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.
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.
The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL) invites faculty and staff to attend our open house event, which we call Copin’ (Coping) House. This will benefit those that need help “coping”with the stress of beginning a new semester, such as using Blackboard for the first time in an online, hybrid, or face-to-face class. Use of Starfish will also be supported. Click the link to the flyer below to learn more.
The event takes place from Friday, August 18th, the first day of the fall semester, to September 1st in the Oak Grove Center Room 2347 (The FLEX). CTL staff will also be available online to support you via Skype for Business. If you have any questions about the event, please let me know.
If you have any questions with How to Self-Enroll in Blackboard Training, the Basic Blackboard Course Requirements training course, or the face-to-face training opportunities, please contact Learning Technologies via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our first Quality Matters (QM) graduates! Thanks to those that participated in our first workshop, Applying the Quality Matters Rubric. Most of the group consisted of faculty members that are participating in the Achieving the Dream Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative. The remaining faculty members were those that signed up during our last call for participants when seats became available.
I am happy to announce that we are a Quality Matters Institution! Quality Matters is a highly-recognized industry standard for evaluating online and blended courses. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers directly from their Website. To learn more about Quality Matters, please visit this page: https://www.qualitymatters.org/about.
What is Quality Matters?
Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its scalable, peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Learn More.
How will my institution benefit from implementing Quality Matters?
Quality Matters processes benefit both individual educators and their institutions in the following ways:
Improved student engagement and learning outcomes
Adoption of a systematic and comprehensive continuous quality assurance process that includes faculty training, course development, and course improvement processes that are aligned with accreditation standards
Incorporation of new technologies and research findings
Opportunity to engage in benchmarking activities with peer institutions
Ongoing faculty professional development
Opportunity for peer-to-peer collaboration and sharing across institutions
Online courses that meet a consistent and widely-respected quality threshold
We are excited about the possibilities of this venture. The Center for Transformative Learning will use Quality Matters as the foundation for our faculty development program for years to come. For up-to-date information about this and other CTL info, please visit Voices at http://ctl.forsythtech.edu/voices.
Odigia has partnered with Forsyth Tech to provide instructors and students access to digital learning and teaching tools that were designed to enhance the way you:
access, modify and engage with content,
collaborate with your students during the course
track progress and understanding of content
and ultimately help your students apply knowledge.
Course content and tools can be easily accessed via Blackboard, so you and your students will not have to keep track of multiple logins.
Here is a list of the courses that are currently available in or coming soon to Odigia:
Courses Created by Forsyth Tech
BIO 112 (in progress)
Content Available from OpenStax
Algebra & Trigonometry
Concepts of Biology
Anatomy & Physiology
Principles of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
More titles will be available soon, so please be sure to let us know what you are looking for. We can work with you and your department to continue to enhance existing content and create new titles.
According to Odigia, Inc, Odigia allows students to not only engage with course materials in a variety of ways, it also helps them develop the soft skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace. There are multiple ways to engage the students, and it’s easy to proactively address areas that they might be struggling with:
The student experience is designed to help students keep track of their progress and understanding of the content, while collaborating with peers.
Odigia uses game theory to encourage students to complete the course by comparing their progress against their peers.
Odigia uses visual elements to help students know which content areas they have completed, flagged, and still need to complete.
There are many different ways to engage with the content. Students can start by interacting with the discussions or choose a topic from the course outline.
Students can highlight content and take notes, turn the glossary on and off, search, and print content while using Odigia.
To learn more about Odigia and how to improve outcomes through high-quality OER content and Odigia’s teaching and learning tools, contact the Learning Technologies department to set up a time for an Odigia demonstration.