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Northwest Missouri State University

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Check out our fall 2008 faculty focus on teaching highlights on our web site featuring Rod Bar, Marcy Roush, and Nancy Zeliff at

Two Northwest online faculty receive excellence in online education award

Picture of award

Northwest Online began offering online courses to university students in the spring of 1999.  This past year two of our faculty who teach online have been awarded the Quality Reache Excellence in Education Award.

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Web 2.0 tools provide collaborative environments for students

Web 2.0 is a term that has been floating around in quite a few journals and conferences lately related to technology.  This term has been used over the past few months to describe tools available on the Web that allow users to collaborate and share information. CITE has put together a group of Web 2.0 collaboration tools for faculty to use along with eCompanion/eCourse sites. These include wikis, blogs, podcasting, vodcasting, and screencasting.  

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Complete your course requests for fall 2008 now

Course requests for the fall 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.

Turnitin plagiarism prevention software available

If you are interested in using Turnitin plagiarism prevention software for your classes, please be sure and sign up to access an account.  Turnitin provides faculty and students with an effective way to quickly check written work for plagiarism. You can learn more about this software at

Contact Darla Runyon at x-1532 or at to set up your account for this fall.

Interactive visual reference guides can help in your transition to Office 2007

Office 2007 will be standard on all 5,000 notebook computers that will be distributed to students in August and available for faculty and staff computers.  Check out Microsoft’s visual, interactive reference guide to help you quickly learn where things are in Office 2007.

Also available for your use are Office 2007 Quick Reference Guides.  These are in .pdf format and can be download for use from the CITE web site under the Downloads link.  Go to

Both the Quick Reference Guides and the Visual, Interactive Reference Guides can be found at the following link:

A CITE workshop session will be devoted to Office 2007 Word and PowerPoint.  You will need to bring your Tablet PC with Office 2007 downloaded.  Let us know if you should need assistance. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19 from 3:00-3:45 p.m. If you would like to register, go to our Northwest Workshops registration site at

New directions provided for linking to full text library database articles

Faculty now have a step-by-step web site to aid in linking those articles into your eCompanion and eCourse sites. Librarians at Owens Library have created this web site at:

By following these directions to link to full text articles, off-campus students are able to access the article through their Northwest username and e-mail password.

For additional assistance or questions, please contact a librarian at