboard, e-mail, myUT, and other UT applications.

Bb Student
Bb Student is a free mobile app for students to access course content.For courses that make use of Blackboard, the app will provide mobile access to much of the content and many of the tools that you need. While using the app is a great way for you to stay involved in your courses, please remember that it is not a replacement for using a desktop or laptop. The app is still an evolving product and it is possible you may miss something important if you use only the Bb Student app to access Blackboard. You should always use a desktop or laptop directly connected to the internet to take graded quizzes, tests, and other high-stakes assessments. More information about the Bb Student app can be found on Blackboard’s Bb Student page. The app can be downloaded from your mobile device’s app store.

Bb Grader
Bb Grader is a free mobile app for faculty to use when grading student submissions and monitoring student progress. More information can be found on Blackboard’s Bb Grader page. The app can be downloaded from your mobile device’s app store. While using the app is a great way for you to access student submissions remotely, please remember that it is not a replacement for using a desktop or laptop. The app is still an evolving product and it is possible you may not be able to access all assignments or files submitted by students.

Refreshed Support Tabs
Be on the lookout for a fresh look and new content being added to the Faculty Resources and Faculty Support tabs at the top of your Blackboard window!

Have questions? Need help? Free one-on-one technology trainings and consultations are available to all UT faculty. Contact UTLV@utoledo.edu to schedule an appointment.


FREE Online Workshop: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

Where: 100% Online via Moodle
When: 
April 4 – 15, 2016

About the Workshop
This workshop will explore the Quality Matters project and processes and prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online and blended courses, and ultimately, student learning and success.

Quality Matters (QM) is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. In this workshop, you will become familiar with the Quality Matters standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools. After successfully completing this workshop, you will gain practical ideas to improve your own courses using QM Rubric Standards, and be eligible to take the online Peer Reviewer Certification course.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the underlying principles of QM.
  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  • Apply the 5th QM Rubric to review online courses.
  • Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric standards.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Participants should expect to spend approximately 7-8 hours per week in this two week, asynchronous workshop. Participants have the flexibility to complete the learning activities at any time throughout the duration of the workshop; however, there is a firm end date and deadline of completion by 11:59 PM on the last day of the workshop. To get a sense of the course schedule and grading policies, please read the abbreviated workshop syllabus.

The registration/cancellation deadline is Thursday, March 31. 2016. To register for the course, please visit our online registration page. For more information about QM, visit the UT Online website and the Quality Matters section housed in our Faculty Resource Center, or email UTLV@utoledo.edu. More sessions of this workshop are available to faculty members; please check out the Ohio QM Consortium training calendar for registration information.

 


UT to Host 4th Ohio Quality Matters (QM) Member Meeting (5/12/16)

Save the Date! The 4th Ohio QM Consortium's Annual Member Meeting; The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio; Thursday, May 12, 2016

Save the Date! UT Online is proud to host the 4th Ohio Quality Matters (QM) Consortium’s Annual Member Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The Annual Member Meeting will be a day of hands-on information sessions focusing on Quality Matters initiatives. There will also be time and opportunities for networking with your peers from around the state. This meeting is free to consortium members. Breakfast and lunch are included in the day’s activities.