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34th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning




I am going to be presenting at the 34th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. You can find resources for each of my sessions on the site here:

Tuesday 7th August
So, they have asked you to teach an online course
Learn a framework for designing online instruction that improves learning and is flexible enough to work within any size budget or level of resources and support. Explore fundamentals of a “backward design” approach to identify and prioritize needs and plan for assessment, presence, communication, and feedback.

Thursday 9th August
Students, faculty, us: Collaboration at a distance
It is one thing to encourage distance learning, and another to create distance engagement and collaboration. Explore how we can work together with our students, faculty members, and colleagues.

Thursday 9th August
Overcoming barriers: How to increase faculty and staff buy-in for online programs
The first step in overcoming resistance to teaching online is to understand the obstacles and objections. Explore three key reasons that faculty and staff give for not wanting to make the move to online and learn about a framework that can help overcome the objections.

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Zoom

Information Services shared an update on Zoom. The easy-to-use videoconferencing system will soon be available to all DePaul faculty and staff:

As an existing Zoom user, your free account will become associated with DePaul and will be converted to a Pro account, giving you access to the full range of Zoom capabilities. In the coming weeks, look for another email from us including more detailed information on how we will be equipping and onboarding you with Zoom. You can find more information on the additional features you will receive with a Pro account at the following resources:



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Upcoming Improvements to DePaul Labs and Classrooms

DePaul's information Services just shared an important update with faculty and staff:

Windows 10/Office 2016 and macOS High Sierra


Information Services will be updating all Windows lab and classroom computers to Windows 10 and Office 2016, and macOS High Sierra. To prepare for this change, please verify that any software you need is compatible with Windows 10 or macOS High Sierra. You can find a list of software titles and versions that will be available in DePaul’s lab and classroom computers on the IS website.

Classroom Computer Logons


Podium computers in the DePaul classrooms will require users to log in with their CampusConnect user name and password. This change to the current experience is being made to improve the security and usability of the podium computers.

VHS Combo players


VHS Combo players will be removed from most DePaul classrooms. This change is being made because manufacturers no longer make VHS Combo players. It is highly recommended that faculty move to digital media where possible (DVD, YouTube, etc.). A few classrooms on both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses will still be equipped with VHS Combo players. For rooms without the combo players, all DVD/digital media will now be played through the podium computer. If VHS media needs to be played regularly, faculty will need to request a room equipped with a combo player from their department class scheduler, who will in turn make arrangements with Academic Space & Scheduling. You can find additional details on this change here, including:

  • Alternatives to presenting existing content via VHS
  • How to request a VHS combo player
  • How to find or schedule classes in locations containing VHS players
  • Resources provided by the Library and other relevant information
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Tech Tuesdays Guest Presentation: Hui Lin

Hui Lin, recipient of the College of Business’ “Excellence in Online Teaching Award,” will share her experience and advice in teaching online. The course she won the award for is ACC535: Accounting Information Systems, which she developed as part of DePaul’s DOTS (DePaul Online Teaching Series) faculty development program.

Hui is an Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy & MIS, and Associate Director for Regional Initiatives (China). In this lively presentation she will demonstrate how she teaches a rigorous online course that “emphasizes critical thinking beyond memorizing vocabulary, facts, skills or procedures.”

Date: May 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: DPC 7406 (7th Floor of the DePaul Center)

You can RSVP on the Tech Tuesdays webpage.
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DePaul CLassroom Technology Changes

Each summer, in preparation for the start of autumn quarter, Information Services updates software on classroom and lab Macs and PCs. These changes consist of general updates, security patches, and, if applicable, version updates. Details of these updates are available on the Information Services website here.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, computer classrooms and labs will use Windows 10 and Office 2016, and macOS High Sierra.
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