CWUOnline Learning NewsOnline Learning Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/newsen-usLawmakers Eye New Online Degree Program at CWU that Gives College Credit for Experiencehttp://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2598Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:43:19<p>By Leilani Leach, Columbia Basin Herald</p><p>OLYMPIA — Central Washington University may begin making it easier for veterans, early education professionals and others to translate their experiences into diplomas, if a proposed bill is passed.</p><p>Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, sponsored a bill to begin an online alternative degree program at CWU.</p><p>"As one of the younger members in the House of Representatives, I've been deeply concerned over tuition," said Sawyer, a CWU political science and geography graduate, at the bill's public hearing before the House higher education committee Tuesday.</p><p>He said an alternate to giving universities more state money was to "challenge how we think about education."</p><p>If passed, HB 2352 would let students get college credit based on what they've learned on the job or in the military, for example, instead of based on how many hours they spent in the classroom.</p><p>Read the rest of the story by Leilani Leach on the Columbia Basin Herald's <a href="http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/politics/article_4fdb1dee-883d-11e3-a6ce-001a4bcf887a.html" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>Multimodal Learning Update (Fall 2013)http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2595Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:12:00<p>Dear Faculty,<br>&nbsp;<br>Welcome back! Many of you had the opportunity to hear President Gaudino’s State of the University address, which highlighted the continued growth of online learning at CWU: with 980 declared online majors (868 undergraduate and 112 graduate) and over 2500 student enrollments in online courses this Fall.</p><p>New online degrees launched this Fall include the first online major offered in the College of Arts &amp; Humanities (B.A. English: Writing Specialization) and new specializations in our largest online program — Information Technology &amp; Administrative Management (B.A.S. ITAM: Cybersecurity Specialization and B.S. ITAM: Retail Management and Technology Specialization).</p><p>Following are recent enhancements, new initiatives, and information related to multimodal learning at CWU:</p><p><strong>Office of Multimodal Learning</strong> – We continue to augment our staffing to support the growth of online learning and other instructional modalities, increasing the Director position to 3/4 time, the Instructional Design Librarian to full-time, and the Online Advisor/Retention Counselor to full-time. We have also hired Michael Lane, an Instructional Designer/Multimedia Developer, and the primary campus administrator for the MediaAmp digital asset management system (please see below). We are also are in the process of hiring an Online Tutoring Coordinator, and an additional Online Advisor. The Multimodal Learning team now includes:</p><p>• Christopher Schedler, Director, Professor/English, x1357&nbsp; <a href="mailto:SchedlerC@cwu.edu">SchedlerC@cwu.edu</a><br>• Joe Johnson, Faculty Fellow, Lecturer/English, x2797 <a href="mailto:JosJohns@cwu.edu">JosJohns@cwu.edu</a><br>• Delayna Breckon, Blackboard/Canvas LMS Administrator, x1172 <a href="mailto:DBreckon@.cwu.edu">DBreckon@.cwu.edu</a><br>• Michael Lane, Instructional Designer / Multimedia Developer / MediaAmp Administrator, x1224, <a href="mailto:LaneMi@cwu.edu">LaneMi@cwu.edu</a>.<br>• Geri Hopkins, Instructional Design Librarian, x1925 <a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu">Hopkins@cwu.edu</a><br>• Amber Darting, Academic Advising/Retention Counselor, x3532 <a href="mailto:ADarting@cwu.edu">ADarting@cwu.edu</a><br>• Katie Ritzinger, Office Assistant, x1689 <a href="mailto:RitzingK@cwu.edu">RitzingK@cwu.edu</a></p><p>Our instructional design team is available to consult with departments and individual faculty in designing and delivering quality online and hybrid courses. Please contact Dr. Schedler to set up a consultation with the instructional design team.</p><p><strong>Online Learning Quality Assurance</strong> – A report will be presented to Faculty Senate this Fall, which will include data from 1) Noel Levitz Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) administered Spring 2013, 2) DFW comparisons of face-to-face and online courses through Summer 2013, 3) SEOI analysis of face-to-face, online, and ITV courses for AY2012-13, 4) data on instructional design consultations and course reviews completed by the Multimodal Learning team, and 5) retention data for students in online programs. In addition, the COACHE job satisfaction survey to be administered to faculty this Fall includes custom questions on faculty satisfaction with multimodal teaching and support.</p><p><strong>Canvas LMS </strong>– The Canvas learning management system pilot programs for Spring (21 faculty / 521 students) and Summer (40 faculty / 808 students) were successfully completed. Satisfaction surveys were administered each quarter to Canvas pilot faculty and students. Faculty satisfaction with Canvas was overwhelming (overall satisfaction: 83% Spring / 95% Summer). Student satisfaction with Canvas increased quarter-to-quarter (overall satisfaction: 51% Spring / 69% Summer). Complete survey results are available online: <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/canvas-pilot-evaluation" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/canvas-pilot-evaluation</a>. Based on the pilot results and the recommendation of the Academic Technology Advisory Council, the Enterprise Information Systems Committee has made the decision to adopt Canvas as the enterprise learning management system for CWU. Multimodal Learning will support faculty and students in migrating all Blackboard courses to Canvas by the end of Spring 2014. A Canvas information forum was presented on Faculty Development Day, Wednesday 10/16. For recordings of the event, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/hr/past-professional-development-events" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/hr/past-professional-development-events</a>.</p><p><strong>Turnitin Plagiarism Detection</strong> – As part of our Canvas evaluation, we are piloting Turnitin plagiarism-detection service this year. This service is integrated into Canvas, as well as Blackboard, for faculty investigation. For support with Turnitin, contact Delayna Breckon (<a href="mailto:DBreckon@.cwu.edu">DBreckon@.cwu.edu</a>)</p><p><strong>MediaAmp Streaming Video</strong> – Roll-out of our MediaAmp digital asset management system has begun with a Library portal to support permission-based streaming video for online and hybrid courses, followed by a Multimodal Learning portal to support faculty lecture capture and student-generated video for all types of courses. For support acquiring streaming video rights and streaming videos from the Library MediaAmp portal, contact Geri Hopkins (<a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu">Hopkins@cwu.edu</a>). For all other content, please contact Michael Lane, our primary MediaAmp administrator on campus (<a href="mailto:LaneMi@cwu.edu">LaneMi@cwu.edu</a>).</p><p><strong>Lecture Capture Pilot</strong> – After thorough investigation of 5 lecture capture vendors, we have chosen to pilot Panopto, a software-based system that allows for class capture of face-to-face courses, as well as desktop recording of lectures for online and flipped classes. We will pilot the system in a select number of Distance Education classrooms and are developing plans to outfit a number of other classrooms and individual recording studios with necessary cameras and hardware for lecture capture.</p><p><strong>Orientation for New Online Students </strong>– A video-based online orientation was completed by over 100 new online students this Summer, allowing them access to early registration for Fall classes. These videos cover such topics as how to access Wildcat Connection, CWU Catalog, Class Registration, Library Services, and Financial Aid: <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/academic-advising/orientation-videos-online-students" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/academic-advising/orientation-videos-online-students</a>.</p><p><strong>Professional Development </strong>– Training Workshops on Canvas and other instructional technology tools continue to be offered each quarter, both face-to-face and via online Collaborate webinars for faculty at the University Centers and those who prefer training from the comfort of their office. Register for workshops from the Online Learning website or directly at <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/faculty-workshops" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/faculty-workshops</a>.</p><p><strong>Multimodal Learning Communities </strong>– Led by Dr. Schedler, these faculty communities of practice meet four times per quarter. Two groups are available for faculty participation, based on relative experience and expertise in teaching online.&nbsp; Both groups (Vanguard for the more experienced; Explorers for beginners) provide a chance to share best practices and receive tools and resources to improve your online and hybrid classes. Faculty at remote locations can also participate in the meetings via Collaborate. Please contact Dr. Schedler to join one of the communities.</p><p>Your suggestions and comments regarding these or other multimodal learning initiatives are welcomed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Christopher Schedler<br>Professor / English<br>Director / Multimodal Learning</p>Single Sign-on for Blackboard and Canvashttp://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2594Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:02:19<p>Starting December 18, you will use your Novell / Wildcat username and password to log into both Canvas and Blackboard.&nbsp; You will no longer be required to keep track of separate passwords for each system!&nbsp; For more information send email to <a href="mailto:dbreckon@cwu.edu">dbreckon@cwu.edu</a> or <a href="mailto: lanemi@cwu.edu">lanemi@cwu.edu</a>.</p>New Hire!http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2593Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:01:10<p>The Office of Multimodal Learning is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Lane in the position of Instructional Designer / Multimedia Developer / MediaAmp Administrator.&nbsp; Michael arrives from Portland with lots of experience in higher education and with an MA in Educational Technology and an MLIS (Library &amp; Information Science).&nbsp; He will support faculty during the transition to Canvas, provide ongoing course design and multimedia support, and serve as the campus administrator for MediaAmp, our new enterprise digital asset management system (for streaming video and other kinds of digital media).&nbsp; Stop by and welcome him in Barge 201 or contact him at <a href="mailto:lanemi@cwu.edu">lanemi@cwu.edu</a> or 509-963-1224.</p>Multimodal Learning Update (Spring 2013)http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2584Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:33:58<p>Dear Faculty,<br>&nbsp;<br>Happy Spring! I want to take this opportunity to update you on a number of changes, upgrades, and initiatives that the Office of Multimodal Learning has been working on since Fall.</p><p><strong>Office of Multimodal Learning</strong> – The Multimodal Learning team has undergone a few changes, adding a new part-time academic advising/retention counselor for online degree programs (Amber Darting), increasing to full-time our second instructional technologist (Delayna Breckon), and welcoming a new office assistant (Katie Ritzinger):</p><ul><li>Christopher Schedler, Director, Associate Professor/English, x1357&nbsp; SchedlerC@cwu.edu</li><li>David Rawlinson, Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor/ITAM, x1019 RawlinsD@cwu.edu</li><li>Jane Chinn, Blackboard LMS Administrator, x1224&nbsp; Chinn@cwu.edu</li><li>Delayna Breckon, Canvas LMS Administrator, x1172 DBreckon@.cwu.edu</li><li>Geri Hopkins, Instructional Design Librarian, x1925 Hopkins@cwu.edu</li><li>Amber Darting, Academic Advising/Retention Counselor, x3532 ADarting@cwu.edu</li><li>Katie Ritzinger, Office Assistant, x1689 RitzingK@cwu.edu</li></ul><p><strong>Orientation for New Online Students</strong> – A series of orientation videos for new students in online degree programs developed by Diane Fishel-Hall in the Office of Enrollment Management is now available through the online academic advising website. These videos cover such topics as how to access Wildcat Connection, CWU Catalog, Class Registration, Blackboard, Library Services, and Financial Aid: <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/academic-advising/orientation-videos-online-students" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/academic-advising/orientation-videos-online-students</a></p><p><strong>Online Learning Quality Assurance</strong> – Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) will be administered over Spring quarter to students in online courses and online degree programs to assess students’ priorities and satisfaction with a variety of institutional, academic, and support services for online learning. This survey is administered annually at CWU by Noel-Levitz, allowing us to track our progress on key measures of quality assurance in online learning. Results from the survey and other quality assurance measures will be shared with faculty through a report to the Faculty Senate.</p><p><strong>Enterprise Upgrades</strong> – Blackboard was successfully updated over Winter and Spring breaks to provide enhancements and new functionality, including enhanced content editor, assessment analysis for statistics on student performance, global navigation with access to personal dashboard of notifications, redesigned calendar and discussions, and video everywhere functionality to record and embed video from a webcam.</p><p><strong>Canvas LMS Pilot</strong> – Following the evaluation and recommendation of the Academic Technology Advisory Council (ATAC), we have begun a pilot of the Canvas learning management system (LMS) this Spring with 21 faculty members across all four colleges teaching courses&nbsp; using a range of modalities (face-to-face, hybrid, and online). We will continue the pilot through Summer and Fall. Based on feedback and surveys of faculty and students using Canvas, we will present results of the pilot to a variety of faculty groups in the Fall and report back to ATAC for a decision on whether to adopt Canvas as our enterprise LMS and migrate all courses from Blackboard by the end of Spring 2014. Faculty interested in exploring and/or piloting courses in Canvas can request access by filling out the online form: <a href="/online-learning/node/2583" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/canvas-pilot-course-request</a></p><p><strong>Turnitin Plagiarism Detection</strong> – As part of our Canvas evaluation, we will also be piloting the Turnitin plagiarism detection service during Spring quarter. This service is integrated into Canvas for faculty testing or piloting the new LMS. Blackboard faculty can request direct access to the Turnitin site for testing by contacting Jane Chinn (Chinn@cwu.edu).</p><p><strong>GoCentral Network</strong> – CWU has been piloting this online communication and collaboration network since Fall. We currently have hundreds of active users and groups created in the system (with the highest usage for administrative committees, faculty workgroups, and professional development). A majority of the groups created have been Channels for targeted communication and Communities for sharing resources and files. We have not seen a great deal of use of the social networking features in the system. Because we now have identified specific institutional requirements for such a tool and because the GoingOn platform that runs GoCentral has ceased development, we will be completing our pilot by the end of the academic year and investigating alternative enterprise collaboration tools to better meet our needs.</p><p><strong>Professional Development</strong> – Training Workshops on Blackboard, Canvas, and other instructional technology tools continue to be offered each quarter, both face-to-face and via online Collaborate webinars for faculty at the University Centers and those who prefer training from the comfort of their office. Register for workshops from the Online Learning website or directly at <a href="/online-learning/node/2569" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/faculty-workshops</a></p><p><strong>Multimodal Learning Communities</strong> – Led by Dr. Schedler, these faculty communities of practice meet four times per quarter. Two groups are available for faculty participation, based on relative experience and expertise in teaching online.&nbsp; Both groups (Vanguard for the more experienced; Explorers for beginners) provide a chance to share best practices and receive tools and resources to improve your online and hybrid classes. Faculty at remote locations can also participate in the meetings via Collaborate. Please contact Dr. Schedler to join one of the communities.</p><p>Your suggestions and comments regarding these or other multimodal learning initiatives are welcomed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Christopher Schedler<br>Professor / English<br>Director / Multimodal Learning</p>Blackboard Update March 21st 7:00AM-10:00AMhttp://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2576Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:30:01<p><span style="color: rgb(67, 67, 67); font-family: Helvetica; ">Our Blackboard learning management system is due for an update.&nbsp; Updates are part of every software program and are intended to fix bugs, provide enhancements, and add new functionality based on instructor and student feedback. The update will occur on</span><b style="color: rgb(67, 67, 67); font-family: Helvetica; "> March 21st 7:00AM -10:00AM</b><span style="color: rgb(67, 67, 67); font-family: Helvetica; ">—after grades are due, between winter and spring quarters—to minimize disruption to faculty and students.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;color:#434343">The following new features will be added to Blackboard as a result of this update:</span></p><ul><li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-bottom: 10pt; text-indent: -0.25in; "><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">Enhanced Calendar</span></b><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;color:#434343">: When accessed from a course, allows instructors and students to see the course calendar from the course menu on the <b>Tools</b> page. </span></li></ul><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 1in; text-indent: -0.25in; "><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">Instructors can use the calendar course tool as a primary way of managing and communicating the schedule of events and assignments in the course. </span></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 1in; text-indent: -0.25in; "><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">Calendar supports due dates, if set, for gradable items. </span></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 1in; text-indent: -0.25in; "><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">Clicking on calendar items allows an instructor to view or edit the item, or grade attempts for the associated item.</span><br style="mso-special-character:line-break">&nbsp;</p><ul><li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-indent: -0.25in; "><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol;color:#262626"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial;color:#262626">Video Everywhere</span></b><span style="font-family:Arial;color:#262626"> is a feature of the content editor. Once installed and activated, you will see a new icon in the content editor that accesses your webcam. The feature provides the ability for instructors and students to:</span></li></ul><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:1.0in;text-indent:-.25in;mso-pagination: none;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo1;tab-stops:11.0pt .5in;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#262626"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Arial;color:#262626">Record a video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions, and feedback through the content editor.</span></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt;margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;text-indent:-.25in; mso-pagination:none;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo1;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Arial;color:#262626">Reuse previously recorded videos by choosing from one’s own “library” of videos. </span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">Global navigation streamlines access to personalized dashboard of settings and tools.</span><br style="mso-special-character:line-break">&nbsp;</p><ul><li class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 10pt; text-indent: -0.25in; "><span style="font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:Arial;color:#262626">Discussions</span></b><span style="font-family:Arial;color:#262626">:</span><span style="font-family:Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Discussion Board will now be referred to as Discussions.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The following is a list of new feature highlights:</span></li></ul><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt;margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;text-indent:-.25in; mso-pagination:none;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo1;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">All posts on one page – all of the posts in a thread are now visible at the same time on one page</span></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt;margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;text-indent:-.25in; mso-pagination:none;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo1;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">Instructor highlighting – posts made by forum managers and moderators now contain the user’s course role and forum role.</span></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt;margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;text-indent:-.25in; mso-pagination:none;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo1;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">Inline replies<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>– when replying to a post, the content editor used to write a response appears on the same page, in the context of the discussion.</span></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt;margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;text-indent:-.25in; mso-pagination:none;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo1;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;color:#434343"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#434343">Post First Discussions setting – this setting allows instructors to require students to post to a discussion before seeing other student’s posts.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Blackboard Update March 21st 7:00AM-10:00AMhttp://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2575Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:22:26Online and Multimodal Learning Updatehttp://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2567Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:24:42<p>October 8, 2012</p><p>Dear Faculty,</p><p>Welcome back! Many of you have seen the news of the recent growth in online learning at CWU: declared online majors have tripled in one year to 478 this Fall, while overall online enrollment is up 18 percent over last year, with about 20 percent of all CWU students (2,028) taking one or more online courses. These increases positively impact enrollments, as well as student access to courses and time-to-degree completion.</p><p>Recognizing that faculty engagement with online learning and integration of information technologies in face-to-face and blended courses can serve to enhance teaching and learning throughout the institution, Provost Levine initiated an Office of Multimodal Learning, with a new half-time faculty director to oversee the development and support of online learning and other instructional modalities. Following are recent enhancements, new initiatives, and information related to multimodal learning at CWU:</p><p><strong>Office of Multimodal Learning </strong>– The Office of Online Learning is now the Office of Multimodal Learning, but continues to be housed within the office of the Associate Provost, and is charged with providing oversight for the delivery of online courses, faculty development, and support of online learning and other instructional modalities. The Multimodal Learning team includes:</p><ul><li>Christopher Schedler, Director, Associate Professor/English, x1357&nbsp; <a href="mailto:SchedlerC@cwu.edu">SchedlerC@cwu.edu</a></li><li>David Rawlinson, Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor/ITAM, x1019 <a href="mailto:RawlinsD@cwu.edu">RawlinsD@cwu.edu</a></li><li>Jane Chinn, Blackboard Administrator, Instructional Technologies Specialist, x1224&nbsp; <a href="mailto:Chinn@cwu.edu">Chinn@cwu.edu</a></li><li>Delayna Breckon, Blackboard/Collaborate Specialist, x1172&nbsp;<a href="mailto:DBreckon@.cwu.edu">DBreckon@.cwu.edu</a></li><li>Geri Hopkins, Instructional Design Librarian, x1925<span id="cke_bm_66S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span> <a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu">Hopkins@cwu.edu</a><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_66E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></li><li>Janis Orthmann, Office Assistant, x1456 <a href="mailto:orthmann@cwu.edu">orthmann@cwu.edu</a><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_69E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></li></ul><p>Dr. Schedler and Dr. Rawlinson lead an instructional design team that is available to consult with departments and individual faculty in designing and delivering quality online and hybrid courses. Please contact Dr. Schedler to set up a consultation with the instructional design team.</p><p><strong>New Online Degree Programs – </strong>CWU continues to enhance its offerings of online courses, majors, minors, certificates, and graduate programs, launching the following new online degree programs: B.A. Law &amp; Justice, M.Ed. Higher Education, M.Ed. Instructional Leadership, M.Ed. School Administration, M.Ed. Literacy, and M.Ed. Special Education.</p><p><strong>New Website</strong> – The online learning resources website has been redesigned for improved usability by different audiences: future online students, current online students, and faculty. Please visit our new site at <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning">http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning</a> for the latest information and resources related to online learning.</p><p><strong>24/7 Blackboard Support </strong>– Student and faculty support in using our Blackboard learning management system is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Blackboard support services. Blackboard users can access help and support resources from the Blackboard login page, by clicking the Help button in Blackboard, or from the online learning website: <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/blackboard-help-support">http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/blackboard-help-support</a>. There you will find self-help resources and access to phone and web support, including live-chat.</p><p><strong>Enterprise Upgrades – Blackboard </strong>was successfully updated over the summer to provide enhancements and new functionality, including a cleaner interface that simplifies movement between courses through task-based navigation, a new pallet of course structures and themes, and automatic regrading of assessments to correct problem questions. <strong>Collaborate</strong>, our real-time web meeting platform, was also upgraded to support mobile collaboration on iPhones and iPads, remove the requirement for participants to have headsets, integrate with the Blackboard Grade Center and Calendar, and allow invitation of guest speakers and outside experts who are not part of a Blackboard course.</p><p><strong>GO Central Network – </strong>A new online communication and collaboration platform, using Web 2.0 tools to increase academic engagement among faculty, students, and staff, will be piloted this year beginning with online degree programs, Faculty Senate, Douglas Honors College, Living Learning Communities, Strategic Planning, and Professional Development. Based on the experiences and feedback of these early adopters, GO Central will then be rolled-out to other campus users. For more information about this initiative, please contact Dr. Schedler.</p><p><strong>Waypoint Outcomes Assessment – </strong>Another pilot program provides faculty and departments with a robust learning outcomes assessment and reporting tool integrated directly into Blackboard. With Waypoint, instructors can create assessment rubrics, linked to specific learning outcomes and competencies, evaluate student assignments online using interactive rubrics, digital mark-up tools, and a library of comments. Assessment data can then be collated and analyzed on course, program, and institutional levels to streamline program review. For more information about using Waypoint, please contact Dr. Bret Smith, Assessment Coordinator, <a href="mailto:BPSmith@cwu.edu">BPSmith@cwu.edu</a></p><p><strong>Professional Development</strong> – <strong>Training Workshops</strong> on Blackboard and other instructional technology tools continue to be offered each quarter, both face-to-face and via online Collaborate webinars for faculty at the University Centers and those who prefer training from the comfort of their office. Register for workshops from the Online Learning website or directly at <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/faculty-workshops-canvas">http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/faculty-workshops-canvas</a>. <strong>Online Learning Communities</strong> of practice continue to be led by Dr. Schedler and Dr. Rawlinson. Two groups are available for faculty participation, based on relative experience and expertise in teaching online.&nbsp; Both groups (Vanguard for the more experienced; Explorers for beginners) provide a chance to share best practices and receive tools and resources to improve your online and hybrid classes. Faculty at remote locations can also participate in the meetings via Collaborate. Please contact Dr. Schedler to join one of the communities.</p><p>Your suggestions and comments regarding these or other multimodal learning initiatives are welcomed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Christopher Schedler, Director of Multimodal Learning</p>What's New in Blackboard Collaborate 12?http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2565Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:14:11<p><strong>What's New in Blackboard Collaborate 12?</strong></p><p>On September 10, we will upgrade to Blackboard Collaborate 12. The Collaborate 12 upgrade will provide enhanced scheduling, recording, grading, and access to Collaborate meetings with the following new features:</p><p><u>Mobile Collaboration</u></p><p>Participants can join Collaborate web meetings on Apple iPhones and iPads. The Blackboard Collaborate mobile app can be downloaded free from the App Store.</p><p><u>No More Headsets Required</u></p><p>Echo cancelation allows each single talker with standard computer microphone and speaker setup to participate without the need for a headset.</p><p><u>Improved Classroom Management</u></p><p>Instructor can view public and private chat in a single window and move to private chat tabs to respond. Instructor can toggle global permissions for features including audio, video, and whiteboard for all participants or individual students with a single click.</p><p><u>Integration with Grade Center and Calendar</u></p><p>Instructors can automatically assign a grade in the Grade Center for students attending a Collaborate meeting. Scheduled meetings appear in the Blackboard Calendar with a link to launch the session.</p><p><u>Invite Guests</u></p><p>Provide access to web meetings for guest speakers and outside experts who are not enrolled in your Blackboard course. Add session and recording links to course folders and email them to external attendees.</p>Blackboard Service Pack 10 Update on December 13http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2545Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:34:37<p>Dear Blackboard Faculty,<br><br>Our Blackboard learning management system is due for an update.&nbsp; Updates are part of every software program and are intended to fix bugs, provide enhancements, and add new functionality based on instructor and student feedback. The update will occur on<strong> December 13</strong>—between Fall and Winter quarters—to minimize disruption to faculty and students.<br><br>The following new features will be added to Blackboard as a result of this update:<br><br>* Enhanced editor allows all users to create and edit media-rich content.<br>* Analysis of assessment items provides statistics on student test performance.<br>* Global navigation streamlines access to personalized dashboard of settings and tools.<br><br>The update also includes a number of bug fixes. The most significant bug to be addressed is the course files utility, which has caused individual courses to exceed their allotted storage space as a result of the course copy process. <strong>To resolve this issue, the course copy function must be suspended until the update is completed on December 13</strong>. After that date, instructors will be able to copy courses in preparation for Winter quarter without exceeding their allotted storage space.<br><br>Thank you for your patience while this issue is resolved.</p><p>Jane Chinn<br>CWU Bb Administrator<br>509-963-1224</p>