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Blackboard 9.1 & McGraw-Hill “Campus” Pilot, Fall Quarter, 2011

During fall quarter of 2011-12, the Office of Information Technology conducted a limited pilot for Blackboard 9.1, with an eye toward a possible campus-wide upgrade by winter quarter, 2011-12 (contingent upon faculty approval via FTAG). Integrated into Blackboard 9.1 is McGraw-Hill’s “Campus” product, a suite of digital learning resources (including McGraw-Hill Connect, a web-based assignment and assessment platform) for faculty and students.  All faculty – whether or not they use a McGraw-Hill title – can instantly browse, search and access the entire library of McGraw-Hill instructional resources and services including eBooks, test banks, PowerPoint slides, animations and learning objects from Blackboard. At the present time, McGraw-Hill is the only publisher that has developed a Blackboard building block for their digital learning resources, but as building blocks are developed by other publishers we will be integrating their digital learning resources into Blackboard as well. Be sure to let your publisher know!


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Upcoming Faculty Events

Interactive Video Workshop
Interested in increasing student engagement in your courses? Join Academic Technologies’ Larry Hess and Audra Hilterbran on Wednesday, October 1 from 1pm-2pm in Alden 319 to learn about free tools for developing interactive content for face to face, blended, and online pedagogical approaches. This workshop will cover technical aspects as well as best practices for creating and implementing these types of tools into your course, feel free to bring your own device to access different applications during the session. If you would like to join us virtually, we will be streaming this event through Adobe Connect: https://adobeconnect.oit.ohio.edu/at/
Online & Blended Course Studio
Interested in teaching in a hybrid of online format? Join Academic Technologies for a four-week studio supporting faculty in the transition from face to face or hybrid to an online course format. These collaborative sessions will introduce faculty to the opportunities, challenges, best practices and available resources in regards to online course design. This studio meets 4 consecutive Wednesdays beginning on October 8 until October 29. Studio meets from 1pm-5pm in the Friends of the Library Room (Alden 319). The maximum size for this course is 12 faculty. No previous experience necessary.
Quality Matters
Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. The program features faculty-centered, continuous improvement models for assuring the quality of online courses through peer review, professional development workshops and certification courses for instructors and online learning professionals, and rubrics for applying quality standards to course design.

Elearning and Academic Technologies will be hosting a Quality Matters informational session this Fall. Deb Gearhart, Vice Provost for E-Learning and Strategic Partnerships and QM Master Reviewer will discuss best practices/strategies when incorporating QM standards into your course, as well as changes with the new 2014 rubric. This session will be held in Alden Library, 319 on Thursday, October 9 from 1pm-3pm. If you are a faculty member who would like to attend a session, please register by Thursday, October 2 (limit of 50 participants): https://ohio.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3gd5h9QFs0H1Z0F

If you would like to join us virtually, we will be streaming this event through Adobe Connect: https://adobeconnect.oit.ohio.edu/at/
October 14, 2014 (1-1:45) Dingo vs Butler: Audio Showdown, Putnam 227 (CoFA Tech Talks)
October 24, 2014 (10am-12pm) Team Based Learning (TBL), Alden319
October 29, 2014 (1-1:45) PowerPoint: Turning the Maligned Medium into Effective Medium, Putnam 227 (CoFA Tech Talks)
October 30, 2014 (2pm-3pm) Narratives & Online Design, Alden 301U
November 7, 2014 (1:30-2:30) Free Digital Resources: A PechaKucha, Putnam 227 (CoFA Tech Talks)