Friendly Reminder: TechTube is Dying Soon…So Get Ready

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This is a follow up post to our announcement about TechTube. The service will end in December and it is imperative that you begin moving your content (if you want it) off of TechTube and into Office 365 Video. Office 365 Video is part of the other apps you have as part of your Office 365 package. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Announcement regarding TechTube transitioning to read-only status
First announcement regarding its end (may require you to login to Techlink)

Resources to Begin the Transition

Atomic Learning Ends Today

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Atomic Learning ends today. It was a valuable tool to advance teaching and learning. It supplemented the flipped classroom model quite well. Lynda.com is a tool that we adopted to continuously serve our online professional development needs. If you need assistance with learning how to use it to support teaching and learning, please contact us.

A New Method to Request and End Instructor or Course Observer Access

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Introduction

In an earlier announcement, we mentioned starting a pilot to test if the course copy process could be self-supported where faculty could complete them on their own. Ultimately, this would eliminate the need for the course request form; however, we are well aware that certain circumstances may require us to support the process on a case-by-case basis. We have not set a due date yet for when the course request form would expire, but one important part of the form includes requesting instructor access or course observer access.

Why Do I Need Instructor or Course Observer Access

A person would ask for instructor access if more than one instructor is assigned to a single course, such as in a team-teaching scenario. A person would request course observer access if they are supervisory faculty and need it for evaluation or emergency reasons.

New Process

In order to keep the integrity of instructor access and the course observer role, we are now transitioning to email requests for this process. To request instructor access or course observer access, email us at ctlsupport@forsythtech.edu and put instructor access or course observer access in the subject line. We need accurate course section information for this request to be successful.

Removing Course Observer Access

If you would like for us to remove course observer access for a specific course(s), you must send another email and state this in the message. It is EXTREMELY important that you ask us to remove course observer access when you are finished. This will help rectify an ongoing issue with Blackboard courses not appearing in the My Courses list for faculty due to being enrolled in over 100+ courses. As we remove access to the courses that you do not need in your My Course list, other courses that were not visible will begin to show.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact James Cook or Helen Dollyhite.

Updated: Course Development Timeline for the OER Grant

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Overview

The timeline for offering courses for the Achieving the Dream Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative is below. Look at the semester your course(s) is offered. Your course must be ready before the start of that semester.  Most faculty will be happy to learn that courses must be completed and ready to offer at the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester. Most of the courses offered during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semester were created as part of ongoing campus projects (ie. TAACCCT, donor funds, faculty learning communities). Also, I know there is some concern about the course development process, specifically, the availability of OER content that is packaged and ready to go. Lumen Learning provided us with a catalog that is specific to the courses we promised to offer during this grant. The URL to Forsyth Tech’s Lumen Learning catalog is https://courses.lumenlearning.com/catalog/forsythtech. You can also look at OpenStax https://openstax.org/subjects. For those that do not see a course available for you to use, please contact me. We will work with you to find the content that you need.

Course Timeline

Fall 2016

  • BIO 111 General Biology
  • BIO 112 General Biology II
  • CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry

Spring 2017

  • ACA 122 College Transfer Success
  • MAT 143 Qualitative Literacy
  • COM 231 Public Speaking

Fall 2017

  • BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • ENG 111 English Composition
  • HIS 131 American History I
  • MAT 152 Statistical Methods
  • SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSY 150 General Psychology

Spring 2018

  • ART 111 Art Appreciation
  • BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc
  • ENG 241 British Literature I
  • HUM 110 Technology and Society
  • PED 110 Fit and Well for Life
  • PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
  • REL 110 World Religion

Reminder: Atomic Learning Ends August 31st

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This is a reminder that services for Atomic Learning will end on August 31st. In the meantime, please work to find comparable resources on Lynda.com. If you need assistance with using Lynda.com, please contact the Collaboratory at 336.757.3716.

Click here to view previous message about Atomic Learning and Lynda.com​

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Clarifcation: We are Still Accepting Blackboard Course Requests

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Yesterday, I posted an TechLink announcement and sent an email through the academic deans in regards to submitting Blackboard course requests as early as possible. Based on this terminology, “course request,” I feel there is some confusion…especially since empty course shells appear in Blackboard by default.

What I was referring to is the course copy process, the process of copying course content from a previous semester to the current semester (Fall 2017). This is what we are often bombarded with two-to-three days before a new semester begins. To prevent this, we are asking that you submit those requests sooner.

This post/email also brought some other interesting questions to the forefront. For example, some asked “Will there ever come a day when we don’t have to request the course shells?” Yes, that day is now. Technically, you do not have to submit a request to get content copied from one course to the other. Also, since course shells appear by default, you can work on your blank course now. Since this has been a repeated request, the time has come to begin working on ways to promote how to accurately do this process on your own without error. We will try a soft launch for the Spring 2018 semester. If you are interested in piloting the process this fall for preparation of the spring semester, please let us know. We need 10 people to support this pilot that will begin in October.

If you have any questions or need further clarification about this post/email, please let me know. Thank you for your patience and forwardness to ask for clarification. It is appreciated.

TechTube Transitioning to Read-only Status Today

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This is a follow up to the announcement on May 12, 2017 about discontinuing TechTube. TechTube will be switched to read-only status today as part of the next phase to end services. If you need help on how to use Office 365 video, please let members of the CTL know. You can also receive help during our Copin’ House event.

Click here for the original announcement
Click here for information about Copin’ House

Both links may require you to log into TechLink.