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Northwest Missouri State University

Happy Holidays!

Northwest Online faculty beta testing new eCollege Teaching Solution

Batch download of dropbox items added to features

eCollege LogoBecause of Northwest's long-standing status as a valuable partner, eCollege has asked Northwest faculty to participate in a beta period of the .NExT release of its new teaching solution currently slated to begin with the January term start.  Instructors who participate will receive training and documentation on the new features and functionality. They will also be asked to provide feedback as to the usability of the new features.

CITE workshops scheduled for Tuesday, January 8

Sign up now

CITE will be offering four workshops for faculty on Tuesday, January 8 in Owens Library Room 231.  These workshops are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  You may sign up for these workshops using our new workshop scheduler at

The schedule for the CITE workshops is listed below:

10:00-11:00 The Basics of Podcasting
1:00-1:45 Classroom Presenter for the Tablet PC
2:00-3:00 ClassLive Pro (Elluminate)--Online

Complete your course requests for spring 2007 now

Course requests for the spring trimester can be submitted by accessing the Create-a-Course Request Form link on the login page on Northwest Online. These request forms are e-mailed directly to the CITE Office for processing and provide an effective way to efficiently process faculty requests in a timely and accurate manner. As always, faculty can request new course sites or duplications using the Create-a-Course Request Form link.

Margaret Drew receives CITE eAward

Margaret Drew receives CITE eAward

CITE would like to announce the CITE eAward winner Dr. Margaret Drew, Associate Professor in the Curriculum & Instruction Department. Margaret is being recognized for the development of her problem-based learning unit project and her integration of instructional technology. She collaborated with Lori Mardis and CITE in developing this project for her course Diagnostic and Corrective Reading which is a senior level course. You will be able to read more about this project in the spring on the new CITE web pages. Congratulations to Margaret!

Developing a syllabus quiz

Most instructors find it essential to point out important information on the syllabus to their students. How can an online instructor capture a student’s attention and point out the essential information they want to highlight?

Offering a syllabus quiz is a good solution to this dilemma. A syllabus quiz can be an easy way to encourage students to read (and pay attention to) the syllabus.

A syllabus quiz generally occurs during the first few weeks of the course, and can be structured so students can access it one time or many times before submission. It normally covers the important parts of the syllabus that the instructor would like to stress. Some areas that could be covered include: instructor contact information and preferred ways of getting in touch with the instructor, important scheduled dates (exams, assignments, projects), course policies (academic dishonesty or plagiarism, late work), grading (points, grading scale, due dates, assignment directions), and required course materials (books, lab materials, other supplies).

There are no universal rules for a syllabus quiz - instructors should do what makes sense to them given their teaching style and the details of their course.

From eCollege's Weekly System Update: 11.9.07

The Ethics of Technology

Problems with using Campus Email and Computers for Personal Use

By Gary A. Olson
Friday, October 19, 2007

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Second Life

Second Life is an online virtual world that is created by the residents.  This environment opened to the public in 2003. Millions of people interactive and "live" virtually in this world. Education   Learn more about Second Life by viewing this recorded web seminar provided by the Missouri Distance Learning Association:


or visit the Second Life web site at