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Multimodal Learning Update (Fall 2015)

November 3, 2015

Dear Faculty,

Happy Fall! Below is an update on news and developments for Multimodal Learning at CWU.

Multimodal Learning Team – We have assumed responsibility for Distance Education (DE) support, incorporating three new staff members, and have some new additions to our team, including new Canvas Administrator, new Library Media Specialist, and new Director of the Multimodal Education Center (MEC). The Multimodal Learning team now includes:

Christopher Schedler, Director, Professor/English, x1357
Justin Carroll, Program Assistant, x1258
Todd Weber, Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor/Management, x2320
Joy Bensiger, Senior Instructional Technologist, Canvas Admin, x2039
Geri Hopkins, Instructional Design Librarian, MediaAmp Admin, x1925
Chad Schone, MEC Director, x1613
Holly Wheeler, MEC Library Media Specialist, x1224
Frank Jones, DE Program Supervisor (Ellensburg) x2856
Maury Webber, DE Technician (Lynnwood) x3752
Pete Cusumano, DE Technician (Des Moines) x3834

Multimodal Education Center – During our first year of operation in the Multimodal Education Center, we made the following upgrades to technologies and facilities: digital collaboration rooms and multimedia production booths for students, video recording studio for faculty, video-conference room, 3D printing services, and new checkout equipment for faculty and students (laptops, iPads, video cameras, and mobile recording kits). We look forward to welcoming you to our new home in Black Hall.

Online Learning @ CWU – Highlighting the continued growth of online learning at CWU, we now have over 1,100 declared online majors (911 undergraduate and 194 graduate), and close to 1/3 of CWU students take at least one online course each quarter. New online degrees launched this year include B.S. Social Services, B.S. Aviation Management, and B.S./B.A.S. ITAM Cybersecurity Specialization.

Online Learning Quality Assurance – The annual quality assurance report to be presented to Faculty Senate will include data from 1) Priorities Survey for Online Learners, 2) DFW comparisons of face-to-face and online courses, 3) SEOI analysis of face-to-face, online, and ITV courses, 4) instructional design consultations, online course reviews, and master online teacher certifications completed by faculty, and 5) retention rates for students in online programs.

Canvas LMS – Each quarter, 45-55% of all courses and 80-85% of faculty use Canvas. We have introduced a new Instructor Resource course that all faculty can access in Canvas, where you will find guides and tutorials on Canvas and other instructional technologies, plus modules that you can download directly to your courses for students to learn about Library resources, plagiarism, and essentials for online learning. For support with Canvas, contact Joy Bensiger.

MediaAmp Streaming Media – Over the last year, we integrated MediaAmp into Canvas for faculty to upload and stream instructional videos, and we developed a campus media portal, which will be managed by Public Affairs, for on-demand public video and live event streaming. For support acquiring streaming video for classes and using MediaAmp, contact Geri Hopkins.

Panopto Lecture Capture – We rolled out Panopto last Winter for faculty to create multimedia lectures for online and flipped classes. We provide a one-button recording studio in Black Hall with high-quality camera, microphone, lighting, and backdrop that faculty can schedule for their own use. We also offer mobile recordings kits for checkout in the Multimodal Education Center and at the Westside Centers that faculty can use in their own office. Note: Adobe Presenter is no longer being supported by Multimodal Learning and will be decommissioned at the end of Winter quarter 2016. For support with Panopto, contact Chad Schone.

DE/ITV Transition – Last year, the Cabinet made the decision to transition Distance Education (DE) course delivery away from our legacy interactive television (ITV) system. Multimodal Learning was tasked with leading an investigation into alternative distance education technologies. Over the Summer, a task force viewed technology demonstrations, and we will be reviewing vendor proposals with the goal of presenting a business case for a new enterprise DE system this Fall and transitioning to the new system for Fall 2016.

Master Online Teacher Certification – Now in its second year, our Faculty Institute for Online Teaching (offered in Summer and Pre-Fall) has enrolled over 75 faculty members and a third have applied for Master Online Teacher Certification, which requires completing the in-person institute, attending selected training workshops, participating in faculty learning community meetings, developing an online course, and submitting the course for quality assurance review. Look for the next call for participants in Spring quarter.

Professional Development – Training workshops on Canvas and other instructional technology tools continue to be offered each quarter, both face-to-face and via online webinars for faculty at the University Centers. For descriptions of upcoming workshops and information on how to register through the HR system, go to Our instructional design team is available to consult with departments and individual faculty in designing and delivering quality online and hybrid courses. To set up a consultation with the instructional design team, please contact Chris Schedler.

Multimodal Learning Communities – These faculty learning communities meet four times per quarter. Two groups are available for faculty participation, based on relative experience and expertise in teaching online.  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 Skype. To join one of the communities, contact Chris Schedler.

Your suggestions and comments regarding these or other Multimodal Learning initiatives are welcomed.

Christopher Schedler
Professor / English
Director / Multimodal Learning

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