Incorporating screencasts to convey content is one way to add variety to the instructional materials provided in your course and can be a powerful way to promote learner engagement. A screencast is typically defined as a method of recording a computer screen often supplemented with webcam video and audio narration. Microsoft has recently introduced an add-on called Office Mix that integrates screencast functionality inside of PowerPoint. Although Office Mix is integrated specifically into PowerPoint, this free extension provides a very robust feature set. In addition to enhancing PowerPoint slides, Office Mix can be used for creating screencasts that include webcam video, audio narration, digital inking, polling, quizzes, and more!
Microsoft has made the process relatively easy for installing Office Mix, so users can quickly get started creating Office Mix enhanced recordings. Check out the Office Mix dedicated website for complete information and video tutorials for getting started using Office Mix. Unfortunately for Apple/Mac users, Office Mix is currently available only on Windows PCs that have either Office 365 or PowerPoint 2013 or later versions installed.
Using Office Mix for generating a screencast provides several unique advantages:
- PowerPoint slides provide a natural storyboard making it easy to stay on task during the recording process.
- PowerPoint users have the advantage of using Office Mix to enhance existing presentations and slide content without having to generate new content from scratch.
- Microsoft integrates simple hosting of recorded “mixes” while providing embed code that can be used to easily insert videos directly into your CSC Online Sakai course!
- The Microsoft hosting platform provides accessibility options for uploading a transcript and controlling other aspects of the recorded video.
- In addition, detailed analytics are available that can provide insight on how your mixes are being utilized.
If Office Mix sounds intriguing and you would like to learn more, be sure to sign up to participate in the TLC Workshop scheduled for March, Geared to Engage Students in Learning: A Simple Way to Add Interactive Content to Your Course. If you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Teaching and Learning Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Increasingly, the TLC will focus its efforts on reporting emerging technologies that enhance teaching and learning. As we review technologies within the TLC, we will hold informational seminars and invite faculty to participate in a testing and review process. Please stop in for a visit or contact the TLC’s IT Analyst, Jereme Patterson (email@example.com or 308.432.6234).
For the TLC March Faculty Seminar, we would like to invite you to join us in our peaceful, thoughtful “March for Best Practice.” This two-week event is intended to provide an opportunity for sharing and learning from the variety of ways that Chadron State College instructors support teaching and learning.
During the “March for Best Practice,” we encourage peaceful faculty participants to share narrated videos and screencasts to showcase the work they do in their online and face-to-face courses. We will collect these videos and screencasts and build a shared resource–an impressive, revolutionary wall of videos containing stories, strategies, and ideas offered in a way for new faculty and seasoned colleagues to learn from each other.
In the coming weeks, we will be visiting with faculty members on campus to extend personal invitations to join the cause as well as to provide complete march details and materials.
To participate, we request that you create at least one video or screencast, between one- to three-minutes long, in which you describe how you address a best practice in your online or face-to-face course. In your video or screencast introduction, please identify the specific standard (as stated in a quality course standards rubric) that you are addressing to provide those who view your video with this key information. Where can you reference a quality course standards rubric? Contact the Teaching & Learning Center staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for quality course standards rubrics. Jereme, Sam, and Elizabeth are also on hand to discuss ideas, to recommend screencast and video creation tools, and to assist with steps for creating your video or screencast.
Although this is the first “March for Best Practice” organized at CSC, marchers at other institutions have previously engaged in peaceful efforts to share and learn from colleagues. We are modeling our march after those who have gone before us, and we recommend viewing examples of their work to learn from what they are doing and to find inspiration for creating your own best practice video or screencast to share. Check out the best practice videos posted at Yavapai College, Northwestern Michigan College, and Glendale Community College. Then join our cause and contribute to the revolutionary collection of videos showcasing efforts underway to support teaching and learning at CSC.
Video wall construction will take place from March 13-27, 2017, at which time you may view the shared resources posted on the Best Practice Video Wall.
Sincere appreciation to Todd Conaway for providing inspiration and an invitation to march via his Quality Matters conference presentation.
Dear Faculty and Staff:
January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was shown with two heads. He looked back to the previous year and forward to the new one. This a useful time for us to look backward and
forward regarding our HLC Reaffirmation for Accreditation efforts.
• Chadron State 2020 — http://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
• MAP Purpose — http://www.csc.edu/library/mapsupport/#tab2
• MAP Priorities & Sub-Priorities – click on “Priorities”
• Visit the VPAA Update archive versions on the VPAA website:
6-15 February 2017: HLC Student Opinion Survey
24 February 2017: Submission of Federal Compliance Report
24 March 2017: Submission of HLC Assurance Argument (Criteria for Accreditation) and
24-25 April 2017: On-Site Visit of the HLC Comprehensive Evaluation
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Evaluation: Process
The HLC Comprehensive Evaluation and Reaffirmation of Accreditation is a milestone landmark. After commencing the effort in 2013 to achieve this milestone, the culminating step of the on-site visit, 24-25 April 2017, is upon us. An HLC Peer Review Team will visit CSC to conduct meetings and open forums with individuals and groups. Prior to the visit CSC will
submit the Federal Compliance Report 24 February 2017 and the Assurance Argument 24 March
2017. During the month prior to the on-site campus visit, the HLC Peer Review Team will
review the submitted materials as well as confirm the CSC submissions (including the Quality Initiative) via perusing the CSC website and by requesting additional evidence or information. Based upon this, the HLC Peer Review Team will identify one or more areas of focus as needing additional attention during the visit.
As noted in the 1 September 2016 VPAA Update, the Reaffirmation for Accreditation process has begun for CSC with the submission of the Quality Initiative (30 August 2016). The original proposal was submitted for approval in December 2012. The 26 September 2016 VPAA Update outlined the very favorable Quality Initiative evaluation. Other notable aspects of the HLC Comprehensive Evaluation include CSC sending notifications to constituents for public comment (i.e. Third Party Comments Notice). This began in November 2016 and continues through
March 2017. On 17 January 2017 CSC was notified of the dates to send a communication and
link to students regarding participation in the HLC Student Opinion Survey: 6-15 February 2017. The responses, as with the Third Party Comments, are sent directly to HLC.
The Comprehensive Evaluation is a milestone landmark, as in 2021 CSC will submit an Assurance Argument and Evidence file that is followed by an Assurance Review. It is a continuous process of improvement. One reason CSC began the preparation effort with the task team approach was to develop a structure that was not only fruitful for the 2017 Comprehensive Evaluation but also for the 2021 Assurance Review. Through an iterative process with feedback and dedicated CSC faculty and staff, we are well down the road for 2021 with a productive structure in-place. Based upon the HLC Peer Review Team’s Report, CSC will make modifications based upon the recommendations.
HLC Comprehensive Visit: What is to be Done?
As has transpired during the last four years, many faculty and staff have asked “How may I
help?” If you see a member of the following committees or tasks teams thank them for their contributions: CSC Coordinating Committee for HLC Reaffirmation and Accreditation, Assurance Argument Sub-Committee, Federal Compliance Sub-Committee, Assumed Practices Sub-Committee, SARA Compliance Sub-Committee, CSC Communication and Logistics Task Team, Virtual Resource Room Task Team, and Retention Process and Planning Task Team (see http://www.csc.edu/president/index.csc Campus-Wide Committees/Task Force in left column). External reviewers of our evidence and process have been highly impressed with the commitment, grit, and collaboration of CSC. The President’s Executive Council has provided documentation and evidence along with review of various documents. These committees and task teams will be working diligently through the 24-25 April 2017 Visit. One way to help is to take something off their plate or offer to assist them on another task.
During the next few months, various work sessions will be arranged to prepare for the 24-25
April 2017 On-Site Campus Visit. These work sessions will seek to answer your questions about
the process, your role, and potential questions from the HLC Peer Review Team. If the time is not workable for you, please let me know and an alternative will be found.
Attached with the VPAA Update, are two brief documents about Chadron State 2020 and 2014-
2018 Master Academic Plan (MAP). Please review and make copies so they are available. The MAP is the centerpiece of Chadron State 2020. The MAP priorities and sub-priorities are available at http://www.csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc.
HLC Comprehensive Visit: VPAA Perspective
Preparation has been many long hours for numerous faculty and staff who have been directly
involved. It has been a continuous five-year effort that has required gathering, organizing and writing for the following documents: Assurance Argument, Federal Compliance Report, Quality Initiative, Assumed Practices, and SARA Compliance. It makes the Self-Study (previous process for HLC Reaffirmation) seem like an easy process.
While the stakes are high (as federal funding is contingent on HLC reaffirmation and accreditation), I am confident we have the right people in the right places of the process to do our best. CSC has not hired an additional 5-7 staff members solely committed to the HLC Reaffirmation, as some other institutions have done. Naturally that would mean less faculty and supportive staff positions. To me it illustrates the best of CSC. We understand our strengths and
weaknesses in the context of the environment, work with limited time and money resources, and figure out a collaborative way to do well, if not outstanding.
Faculty searches for 2017-18 AY: three Business, one Science, two Math, one English and one
Academic staff searches: Office Assistant II (3rd floor Old Admin); Associate Vice President for
Teaching and Learning Technologies.
WNCC/CSC Collaboration Session – 3 February 2017
During Fall 2016, CSC met with Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) in Scottsbluff
to further student success. The Spring 2017 meeting is at CSC. Contact Sherry Douglas
(email@example.com) if you want to participate or have questions.
Annual Faculty and Staff Information Fair Luncheon – 9 February 2017
On 9 February 2016 (Thursday), the Annual Information Fair Luncheon from 11:00am to
12:45pm in the Student Center, Ballroom will occur. To ensure your committee or group has a table, please email Paula Perlinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Student Registration and Orientation 2017
Listed below are the 2017 dates for the New Student Signing Day & Orientation events. In the coming months, Department chairs and faculty will be contacted regarding assistance with the academic aspects of these events. If you have questions, please contact Danielle Lecher: email@example.com or 308-432-6210.
Freshmen Signing Day/Pre-Orientation & Registration Events 2017
Friday, April 21
Friday, April 28
Friday, May 19
Friday, June 2
Friday, June 30
Transfer Signing Day/Pre-Orientation & Registration Events 2017
Friday, June 9
Friday, June 23
Friday, July 7
Friday, July 21
New Student Move-In and Orientation 2017
August 17 & 18
Travel and Reimbursement Work Sessions for Spring 2017
These sessions are open to all faculty and staff with questions about travel and expense
reimbursement requests. The tentative dates are 20 February, 20 March, 17 April, and 15 May
2017. Contact Melany Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org) for specific time and location.