The first is a Brown Bag event on February 20.
February 20 2015 Noon – 1:00 in Library 111 Blended Learning In this event, faculty members will discuss challenges and strategies in design and delivery of blended classes.
The second opportunity is a MOOC from Canvas Network which begins on February 23. The course is called Becoming a Blended Learning Designer (BlendKit 2015). To learn more about the course and certificate options available, please visit the course description page at Canvas Network.
At the start of a new semester, it is often useful to re-evaluate teaching perspectives and goals in your current classes. To assist you in this process, I invite you to complete one or both of the following online inventories.
- Teaching Perspective Inventory (online questionnaire) by Daniel D. Pratt and John B. Collins which will help you reflect on your teaching perspectives. It has 45 questions (3 screens), plus another dozen or so demographic questions. You can select the last option in the Select a Group pull down list (do not belong to any group) to begin the survey.
- You might also be interested in the Teaching Goals Inventory by Angelo and Cross (1993) that will help you identify what your goals are as you begin planning your instruction for a particular course or instructional situation.
Courses Available from Canvas www.canvas.net
Introduction to Learning Technologies starts January 12 2015 https://www.canvas.net/browse/saskatchewan/courses/introduction-to-learning-technologies
Teaching Flipped starts January 12 2015 https://www.canvas.net/browse/uofutah/courses/teaching-flipped-1
Supporting eLearners starts January 26 2015 https://www.canvas.net/browse/londonsouthbank/courses/supporting-elearners
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TurnItIn was recently featured on the Library Learning Commons Blog, and there are links to some basic hands-on tips there. The Library Learning Commons will be managing the TurnItIn subscription. Matthew Perrie is the campus adminstrator for TurnItIn, and questions about it should be directed to him.
If you are interested in learning more about learning technologies, you might be interested in this free course. This is set up as a MOOC from the University of Saskatchewan, and might be an interesting introduction to some new technologies and how they can be applied in teaching. Read Full Post
We are in the process of developing a number of Faculty Interest Groups for Spring 2015. These interest groups might be focused around a specific topic or interest related to teaching and learning (e.g., specifications grading, self-regulated learning, etc). Faculty members who request participation will be asked to develop and share a plan to implement ideas from the group in one of their classes, and to share results. These groups will be limited in size, and the Teaching and Learning Center will provide support for a group facilitator and for resources for the group (e.g, up to 8 copies of a book or other resource). Read Full Post
The Sakai Teaching and Learning community is seeking submissions for the 2015 Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) competition. The award recognizes innovation and excellence in technology-supported teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. We look forward to entries from those using the Sakai CLE and the Apereo OAE (Open Academic Environment).
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Curtis Bonk is a well-known author of books related to distance education and online technology, as well as open education. He has recently co-authored a book called Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Students Online. Read Full Post
Many of you might be familiar with the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) from the Lumina Foundation. The Degree Qualifications Profile is intended to provide “a learning-centered framework for what collage graduates should know or be able to do to earn the associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree.” Read Full Post
New faculty, junior faculty and those who are preparing their folders in CSC Online (Sakai) in January were encouraged to attend. We met in the Miller training lab, and each of the two sessions was nearly full.
Portfolios are due to the deans on January 23 2015. If you have questions about the promotion and tenure process, please contact your dean.