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instructions to enable the Respondus license key to automatically update on individual computers when the license is renewed each year.

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 7th July 2014

instructions to enable the Respondus license key to automatically update on individual computers when the license is renewed each year.  The instructions are attached.  Please provide this information to Respondus users and assist them if necessary. Note that this must be done before the new license key/password is issued (July 31) in order to be effective.

http://web.stcloudstate.edu/pmiltenoff/d2l/RespondusQuizTool.pdf

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D2L Course Purge of Spring 2012 ISRS courses begins July 1, 2014

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th May 2014

Per MnSCU System Office:

 

D2L COURSE PURGE– Next D2L course purge begins July 1, 2014.

Spring 2012 (ISRS YRTR 20125) D2L courses* will be purged starting July 1, 2014.

D2L campus trainers and campus site administrators (d2L@stcloudstate.edu ) can provide assistance to faculty who would like to export D2L course materials and grade books. As a best practice, it is advisable to export gradebooks and any other pertinent course materials or course data at the end of each semester.

* Courses that are not assigned to an ISRS YRTR semester (developmental courses, ongoing courses) will not be purged.

PURGE SCHEDULE:

July 1, 2014 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Spring 2012 (ISRS YRTR 20125)

October 1, 2014 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Summer 2012 (ISRS YRTR 20131)

February 1, 2015 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Fall 2012  (ISRS YRTR 20133)

This purge schedule is based on the recommendation of the former IMS Advisory Council to retain two years of courses.
These are the approximate purge dates.  If a purge date falls on a weekend, the purge will begin on the first business day following the purge date.

For questions and issues, please contact d2L@stcloudstate.edu
Please keep in mind that contacting directly Greg Jorgensen, Tom Hergert, Sara Grachek and/or Plamen Miltenoff might slow you down: the fastest way to receive a response is to use d2L@stcloudstate.edu

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147 Practical Tips for Teaching Online Groups

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th May 2014

147 Practical Tips for Teaching Online Groups

http://home.fau.edu/musgrove/web/communication/PRACTICAL%20TIPS%20FOR%20TEACHING%20ONLINE%20GROUPS.pdf

44. Teaching in an online environment should be a team effort. You should be
able to call upon technology specialists, instructional designers, and many
others to help you develop and implement your course.

 

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10 technology hallmarks for every campus

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st May 2014

10 technology hallmarks for every campus

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/technology-hallmarks-campus-099

1. High-speed wireless broadband.

According to the Center for Digital Education’s recent “2013 Yearbook: Technology Innovation in Education,” over 80 percent of education institutions surveyed said that wireless broadband was their “top priority for IT investment.”

2. 24/7 IT support.

We have 24/7 support for emergencies and much of our staff, just like at a hospital, are on call. That’s not a perk for the campus, it’s a necessity.

3. The cloud.

The cloud can also: acquire and implement the latest software and application updates; streamline enrollment and admissions processes; and turn to subscriptions that are scalable and provide options, says Edudemic.

4. Digital textbooks.

Planning for digital textbooks means not only boosting mobile device capabilities on campus, but helping faculty learn to implement digital resources into their course.

5. 21st Century PD for faculty and admin.

From offering a MOOC on classroom management online solutions, to hosting a PD session on Twitter, campus admin should offer multiple options for PD delivery, just like how faculty should offer students multiple options for learning–there’s no better way to teach something than to model it first!

6. MOOCs.

[Read: “3 pros and 3 cons of MOOCs.”]

7. Online course management system.

From sending in-class emails to checking grades, course management systems, like Blackboard, offer faculty and students a fairly intuitive way to manage courses more efficiently.

8. Big Data…

Future-proofing universities are beginning to deploy storage solutions to help manage the unstructured data in physical, virtual and cloud environments. More modern storage solutions are also open source for a high learning curve but low cost.

9…security.

precautions can range from scanning existing databases on the university’s servers to determine where personal information is located and then, depending on the database, destroy the personal information or add more digital security; as well as put cybersecurity systems through a series of penetration tests to highlight security shortcomings.

[Read: “University data breach prompts ‘top-to-bottom’ IT review.”]

10. Social media done well.

of the major ways campuses use social media well is by serving up both “cake” and “broccoli,” or balancing the content that is important and good for the school (broccoli) and the content that is fun and delicious (cake). “If you share enough cake, your audience will consume the occasional broccoli,” she advises.

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Technology Week: April 7-11: Integrating other technologies in D2L

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 7th April 2014

Integrating other technologies in D2L

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LMS: how can I search its content

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th March 2014

Q:

Hi all,

Please excuse duplication but I’m trying to get this to as many people as possible.

There are two courses in the M1/M2 years in our medical college that are extraordinarily large. In many schools it’s called the “Doctoring” course. Our university uses Blackboard as our LMS, but as there is no real search mechanism in Blackboard, the content is hard to organize and locate. I’ve been trying to think of good options for this type of course and have come up with iTunesU and Moodle with search installed and turned on.

Do any of you have other options you might recommend?

Thanks,
Max~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Max Anderson, MLIS

Instructional Designer, Undergraduate Medical Education

UIC College of Medicine
150 College of Medicine West
1819 W. Polk St. (M/C 785)
Chicago, IL 60612-7332
Phone: 312-996-5898

Fax: 312-413-3410

UGME Website: http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/ugme

A:

On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM, matinga ragatz <matingaragatz@gmail.com> wrote:

@Max

Google Course Builder is free but you do need a bit of html/coding knowledge to get things looking right.

Post an update when you find your solution!

Cheers!!

==============================

Docebo? It is really daunting for online teaching, got me frustrated, but very good for your needs. Or you could Just put them on GDrive in folders and link them to any website (or LMS) that has an embedded discussion forum (G Groups, any LMS Discussion forum).

———–

Ammar Merhbi
Edtech and TESOL, M.A.
Educational Technology Specialist and Head of English Department
Google Apps and Moodle Administrator (www.learn.djis.edu.sa )
PD Specialist

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D2L: drop the lowest of several quizzes for final grade

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th March 2014

Q: I have assigned six quizzes, but would like the one with the lowest grade to be dropped for the final grading of the quizzes. How do I do that?

A: Make sure that the quizzes are under a grade category and condition the grade category to exclude the quizz with the lowest score.

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D2L Version 10.3 upgrade, testing for the upgrade, and D2L tools

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th March 2014

D2L Update

This update will include information on D2L Version 10.3 upgrade, testing for the upgrade, and D2L tools.

D2L will be upgraded to version 10.3 (includes version 10.2 as well) on May 30 beginning at 10 p.m.  The upgrade will provide the following benefits:

·        Quiz and Survey edit/create screens re-organized with new layout

·        Discussion tool revamped with new navigation to improve flow

·        Content tool will be the central/starting point of activity for teacher and learner

·        Content navigation improvements for viewing progress

·        A full listing of improvements can be viewed at community.desire2learn.com

 

You can review all of the planned changes in this upgrade by viewing D2L’s “Learning Environment 10.3 Features Guide” at available at the D2L Community Site. In order to do so, you need a user account to get access to D2L’s documentation. To login or create an account please visit:  https://community.desire2learn.com/login/.
Select the Enrollment link to create a new account.

Once you are successfully logged into D2L’s Community Site, select the “Documentation” link on the top navigation bar to access the Desire2Learn 10.3 Resource Center. (snapshot desirable here)
You can also find the Version 10.2 Features Guide by selecting “Archives in LOR”, then Learning Suite 10.2. (snapshot desirable here)

There will be a D2L version 10.3 testing period available for faculty before the May 30th upgrade, which will start towards the end of April.  Additional information will be send out regarding how to participate in this testing period.

Below are two documents on  the current tools, features, or permissions available in D2L, or additional third party tools which can be integrated with D2L. Please review the two documents below.

Questions can be referred to D2L@stcloudstate.edu

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Ad students to special access and increasing number of attempts

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th March 2014

Q: the CMS (D2L) kicked out my students in the middle of their test (quiz). How can I let them take the quiz again?

A: Please consider this two video clips:

- add students to special access

- allowing more then one quiz attempt

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Associating dropbox folders with grading items

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th February 2014

Pls consider additional sources on the bottom of this entry

to associate your dropbox folder with a grading items, go to your dropbox module

dropbox grading items

select the dropbox folder and click on edit folder

dropbox grading items edit folder

 

scroll down and choose the grading times, which needs to be associated with that folder.

dropbox grading items sellect item

 

Additional resources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U_gz-Nep2I

Grading a D2L Dropbox with a Rubric http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP-_RNiRV-k

 

D2L Dropbox: Creating a Dropbox Folder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW7n6NJqLOs

 

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