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Fall 2015 Training Schedule

Learning Ventures is offering a series of FREE online faculty development workshops, technology training sessions, and certificate courses this fall. All faculty and teaching assistants, with or without previous online teaching experience, are invited to attend.

Space is limited. Register now at:
Learning Ventures Workshop Registration Form

Accessibility

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
  • ADA Compliance and Online Courses**
  • Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Respondus

Instructional Design and Best Practices

  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric**
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Getting Learners Started
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Discussions
  • Online Teaching Certificate**
  • Promoting Online Instructor Presence
  • Rubrics
  • Using Video for Effective Online Learning
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

Web Conferencing, Video, and Lecture Capture

  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Basics
  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Intermediate
  • Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

** Sessions marked with an asterisk are part of the Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program.

If you are not able to attend one of the workshops or certificate courses above, please email utlv@utoledo.edu to schedule a one-on-one or group consultation with an educational technologist or instructional designer.

If you have any questions, or encounter a problem with your registration, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419-530-8835.


Learning Ventures Completely Launched Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program

To meet faculty needs in online course design, development, and delivery, Learning Ventures developed a Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program (Pathway). The entire program was launched on June 1, 2015 with 10 faculty members taking the Online Course Design Certificate. The primary goal of the Pathway program is to ensure the quality of our fully online programs so that students will achieve desired learning objectives and have a satisfactory online learning experience.  Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Design effective online courses by incorporating Quality Matters standards and best practices of online learning with technology;
  • Deliver well-structured online courses with technology effectively;
  • Apply the QM rubrics and the QM review process to review online courses and provide helpful recommendations; and
  • Mentor novice online instructors in online course design and delivery.

The Pathway program contains four unique components to prepare faculty in course design, delivery, and revision for continuous course improvement. The first course, Online Teaching Certificate, was first offered in the Fall 2013 Semester. Ninety-two (92) faculty members have successfully completed that course. The second course, ADA Compliance and Online Courses, was launched in May, 2015 with 17 faculty and academic support staff enrolled. The course was offered as a competency-based learning course. Participants followed a suggested schedule to complete course work and assessment at their own pace. The third course, Online Course Design Certificate, was launched on June 1 with 10 faculty members for the pilot run. The fourth course, Applying Quality Matters Rubric, was first offered on campus in Spring 2012. Eighty-seven (87) faculty have completed this course and 20 of them have successfully completed the Peer Reviewer Course offered by Quality Matters.  Eighteen of them have become certified QM peer reviewers who are eligible to serve on QM review teams and provide helpful recommendations to course developers.  Those who successfully complete the entire program will receive a Learning Ventures certificate recognizing successful completion.

To learn more about the Pathway program, please visit Learning Ventures website and the Workshops and Events page for our full catalog.


Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Online Workshop

LOCATION
This workshop will be conducted online via Moodle, a learning management platform. Participants will complete all course activities anywhere anytime with a computer connected to the Internet during the two weeks. Participants will be notified via email a week before the online course starts with login information.  

DESCRIPTION
This workshop will explore the Quality Matters Project and Processes and will prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online/blended courses and ultimately, student learning and success.

QM is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. 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. Participants in this hands-on workshop can be online/blended instructors, instructional designers, and/or faculty members & faculty developers. After successfully completing this workshop, you will be eligible to move into the Online Peer Reviewer Certification. In addition, you will gain ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards.

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

  • Identify the underlying principles of QM. (Recognize key QM underlying principles and concepts.)
  • 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.

Registration/cancellation deadline is Friday, July 10, 2015. To register for the course, visit Learning Ventures Faculty Development Opportunities. For more information about QM please visit Learning Ventures website and the Quality Matters section on our Faculty Resource Center. More sessions of this workshop are available to our faculty members; please check out Ohio QM Consortium training calendar for registration information.


Students Loaded to Summer Courses

Greetings!

Learning Ventures will begin loading students into Blackboard course sites for Summer 2015 on Monday, May 4. While students will be loaded into courses, they will not have access to the course materials until the designated starting date for the course:

– Monday, May 11 | College of Nursing Courses
– Monday, May 18 | Full Term and Summer Session 1 Courses
– Monday, June 15 | Summer Session 3 Courses
– Monday, June 29 | Summer Session 2 Courses

If your course begins on a date other than the above, your students will have access to the course on the course start date listed in Banner for the course.

Students who register late will be added to the course in 1-2 business days after the student has registered. Note: Adding a student to Blackboard does not register the student to the course for the purposes of receiving course credit.

If instructors would like to provide early access to their course materials, they can change the course start date in Blackboard. Additionally, instructions for copying course materials from a previous term can be found here.

If instructors have any questions related to best practices in online course design and delivery please contact our instructional designers. For technical support or information about using online learning technologies, please feel free to contact Learning Ventures Support at utlv@utoledo.edu or at 419-530-8835.

Please consider participating in some of our FREE trainings and workshops. These sessions cover various topics including: online teaching pedagogy, measurable learning objectives, accessibility, Blackboard, Echo360 lecture capture, Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing and much more!

Sincerely,

The Learning Ventures Team


Learning Ventures Launches Its First Competency-Based Course on ADA Compliance

Starting this summer, Learning Ventures is offering a unique certification opportunity for faculty looking to incorporate accessible design in online courses.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, colleges and universities must ensure equal access to all electronic communication – especially in online courses.

*ADA Compliance and Online Courses* is a six-week, self-paced course that prepares faculty for addressing accessibility when designing and developing their online courses. The course covers topics that range from discussing accessibility law to identifying course design considerations for inclusivity and learning how to format course content and other documents for accessibility. Participants can choose to follow a suggested schedule to complete all modules within six weeks, or they can finish all course requirements within the academic year.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides a wealth of guidance to institutions of higher education to ensure a satisfying learning environment for students with disabilities.  With each new online course a university develops, another opportunity presents itself for that university to be distinctive,” says David Cutri, Director of Internal Audit and Chief Compliance Officer. “ADA Compliance and Online Courses will provide you with tools and techniques to allow you to produce these distinctive courses.  The course is self-paced and flexible in its execution, which will allow you to learn in your own way and in your own time.  You will learn that not only is the ADA the law of the land, it also provides a blueprint for maximizing student success – which is good business.”

To register for the course, visit Learning Ventures Faculty Development Opportunities.

For questions regarding the course, please contact Peter You, Director for Instructional Design and Development, at 419-530-4016 or at peter.you@utoledo.edu.

ADA Compliance and Online Courses Certificate

Dates offered: May 18 – June 28, 2015

Location: 100% Online, Blackboard Learn

Completion requirements: Complete four required modules, and one elective module

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of accessibility in online learning based on diversity of learners and legislative standards;
  • Apply accessibility principles and guidelines in the design and development of course materials; and
  • Identify tools in Blackboard Learn, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint applications, and Adobe Acrobat XI to use to create accessible course materials.

Summer 2015 Faculty Training Schedule

 

Learning Ventures is offering a series of FREE online faculty development workshops, certificate courses, and technical training sessions for UT faculty. All faculty and teaching assistants are invited to attend these sessions.

Sessions are offered in three different formats: face to face in our Memorial Field House training lab, online asynchronously via Blackboard Learn or Moodle, and online synchronously via Blackboard Collaborate, our web-conferencing platform.

Register Now: http://www.utoledo.edu/dl/training

A list of sessions is below. Click on the registration link above for more details!

Educational Technology Training

Blackboard Learn

-Blackboard Learn: Basics I and II

-Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys

-Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center

-Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys using Respondus

Live Web Conferencing, Video, and Lecture Capture Technologies

-Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

-Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing)

Instructional Design and Best Practices

Accessibility

-Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics

-Accessible PDF Documents

-Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses

Best Practices

-Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning

-Introduction to Blended Learning

-Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

-Using Video for Effective Online Learning

-Promoting Online Presence

-Customizing the Appearance of Your Course

-Rubrics

-Wikis for Collaborative Learning

Online Courses

-Applying Quality Matters Rubrics (APPQMR)

Space is limited. Register early!

If you have any questions, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419 530 8835.


More APPQMR Training Sessions

If you missed registering the online “Quality Matters Rubric workshop at UT, you can register the face-to-face workshop at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  

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

QM is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. 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. Participants in this hands-on workshop can be online/blended instructors, instructional designers, and/or faculty members & faculty developers. After successfully completing this workshop, you will be eligible to move into the Online Peer Reviewer Certification. In addition, you will gain ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards.

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

  • Identify the underlying principles of QM. (Recognize key QM underlying principles and concepts.)
  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

This workshop is free for UT faculty and staff, but registration is required and the deadline is March 5th. To learn more sessions of this workshop and registration information please visit Ohio QM Consortium’s training calendar.


Sites are currently being created in Blackboard for Summer 2015 courses and should be available shortly.  You should be able to access your course site(s) through the Blackboard login page at https://blackboard.utdl.edu or the myUT web portal. Sites for Summer 2015 have been created with a common course shell, which includes the following items in the Main Course Menu:

Start Here – This is a blank area in which you can place your course orientation materials to help your students get started with this course.

Course News – The area contains three basic modules (Announcements, To Do, and What’s New) that give information to users based on their enrollment and their role in the system. Students can navigate to individual items to take action.

Learner Support – This area contains critical information about technology support, the Office of Academic Access, eLibrary services, eTutoring services, as well as a browser requirements check and Blackboard video tutorials.

Instructor Support – This area is only visible to instructors and it describes where to get technical support, documentation, and training on Blackboard Learn, other educational technologies, and course design.

LibGuides – This link contains research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by University of Toledo librarians.

My Grades – This link allows students to view grades within their course.  Grades entered by the instructor in Blackboard’s Grade Center are visible to the student here.

Learning Ventures offers many faculty development opportunities and can also provide workshops for your college or department. See our training schedule and full catalog for details.

If you are developing online or blended courses from scratch please contact one of our instructional designers. We also have developed several templates for you to speed up your development process.

If you teach several sections of the same course, you may benefit from having your course sites merged. Courses cross listed in Banner are merged automatically. For more info on merged courses, please read the article: What is a Merged Course? It is highly recommended that all course merges be completed before the start of classes as student work from multiple sections cannot be combined. If you would like any of your course sites to be merged, please send an email request to utlv@utoledo.edu.

Instructors can use the “Course Copy” function in Blackboard to copy a class from a previous semester or import an archive package of a previous course into their Summer 2015 course site(s). The Course Copy function is available in the Control Panel under the “Packages and Utilities” heading and a link to instructions for its use are provided below. Please keep in mind that Course Copy operations may take several minutes and even up to an hour to complete. If you believe a Course Copy operation did not run, please check again after an hour. If the Course Copy does not complete, do not re-initiate another attempt. Instead, contact Learning Ventures for support.

Please see the links below for instructions:

After a course copy or course import is complete, it is highly recommended that the following steps are completed:

  • Use the Date Management tool to review and update item availability and due dates (As of Spring 2015, the Date Management tool does not change the start and end dates for group discussion forums, posts, and wikis. If you use these tools inside of a group, please make sure to change the start and end dates manually after using the Date Management tool.)
  • Use the Discussion Board De-anonymizer tool to reassociate your name with copied posts
  • Check the Discussion Board and delete any unwanted posts
  • Review all Grade Center columns and remove any duplicate or unwanted columns
  • Check all external links to ensure the links are still functional

To add other content areas, such as links to weekly content, assignments, and exams; or communication tools; such as discussion boards or blogs, please refer to the support resources under “Faculty Support” and “Faculty Resources” located at the top of the Blackboard interface. You may also directly access the online version of our Blackboard Learn guide for faculty here: http://utlv.screenstepslive.com/s/faculty/m/BlackboardLearn.

Please contact us at utlv@utoledo.edu or at 419-530-8835 if you have any questions.

Thank you from the Learning Ventures Team.


Student Access to Fall 2014 Blackboard Courses

Student access to Fall 2014 courses has been disabled, and students will no longer be able to access courses they were enrolled in Fall 2014. If you have previously extended the availability of your course, this will not affect student access to your course. If your students still require access to your course, you will need to reactivate the site for students. Please click the following links for additional instructions:

Changing a Course Site’s Availability and Duration

Please note that this will allow all students enrolled in the course to have access.  If you wish to restrict content to specific students, it would be recommended to use the Adaptive Release or the Test Availability Exceptions feature and release the desired content to the students who need access to the material. If you wish to grant course access to only specific students, while preventing other students from accessing the course, please send a request to utlv@utoledo.edu with the course you are teaching and the students you want to have access to the course.

As always, should you need any assistance with this, please don’t hesitate to call our Learning Ventures Blackboard Help Desk at 419-530-8835 or email UTLV@utoledo.edu.


Spring 2015 Faculty Training Schedule

Learning Ventures is offering a series of online faculty development workshops, certificate courses, and technical training sessions for UT Faculty. All faculty and teaching assistants are invited to attend these sessions. 

Sessions are offered in three different formats: face to face in our Memorial Field House training lab, online asynchronously via Blackboard Learn or Moodle, and online synchronously via Blackboard Collaborate, our Web-conferencing platform. 

Register Now:

http://www.utoledo.edu/dl/training

Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

Educational Technology Training

  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing)
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I and II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys using Respondus
  • Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

Instructional Design and Best Practices

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics 
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (two-week online course)
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses 
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You
  • Online Discussions
  • Promoting Online Presence
  • Rubrics
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning

Space is limited. Register early!

If you have any questions, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419 530 8835.