Oregon State Ecampus Faculty News

Spring term  •  Mar. 22, 2016

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This quarterly newsletter provides instructors of Oregon State Ecampus courses with timely updates and information on the Canvas learning management system, faculty training opportunities and other resources to help instructors meet the needs of OSU's distance learners.

Faculty Forum  

Save your spot at the interactive Ecampus Faculty Forum

Please join us for the ninth annual Ecampus Faculty Forum, an opportunity to connect with more than 200 of your Oregon State colleagues for enriching conversations that showcase OSU's excellence in online education.

When: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
Where: OSU's CH2M Hill Alumni Center
Please RSVP no later than April 10

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. We hope you can join us for the whole day, but please attend for however long your schedule allows. Please RSVP and take advantage of the opportunity to hear from colleagues about innovative course development and teaching methods.

This year we are excited to bring you a lunchtime keynote address by Dr. Jan Plass, the chair of Digital Media and Learning Sciences at New York University, on the topic of emotional design in learning.


Pilot program for YouSeeU video tool continues this spring

Ecampus recently launched a pilot of YouSeeU, a video-based tool that can be used to strengthen engagement and assessment in online courses. A couple of examples of how YouSeeU can be used:

•  Timed video responses: Instructors post a video question, and students respond in a timed environment, simulating being "called on" in class. Once the student plays the instructor's video, a timer starts. Students have to reply with their own video response in a given timeframe. Possible applications include assessing world language conversation skills, or encouraging students to prepare for an online discussion before jumping in to participate.

•  Group video projects: Students working in geographically dispersed groups can contribute video segments, which YouSeeU easily stitches together into one video presentation that can be shared with the entire class for viewing, question and answer, or simply with the instructor for assessment.

We are seeking pilot participants for summer and fall term courses. If you'd like to try using YouSeeU in your course, contact Shannon Riggs, Ecampus director of course development and training.

digital learning  

Is digital learning innovation your forte? Apply for this award

The OSU Extended Campus Research Unit would like to make you aware of the OLC/Gates Digital Learning Innovation Award, which recognizes exemplary higher education, faculty-led teams for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware.

Research Unit director Katie Linder, Ph.D., is organizing an informational meeting for interested faculty members to answer questions and provide support in terms of application feedback, revision and submission. If you would like to attend this meeting in late April, please email Katie Linder.

Learn more about this award by watching a webinar recording or viewing the presentation slides. The application deadline is June 30.

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Spring training brings many opportunities to sharpen your skills

Turnitin - OSU's new plagiarism prevention tool
Join us for a webinar about Turnitin, a powerful teaching tool in Canvas used to prevent plagiarism. Students can submit drafts and receive originality reports that clearly show if passages of their papers match passages from sources online, in journals and elsewhere. You can ensure that student papers meet academic integrity standards.

Register now for an online webinar that covers all the basics from 12:30 to 1 p.m. PT Wednesday, March 23.

Advanced course development workshop
Did you know that Ecampus recommends redeveloping online courses approximately every three years? And we have a new, advanced course development workshop to support your redevelopment efforts. The Redeveloping an Online Course (ROC) workshop is offered every term and runs entirely online for four weeks. Assess your current course, explore various means to improve the design and begin working on the redevelopment in this facilitated workshop.

The next ROC workshop begins Monday, April 4. To register, you must be working under an MOU to redevelop a course with Ecampus. Contact Karen Watté with questions and to register.

Quality Matters - Research-based online course design
Ecampus now delivers more than 30 Quality Matters certified courses. Learn more about the Quality Matters online course design program by attending an online Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) May 3-17. The two-week workshop is the flagship QM training and is recommended for anyone thinking about submitting a course for QM review or interested in becoming a QM peer reviewer.

Ecampus covers the cost of registration for faculty of Ecampus courses. Space is limited. Register for the APPQMR workshop today.

Find more spring term training opportunities on the Ecampus Faculty Development Program website.

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Canvas updates include enhanced course analytics

Canvas is a cloud-based LMS, and updates are rolled out on a regular basis. What's new heading into spring term?

•  Canvas has updated its Course Analytics page to be more visual and informative. You can click on View Course Analytics from the course Home page to see new and improved data and graphs. Toggle from table to graphical view now for a more detailed look at student progress in a course.

•  Ever wonder if your students are reading your feedback? Within Speedgrader, you have the ability to see if a student has "viewed" the inline comments you've made. Look at the top right for a "Student Viewed Document" date within Speedgrader.

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