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Lynda.com, an online training video library is now available for free to all DePaul students, faculty, and staff.

Training topics include:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Mac & Windows
  • Web design
  • Social media
  • Databases
  • SPSS
  • Photography
  • Audio & Video

Faculty can use Lynda.com to supplement in-class instruction. Students can improve their software skills with the free videos

For more information about the courses available or to create your free account, visit software.depaul.edu/lynda. For more information, please email MPT@depaul.edu.

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Adobe Seminar: Exploring Creative Cloud for Enterprise

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Tom Maier and I attended the Adobe Seminar (Exploring Creative Cloud for Enterprise) this morning. At the event Tom and I asked:

  1. Where can faculty, who may be intimidated by the Adobe resources for creative professionals, get documentation on how to use the Creative Cloud programs? i.e. Where can you get info on the fundamentals?
  2. Where can faculty get and see examples of best practice in education using the Creative Cloud programs?

The answer to question one was:

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/learn/tutorials.html

(and click on Fundamentals)

The answer to question two was:

http://edex.adobe.com
Adobe Education Exchange. Membership is free, but needs an Adobe ID.

Adobe Education Exchange also has a series of MOOCs (providing a certificate) that train educators in the various tools. This is something I highly recommend.

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Preparing for Spring Quarter

DePaul’s Spring Quarter starts soon (March 29 for Saturday class, March 31 for day and evening classes). FITS and IS have loaded Spring Quarter classes into Desire2Learn (D2L), these classes are ready to be activated by faculty (students will not see the class in D2L unless activated). Later, I will explain how you can do this.

D2L Training
We have scheduled several D2L training sessions specifically for College of Business faculty. The purpose behind these sessions is to provide Business faculty with just the basics, in a way that just makes life easier. We also cover the recent changes to D2L, and show you the improvements that matter to faculty. D2L is a great tool for emailing your students, sharing your syllabus, and more.

The next session takes place Tuesday March 25th from 10-11AM, and is followed by an optional open workshop.

Two more sessions are scheduled for 2014:

  • May 27, 2014
  • September 30, 2014

Desire2Learn for the Busy Professor
You’ve heard about Desire2Learn and all the exciting things it can do- but not everyone has the time to dive in and do all of them! This workshop is designed to get you up and running with a minimum of time and absolutely no fuss. In less than an hour you will learn how to introduce yourself, share documents, and communicate with your students through D2L. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the support and training opportunities available to you through DePaul’s Faculty Instructional Technology Services department.

Josh Lund will present these sessions. Josh is the FITS department’s Senior Instructional Technology Consultant for the Driehaus College of Business and the School of Music. He provides support for online course development, leads workshops, and researches best practices in teaching and learning to bring directly to faculty.

  • Date: March 25, 2014
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Location: Lewis 1266

Lewis 1266 has both Mac and PC computers; there is no need to bring a laptop unless you want to. Lewis 1266 is in the area marked “FITS - Faculty Instructional Technology Services” on the 12th floor of the Lewis Center.

To RSVP, please visit:

http://condor.depaul.edu/jmoore/tech/


We also have a Technology Tuesday session next week on Google Glass:

Google Glass Demonstration
Google Glass is a combination of wearable computing and Augmented Reality. It is a computing device worn like a pair of reading glasses, which provides optical and audio information to the user. Rather than having to get out a cellphone, you could instantly see directions, photos, emails, alerts, etc. in your immediate field of view. Google Glasses allow the wearer to take pictures and to record video. You can even videoconference with them, or chat on the ‘phone. Some privacy proponents believe that this device crosses a line, allowing the wearer to record video and audio surreptitiously, or use face-recognition apps to identify strangers.

In this hands-on session, discover what exactly Google Glass is, and potential uses within the classroom for both educators and students.

Next year, your students may be wearing Google Glasses to class…

  • Date: February 25, 2014
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Location: DPC 5114 (Dean's Meeting Room)

To RSVP, please visit:

http://condor.depaul.edu/jmoore/tech/


Activating Your D2L Course

  1. Go http://D2L.depaul.edu
  2. Click on the course you want to activate.
  3. Click “Edit Course” on the far right side of the course navbar.
  4. Click “Course Offering Information” under the “Site Setup” heading.
  5. Check “Course is Active.”
  6. Click “Save” at the bottom. Your course is now activated. Students will see your course listed in their “My Courses” widget when they log in to D2L.

You can print out a QuickGuide with this information here:
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Course%20Activation%20Quickguide.pdf


Emailing Students Via D2L
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Email%20Quickguide.pdf

Course Copies
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Course%20Copy.pdf

Additional Resources

I hope you have a pleasant and productive Spring Quarter. Please get in contact if there is anything we can do to help you use online services more effectively in your classes.
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Desire2Learn for the Busy Professor

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You've heard about
Desire2Learn (D2L) and all the exciting things it can do- but not everyone has the time to dive in and do all of them! This workshop is designed to get you up and running with a minimum of time and absolutely no fuss. In less than an hour you will learn how to introduce yourself, share documents, and communicate with your students through D2L. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the support and training opportunities available to you through DePaul's Faculty Instructional Technology Services department.

Josh Lund is the FITS department's Senior Instructional Technology Consultant for the Driehaus College of Business and the School of Music. He provides support for online course development, leads workshops, and researches best practices in teaching and learning to bring directly to faculty.

Optional workshop follows immediately (11 a.m. - Noon).

Please note that this will take place in the FITS Training Room on the 12th floor of the Lewis Building (Lewis 1266). The room is equipped with laptops.

Date: October 23, 2012
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Lewis 1266

RSVP and more information on the
Technology Tuesdays page.

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DePaul University wins national award for excellence in faculty development for online teaching

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Congratulations to the FITS team! You can read more about the award here.

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D2L Upgrade

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FITS sent a message about the D2L upgrade to the university community, but it is worth repeating here:

On March 22rd DePaul's Learning Management System (D2L) was upgraded to a newer version. What you may not be aware of are the many enhancements that this new version brings you. Many of these new features are designed to make your experience as a faculty member easier and to enrich the student experience. Below are just some of the highlights:

Enhanced notifications
Last year the ability to subscribe to discussions was added to D2L. This Spring you and your students will have the ability to subscribe to News postings as well. Using the Notifications tool (found in the My Settings Widget) users can now set their notification options. In addition to email notifications, users can now also receive some updates via text messaging if they wish. Of particular note is the ability to receive notifications of Dropbox assignments when the folder end date is 2 days away. For more information visit this link.

Changes to Dropbox
Speaking of Dropbox, instructors will now see enhanced functionality when grading items in Dropbox folders. Previously grading was a cumbersome process that required instructors to open submitted files outside of D2L. Now if students have submitted a Word or PowerPoint file, instructors will be able to view the contents of the file on the same page as the grading and feedback screen. While the file itself cannot be marked up from this screen, instructors can provide written (or audio) feedback using D2L's feedback tools. If a rubric is attached to the folder, feedback can also be easily provided using this tool. After saving the feedback the instructor can easily navigate to the next student with submitted work. For more information visit this link.

Improvements to Calendar, Schedule and Events
The Calendar tool has been updated in both look and feel. For those familiar with Google Calendar, you will be right at home with this new tool. The Calendar tool now makes it easier for instructors to set due dates and create events as well as for students to track these deadlines. For more information visit this link.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these tools (or have general questions about how to use D2L) open labs are scheduled throughout the quarter on both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses. These labs are a fantastic way to build your course with support. Simply reserve your spot and bring your course materials (and questions) and get help from one of the FITS trainers. Open labs are offered in addition to regular training courses. For a complete schedule visit this link. You can also email fits@depaul.edu with questions at any time or check out the print documentation and video tutorials on the Teaching Commons.

Finally, when you are ready for your students to view your course content, please remember to make your course active so your students have access to it. Here is a link to the documentation on making your course active.

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The Spring Quarter classes are now loaded in Desire2Learn

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The Spring Quarter classes are now loaded in Desire2Learn, and ready for you to use. These classes are currently hidden from student view, but can be made available in three mouse clicks.

Here are some quick suggestions for you, as you prepare for the Spring Quarter:

1) Sign up for a D2L Workshop
FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Services) runs regular workshops and open labs that cover all aspects of Desire2Learn. You can register for a workshop here:

http://fits.depaul.edu/workshops/Pages/default.aspx

Online tutorials and PDFs can be found here:

http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/Technology/d2l/index.html

2) Attend the “Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty” Session on Tuesday, 28th February
This session is designed to help Commerce faculty quickly create a Desire2Learn course from scratch in less than 15 minutes, and to highlight how DePaul supports faculty using technology.
This hands-on session will cover:

  • How to create a course in less than 15 minutes, including:
    • Uploading all your handouts and resources
    • Creating a news announcement
    • Creating a D2L user profile
    • Creating a D2L discussion board
    • Emailing your students
    • Activating your course
  • Copying a D2L course
  • Adding guest presenters and teaching assistants
  • Deactivating a course
  • Embedding a YouTube Video
  • Linking to online resources
  • D2L resources and training

The D2L session will be held in
DPC 6306 (the trading room on the 6th floor of the DePaul Center) on Tuesday, February 28th. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
DPC 6306 is a PC-equipped room. You will be able to update or create your D2L course during the session.

You can RSVP for the session at:

http://condor.depaul.edu/jmoore/tech/

3) Request a Course Copy
D2L allows you to manually copy course components, but you can also make a request to have a previous course copied into an upcoming course. Typically this will take 24-48 hours to complete. The process to follow is:

  1. Go to the FITS website at http://fits.depaul.edu
  2. In the green box on the right side of the screen (FITS Quick Links) click on D2L Request Forms.
  3. On the next page, click on Copy Course Content.
  4. On the next page, enter your Campus Connection Username and Password, then click on Login.
  5. Select the course you want to Copy From.
  6. Select the course you want to Copy Into.
  7. Click on Submit.
  8. On the next page, verify that the information you have provided is correct, and then click on Submit.

4) Make Your Course Available
By default your Desire2Learn course is unavailable. Your students will not be able to see your course until it is made available. To make your course available:

  1. In your D2L course, click the Edit Course link on your course navigation bar, then click Course Offering Information.
  2. Check the Active: Course is active box.
  3. Click on Save.

5) Send An Email Announcement To Your Students
Your Desire2Learn course allows you to send email messages to your students. This is an easy way to send out your syllabus to your students before the class starts.

  1. In your D2L course, click on Classlist.
  2. Click on the Students tab.
  3. Click on Email everyone on this tab.
  4. In the floating window, compose your message, and then click on Send.

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Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty: Updated Handout

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I have updated the handout for “Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty” - This document is intended to provide advice and suggestions to College of Commerce faculty creating web enhanced, online and hybrid courses using the university’s Desire2Learn Learning Management System. The document is not intended to replace the extremely helpful videos and handouts that FITS and Teaching Commons have provided here.

Instead, this is a simple guide for assembling a D2L course in less than fifteen minutes. I hope this is use to you.

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Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty

Three dedicated D2L training sessions are offered for Commerce faculty this month, as an extension of the regular Technology Tuesdays. The three sessions are designed to help Commerce faculty quickly create a Desire2Learn course from scratch in less than 15 minutes, and to highlight how DePaul supports faculty using technology. You will also have an opportunity to add the Commerce template to any of your courses during the session. The Commerce D2L template provides dedicated technology resources for your students.

These hand-on sessions will cover:

  • How to create a course in less than 15 minutes, including:
    • Uploading all your handouts and resources
    • Creating a news announcement
    • Creating a D2L user profile
    • Creating a D2L discussion board
    • Creating a D2L dropbox
    • Emailing your students
    • Activating your course
  • Copying a D2L course
  • Adding guest presenters and teaching assistants
  • Deactivating a course
  • Embedding a YouTube Video
  • Linking to online resources
  • Commerce course templates
  • D2L resources and training.

The three D2L sessions will be held in DPC 6306 (the trading room on the 6th floor of the DePaul Center) on these dates and times:

  • Wednesday, February 15th. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 16th. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m
  • Tuesday, February 28th. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m

DPC 6306 is a PC-equipped room. You will be able to update or create your D2L course during the session.


You can RSP for the sessions here.

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MPT Videos For New (And Existing) Faculty

DePaul MPT (Media Production and Training) has created some extremely informative and entertaining videos for new faculty. The first video provides new faculty with an overview of what they need to know on their first day:



The second video explains how to use classroom technology:



Although both videos are designed for new faculty, existing faculty (and staff) can still gain some knowledge from watching them.
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New DOTS Session

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The DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) is a faculty development program that trains and assists faculty to become successful facilitators of online learning. The program has been operating since 2008, and empowers DePaul faculty via an immersive, hands-on training experience. Faculty are introduced to online-learning best practices, innovative use of technology, quality standards for course development across all delivery formats, and are guided through the development of exemplary course sites for online and blended instruction. Numerous Commerce faculty have used the DOTS program to launch highly regarded online and hybrid courses.

The program also provides faculty with:

  • Technology Kit that includes a tablet PC or MacBook, web cam, headsets, and software
  • Knowledge and skills to facilitate online learning
  • Stipend of $500 at beginning of training and $1000 at completion of online/blended course delivery and course review.
  • Certificate of Completion with letter of commendation from the Provost
  • Course design support from Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS)

Two new DOTS sessions have been scheduled, and seats are already starting to disappear. I highly recommend that Commerce faculty consider applying before it is too late. The upcoming sessions are:

Spring 2012 DOTS (quarter-long format): Apr 13 through May 25


Application Deadline: Dec 2nd
Acceptance/rejection notification: Dec 9th

Faculty can apply for the Spring 2012 DOTS at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DOTSApply.aspx

Summer 2012 DOTS (three-week intensive format): June 11 through June 29


Application Deadline: Mar 30
Acceptance/rejection notification: Apr 6
Faculty can apply for the Summer 2012 DOTS at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DOTSApply.aspx

More information about the schedule can be found at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DotsSchedule.aspx

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DOTS in December


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As the Summer 2011 edition of DOTS is fully underway, DePaul is already planning for the next session.

The first DOTS offering in 2011-12 will be in December 2011, offered in the compact 3-week format.

The schedule of the December session, and an application form can be found here.

We are always open to customizing the curriculum to the needs of a particular department/college/program whenever there is substantial interest.
Please feel free to contact me or Sharon Guan if you would like to discuss the possibility of having a dedicated DOTS session for your unit.

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Summer and Fall Classes Available in D2L

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Attention faculty, the Summer and Fall classes at DePaul have been loaded into Desire2Learn. You are now able to prepare these classes.

If you need additional training and support, FITS has several options that you can follow:

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DOTS II

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Registration for Spring DOTS II: Building Community (May 23 - June 5) is now open. A detailed program description and online registration can be found here. The program is offered completely online for faculty who will be teaching an online or a hybrid course that has been developed already.

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Registration Open for Spring DOTS

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DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) is a faculty development program that trains and assists faculty to become successful facilitators of online learning. The program builds online readiness among faculty through an immersive, hands-on experience. Faculty are introduced to online-learning best practices, hands-on innovative use of technology, quality standards for course development across all delivery formats, and are guided through the development of exemplary course sites for online and blended instruction. In addition, the program provides opportunities for faculty to interact with peers with a shared commitment to online learning and to develop a sustainable network of online-ready instructors.

Registration is now open for the Spring DOTS session.

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SNL's D2L Documentation

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SNL (School for New Learning) has added to the excellent documentation found at the Teaching Commons website. SNL’s documentation and videos can be found here. Well worth perusing.

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Part-Time / Adjunct Training for D2L

This blog post goes out to all part-time and adjunct faculty in Commerce.

As you may have heard, the University is moving to a new online learning management system for Winter quarter. Desire2Learn will replace Blackboard beginning in December 2010. The new system can be found at http://D2L.depaul.edu. Documents and course files from the 2009-2010 academic year have been copied across into a staging area in Desire2Learn. The staging area is under the “BBImports” tab. If you discover that courses that you need have not been copied across, then you can manually request a transfer with this online form:

https://www.itd.depaul.edu/website/forms/bb_desiretolearnbetaImprt.asp

To successfully use the new D2L system, a basic 2-hour training is strongly advised. The College of Commerce has set up three training sessions in November especially for our part-time faculty. Just click on the link below for the date/time you wish to attend. You are also welcome to sign up for day-time training sessions at the Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) webpage: http://fits.depaul.edu To learn more about our transition to Desire2Learn and for information regarding other teaching support resources please visit http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu.

Remember, ALL Winter Quarter courses will be taught in Desire2Learn (D2L). Blackboard will NOT be available for any courses – online or face-to-face. So, sign-up for training today!

Mon, Nov 8th , from 5:30-7:30pm; in Lewis 1307


Thur, Nov 11th , from 5:30-7:30pm; in Lewis 1308


Sat. Nov 13th , from 10am-noon; in DPC 6306




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Preparing for D2L

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Commerce is gearing up for the transition from Blackboard to D2L (Desire2Learn). To prepare the way, a series of Technology Tuesday events have been scheduled:

July 6th - D2L: How It Works


This session will provide you will a thorough understanding of how the various elements in D2L operate. You will see how existing courses have been successfully copied from Blackboard to D2L

July 20th - D2L Basics


There are three basic functions of D2L that will be covered in this session:

  1. Uploading documents.
  2. Use of course cartridges.
  3. E-mail.

In this short session, you will learn the basics of D2L. Links to documentation, videos and hands-on training will be provided.

Both events will be taking place in the CNA 405 computer labs (no food or drinks please). The events will start at 9 a.m. and run a little longer than the regular Technology Tuesdays.

For more information, and to RSVP please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.

IDD is running a specialized staff training for D2L (D2L Fundamentals for Staff Training) on July 9th. If you are a Commerce member of staff and world like to attend please get in touch.

Desire2Learn Community

Lastly, D2L documentation is available on D2L’s website. This documentation will be available in a customized format on DePaul’s website, but you can access the original documentation by enrolling in the Desire2Learn Community:

  • Go to https://community.desire2learn.com
    • Click on “Enrollment” (top right hand corner of page)
    • Enter your First Name
    • Enter your Last Name
    • Enter your Work E-mail Address
    • Enter your Organization Name (DePaul University)
    • Enter your Type of Organization (Higher Education)
    • Enter your Role (Administration, Instruction or Other)
    • Then click on “Submit”
  • Once you have your username and password, you can log into the system and then read the documentation for the D2L Learning Environment:
  • Click on “Documentation”
  • Click on “frameless Desire2Learn help”
  • Click on Learning Environment

(the site also contains a wealth of videos and tutorials)

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