[field_user_picture] Posted by Charles Piscitello on April 16, 2018
What is Quality Matters? Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Sponsored by MarylandOnline, Inc, Quality Matters has generated widespread interest and received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education. What is the Ohio Quality Matters Consortium? For several years, Ohio colleges and universities have been part of a consortium that utilizes the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric to improve online courses in a variety of ways. Originally organized by the Ohio Learning Network (OLN), the consortium has grown to...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Christopher Stormer on February 16, 2018
The Blackboard student app is used by many students in order to access quick information about their Blackboard courses-- it can also allow students to participate in discussion boards, read posted content, and check their grades. Check out this page for more information and download links for the student app . If you're the instructor of a Blackboard course, though, you'll want to download Blackboard's Instructor app-- this app will not only allow you to participate in your course discussions, post announcements and new content, but also will allow you to grade student work on your mobile device. This app...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Charles Piscitello on February 5, 2018
We can assess our students in two ways: Through summative assessment, a high stakes exam, paper, project, portfolio or capstone. Usually a significant portion of a student's grade. Allows the student the opportunity to showcase their mastery of the subject matter. Through formative assessment, a low or no stakes check-in, such as a quiz, class interaction, short reflection, etcetera. Formative assessments allow the teacher and the student the opportunity to gauge their understanding of the subject matter early and often. Gauging your students' understanding of the learning process is essential. And most of the time, the midterm exam is much...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Carl Nestor on January 26, 2018
A common topic when designing an online course revolves around the use of video instruction. The question regularly comes down to “what is the optimal viewing length?” You may hear that Americans have the attention span of a gold fish, or roughly 8 seconds. This factoid, however, is a bit misleading. It’s true that when sifting through a large volume of possible online choices, the mind makes quick decisions, often based on the first ten- seconds of a video. The mind filters the information and almost instantly makes a perceived ranking as to its worth. But this rule of thumb...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Keith Harris on January 23, 2018
Here is another opportunity to learn more about Qwickly Attendance and how you can easily integrate class attendance into your Blackboard gradebook. See how its features and flexibility will work with Blackboard. Features Automatically create a graded column in Blackboard and keep a running grade for attendance. See a list of all students and work down the list or show one student at a time as the instructor calls names. Send an email to students when they are marked as absent for the day. Provide students with acknowledgement that they were missed in class and a way to cross reference...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Vivian Beaty on January 22, 2018
A concept map is a visual display representing the spatial relationships and connections between ideas or concepts (Smith and Ragan, 1993). Concept maps have also been referred to as graphic organizers, sematic mapping, information mapping, and networking (West, Farmer, and Wolff, 1991). According to West, Farmer, and Wolff, there are three common types of concept maps. The three common types of concept maps include the spider map (also referred to as a cluster map), chain map (also referred to as a flowchart), and hierarchy map (West, Farmer, and Wolff, 1991). Examples of the common types of concept maps have been...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Christopher Stormer on January 10, 2018
Have you wanted to integrate class attendance into your Blackboard gradebook? Have you wanted an easy way for students to "check-in" to a course? Qwickly Attendance, a new tool at Ashland University, can do all of that, and more! Join Qwickly for an online workshop about using the Attendance tool that is integrated into our Blackboard Learn system. Qwickly Attendance Training January 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM ET Start your semester with the efficiency of Qwickly Attendance. Learn how to manage class attendance with our user-friendly software. For: faculty and other current Qwickly Attendance users REGISTER NOW >
[field_user_picture] Posted by Christopher Stormer on January 3, 2018
LearnAU, the Instructional Design and Technology Center at Ashland University, is pleased to announce our scheduled Instructional Design and Tech Tools Talks for the Spring 2018 Semester. The IDT^3 series features talks by our Instructional Design and Instructional Technology experts on a variety of topics of interest to faculty teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, or online environments. Using Concept Map Software for Scholarly Work Dr. Vivian Beaty, Ph.D., LearnAU Instructional Designer Thursday Jan 25th 2pm-3pm Webinar: http://bit.ly/IDTalk or join as a group in CONHS 139/141 This session will demonstrate the use of the Mindomo Concept Map software to gather research materials...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Christopher Stormer on February 5, 2016
Active discussions are a core element of any course, and research has shown that online course discussions do help students understand concepts more deeply. (For an interesting literature review and study of online course discussions, see Cranney et. al., Instructor’s Discussion Forum Effort: Is It Worth It? at http://jolt.merlot.org/vol7no3/cranney_0911.pdf ). Discussions are great for student learning -- but when you have an active discussion, there are LOTS of posts to wade through. In the default discussion board, you'll see a list like this-- you must click on each thread in order to read and reply to those entries. Wouldn't it...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Christopher Stormer on January 8, 2016
Keeping records of student attendance in class, or for synchronous sessions in an online course, is an important way to help you find and address problems that students may be having. If you can see a pattern of missed classes, or late attendance, that can be a part of an intervention strategy early enough to help that student turn their performance around. Besides the diagnostic benefit, financial aid requirements for many students hinge upon attendance, and so you may be asked by the registrar to provide this information for reporting purposes. While there are several different takes on how attendance...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Christopher Stormer on November 20, 2015
Your car's dashboard has some helpful information to keep you driving smoothly-- how fast you're going and how much gas you've got left to get there! Blackboard also has a dashboard to help you keep you monitor your courses, and this short post will help you get started. As we near the end of the semester, your courses in Blackboard have become full of student submissions, discussion board posts, and, of course, your feedback and grading. There is a lot in there to keep track of! One thing about Blackboard is that there are often multiple ways to access the...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Angela Titherage on November 14, 2015
Have you looked at your calendar lately? Can you believe that Christmas is only a little over 5 weeks from now? Some radio stations are already playing Christmas music around the clock. It seems like the Christmas season is starting earlier every year and the countdown has begun! Well, the countdown to Christmas isn’t the only thing we have our eye on in the LearnAU team though. Did you know that there are roughly 8 weeks until the Spring 2016 classes begin? Yes, ‘tis the season to dive in and begin getting your courses organized and prepared for the spring...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Spencer Stadnik on November 6, 2015
The year is nearing it's end. With that comes the beginning of new seasons. As the leaves change, the temperature drops. You may even find yourself wearing more socks. You open your door to enter the world and the weather prevents you from making your trek. You retun back indoors and reluctantly write, "sorry class, we can't meet tonight". This may happen often, or this may be nil. I'll tell you good person, no need to cancel unless you're ill! Just approach your laptop with the usual delight. Don't forget to tell your class that everything will be alright. Now...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Brandy Schaad on October 30, 2015
As we close out another workweek here at Ashland University, I’d like to reflect with you on some of the wonderful things from our week here on the LearnAU Team. First, we would like to welcome Dr. Todd Marshall to our team and to Ashland University. Dr. Marshall is the new Associate Provost and his first day was Monday. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Marshall everyday this week. I am truly excited to have him here and look forward to the days, weeks, months, semesters, and years ahead! I believe this is just the beginning of...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Christopher Stormer on October 23, 2015
One of the most common concerns about online course materials is that they are very text heavy. Course readings, articles, and books are, of course, based on the written word—but when all a student sees in a course is what looks to them like a wall of text, they can easily lose their place, feel overwhelmed, or check-out before they’ve even finished checking-in! Read this post to find some sources and strategies for including images in your course materials, and making sure they are properly cited and licensed.
[field_user_picture] Posted by Angela Titherage on October 16, 2015
As I walked to my office this morning I noticed that the trees across campus are boasting a beautiful array of colors and felt the brisk nip in the air, signaling that fall is here. Can you believe it is the middle of October already? Not only does this mean that it is time to begin to think about midterms and plan for the holidays ahead, it also means that the Spring course shells are available for you to begin the process of preparing your online course shells for the Spring 2016 semester. Hopefully you have seen the communications and...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Spencer Stadnik on October 2, 2015
Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, October 3rd), your 2016 Spring courses will be made available to you! They will automatically populate within your Blackboard Learn envrionment. As we continue the semester we will be implementing several great features that Blackboard has to offer. This is our opportunity to start implementing a standard AU branded experience within our online learning environment. The myAU Course Menu does leverage some familiar labeling from Angel, to help return a sense of familiarity of organization labels. Our goal is to move towards a best practice of offering a standardized course menu that will help students spend less...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Spencer Stadnik on September 25, 2015
The past six months have been a time of introduction and "getting acquainted" with Blackboard Learn as our new learning management system. Your LearnAU team is excited to announce that as a result of your hard work getting familiar with Blackboard Learn, we are ready to move into the next phase of implementation and will be releasing the myAU COURSE MENU. The myAU COURSE MENU is the layout within Blackboard that will become available with your 2016 Spring Courses on October 3rd-That’s next Saturday! Access to the myAU COURSE MENU should become available that morning, and you’ll know it’s ready...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Jason Coale on July 15, 2015
Hello! It's been a busy week so we have a lot to share with everyone. We are ready to begin the next step in the process of migration from Angel to Bb Learn! Let me begin by saying thank you to everyone for your responses to our initial Angel Course Listings Spreadsheets. We have submitted these requests to Blackboard and should begin seeing those migrations going through very soon. I know everyone is anxious for those courses to show up so just hang in there a bit longer. I try to think of it like its the night before Christmas...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Brandy Schaad on June 23, 2015
Hello. Just wanted to give you a little update on what we are doing and what we have in the works... First, our LearnAU Team has officially moved to Academics. If you are reading this blog, there's a very good chance that you may already know this. If not, hopefully this will give you a little information on how to find us. On the Ashland Webpage, we are now located under the Academics tab. Here you will find a lot of information about our team , training for Bb Learn , updates and blogs on where we are in the...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Brandy Schaad on May 15, 2015
As we wind up another week, we are already planning for the next one that will be here in the blink of an eye. For some reason, the weekends just go by way too fast, and for that matter, so do the weeks! In any case, we hope your past week was productive as new Summer Semester courses began, and a few of you took advantage of some of our face-to-face training opportunities. As a reminder, next week there will not be any scheduled face-to-face training opportunities. For starters, we will be acclimating our new Content Developer into his new...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Spencer Stadnik on April 10, 2015
As we are quickly nearing the end of the semester, many of us are going through our checklists to make sure we are ready for the months ahead. Some of these lists may include preparing for next semester, finalizing grades, watering the ficus, walking the dog, watching netflix, and maybe even washing the car. In addition to all of that, AU is changing Learning Managment Systems, which may take some time to learn. There is just so much to do and so little time! I'm here to ensure you that we are here to help with the transition from Angel...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Brandy Schaad on April 2, 2015
The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived! Over the last three weeks, our LearnAU Team and the College Champions have been emerged in Blackboard (Bb) Learn training - preparing ourselves to better serve faculty, staff, and students in our transition from ANGEL to Bb Learn. We have scheduled training sessions for the next two weeks and will be working on the rest of April and May as well. The week of May 11th, we will have a full slate of training opportunities available also. While space is limited now, we will be giving precidence to all those...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Eric Sherman on March 20, 2015
This week we onl y have enough time for a quick update. Blackboard has been on campus since Tuesday. Bb's trainer, in addition to the #LearnAU team, has been supporting the TSC staff in discovering how best to leverage the new tools available to them in Blackboard (LMS), especially Collaborate . Additionally, we've been meeting with the AU's Bb Champions. Champions are volunteers from the faculty of all our colleges who have stepped up to accept the call to be first adopters, advocates, and first-point-of-contact in their respective departments and disciplines. Training continues next week (March 23-27) for your Champions...
[field_user_picture] Posted by Eric Sherman on March 11, 2015
Do you remember how movie trailers used to create excitement? They introduced the characters or teased the conflict. They made you want to see the movie. They built anticipation. My wife used to make us leave the the theatre, claiming we were late, if we didn't make it in time to see every movie trailer prior to the feature presentation.