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National Distance Learning Week: Free OLC Resources

National Distance Learning Week
In celebration of National Distance Learning Week (November 7-11, 2016), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) invites you to explore resources that will help sharpen your skills and knowledge, along with some great tools to help enhance online programs.

To learn more, visit National Distance Learning Week 2016.

Day Topic
Monday Focus on Learning Analytics
Tuesday Focus on Digital Learning
Wednesday Focus on OLC Conferences
Thursday Focus on Community Colleges
Friday Focus on Open Educational Resources (OER)
Beyond NDLW Focus on Instructional Design & Digital Learning and Leadership Research

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.

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.

Protect the Integrity of Exams with Respondus

Respondus, Inc. is offering a series of free webinars on Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.  Respondus LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. Respondus Monitor® is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Now is the perfect time to attend a session and prepare for the spring and summer terms.

To register, visit www.respondus.com/webinars. Each 45-minute webinar provides a live demo, as well tips that will help faculty to get started with these applications right away:

Introduction to LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor
This introductory webinar provides an overview of two applications: Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser. It is intended for anyone interested in learning how to protect the integrity of online exams, in both proctored and non-proctored settings. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

  • Tuesday, November 10 at 4 pm EST

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams
This comprehensive training webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

  • Tuesday, November 17th at 1 pm EST
  • Tuesday, December 8th at 3 PM EST

To schedule a one-to-one consultation, please contact email utlv@utoledo.edu or call 419-530-8835.

QM Celebrates Distance Learning Week with FREE Accessibility Webinars

National Distance Learning Week

Quality Matters (QM) celebrates National Distance Learning Week (November 9-13, 2015) with a focus on Accessibility. Hear from QM subscribers as they describe how they trained staff members to implement accessibility standards in their online courses, overcame resistance to these implementations, and how they were able to increase the accessibility of their online courses and programs. Register for one or all four free webinars led by QM subscribers who have taken the accessibility journey.

Beyond Standard 8: Universal Design and QM
Monday, November 9, 2015
Beginning at 10 AM EST

How We Overcame the Challenges of Implementing Standard 8
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Incorporating Accessibility Standards in Course Design and Materials
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Feeding Many Birds With One Piece of Bread: Process and Impact of Providing Accessible Multimedia Course Materials
Friday, November 13, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Space is limited. Register now.


Attend FREE Online Sessions at 7th Annual QM Conference

QM 7th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning, November 1 - 4, 2015, San Antonio; Join the community of people who believe quality matters

Can’t make it to San Antonio for Quality Matter’s (QM) 7th Annual Conference? You can still get your next big idea, collaborate, and discover valuable research and tools on improving learner engagement. Register for FREE webcasting of select sessions. QM is making eight sessions available through live streaming from the conference. “Seating” is limited so consider having a viewing party with your colleagues. Register today!

Monday, November 2 Presentations:

Keynote Panel: Becoming Competent in CBE: What is it and What is Driving this Growing Movement?
10:30 a.m. to noon ET

Put on Your Cultural Glasses and Jump! Transforming Regular Assignments into Active Learning Experience
12:30 to 12:55 p.m. ET

Spicing It Up! Quality Course Design for the Digital Age
2:30 to 3:20 p.m. ET

Making Sense of the Competency-Based Education Learning Management Systems Landscape
4:35 to 5:25 p.m. ET

Going Beyond Course Design: Implementing Online Delivery Standards
5:35 to 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday, November 3 Presentations:

It’s All In the Design — The Importance of Making Courses Legally Accessible
10:15 to 11:05 a.m. ET

Our Sneaky QM Implementation: Moving Past Posting Their Syllabus Online
2:45 to 3:10 p.m. ET

Creating the Perfect Module
3:20 to 4:10 p.m. ET

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


  • 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.

Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)

The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is a free weekly webinar series designed to help support and mentor faculty using Blackboard Learn. Harnessing its community of Blackboard users, BITS will share the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. The program consists of weekly faculty training webinars that are taught by faculty and supported by Blackboard experts.

To register for one or more of the following sessions, visit:


  • Accessibility Matters! – Part Two
  • A Systematic Approach to Creating Accessible Video Content for Online Courses
  • BITS Office Hours: Course Design
  • Blackboard in the Flipped Classroom
  • Incorporating Gamification Into Your Curriculum
  • Maximize Engagement & Extend the Learning Experience with Social Learning
  • Organizing Your Course in Blackboard Learn
  • Setting Up Your Course in Blackboard Learn Without a Template
  • Strategies for Providing Effective Feedback to Students
  • Supporting the Seven Principles with Blackboard Learn
  • The Online Collaborative Experience

Join the Blackboard Exemplary Course Cohort (7/22 – 8/12)

Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course (ECP) Rubric as a guide, Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Cohort will provide theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended and online learners. Over the course of four weeks, ECP Directors and 2013 Exemplary Course Winners will expand upon each element of the rubric. This program is most beneficial to educators and designers who are new to online learning.

The cohort will not have weekly assignments, and there is no cost to participate. Live sessions will be held each Monday at 11 AM EDT and will run from July 22 until August 12. All sessions will be recorded and posted online.

To register and learn more, visit: http://learn.blackboard.com/ecpcohort

BAJ Update — “Preview Sessions”

The first of two “Preview” sessions for the “Beginning the Academic Journey Online” project took place this afternoon. Two modules were presented, one on “Game Design,” a project that was hatched out of a discussion between an engineer and a creative writer about the importance of literature for the aspiring game designer, and another on time management. The second preview session will take place on Monday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the FH auditorium (FH2100). If you are interested in the project or if you are teaching first-year students, please attend.

We received a number of helpful comments and questions that will shape the project as we move ahead. Two questions in particular merit attention. The first concerned the possibility of academic dishonesty if a module is “reused” in more than one course. One characteristic of a module is that it is in principle “share-able.” A module focusing on a problem or on data from important research might be used in a variety of courses in many disciplines. If so, a student might complete a project for one course and then be asked to complete the same or a similar project in another. Clearly a module takes different shapes and characteristics depending on its relation to the course, other modules, and intentions to which it becomes linked. Later, our senior designer, Peter You, pointed out to me that one of the key features in Blackboard 9.1’s assignment tool is a database called “SafeAssign” that compares student submissions to other submissions–on campus and off–to see if they are copied or plagiarized. Since one of the things compared is an institutional database of assignments, it will not be easy for a student to turn the same work in to two modules (and this is true for courses as well).

Secondly, an individual instructor may well decide to allow or even encourage the use of previous work in a new setting if doing so serves to help students learn. Clearly students should not receive credit for the same work twice. However, students can build new understanding based on their previous work. A writing assignment completed in 2012 might be the foundation for critical reflection in 2014. In any case, as in a face-to-face traditional course, we need to hold students to high standards of honesty and ask them to tell us whether work has already been used for another purpose. If you’ve had a student say, “I read that book in another class,” you might see that recycling old work can have pedagogical value if handled appropriately.

The other question concerned training and instruction: will we provide the instruction that faculty need to make the most of online modules? We offer three avenues to getting the help and instruction you need. First, we have posted our training schedule for the fall semester and sessions are already underway. Our “Building Blocks,” “Hone In,” and “Brush Up” sessions are designed to appeal to users with varying degrees of need and familiarity, so pick the session that appeals to you and sign up. (Be sure to attend if you sign up, though!). We also have a number of tutorials and training documents available online at our “faculty resources” site. In addition to regular training and tutorials, we are planning a series of “road-shows” and introductory presentations about key technologies and their use, tailored for your college or program. We will be offering those beginning early in the fall, some scheduled in the FH and others scheduled near you. Finally, we always welcome you for consultation and one-on-one instruction. Come up to Learning Ventures (Field House, 3rd Floor) between 8:30 and 5 and someone will be glad to work with you.

As always, please contact Learning Ventures if you have any questions or concerns.