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Presentation Video Uploaded

I have uploaded the video to accompany the presentation given at the DePaul Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference (20th April, 2012). You can view it here, or on the page with the transcript and handouts.

MOOC: Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success


Curt Bonk is leading a free MOOC i(massively open online course) by the name of “Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success.” Registration is open now, and the course schedule is:

  • Monday, April 23rd - Sunday, April 29th Registration and Orientation
  • Monday, April 30th - Sunday, May 6th Motivation and retention online (TEC-VARIETY model)
  • Monday, May 7th - Sunday, May 13th Addressing Diversity and Learning Styles (R2D2 model)
  • Monday, May 14th - Sunday, May 20th 50 Hyper-Engaging Ideas: Critical, Creative, Cooperative
  • Monday, May 21st - Sunday, May 27th Question and Answer (Q&A) Session
  • Monday, May 28th - Sunday, June 3rd Applying TEC-VARIETY and R2D2 with CourseSites

Curt is using Blackboard’s CourseSites to host the MOOC, and the course will focus on empowering you to increase student achievement and success in blended and online learning environments.

I highly recommend faculty and instructional designers sign up for the course.


Former MKT 595 student assisting in launch of Georama


Neil Feuling (former MKT 595 student) is assisting Nihal Advani (who guest presented in MKT 595) with the launch of Georama at Demo in Silicon Valley. Neil is pleased to share that Venture Beat wrote about the launch here:

You can sign up for the beta of their site at


Online Teaching Evaluation Questions

At the end of each course in the College of Business, students are provided with the opportunity to evaluate the course. Course evaluations provide valuable feedback that can improve teaching and learning. The greater the level of participation, the more useful the results. Students are in the unique position to view the instructor over time. Their comments about what works and what doesn’t can help faculty build on the elements of the course that are strong, and improve those that are weak. Isolated comments from students and instructors’ peers may also be helpful, but evaluation results based on high response rates may be statistically reliable (believable).

Honest opinions about the student experience help improve some components of the course for the next group of students. Positive comments also show the department chairs and college deans the commitment of instructors to the university. These teaching evaluation results are one component used in annual performance reviews (including salary raises and promotion/tenure). The evaluation of the instructor and course provides students an opportunity to make their voice heard on an important issue – the quality of teaching at DePaul.

Currently, these are the evaluation questions a student will be presented with at the end of a course:

  1. Given your experience at DePaul, rate the overall quality of the course.
  2. Given your experience at DePaul, rate the instructor's overall teaching effectiveness.
  3. This course increased my knowledge or skills.
  4. I found this course to be:
  5. The instructor stimulated interest in the subject.
  6. The instructor explained course material and objectives clearly and concisely.
  7. The instructor related course material to business and other real world contexts.
  8. The instructor was well prepared for class.
  9. The instructor scheduled assignments(including class activities, readings, homework, quizzes, test, projects) that were related to the course.
  10. The instructor was accessible to me through office hours, appointments, e-mail, and/or telephone.
  11. The instructor was on time and met all scheduled classes.

For online courses, the five questions below are also included:

  1. I was able to easily navigate the Desire2Learn site to find course materials and assignments for the on-line class.
  2. The online class allowed me to manage my time well.
  3. The online class was free of technical problems.
  4. The online materials I used in this class helped me learn.
  5. I would recommend this online class to others.

Kaltura - coming to DePaul in 2012


DePaul will be integrating the Kaltura video content management system with SharePoint and Desire2Learn this year. This promises to be an exciting addition to DePaul’s roster of technology tools – and will improve the productivity and efficiency of faculty and students. I am particularly looking forward to seeing how faculty will now be able to upload and integrate video lectures and feedback directly into Desire2Learn.

Rick Salisbury has sent me a link to a page at CU-Boulder’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), which provides an overview of their Kaltura/Desire2Learn integration. This should give you an idea of what is possible.




The DePaul Online Teaching Series II (DOTS II) is a sister program to DOTS, and focuses on the delivery of the online course, not the design. In this program, faculty learn and apply pedagogical strategies of effective online teaching. Topics include moderation of online discussion, appropriate ways to give students feedback, synchronous technologies, Web 2.0 tools and time management strategies, among others.

There are two upcoming session which may be of interest to faculty in the College of Business:

DOTS II, Track I: Building Community
Will run from May 6–May 20

DOTS II, Track II: Making the Most of Synchronous Tool
Will run from May 14–21

Registration is available at

DOTS II is offered 100% online. Participants will experience being an online student, which will allow them to experience group activities, online discussion, and online learning activities from a student perspective. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to interact with peers who have a shared commitment to online learning and enable them to develop a sustainable network of online-ready instructors.


"It's-a me, Mario!" – What playing videogames taught me about effective online course design


I presented ("It's-a me, Mario!" – What playing videogames taught me about effective online course design) at the 2012 DePaul Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday. The webpage and handouts for the presentation are now live, and can be found here.


MKT 595: Internet and Interactive Marketing (Sep 5 - Nov 20, 2012)

MKT 595

I will be teaching MKT 595 (Internet and Interactive Marketing) again this year. The class will be taught asynchronously entirely online through the Desire2Learn LMS. The new syllabus is still being worked on, but you can download the old syllabus from here. Once ready, the new syllabus will be posted in the same location.

I would highly suggest you read the teaching evaluations if you are interested in taking the course with me. I have posted evaluations for each time I have taught the class. You can also contact me if you have questions about the course. Registration takes place via Campus Connection. Please note that the class capacity is 40, but there is a reserve capacity rule for overlap courses between Computational Finance and BIT (includes COMFN, CMPFN, MSMIS, MINFO, KGSB). MKT 555 is a prerequisite for this course.

Class announcements and items of interest are posted via Twitter (@MKT595).


Chegg Etextbooks


Heather Campbell (’s Community Manager ) got in touch with me recently to tell me about a new service that Chegg offers. Chegg launched a new eReader recently, which may be of interest to DePaul students and faculty. You can find out more about it here:

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