eTech Fair: Distance Education Week | Nov. 11-15th2013 Just drop-in! No pre-registration required. Door prizes will be given out to selected participants from each session who complete the evaluation survey! (Door prizes donated by: UAA IT Services, College of Education, College of Health, Disability Services, Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, UAA School of Nursing) To Join a session: All sessions will be help online via Blackboard Collaborate. Use the links provided in the agenda below. (Links for each session will be available prior to the event) Before you join the sessions 1. Use the System Test to check your system requirements and configure your system. We recommend you do this at least one day prior to the event so you can get help if needed. 2. View the Collaborate Getting Started for Participants or Online Orientation video, so you will be able effectively participate in the live session. 3. If you are still having issues you can call the UAA IT CallCenter at (907)7864646. Monday 11/11 11:00 am Cindy Trussell PH.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Kodiak College Debbi Canavan eLearning Instructional Specialist, Kodiak College VoiceThread: Multimedia Discussions Now you can provide more engaging online, asynchronous conversations with and among students using the VoiceThread tool. VoiceThread is an interactive presentation and discussion tool that can showcase a variety of files, media, and images. Users can interact via microphone, webcam, text, phone, or audio-files. Come experience the possibilities for your courses. (Preview information about VT at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/classes/instructors/tools/voicethrea d.cfm.) 1:00 pm Margie Drascovich, RN, MPH, MS Associate Professor, UAA School of Nursing, Kodiak Campus Blended Course Delivery Successes 2:00 pm Sarah Frick Instructional Designer, Faculty Technology Center Learning on the Edge: Faculty Technology Center The innovative staff at the FTC is leading the way for UAA in current research on course quality and technology trends in higher education. All the buzz: from MOOC's, multimedia, distance delivery, digital credentials, quality standards, gamification and online learning communities. Learn about FTC's current projects and find out you can be involved and what we can do for you. Tuesday 11/12 11:00 am Lara Madden Instructional Designer, Faculty Technology Center ePortfolios at UAA Come and check out the UAA ePortfolio Showcase. Hear about the upcoming ePortfolios Initiative gearing up for Spring 2014 and find out how you can get your department and students involved. 2:00 pm Susan Mircovich, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, KPC; Kathi Baldwin, Instructional Designer, Title III, UAS Sitka & Mary Purvis, Director, Title III, UAS Sitka Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award OPEN HOUSE! Come and see how two UA online courses won the Bb Catalyst award. Take a look at the course structure, organization and special features that made each course a winner. Bring any questions. Designers/instructors will be there to talk about how you too can be a winner. Wednesday 11/13 11:00 am 2:00 pm Kitty Deal, Assistant Professor of Education, Kodiak College & Debbi Canavan eLearning Instructional Specialist, Kodiak College Tina Coulston, Instructional Designer, School of Nursing Interactive Rubrics in Blackboard Interactive Blackboard rubrics can be used with the Discussion Board forums and assignments within Blackboard. Rubrics simplify and clarify grading expectations and feedback, reducing time spent on writing feedback and on answering student questions. Learn how to set up rubrics in your Blackboard courses, reuse them in other courses, or share them with colleagues. Course Banners and Image Editing Made Easy Learn to edit images and create banners to use in your Blackboard course using familiar and easy to use tools. Why do Design and Aesthetics Matter? 3:00 pm Clair Kochis Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Physics Cheryl Siemers Associate Professor of English Janice High, Associate Professor of English, Kenai Peninsula College Open-Access Developmental English and Math Courses This session is an overview of the free open-access developmental English and Mathematics courses that have been developed under a federal grant targeting individuals who qualify for workforce retaining under the TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) Program. These courses are designed to be completely self-paced modules in developmental English and Mathematics, integrating contextualized content to bolster success for those individuals who seek to retrain in the AES (Architectural and Engineering Services) programs. At the same time, these courses are also providing an alternative to paying for and completing developmental courses for any individuals who would like to enter a college program prepared for college level coursework in math and English. Thursday 11/14 10:00 am Katie Walker, Instructional Designer, College of Education Teaching and Learning with Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Participants will practice basic techniques for building community in an online synchronous class meeting. Blackboard Collaborate will be UAA’s web conferencing solution (replacing Elive) this spring. 1:00 pm Sarah Frick, Instructional Designer, Faculty Technology Center Video Captioning Solutions in online courses As multimedia and video usage increase in our course material offerings, so does the need for those video to be closed captioned. Captions improve usability for learners, and can improve your search engine results. This workshop will introduce concepts and show you some easy tips for finding and creating closed captioning for your online course lecture captures and other videos in your course. 3:00 pm Lee Henrikson Instructional Designer, Beyond Anchorage Workforce Development Grant, CTC Using Understanding by Design to Develop Courses Understanding by Design (UBD) provides a simple framework for developing courses. After an overview of the UBD framework, we will focus on what we expect students to learn and how to structure those expectations around Big Ideas. You will come away from the workshop with a draft Big Idea for a course. Friday 11/15 10:00 am Jeanette Renaudineau Instructional Designer/Developer, Faculty Technology Center & Wayne Todd Instructional Designer, Faculty Technology Center Games and Gamification for Teaching and Learning Description: Join us to discuss a growing trend of incorporating games and game elements in the higher education classroom. We will discuss the rationale behind gaming in teaching and learning, as well as provide some practical ideas for adding game elements to your course. 11:00 am Julie Fronzuto Associate Professor of Biology, PWSCC & Don Bickley Innovation & Creative Coordinator, PWSCC Lara Madden Instructional Designer, Faculty Technology Center Critical Thinking within Virtual Labs Learn how students develop & demonstrate critical thinking skills within PWSCC’s virtual wet lab environments. 1:00 pm Tina Coulston Instructional Designer, School of Nursing & Marissa Beninati Simulation Technology Specialist, College of Health Recording with WolfLync Learn how to use Wolflync for pre-recording, synchronous recording, publishing and sharing lectures and meetings. Capture documents, programs, presentations and more using Microsoft Lync as your screen recording tool. Make short tutorials and lectures to share via email or post in your course online. 2:00 pm Marissa Beninati Simulation Technology Specialist , College of Health Synchronizing Calendars Do you keep a calendar on your work computer, home computer, iPad, & iPhone….and none of them match? You are not alone! Calendars help you keep track of what you're doing and when. It’s great to stay connected and organized whether you are checking your calendar from your desktop’s Outlook Calendar, your iPhone, or iPad. This session will cover some organization steps to keep your devices synchronized whether you sync it via iCloud, Google Calendar, Microsoft, or something else. 12:00 pm What’s new in Blackboard Spring 2014 We are excited to be able to bring this longstanding upgrade to Blackboard this Spring. Most exciting: Inline Grading, New Test Deployment features, Video Anywhere, updated Discussion Board interface, integrated Collaborate features and thankfully the updated and functional New Text Editor!