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.
DePaul faculty will be pleased to know that the VLC media player is now installed on all classroom PCs again (thanks to Joshua Luttig from IS for the update). The VLC Media Player is a “free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.” - In other words it plays pretty much any video file out there.
On classroom PCs, look for it under:
Music & Video / VideoLAN
More info can be found here:
“Teaching for Success”
One of the great things about teaching at DePaul is the diversity of our students, including their educational backgrounds. However, this broad range of learners can present challenges for instructors who strive to ensure that all of their students thrive in the classroom and succeed at DePaul. Come to this workshop to learn more about DePaul's diverse student body and about teaching strategies that help increase student engagement while achieving your course goals.
- Thursday, September 27, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM (DePaul Center 8011, Loop Campus)
- Friday, September 28, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM (Library 300, Rosati Room, Lincoln Park Campus)
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.
The Spring Quarter classes are now loaded in Desire2Learn, and ready for you to use. These classes are currently hidden from student view, but can be made available in three mouse clicks.
Here are some quick suggestions for you, as you prepare for the Spring Quarter:
1) Sign up for a D2L Workshop
FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Services) runs regular workshops and open labs that cover all aspects of Desire2Learn. You can register for a workshop here:
Online tutorials and PDFs can be found here:
2) Attend the “Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty” Session on Tuesday, 28th February
This session is designed to help Commerce faculty quickly create a Desire2Learn course from scratch in less than 15 minutes, and to highlight how DePaul supports faculty using technology.
This hands-on session will cover:
- How to create a course in less than 15 minutes, including:
- Uploading all your handouts and resources
- Creating a news announcement
- Creating a D2L user profile
- Creating a D2L discussion board
- Emailing your students
- Activating your course
- Copying a D2L course
- Adding guest presenters and teaching assistants
- Deactivating a course
- Embedding a YouTube Video
- Linking to online resources
- D2L resources and training
The D2L session will be held in DPC 6306 (the trading room on the 6th floor of the DePaul Center) on Tuesday, February 28th. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
DPC 6306 is a PC-equipped room. You will be able to update or create your D2L course during the session.
You can RSVP for the session at:
3) Request a Course Copy
D2L allows you to manually copy course components, but you can also make a request to have a previous course copied into an upcoming course. Typically this will take 24-48 hours to complete. The process to follow is:
- Go to the FITS website at http://fits.depaul.edu
- In the green box on the right side of the screen (FITS Quick Links) click on D2L Request Forms.
- On the next page, click on Copy Course Content.
- On the next page, enter your Campus Connection Username and Password, then click on Login.
- Select the course you want to Copy From.
- Select the course you want to Copy Into.
- Click on Submit.
- On the next page, verify that the information you have provided is correct, and then click on Submit.
4) Make Your Course Available
By default your Desire2Learn course is unavailable. Your students will not be able to see your course until it is made available. To make your course available:
- In your D2L course, click the Edit Course link on your course navigation bar, then click Course Offering Information.
- Check the Active: Course is active box.
- Click on Save.
5) Send An Email Announcement To Your Students
Your Desire2Learn course allows you to send email messages to your students. This is an easy way to send out your syllabus to your students before the class starts.
- In your D2L course, click on Classlist.
- Click on the Students tab.
- Click on Email everyone on this tab.
- In the floating window, compose your message, and then click on Send.
I have updated the handout for “Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty” - This document is intended to provide advice and suggestions to College of Commerce faculty creating web enhanced, online and hybrid courses using the university’s Desire2Learn Learning Management System. The document is not intended to replace the extremely helpful videos and handouts that FITS and Teaching Commons have provided here.
Instead, this is a simple guide for assembling a D2L course in less than fifteen minutes. I hope this is use to you.
The second video explains how to use classroom technology:
Although both videos are designed for new faculty, existing faculty (and staff) can still gain some knowledge from watching them.
The DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) is a faculty development program that trains and assists faculty to become successful facilitators of online learning. The program has been operating since 2008, and empowers DePaul faculty via an immersive, hands-on training experience. Faculty are introduced to online-learning best practices, 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. Numerous Commerce faculty have used the DOTS program to launch highly regarded online and hybrid courses.
The program also provides faculty with:
- Technology Kit that includes a tablet PC or MacBook, web cam, headsets, and software
- Knowledge and skills to facilitate online learning
- Stipend of $500 at beginning of training and $1000 at completion of online/blended course delivery and course review.
- Certificate of Completion with letter of commendation from the Provost
- Course design support from Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS)
Two new DOTS sessions have been scheduled, and seats are already starting to disappear. I highly recommend that Commerce faculty consider applying before it is too late. The upcoming sessions are:
Spring 2012 DOTS (quarter-long format): Apr 13 through May 25
Application Deadline: Dec 2nd
Acceptance/rejection notification: Dec 9th
Faculty can apply for the Spring 2012 DOTS at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DOTSApply.aspx
Summer 2012 DOTS (three-week intensive format): June 11 through June 29
Application Deadline: Mar 30
Acceptance/rejection notification: Apr 6
Faculty can apply for the Summer 2012 DOTS at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DOTSApply.aspx
More information about the schedule can be found at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DotsSchedule.aspx
In addition to DOTS program, FITS offers a DOTS II training program to prepare faculty to teach (instead of designing a course) online. DOTS II, which is completely online, consists of two tracks:
- Building Community (Aug 8 through Aug 14)
- Making the Most of Synchronous Tools (Aug 15 through Aug 22)
Faculty can take one or both tracks.
Detail description of the programs and registration form are available here.