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Registration Open for Spring DOTS


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.


SNL's D2L Documentation


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.


Conference Call For Proposals Deadline 19th January

A quick reminder for you all.... the deadline for call for proposals for the 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning ends Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm--CST.

The conference itself takes place August 3-5, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin

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Papershow Supplies


Sanjay Deshmukh shared a very useful piece of information with me today. Both of use use the extremely useful Papershow smartpen. Sanjay was able to find a some great deals on supplies through the company WhiteboardSelling. It looks like this will be the cheapest option to resupply on ink refills and paper.


xtranormal - movie making software


Ted Scholz from TCS just alerted me to the presence of xtranormal - a site that allows animated movies to be created with (apparent) ease. Have not experimented yet, but hope to soon.....


RealShow - free vodcasting tool for educators


Alaa Sadik (Sultan Qaboos University) got in contact with me today and very kindly shared information about RealShow. RealShow is a software tool that he developed to help teachers record their PowerPoint-based presentations.

The software is free to use. More information can be found at:

I will be experimenting with this tool soon. Thanks Alaa!


Updated D2L Tips and Tricks

D2L Tips and Tricks

I updated the Desire2Learn Tips and Tricks PDF that I shared at last year’s Technology Tuesday session. I will continue to update this document periodically.

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