Free Quality Matters Webinar

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The CTL is happy to announce a free Quality Matters webinar on Thursday, September 14 from 1-3pm. This latest installment in the QM Success Stories series will focus on course maps.

From Quality Matters:

“Join Natasha Lindsey from the University of North Alabama as she shares the important role course maps can play in course design. September 14, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern! Often, faculty are unfamiliar with instructional design principles and at the same time instructional designers are unfamiliar with course subject matter. As for the students, their question is, “Why am I doing this?” This session will discuss using course maps to help faculty and designers work together to conceptualize goals for instruction, to help students understand the purpose of course goals and instructional materials, and to design instruction that satisfies QM alignment standards (2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, and 6.1).”

To register, click the following link: QM Success Stories

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.

Yesterday, Quality Mattered.

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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.

We will be offering another QM workshop in the future and invite you to join us when we advertise. An abbreviated syllabus can be found by visiting https://www.qualitymatters.org/node/2484/download/APPQMR_Syllabus_Abbreviated.pdf.  In the meantime, when you see the following faculty members, please join the Center for Transformative Learning in congratulating:

  • Katina Barksdale, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Diana Campbell, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Shelton Charles, Math, Science, & Technologies
  • Roby Lambert, Engineering Technologies
  • Ping Liang, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Sam Mabe, Engineering Technologies
  • Heidi Tennis, Math, Science, & Technologies
  • Chris Weaver, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • .Jonathon Walker, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Kirsten Williford, Math, Science, & Technologies
  • Lee Wilsonwithers, Math, Science, & Technologies

 

Odigia: Supporting Open Education on Campus

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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 111
  • BIO 112 (in progress)
  • BIO 168
  • BIO 169
  • CHM 131
  • MAT 143

Content Available from OpenStax

  • Prealgebra
  • College Algebra
  • Algebra & Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Concepts of Biology
  • Biology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • US History
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

Coming Soon

  • Elementary Algebra
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Astronomy
  • Microbiology
  • American Government

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.

Odigia Highlights

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.