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Call for Proposals: 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

The call for proposals for the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is now open. The conference offers a variety of presentation formats to choose from depending on your expertise and experience...from the 10-minute Lightning Session to the 3-hour workshop.

New this year is the Speed Solutions format. This is an opportunity to explain your distance education/training problem and your successful solution to the problem. Total amount of time for this format is 15 minutes which includes 5 minutes to discuss and answer questions from participants.

Submit your proposal online via:

Next Tech Tuesday Session: i>clickers


Many professors are using classroom response systems for instant polling and assessment in the classes that they teach. These systems provide a productive way to ask questions on the fly, as well as to ask questions anonymously, or to create graded assessments that can be taken in class. This Tech Tuesday session will focus on using the i>clicker system at DePaul. Even if you have used i>clickers in your classes before, this will be a worthwhile session to attend. The session will cover:

  • Basic system setup and usage
  • Strategies for creating assessments
  • Troubleshooting
  • Student registration
  • Integrating i>clicker results with Desire2Learn

This will be a guest presentation by Josh Lund of FITS. Josh is the dedicated FITS Consultant to the College of Commerce. You may have met him already, or listened to his voice on the Desire2Learn video tutorials on the Teaching Commons website.

To RSVP, please visit the Technology Tuesdays webpage. When registering, please use the “Notes” field to pose specific questions or user scenarios that you would like answered during the session.


Date: Tuesday November 29
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: DPC 7406 (seventh floor of the DePaul Center)


University of Missouri Seeks to Limit Recording of Classroom Lectures

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is very interesting:

“Under a policy change proposed by the University of Missouri, students who want to record classroom lectures would first have to obtain written permission from their professors and classmates, the Associated Press reports. Administrators say the intent is to protect “the sanctity of the classroom,” so students and faculty can freely express their opinions without worrying about their comments’ being posted online. The university was at the center of a controversy last spring after highly edited videos of labor-studies classes were posted online by the conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.”


Problems with Email on a Mac? Solution Here


DePaul is in the process of upgrading the Outlook/Exchange servers that we use for email. This might have caused some Mac users (running Entourage on Mac OS X) some issues - where email send/receive was unavailable. Information Services has provided a solution that should fix the problem:


Teaching With Technology

teaching with technology

Faculty Focus recently shared a free set of articles on Teaching With Technology, written by John Orlando, PhD. The articles are short and helpful - I think the advice may be of help to faculty and staff at DePaul. You can download a copy by following this link.

The articles within the document are:

  • Using VoiceThread to Build Student Engagement
  • Wikipedia in the Classroom: Tips for Effective Use
  • Blogging to Improve Student Learning: Tips and Tools for Getting Started
  • Prezi: A Better Way of Doing Presentations
  • Why You Should be Using Social Bookmarking Tools
  • Unleashing Innovation: The Structured Network Approach
  • Save Time and Teach Better with Screencasting
  • Integrating Social Media into Online Education
  • Using Polling and Smartphones to Keep Students Engaged
  • Lecture Capture: A New Way to Think about Hybrid Courses
  • Personal Learning Environments Help Students Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom
  • Education Remix: Unlocking Creativity to Boost Learning
  • Effective Uses of Video in the Classroom


XanEdu Instructions

Robert Cook from XanEdu kindly provided a set of student instructions, which have been added to the Desire2Learn course template that is used in Commerce online and hybrid courses


  • Make sure that the XanEdu iPad app v2 is installed on the iPad. If not, download from the App Store.
  • Log into Desire2Learn from the iPad using an internet browser such as Safari.
  • Click on the XanEdu course material link.
  • If you have not already purchased your course materials, complete your credit card transaction.
  • You will then be taken to a table of contents.
  • Click on the “Get Started on the iPad” button.
  • The CoursePack will automatically download to your bookshelf.


  • Log into Desire2Learn.
  • Locate and click on a link to the XanEdu materials. The first time you click, you will be prompted to complete your credit card transaction. Subsequently, you will be taken to the table of contents for the XanEdu title.
  • Ensure Adobe Acrobat Reader is on your device.
  • Click on the name of the item you want .
  • Click on "Download Entire CoursePack(PDF)".
  • Click on the Disk Icon on the top left of the page to save the file.
  • Select the folder where you want it saved. If the file opened in your browser window, right click and choose "Save As" and select a location.

ASK Networking Breakfast

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) has an upcoming event that might be of interest:

ASK Networking Breakfast

Insert Foot Here: Avoiding Professional Missteps

Tuesday, November 15, 8:00am - 9:00am
Loop Campus, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson
11th Floor – DePaul Club

”Students and alumni, join us in this month’s networking session as we discuss business etiquette and professional communication. Hear common mistakes that young professionals make so that you can avoid them in your current or future job.

Leading the discussion will be ASK mentor Carol Semrad, SPHR. Carol is the principal of C. Semrad & Associates and is a highly seasoned Human Resources professional with 20+ years of experience. She is P&L oriented and has worked directly with presidents and chairmen in taking companies like Learning Curve International from their infancy to +$100M in sales. Carol has worked on mergers and acquisitions, such as Performics and Doubleclick and is expert at integrating organizations and creating alignment within newly combined businesses.

Carol is a graduate of DePaul University’s School for New Learning and is known for her ability to work with people at all levels of an organization, allowing her to influence behaviors from the board room to the lunchroom. Carol is also on the board for DePaul’s Center to Advance Education for Adults and is the immediate past president of Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRP), the largest chapter of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Illinois.

As always, continental breakfast will be served and there will be open networking before and after the presentation.”

Click here to register for this event


DePaul University is the answer to a "Jeopardy!" question


On Friday, DePaul University was an answer to a question on Jeopardy! (television quiz show).


Strategic Planning Town Hall Reminder


This is a quick reminder that the Town Halls for DePaul’s Strategic Planning 2018 start this week. There are six opportunities for the DePaul community to provide their feedback to the draft plan, particularly in regards to these two questions:

  1. What in this preliminary draft resonates?
  2. Is there anything in these initial ideas that needs to be strengthened or refined in some way?

The six Town Halls follow this schedule. Online registration is available here.

  • LPC - Friday, November 4 (9am-10am) Student Center, room 314 A&B 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
  • Loop - Monday, November 7 (9am-10am) DePaul Center, room 8002 1 East Jackson Blvd.
  • LPC - Tuesday, November 8 (3:30pm-4:30pm) Student Center, room 314 A&B 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
  • LPC - Wednesday, November 16 (11am-12pm) Student Center, room 314 A&B 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
  • Loop - Wednesday, November 16 (3pm-4pm) DePaul Center, room 8002 1 East Jackson Blvd.
  • Loop - Friday, November 18 (9am-10am) DePaul Center, room 8002 1 East Jackson Blvd.

Online comments are also available via the President’s website (here) until Friday, December 16th.


Video Posted for Essential Technology Tools for Teaching

On the 29th October, 2011, I gave a one-hour session on “Essential Technology Tools for Teaching” as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. Above is an abbreviated video (about 19 minutes in duration) that shares some of the essentials of what was covered. Move information (and a PDF handout) can be found on the Technology Tools page.

The upcoming Technology Tuesdays session will be on iClickers.
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