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If you have been at DePaul for any length of time, you know that we take pride in the fact that "the city is our classroom" and in the many academic programs that take advantage of the opportunities the city provides for teaching, learning, and research. The DePaul University Library has been a long-time partner to academic programs that, in the spirit of our strategic plan, aim "to deepen the university’s distinctive connection to the global city of Chicago." For example, many of you know that we contribute to the "Common Hour" instruction that takes place as part of first-year program’s "Chicago Quarter" courses (and are currently assessing the impact of that contribution as part of a research grant funded by the Association of College & Research Libraries). For classes conducting Chicago-centered research, librarians also provide specialized instruction and research consultations that promote more informed use of popular and scholarly sources documenting the life of the city. We also provide specialized service for those wishing to learn more about the city through our Chicago Collection and our Chicago Research Guide(s). We collect rare books, manuscripts, and other materials as part of our Chicago collections in the Department of Special Collections and Archives and are active partners in the Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative. Finally, and most recently, we have established active partnerships with colleagues at our nearest neighbor in the cultural heritage community as part of DePaul’s partnership with the Chicago History Museum.


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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:

https://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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Adobe Creative Cloud Resources

Adobe Creative Cloud


Josh Luttig, my colleague in Information Services, just shared these Adobe Creative Cloud resources with me:


DePaul has a great deal, where staff and faculty can use Adobe CC on home machines for only $10 a year. Work computers have Adobe CC installed for free. More information can be found here:

software.depaul.edu

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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:

https://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:

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


Activating Your D2L Course

  1. Go https://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:
https://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Course%20Activation%20Quickguide.pdf


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

Course Copies
https://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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Technology Tuesdays: Google Glass

Google Glass


Next week, I will be providing a Technology Tuesdays session on Google Glass:

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: Dean’s Conference Room (5114 DPC)

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

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Issues with Remote Proctor Now and IE11

Internet Explorer 11

Currently we have an issue with the most recent version of Internet Explorer and Remote Proctor Now:

Secured exams taken with Remote Proctor Now on a Windows PC with Internet Explorer 11 installed on will not work. The option to “Go to Submit Quiz” is unclickable, and students will not be able to complete a secure exam.

Students using Mac OS X are unaffected by this issue.

Students using Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.0 (but not Windows 8.1) will be able to take secure exams if they do not have Internet Explorer 11 installed. Earlier versions of Internet Explorer (such as Internet Explorer 9 or 10) should allow for successful completion of a secure exam.

There is a process to rollback/downgrade to an earlier version of Internet Explorer, described below.

Students using Windows 8.1 are unable to rollback/downgrade to an earlier version of Internet Explorer 11. The only solution is to use a different computer, with does not have Internet Explorer 11 installed.
We are working with Desire2Learn for a solution to the issue.

The process for uninstalling Internet Explorer 11 is as follows:

  • Go to Windows Update > View updates and find the line for Internet Explorer 11 and uninstall from there. This requires a computer restart.
  • After that, in order to prevent Internet Explorer from auto-updating, open IE10 and click on the gear in upper right corner of Internet Explorer and choose “About Internet Explorer” and uncheck "Install new versions automatically" and follow prompts.

DePaul's Help Desk can assist with the process of downgrading from Internet Explorer 11: +1 (312) 362-8765.

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MBA Primer Program: Social Media


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I will be guest presenting on Social Media at the upcoming MBA Primer. The MBA Primer is a great DePaul program, that assembles a focussed series of topics taught by DePaul faculty (and folks like me). I enjoyed the session last year, and look forward to doing this again. Registration is open, and the message below should help you discover more.

I will be teaching on the 29th April (Naperville) and 1st May (Loop).

Register Today and Earn credit with DePaul’s MBA Primer Program or Entrepreneurship Primer Program DePaul University’s Management Development Center (MDC) offers a 15-week “mini-MBA” program that will keep you current in today’s changing business environment, enabling you to learn new business concepts and update management skills you already have for a fraction of the price of a traditional MBA program. The MBA Primer Certificate Program provides an overview of managerial theories and techniques, ideal for those looking to better understand business practices, update current skills or are contemplating enrollment in a traditional MBA or other graduate business program.


Taught by experienced industry professionals and faculty from DePaul’s prestigious Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, this program can also be applied as a credit waiver for one elective course if you continue with your MBA at DePaul University.



Register today. Classes begin March 11th in Naperville and March 13th in the Loop.



DePaul University is offering a 15-week Entrepreneurship Primer Certificate Program where individuals will gain a theoretical MBA foundation as well as practical, real-world skills to launch a business venture. The program is taught by DePaul faculty as well as experienced entrepreneurs, and is designed for leaders, corporate employees, and others with an entrepreneurial spirit.


Register today. Classes begin March 19th in the Loop.



For more information about MDC programs and offerings, please visit our website at cpe.depaul.edu/mdc or contact Eilish McDonagh at 312-362-5295. 

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Stateless - A Film By Scott Erlinder

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The Center for Black Diaspora will be screening "Stateless,“ a film by my colleague Scott Erlinder. The film will be followed by a discussion.

This is part of the year-long theme: "Migration and Citizenship: Issues and Debates.

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:30 - 4:30 pm as part of the series, "Stateless" will be screened. Stateless is a film on Rwandan refugees and the United Nations Hight Commission for Refugees. The film has been given a case number (essentially a legal argument) by the UN and has now been accepted in 4 festivals - 2 of them international.

The event will be held on the Lincoln Park campus, in the Dorothy Day Room (400) John Richardson Library.

Update: Video is available online here.

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