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Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology


Mike Miller shared this article with me (Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology). Plenty of interesting reading….

Open-Sankoré - Don't Update to OS X 10.10 Yosemite


If using Open-Sankoré, don't update to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The Open-Sankoré website does not post this prominently, but Open-Sankoré will not run on Yosemite. According to the Open-Sankoré Facebook page, Open-Sankoré will be updated in late November and should work again. The Facebook message reads as follows:


Unfortunately we know this problem for a few weeks with the beta version. Apple changed several important elements that prevents QT to work correctly in Yosemite. We will work to correct this problem as soon as possible (probably late November). Thank you for your patience.


OpenBoard is an alternative to Open-Sankoré that works perfectly on OS X Yosemite. You can read more here.


Software Availability and Other New Technology Services

DePaul Information Services just sent out this announcement. Repeating here:

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,Information Services is pleased to announce several new software and service offerings which are now available to the DePaul community: Free MS Office for students, access to the Eduroam wireless network, unlimited access to, and software upgrades to Office 2013 and the Adobe Creative Cloud Software Suite.

Microsoft has made the Microsoft Office productivity software available to students at no cost through their Office365 ProPlus offering. The software suite includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, Visio, Project, and Publisher. With Office365 ProPlus, DePaul students can install the most recent versions of Office applications on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on mobile devices. This new service offering will give you the option to have one experience across all of your devices and keep all your files in sync. Please visit for instructions on how to take advantage of this service. DePaul is also working with Microsoft on a program to provide a similar free option to all faculty and staff. We will send a follow-up notice in the next few weeks as we finalize the details with Microsoft.

DePaul University has joined Eduroam, a consortium through Internet2 that facilitates access to wireless networks at educational institutions in the US and abroad. DePaul faculty, staff, and students can easily access the wireless network at participating schools across the world using their DePaul credentials. Using your CampusConnect Username with "" appended to it and your CampusConnect password, you can connect to the "eduroam" wireless network at participating institutions without the need or hassle of a guest id while on the campus. The "eduroam" wireless network now exists across the DePaul campus as well to provide easy wireless access for guests visiting from other member institutions. For more information and instructions on setting up your client please visit

Office 2013 and the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite are now available in most university classrooms and labs. Macintosh computers in the classroom and lab environments will continue to use Office 2011 for Mac, but have received the same Adobe Creative Cloud software versions as the Windows computers. The Office 2013 suite will include the 2013 editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Visio, Project, and Publisher and is now the default version installed on new university computers. You can read about new features and functions by visiting The Adobe Creative Cloud software suite includes: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Audition, Fireworks, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom and several others. This upgrade brings continued enhancements to this collection of graphic design, video editing, web design and photography tools. For more information regarding the Adobe applications, please visit You can read more about available software at

Finally, Information Services is pleased to remind you that Lynda Campus is now available for all DePaul faculty, staff, and students. Lynda Campus provides unlimited access to a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, social media, web design, animation, photography, audio and video production, project management, and a wide range of other topics are covered. With Lynda Campus, you can watch full courses or small segments of courses at your own pace. To get started with Lynda Campus, please visit

If you have any questions, need help, or would like additional information on these software or service offerings, please feel free to contact the Technology Support Center at (312) 362-8765 or

Cheating In An Online Environment

Innovative Educators is offering a webinar on “Cheating In An Online Environment: How To Prevent, Detect & Deter Dishonesty” on the 18th November, 2014. As part of their email advertising, Innovative Educators has assembled some freed resources. I think these are worthy of sharing:

Cheating In Online Courses: The Student Definition

“One of the barriers to faculty acceptance of online teaching and learning is a concern about cheating and the quality of the learning experience. This paper reports the findings of a descriptive survey focused on the students’ definition of cheating in the online learn- ing environment.”

Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech
June 2012 article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Tips to Reduce the Impact of Cheating in Online Assessment
From the Northern Illinois University Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center Blog.

Three Actors that Contribute to Student Success in Online Courses: The Institution, Instructor and Student
Debbie Morrison’s Online Learning Insights (OLI)

For Some Students, Customized Online Learning Is Best
September 2014 article from the Times of San Diego

Linking From D2L to

My colleague Jan Costenbader shared some quick advice on how to link from D2L to

You can actually put a link to a Lynda lesson directly into D2L, some of the basic Excel lessons may be very good


  • Click the Link Button

  • Copy the DePaul Link

  • Paste the link into D2L

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 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 For more information, please email


Professor Registration for Google Online Marketing Challenge


Professor Registration for the Google Online Marketing Challenge is open, and professors can register for the Challenge any time from October 8, 2014 to April 8, 2015.

Student registration will open on October 15th.
Changes for 2015 include:

  • Academics will need to have a Google account to sign up and will still need to provide a university email for verification purposes
  • Students will need two separate Google accounts, one to manage the Student Dashboard and one (a new account) to manage AdWords campaign
  • Academics will also gain access to a new GOMC Professor Dashboard - which will provide them with an overview of the progress of their teams

The last update is one I am particularly interested in.


Upcoming ASK Events

Two upcoming ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) events for students:

1)   October ASK Networking Breakfast
Notes on a Napkin:  1st Steps to Starting Your Own Business
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
8:30am - 9:30am
Loop campus, DePaul Center 11th Floor, DePaul Club

Is entrepreneurship right for you?  At this ASK breakfast, Dr. Terri Lonier, Executive Director of DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, will guide you through the five key questions to ask yourself, and how to begin putting the pieces together.  Join us for a lively, interactive session and discover how to take the first steps toward starting your own company.  Dr. Lonier is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on microbusiness. The author of five business books, she has served as a strategic advisor for companies such as Apple, Microsoft, HP, Bank of America and Visa. She received her PhD in Business History from NYU, and is the Executive Director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University in Chicago. Her work brings together her training in art and design (BFA, MFA), her deep experience with digital technology, and her interest in the impact of visual culture on business management and strategy.

Enjoy light breakfast, lively conversation, and networking with ASK mentors, alumni professionals, and students.  Open to DePaul students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Open networking before and after the presentation.

2) DePaul Alumni Panel: Post-Military Professional Careers
Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Loop campus, DePaul Center 8th Floor, Room 8011

DePaul's Office of Veterans' Affairs has teamed up with Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) and the Office of Alumni Relations to host a career panel of alumni who are veterans.  Guest professionals will discuss their career paths and share tips on how to market transferable skills from military service.  Meet the speakers for open networking before and after the panel.  Open to DePaul students who are veterans.


Remote Proctor Now: Information for Apple OS X Users


Apple has recently noted that it expects to release its newest operating system (OS), MAC 10.10 (or Yosemite), on October 21st, 2014.

For some College of Business online courses, students are using Software Secure’s Remote Proctor Now service for online midterm and final exams.

Currently, Remote Proctor Now developers are reviewing this update to ensure they can support the new OS as quickly after the release as possible. Students using RP Now should not attempt to use or upgrade to MAC 10.10 until Software Secure has confirmed compatibility.

More information will be made available within the next several weeks, and posted here.


MediaCore / iPad Recording


Maddy Bentley from MediaCore contacted me recently. She had seen my iPad Lecture Capture video, and wanted to share her video “how to capture presentations and screencasts on iPad.”

Maddy provides a demonstration on how to use Doodlecast Pro, along with suggesting some alternative apps.

MediaCore has Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) - so this is a video platform that would work with Desire2Learn, our LMS here at DePaul.

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