March 29

3Play Media Upcoming Webinars

webinar: Quick Start to Captioning

Quick Start to Captioning

Watch this webinar to learn the basics of how to add closed captions to online video to make it fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. This webinar covers Section 508 and ADA accessibility compliance, creation of closed captions, explanation of caption formats and video player compatibility, as well as an overview of automated workflows and integration with lecture capture and video platforms.
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Webinar: Who Should Be Involved in Your Campus' IT Initiative

Webinar: Who Should Be Involved in Your Campus’ IT Initiative

In this webinar, Rob Carr, the Accessibility Coordinator at Oklahoma ABLE Tech, will present on the various jobs and responsibilities that are required in implementing a well-rounded accessibility program. He’ll also provide you with the necessary tools to begin conversations for a campus-wide accessibility initiative.
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webinar: 15 Years After an OCR Suit

15 Years After an OCR Suit: NC State’s Accessibility Refresh

In 1999, NC State University resolved a suit from the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR). But what does accessibility at NC State University look like 15 (actually 17) years later? In this session, Grey Reavis (University IT Accessibility Coordinator) and Rebecca Sitton (Assistive Technology Coordinator) will look at how they are creating a proactive strategy to address the current risk areas on campus.
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webinar: How the University of Maryland Implemented a Campus-Wide IT Accessibility Plan

How the University of Maryland Implemented a Campus-Wide IT Accessibility Plan

In this webinar, Ana Palla-Kane (IT Accessibility Specialist) and Susan Johnston (Instructional Designer) will dive into the design and implementation of their IT accessibility plan, providing an inside look into the University of Maryland’s own strategies and structure. They will discuss the specific steps taken by the Division of IT in designing and implementing the plan, as well as provide insight into first-year successes and challenges.
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webinar: Captioning the 3Play Way

Captioning the 3Play Way

Join us to learn more about 3Play Media’s closed captioning process, services, tools, and standards. In this webinar, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder Josh Miller will address how 3Play Media can help make your videos fully accessible, searchable, and more engaging for all viewers.
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March 28

QM Connect 2017 Call for Proposals

QM Connect, annual Quality Matters conference is open for proposals by April 7. Find out more here.

Pathways to Excellence

“Share your ideas, experiences and research with the QM Community by presenting at the QM Connect Conference. This year’s theme and concentrations put the focus on quality assurance at all levels in an organization — including fresh ideas on QM Standards and educational quality. You can offer educators and administrators opportunities to help design the future of learning and improve learner engagement with your conference presentation proposal.”

Concentrations

March 23

Smarthinking Online Tutoring Resource

You can share this infographic with your students as the finals are approaching. Students sometimes may prefer online tutoring if they cannot make it to campus at a certain hour, or students may think that by using the online tutoring they  avoid the stigma around tutoring. In any case, we view this as complimentary to our excellent on-ground tutoring services as it is available 24/7 and covers a variety of subjects. It is available to SCSU students for free (15 hours), log-in is via D2L Brightspace, under Resources.

Online tutoring

March 23

D2L Upgrade June 2-3, 2017 and D2L version 10.7.0 Preview for Faculty WebEx Session

The System Office is currently planning for an upgrade to D2L version 10.7.0 (and Daylight Experience) to occur Friday-Saturday, June 2-3, 2017.  This upgrade will require a downtime, with the time and duration to be determined in the coming weeks.

All Minnesota State faculty are invited to attend a WebEx session on Thursday, March 23 at 1:00 PM that will provide an overview of the new features of this version, which is scheduled to roll out to campuses on June 2, 2017.

You will get to see the improvements to:

  • Intelligent Agents
  • Quiz Question Creation Process
  • Small group discussions
  • Responsive design for mobile devices (Daylight Experience)
  • And more

There will be more training opportunities for faculty in the future, but if you’d like a sneak peek at 10.7.0, please plan to attend on March 23.  The session will be recorded for later viewing, but if you attend it live, you will have the opportunity to ask questions on the spot.

Please feel free to join us in Centennial Hall room 115 on Thursday, March 23 at 1:00 PM for the WebEx session. You may also join the training directly, however, WebEx can only accommodate up to 250 connections.
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March 10

Improving the Quality of Instructional Videos

Richard Rose wrote for Campus Technology on “6 Dimensions for More Effective Online Instructional Videos” (click here to view full text). Here is some of his advice:

1) Sound-to-Silence Balance

Sound-to-silence balance is the ratio of talk to empty space on the soundtrack of your video. Tools like Camtasia and Captivate show the soundtrack as a display of the visible waveforms, which makes it easy to see this balance at a glance without listening to the content itself.

2) Visual Context-to-Detail Balance

Visual context-to-detail balance is the control of how often your video editing tool is zooming in and zooming out. Some video tools, such as Camtasia’s Smart Focus, allow the software to make these decisions for you, based on the movement of your on-screen cursor, but the top-end instructional designer will always want to control location and magnification precisely and, therefore, manually.

3) Feature-to-Application Balance

This is the balance between showing program features in the context of the entire application and giving specific examples of their use. One of end of this continuum is the feature/function/benefit (FFB) approach, popular in the early days of computer software instruction. It could be summarized as, “It has this, which does that, which allows you to achieve this type of task.”

4) Balance Between Framing/Assessment and Substance

The old military training model had three parts:

  1. Tell them what you are going to tell them.
  2. Tell them.
  3. Tell them what you told them.

Today we call this framing and it is supported by David Ausubel’s classic Advance Organizer model. Having a sneak preview graphic at the front-end and a review graphic at the back-end of a step-wise training segment is often a fine idea.

5) Personality Balance

Personality balance is how much of yourself as an individual you choose to express in your instructional video. The ideal tone for most presentations is that of a clearly competent and enthusiastic professional who is visibly excited about the great stuff he or she has to share, and is delighted to be the one who is sharing it. Once this persona is established, the talent gets out of the way and lets the subject matter be the star of the show. But this is not always the right balance, depending on subject and audience

 

March 1

Books on Technology and Teaching and Learning

Nowadays, the majority of articles and news come to us instantly via blogs, websites, newsletters, online magazines. However, if you prefer to glance through books and have them as a manual while you are working on your courses, our library can offer plenty of good resources… and there is always the Inter-library Loan.

Here, though, I am sharing the specific books our SCSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has on technology. You can go to the center on the third floor of our library and loan them.

Bellow are a few recommended ones from the list, if you want to start thinking about facilitating an online course or building content for a future class:

  • Conquering the Content: A Step by Step Guide to Online Course Design, by Smith
  • Work by Palloff and Pratt (one of the books is The Virtual Student:A Profile and Guide to Working with Online Learners, there are a couple more)
  • E-Moderating, by Salman
  • Engaging the Online Learner: Activates and Resource for Creative Instruction, by Corrad and Donaldson