CWUOnline Learning NewsOnline Learning Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/newsen-usOnline Degrees, Classes Expanding Curriculum at Centralhttps://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2647Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:22:30<h3>Matt Carstens, <em>Daily Record</em>, January 7, 2017</h3><h4><a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/online-degrees-classes-expanding-curriculum-at-central/article_c27b7dfe-f12f-594c-b821-a6b3c413b365.html" target="_blank">Online Degrees, Classes Expanding Curriculum at Central</a></h4><p>Central Washington University assistant English professor Joshua Welsh learned early in his online teaching career that humor was not a tool that translated well from the face-to-face classroom.</p><p>“In the classroom I can start cracking jokes and try to be really approachable,” Welsh said. “I’ve tried that online and you can almost hear the crickets chirping.”</p><p>Instead of being driven by building a rapport with students on the first day of a course, Welsh said he has learned to give online students what they want — the materials. Not just some of the class. All of it.</p><p>“I front load as much work as possible so when the student logs in the first day they see everything they’re going to have to do,” Welsh said. “Here are all my activities. I learned that the hard way.”</p><p>For students both traditional and non-traditional, this can be a big help online. Justin Carroll is a 32-year-old cyber security major who started his undergraduate career taking online classes at Bellevue College and transferred to Central. Carroll said he typically takes one online class and two face-to-face classes a quarter, though this quarter he’s taking two of each. He said sometimes online classes lock you into a week-to-week schedule, but the good ones let you work ahead.</p><p>“I like to just go ahead,” Carroll said. “I’m already two weeks ahead in one of my classes and school just started today … I need to do that to maintain sanity.”</p><p>Carroll works full-time in the Multimodal Education Center in Black Hall, and said without the flexibility online classes bring him, he wouldn’t be able to pursue a degree.</p><p>Much like in face-to-face learning, the experience of online classes can differ from teacher to teacher. Most of those adjustments come from learning how and where teachers organize materials in the system.</p><p>CWU uses a learning management system called Canvas — a program the school switched to from Blackboard in 2014. Canvas has a statewide contract with universities and colleges across Washington, making it familiar to students transferring to Central’s online degree programs from different schools. According to the Executive Director of Multimodal Learning Chris Schedler, half of the students pursuing online degrees at CWU transferred from community colleges.</p><p>By the numbers</p><p>The university has been tracking online enrollment since 2011, when 186 students were pursuing online undergrad degrees along with 41 pursuing graduate degrees. Today a total of 1,137 students are enrolled in online degree programs, including 930 in undergraduate studies. That makes up 10 percent of Central’s total enrollment.</p><p>Schedler said each college at the university has an online degree program. Information technology administrative management is the biggest program.</p><p>“For the sciences it’s more challenging, definitely,” Schedler said about online instruction. “Most are in the social sciences like sociology, psychology, law and justice.”</p><p>As far as total online enrollment, 3,840 students are enrolled in at least one online class at CWU, which makes up 33 percent of total enrollment. In 2011, that number was just 1,782.</p><p>“I think traditional students do like the flexibility that online provides, but there is often a preference for face-to-face interaction with faculty in the class,” Schedler said. “The non-traditional students are more familiar with having to work virtually in teams … and they also obviously appreciate the flexibility because they wouldn’t be able to pursue their education if they didn’t have it.”</p><p>Developing curriculum</p><p>Welsh got his start teaching online as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. He was hired at Central to help develop and teach the online curriculum. He now is the adviser of the department’s online professional and creative writing degree, which has about 100 students and is the department’s biggest major.</p><p>“I think it’s because we can meet the students where they are,” Welsh said. “We have students from all over the state of Washington certainly, and then from other states as well.”</p><p>CWU draws from states which it has agreements in and there are some restrictions in regard to internships, but overall the program is flourishing. Having online classes and degrees simply makes the pool of interested students larger, allowing more courses to be offered regularly.</p><p>“I have my advanced tech writing class and you’ll be shocked to hear that’s not the most popular class in the English department,” Welsh said with a laugh. “There’s always plenty of room, and it’s actually almost full this quarter for the first time since I’ve been here. That’s great because it’s not one of the hugely popular courses. But for those that want to take it, we can have a nice strong course, a full course and keep offering it to the students that really want to go on and do more with technical writing.”</p><p>Welsh said he can’t speak for other disciplines, but English translates well to online teaching, humor aside.</p><p>“You really never know if a student has learned something in a writing class until you read their writing,” Welsh said. “You do more of that sooner in an online class.”</p><p>Welsh also said he likes the individual attention each student gets in an online class.</p><p>One of the drawbacks to online teaching, however, can be a lack of flexibility. Instead of the opportunities face-to-face learning gives with trying new things out if something isn’t working, teachers and students are kind of stuck with what is promised at the beginning of a term.</p><p>“Improvisation does not work very well online,” he said. “Planning works really well online. Sort of figuring out how to be thinking a quarter ahead. Quarters move really quickly as it is, so just getting ahead of the curve like that, that for me was the biggest challenge.”</p>CWU is Best Online University in Washingtonhttps://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2645Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:35:03<p><br><img alt="" src="/online-learning/sites/cts.cwu.edu.online-learning/files/bvs-arrow-logo256.png" style="width: 145px; height: 48px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;">According to a national online college rating website, Central Washington University is the Best Value Online School in Washington for 2016.</p><p>The site, Best Value Schools (http://www.bestvalueschools.com/), ranked CWU first on its list of the three best online schools in the state. The other two schools cited in the report were City University of Seattle and St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington.</p><p>“Central Washington University is widely recognized as a leader in affordable online degrees in Washington,” according to the website. “Not only is CWU about half the price of other schools on this list, but it also features a range of unique degrees that transcend the typical offerings of business and health care.”</p><p>CWU Associate Provost Anne Cubilié, who oversees the university’s extended learning programs, said the university was honored to be recognized for the excellence of its online programs.</p><p>“At CWU, we’ve sought to be a leader in online education and this new ranking shows we’re doing something right,” Cubilié said. “Our students can find a rich variety of majors, minors, endorsements, certifications, and graduate degrees available through our online learning program (http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/).”</p><p>CWU is a regional leader in providing access to high quality, personalized online education. It offers fully-accredited online undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as hundreds of courses available online each quarter.</p><p>In 2015, Central’s online psychology bachelor’s degree program was named one of the top 30 online psychology programs in the nation. Additionally, CWU’s bachelor’s degree in professional and creative writing undergraduate degree program and master of science degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management were both ranked top ten online programs in the U.S.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.</p><p>- November 30, 2016</p></br>Working Dad Completes Degree in Six Monthshttps://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2632Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:24:10<p><img alt="" src="/online-learning/sites/cts.cwu.edu.online-learning/files/images/Jason_Berry_family_W.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 299px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Central Washington University’s Jason Berry will finish his bachelor’s degree this year after six months of classes.</p><p>OK, not quite six months, he said.</p><div><div id="in-story"><div id="google_ads_div_kvnews_ros_instory1_300x250_ad_wrapper"><div id="google_ads_div_kvnews_ros_instory1_300x250_ad_container">He already had an associate’s degree and a handful of credits from his time at community college in the&nbsp;’90s, but through the university’s new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/flexit-pace" target="_blank">FlexIT</a><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/flexit-pace" target="_blank">&nbsp;online program</a>, and a lot of hard work, he finished the requirements for his bachelor’s degree in six months.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“The fortunate part is I travel a lot,” he said. “I was able to utilize time in airplanes and my nights and my weekends, taking it one course at a time.”</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Read the</span><a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/working-cwu-grad-completed-degree-in-months/article_8d97a092-1155-11e5-9a94-1f1eb54e3f3c.html" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">&nbsp;rest of this story</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;by Andy&nbsp;</span>Matarrese<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;in the Daily Record.&nbsp;</span></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.4;">June 15, 2015</span></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></div id="in-story"></div id="google_ads_div_kvnews_ros_instory1_300x250_ad_wrapper"></div id="google_ads_div_kvnews_ros_instory1_300x250_ad_container"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">ITAM Degree Offered at Walla Walla Community College https://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2629Fri, 08 May 2015 16:29:55<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Students at Walla Walla Community College can now earn a bachelor of applied science degree in information technology and administrative management (</span>BAS-ITAM<span style="line-height: 1.4;">) from Central Washington University, thanks to a new partnership between the two institutions.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/bas-overview" target="_blank">BAS-ITAM program</a>, with specializations in administrative management, information technology, and cybersecurity, teaches students how to manage people, projects, and information. It is a full baccalaureate program&nbsp;that accepts any applied or technical degree that would not transfer to four-year programs otherwise.</p><p>“Students will have the flexibility of taking hybrid and online CWU courses at Walla Walla Community College and can continue to work fulltime to improve their career opportunities,” said Laurie Stehle, director of ITAM online programs at CWU. “The professors that teach on the Ellensburg campus also teach online classes, so students receive the same quality education in a location that works for them.”</p><p>ITAM at CWU is a high-demand program taught by faculty with doctorate-level degrees, industry certification, and valuable field experience. It complements existing skills with new management, or soft skills, to help students become leaders. Classes also cover business communication, project management, customer relationship management, and professional development.</p><p>“This partnership is great for the students and for the community,” said Steve VanAusdle, president of WWCC. “It gives our students more ways to access a baccalaureate degree and sets them up for success.”</p><p>The degree will be delivered online and in hybrid classes at WWCC. Fulltime students can expect to complete the degree in eight quarters. Students enrolled in the CWU program will have access to resources at both institutions. For more information, email <a href="mailto:ITAMinfo@cwu.edu">ITAMinfo@cwu.edu</a> or call 509-963-2611.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wwcc.edu/" target="_blank">WWCC</a> is one of the top community colleges in the nation. It was given the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2013 from The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.cwu.edu" target="_blank">CWU</a> is a public, four-year university in Ellensburg with centers co-located throughout Washington. It is a regional leader in providing high quality, personalized education with fully-accredited online degree programs and hundreds of courses delivered online each quarter.&nbsp; </em></p><p><strong><em>Media contact:</em></strong><em> Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841, barnott@cwu.edu</em></p><p>May 8, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href="mailto:ITAMinfo@cwu.edu">CWU Offers One of the Top Online Psychology Degrees in the Nationhttps://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2627Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:58:40<p><img alt="" src="/online-learning/sites/cts.cwu.edu.online-learning/files/images/psychology-badge.png" style="width: 230px; height: 218px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University was ranked as having one of the top 30 online psychology bachelor’s degree programs in the nation for 2015. The study, by Affordable Colleges Foundation (</span>ACF<span style="line-height: 1.4;">), a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, published its new ranking of 2015’s Top Online Psychology Degrees at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/psychology-programs/.</span></p><p><br>“We’re very pleased with the ranking,” said Stephanie Stein, professor and chair of CWU’s psychology department. “We have worked hard to develop a rigorous, fully accredited online program that gives our students the best preparation for their career path.”</p><p>According to Stein, “Our success is largely due to our outstanding online program director, Dr. Sara Bender. Dr. Bender not only oversees the online program and curriculum, she personally serves as the academic advisor for all of the online psychology majors. Our online majors receive individualized and quick, responsive support, a feature that sets the CWU program apart from many other online programs.”</p><p>Psychology is the second most popular college major. Students with a degree in the field have extensive career options in areas such as education, research, public health, politics and more.</p><p>"To find the best schools offering the highest quality online education for psychology students, we looked beyond the sheer number of programs available and the total cost of a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. "Our data team spent months researching hundreds of available psychology degree programs to find out which schools truly make a difference with stand-out academics, resources and student support services."&nbsp; For more information about ACF, go to www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/psychology-programs/.</p><p>To create the list, ACF data analysts and higher education experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank colleges using various cost and quality criteria and metrics, including:<br>• Must be not-for-profit institution<br>• Student-faculty ratio&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• Six-year graduation rate<br>• Job placement for graduates<br>• AC Online Peer-Based Value (A proprietary metric that compares quality metrics of colleges with similar costs, and the costs of colleges with similar quality metrics)</p><p>The bachelor of arts in psychology at CWU can be earned entirely online and requires a minimum of 180 quarter credits, including no more than 135 transfer credits. Program admission is offered in the spring, fall, and winter quarters. During the online program, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA or better, create an electronic portfolio, participate in 10 hours of service learning (or work as a research assistant), and complete all end-of-major assessment evaluations. There is also a world language requirement for all aspiring graduates. For more information about the program, go to www.cwu.edu/psychology/.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p><p>January 9, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Multimodal Learning Update (Fall 2015)https://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2625Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:34:22<p>November 3, 2015</p><p>Dear Faculty,</p><p>Happy Fall! Below is an update on news and developments for Multimodal Learning at CWU.</p><p><strong>Multimodal Learning Team</strong> – 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:</p><p>Christopher Schedler, Director, Professor/English, x1357 <a href="mailto:SchedlerC@cwu.edu">SchedlerC@cwu.edu</a><br>Justin Carroll, Program Assistant, x1258 <a href="mailto:CarrollJA@cwu.edu">CarrollJA@cwu.edu</a><br>Todd Weber, Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor/Management, x2320 <a href="mailto:Weber@cwu.edu">Weber@cwu.edu</a><br>Joy Bensiger, Senior Instructional Technologist, Canvas Admin, x2039 <a href="mailto:JoyBe@.cwu.edu">JoyBe@.cwu.edu</a><br>Geri Hopkins, Instructional Design Librarian, MediaAmp Admin, x1925 <a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu">Hopkins@cwu.edu</a><br>Chad Schone, MEC Director, x1613 <a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu">CSchone@cwu.edu</a><br>Holly Wheeler, MEC Library Media Specialist, x1224 <a href="mailto:WheelerH@cwu.edu">WheelerH@cwu.edu</a><br>Frank Jones, DE Program Supervisor (Ellensburg) x2856 <a href="mailto:JonesFr@cwu.edu">JonesFr@cwu.edu</a><br>Maury Webber, DE Technician (Lynnwood) x3752 <a href="mailto:WebberM@cwu.edu">WebberM@cwu.edu</a><br>Pete Cusumano, DE Technician (Des Moines) x3834 <a href="mailto:CusumanP@cwu.edu">CusumanP@cwu.edu</a></p><p><strong>Multimodal Education Center</strong> – 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.</p><p><strong>Online Learning @ CWU</strong> – 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.</p><p><strong>Online Learning Quality Assurance</strong> – 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.</p><p><strong>Canvas LMS – </strong>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.</p><p><strong>MediaAmp Streaming Media</strong> – 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.</p><p><strong>Panopto Lecture Capture</strong> – 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.</p><p><strong>DE/ITV Transition</strong> – 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.</p><p><strong>Master Online Teacher Certification</strong> – Now in its second year, our Faculty Institute for Online Teaching&nbsp;(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.</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 webinars for faculty at the University Centers. For descriptions of upcoming workshops and information on how to register through the HR system, go to<br>http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/faculty-workshops. 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.</p><p><strong>Multimodal Learning Communities</strong> – 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.&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 Skype. To join one of the communities, contact Chris Schedler.</p><p>Your suggestions and comments regarding these or other Multimodal Learning initiatives are welcomed.</p><p>Christopher Schedler<br>Professor / English<br>Director / Multimodal Learning</p></a href="mailto:SchedlerC@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:CarrollJA@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:Weber@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:JoyBe@.cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:WheelerH@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:JonesFr@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:WebberM@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:CusumanP@cwu.edu"></br></br></br>Online Learner Wins iPad After Responding to Surveyhttps://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/node/2622Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:35:08<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/online-learning/sites/cts.cwu.edu.online-learning/files/iPad_giveaway.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 327px; margin: 5px;"></p><p><img alt="" src="/online-learning/sites/cts.cwu.edu.online-learning/files/Demographics.jpg" style="width: 312px; height: 600px; float: right;">Brendan McEachran, a CWU student studying music education, was presented with a new iPad on Wednesday just for sharing his opinion. McEachran, who is taking classes online and face-to-face, won the tablet after his name was drawn from a batch of nearly 400 students who responded to the <a href="https://www.noellevitz.com/student-retention-solutions/satisfaction-priorities-assessments/priorities-survey-for-online-learners" target="_blank">Noel-Levitz Priorities Survey for Online Learners</a>.</p><p>The survey is meant to assess the satisfaction and priorities of students in online programs. During spring quarter CWU sent the survey to all students enrolled in 100 percent online courses. To sweeten the deal and show students that their opinions matter, those who responded were entered into a drawing for the new iPad.</p><p>The survey asks about academic services, enrollment services, institutional perceptions, instructional services, and student services. It’s one of the benchmarks CWU uses for quality assurance in terms of instruction and interaction in its online classes.</p><p>McEachran responded to the survey because he’s a fan of online education at CWU and wanted to offer feedback. Online classes are helping McEachran get through his degree program because they offer flexibility and work with his schedule, he said. He’s able to do much of the coursework for his online classes over the weekend, which frees McEachran up to practice in the music building during the week.</p><p>The results of this year’s survey are not yet available, but in past years, CWU has compared favorably to national and peer averages, said Tom Henderson, CWU’s Director of Institutional Assessment.</p><p><em><strong>PHOTO: </strong>Christopher Schedler, Director of Multimodal Learning at CWU, hands off a new iPad to CWU student Brendan McEachran. McEachran won the tablet in a drawing after he responded to the Noel-Levitz Priorities Survey for Online Learners. (Barb Arnott / CWU)</em></p><p>June 13, 2014<br>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Lawmakers Eye New Online Degree Program at CWU that Gives College Credit for Experiencehttps://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)https://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></br></br></a href="mailto:SchedlerC@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:JosJohns@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:DBreckon@.cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:LaneMi@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:ADarting@cwu.edu"></br></a href="mailto:RitzingK@cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:DBreckon@.cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:Hopkins@cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:LaneMi@cwu.edu"></br></br>New Hire!https://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></a href="mailto:lanemi@cwu.edu">