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Coming soon: check out our spring 2009 faculty focus on teaching highlights at our web site featuring Nancy Foley, Sue Myllykangus, and Susanne Nuttall at

eTextbooks can be easily integrated into course management system


eCompanion publisher content and interactive materials can be added to course sites

Online courses provided a great avenue for integrating an etextbook into a course. Courses using eCourse and eCompanion sites can both easily integrate an etextbook. The method for integrating electronic textbooks into a course site varies by publisher.

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Check out the eBooks and eAudiobooks from Owens Library

Library AdCheck out the selection of ebooks from Owens Library at:

Listen to one of more than 2,800 eAudiobooks from NetLibrary. Also, if you are interested in listening to audio books, you can check out the eAudiobook collection at:

The library has five MP3 players for checkout. Each MP3 player supports bookmarking and includes a travel case with car listening accessories. To locate these, you just have to go to the library catalog and do a title search: MP3 player model Zen V plus. The device can be checked-out Monday through Friday between 8 am to 5 pm at the 2nd floor multimedia support desk. The eAudiobook can also be listened to on a notebook or personal computer.

SoftChalk Lesson Builder software provides way to create engaging and interactive lessons

Designed for teachers and content-experts, LessonBuilder is simple, yet powerful, with only the features you need to create exciting, interactive, content for your online course.  These lessons can be easily integrated into eCompanion and eCourse.  Lessons can be organized into a table of contents for easy access by students.  Instructors are able to to design elearning content that is interactive using customizable flashcards, image labeling, image hotspot activities, matching activities, crosswords and more.  Pop-up text annotations can be included in content to define terminology or enhance the interactivity of content using video and/or audio files.  Formative assessments can be built into the lessons to provide immediate feedback to the student.

CITE will be offering two workshops on SoftChalk's Lesson Builder on January 6.  The first workshop on SoftChalk will be for beginners and the second one will cover how to build in the interactive activities.  If you would like to register, go to our Northwest Workshops registration site at

Complete your course requests for spring 2009 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.

CITE Spring workshops scheduled for January 6

CITE's spring workshops are scheduled for January 6 in Owens Library Room 250.  At the beginning of the spring trimester we will be offering workshops on SoftChalk's Lesson Builder for beginners, SoftChalk's Lesson Builder Activities, Video and MovieMaker, and ClassLive Pro Web Conferencing. 

If you would like to register, go to our Northwest Workshops registration site at

Integrating video to enhance course sites

CITE now has a variety of options available for integrating video into your eCompanion and eCourse sites.  For an online course, video can add a touch of social connection for students at a distance. For the web-enhanced, campus-based course, video can add extra time for students to connect with content outside of the normal classroom hours.  Either way, video provides yet another learning modality from which students can learn.

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Congratulations to our 2009 CITE Fellowships!

Cindy Kenkel Managerial Communication 54-310
Pat McLaughlin Insurance and Risk 53-320
Lori Durbin Communications 102 Enhancement 29-102
Deb Toomey Marketing Research 55-432
Virgil Freeman Philosophy of Education 61-695
Matt Johnson Health Behavior Change 22-555
Rebecca Dunnell Work Musics 19-280
Thomas Smith Composition I 10-111
Richard Hogan General Sociology 35-101
Richard Hogan Police and Society 35-375
Matt Walker Communication Theory 29-210
Luke Rolfes Composition I 10-111
Yanfen Le Special Topics in GIS: Internet GIS 32-611
Joni Adkins Management Information Systems 44-317
Nancy Zeliff Management Information Systems 44-317
Brenda Jones Principles of Marketing (Undergraduate) 55-330
Carolyn Hardy
Server Application and Network Security
Matt Symonds Community Health 22-550