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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.

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.

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:


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.

NCAT Spring 2014 Webinar Series

NCAT has launched a new series of free webinars this spring. Each hour-long webinar features an NCAT Redesign Scholar, the project leader of a highly successful course redesign, describing the redesign project with a particular focus on its distinguishing characteristics. After a presentation, the lead faculty member will be available to answer questions and provide additional specifics about the redesign. The following topics and speakers are planned: 

  • April 8, 2014 at 1 pm EDT: Redesigning General Psychology at the University of New Mexico presented by Gordon Hodge, featuring the use of mastery quizzing.
  • May 13, 2014 at 1 pm EDT: Redesigning College Algebra at the University of Central Florida presented by Tammy Muhs, featuring large-scale redesign in a course of 4,000+ students.

You must register for each webinar, but there is no registration fee. Go to http://www.theNCAT.org/Webinars/2014Webinars.html to register.

Dr. Perry Samson coming to UT to promote Lecture Tools

·      Are you interested in having your students be more active and engaged during your lectures?

·      Do you ever wish students asked more questions during your lectures?

·      Do you wish you knew what your students were thinking during class?

If so, you will likely be interested in learning more about a new product, LectureTools, that will beavailable for your use beginning Fall 2014!

Lecture Tools is a system similar to “clickers” that is designed to improve student engagement and attentiveness but includes expanded functionality. It allows instructors to import any existing slideshow and to enhance their presentation in a number of ways. Students can interact with the content by means of embedded multiple choice, open ended response and imagequestions. Students can also submit questions in real time that can be answered during the current class or at a later time. Students can take notes withinLectureTools for later reference and can even mark which slides they find confusing so that you know when they have questions. LectureTools contains a number of reporting features that will allow you to assess students’ participation after class, anonymously for the group or for individual students.

We are very pleased to announce that the developer of LectureTools, Dr. Perry Samson, will be here on Thursday, February 20. Dr. Samson is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at The University of Michigan. Dr. Samson will demonstrate the features of LectureTools and also share with you his personal story – why he developed LectureTools and how it has helped him enhance his own teaching in large group settings.

Lecture Tools is an application that has the potential to increase your interaction with students as well as students’ interaction with your content in classes of any size.

Please join us on February 20 at one of the following:

9-10 am in SU 2582
12-1 pm in COB 1210
3-4 pm in SU 2582

To register, please visit https://utdl.edu/DL_training/.


Online Learning Workshops for Spring 2014

Learning Ventures is offering a series of faculty development workshops for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.

Training Location:
Main Campus Memorial Field House
Room 1060

Register Now:

Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Active Learning with Blackboard Web 2.0 Tools
  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the QM Rubric (a whole-day workshop)
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Item Analysis
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You
  • Online Teaching Certificate (a 4-week online course)
  • Rubrics
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Objectives

If you have any questions, please contact Peter You, Director for Faculty Support and Special Projects, at (419) 530-4016.

Class sizes is limited. Register early.

NOTE: If you encounter problems with your registration, please email Lance.Stoll@utoledo.edu

Additional Quality Matters Training Opportunities in March

The University of Toledo hosted an Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop last Friday, February 24, 2012. Attending were faculty from UT as well as several area institutions. The workshop introduced the Quality Matters Program and those attending were shown how to apply the QM Rubric to increase the effectiveness of their online and hybrid courses. Many of those present commented that they felt that this was one of the most important workshops they had attended and that they came away with a set of principles and tools that they could immediately use to improve their courses regardless of the method of delivery.

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. At the heart of QM is the QM Rubric which is a set of standards (guidelines) that can be used as a diagnostic tool to facilitate the continuous improvement of online courses. While the QM Rubric was designed to evaluate the design effectiveness of existing courses, it can also be an invaluable tool to aid in the design of new courses. The Rubric itself is research-based and was developed in conjunction with best practices — and is re-evaluated/updated every couple of years. UT is just one of over 60 institutions in Ohio who are members of the Ohio Quality Matters Consortium.

Just in case you missed our workshop, there are two more opportunities in March to attend an APPQMR workshop in our area. The workshops are free, but registration is required and only 15 seats are available to those from outside the hosting institution — so please register early if you are interested.

(1) Bowling Green State University, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 9 am – 4  pm

To register, complete the online form at http://cobl.bgsu.edu/BGSU_QualityMatters_training_register.php.

(2) Cleveland State University, Friday, March 23, 2012 from 9 am – 4 pm

For more information or to register email eLearning@csuohio.edu.

If you have any questions concerning Quality Matters initiatives here at UT, please contact either Peter You (peter.you@utoledo.edu) or Jeff Jablonski (jeffrey.jablonski@utoledo.edu).

Ohio ‘Faculty Innovator Awards’

If you would like to be nominated or if you would like support for a nomination you intend to make, please contact Learning Ventures:

Nominations Sought for Third Year of Faculty Innovator Awards
Awards Given to Faculty Using Digital Learning Materials to Lower Student Costs, Advance Learning

COLUMBUS – Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut today announced the University System of Ohio is seeking nominations from students, faculty, and administrators for its 2011 “Faculty Innovator Awards.” These awards will recognize 10 faculty members and/or teams from Ohio’s public universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult career centers (see map) for work they have done to introduce digital course materials in the classroom that enrich learning and make college textbooks more affordable for their students.

“Every year, these awards provide the opportunity for us to not just recognize those faculty who have gone the extra mile in using technology to lower costs for students,” said Chancellor Fingerhut, “but to also educate and inspire other faculty to follow their lead and to take those innovations and bring them into more classrooms across the state.”

Created in 2009, the Faculty Innovator Awards are part of Ohio’s effort to stimulate the creation of affordable, innovative instructional materials for students throughout the University System of Ohio. Winning faculty have used digital content (video, simulations, e-texts and journals, visualizations, etc.) into their courses in a wide array of ways, all while lowering the out-of-pocket cost of course materials for students and enriching the classroom experience. The 2010 awardees were congratulated in Columbus by First Lady Frances Strickland and the Chancellor, recognized on the floor of the Ohio Senate, and also by House Speaker Armond Budish.

This year’s nomination form, as well as information about the winners and innovations from 2009 and 2010, are showcased at Ohio Textbook HQ, an open forum for textbook solutions and discussion.

Nominations for Ohio’s 2011 Faculty Innovator Awards must be received by the University System of Ohio no later than 12:00 p.m. on November 23, 2010.

For more information, visit http://OhioTextbookHQ.ning.com.

UT Blackboard and “EduTech” Support Group

Blackboard got you down? Been staring at your screen for two hours hoping the solution to your problem will suddenly appear? Want to use new technologies to make life easier? Join LV’s outstanding instructional designers for an informal lunchtime gathering for discussion of Blackboard and other technologies that can help promote learning.

When: Wednesday, September 29, 12-1:20
Where: Memorial Field House, Rm. 3070

Brown-bag lunch. Beverages provided. ALL faculty are welcome. Online faculty or faculty at a distance will be invited to join via web. Instructions will be posted on this site a day before the meeting. Search “support group” on this site to find instructions.

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.