As many of you know Quality Matters released an update to their rubric on August 1. There is a free rubric update course which focuses on the differences between the 2011-2013 Rubric and the Fifth Edition 2014 Rubric. This is a short course which take approximately 3 hours to complete. You can register for this course through your My QM account. To do so, login to My QM, choose the Higher Education tab, select Workshop – Register, then select Register for Rubric Update.
If you hold a role with Quality Matters (e.g. Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, or Certified Facilitator), you are required to complete the Rubric Update by November 14, 2014 to maintain your role. It is recommended that everyone complete the Rubric Update to stay current. I’ll be contacting those individuals who might wish to make sure their roles remain active.
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The Teaching and Learning Center Library (previously located in Old Admin 316) is moving to the library. This will be a special collection available for checkout by faculty members. Pam Newberg in the Library Learning Commons has been working to catalog materials so they will be ready for checkout. Several of these books are currently available near the LLC Coffee Shop, and can currently be found in the library book catalog with prefix TLC.
If you still have materials checked out, you may be hearing from the Teaching and Learning Center soon – we’d like to get the resources in a place where they are available to other faculty members soon.
The beginning of the semester is here, and we wanted to take the opportunity to let you know about classroom updates that have taken place during the summer, based on the Classroom Refresh Project. Several of the older computers have been replaced, as well as older projectors. Document cameras were replaced with smaller versatile software-based cameras which have the same functionality of outdated equipment. These cameras provide additional capabilities and are very simple to operate. Older projectors have been replaced in many rooms. In Old Admin, the obsolete and unsupported control systems have been removed from classrooms, simplifying the classroom setup to a more standard model across campus. In many cases, older sound systems have been replaced with a simplified model.
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Sakai for Newbies and New Features in Sakai
You have been hearing from Bryant about the changes in Sakai, which have to do with the way that Sakai appears (skinning) rather than the actual functionality. Hopefully you are finding the new interface easy to work with and use. We’ll be focusing on Sakai in the next few weeks, in several sessions that are designed to help new faculty members learn the basics of Sakai, and all faculty learn more about new Sakai options and features. The first of these sessions is Wednesday Aug 6, 2014
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