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Archive for February, 2014

Summer 2014 Courses are now Available

Sites are currently loading into Blackboard for all courses being offered in Summer 2014 and instructor enrollments will begin tomorrow. You should be able to access your course site(s) in the next 48 hours either through the Blackboard login page at https://blackboard.utdl.edu or the myUT web portal. All sites for Summer 2014 were created using 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.
  • Public Area: This is the public area of your course. Any person throughout the world can access this area of your course site by clicking the “Preview as Guest” link on the Blackboard login screen. You can place your course syllabus and/or any other course information in this content area to share with prospective students and others interested in your course. Please ensure that the materials you post to this content area do not violate any copyright or privacy laws. For more information about the public area, please view the video tutorials or PDF documents on the Learning Ventures page in the “Hot Topics” section titled “Course Syllabus Posting.”
  • 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 contains a list of tutorials on how to use Blackboard tools and other resources such as templates and quality matters standards.
  • 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.

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 2014 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 see the links below for instructions:

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 tutorials under the Instructor Support link.

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


Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop

Friday, March 21, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00pm
Memorial Field House 1060

Lunch will be provided

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 2011-2013 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 Information:

Registration is free for all UT faculty.  You can register online at https://utdl.edu/DL_training/#ApplyingtheQualityMattersRubric(Wholedayworkshop)   (You will need to enter your UTAD ID and password on the top of the registration page to validate users).

Registration/cancellation deadline is March 14, Friday. For more information about QM please visit Learning Ventures website and the Quality Matters section on our Faculty Resource Center.