Check out our fall 2009
faculty focus on teaching highlights on our web site featuring Mary
Shepherd, Judy Clark, Phil Messner, Joyce Piveral, Max Fridell, Matt
Symonds, Sam Jennings, and Leslie Galbreath at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/cite/
We are launching our new
Northwest Online web site on Monday, August 24! Check out our new look
Northwest Online celebrates 10 year anniversary
Open House scheduled
for Thursday, September 17 from 2-4 at the CITE Office Complex
Northwest Online began
offering online courses to students in the spring of 1999 with support
from the Center for Information Technology in Education (CITE) office.
CITE was initially housed in what is now the Jean Jennings Bartik Museum
in Owens Library and was known as CAITL (Center for the Application of
Information Technology to Learning). In the spring of 1999, the CITE
offices moved into the current location at Owens Library 246 and the
office name changed...for the better!
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New schedule of CITE workshops and events for 2009-2010
CITE will be offering a slate of workshops, training sessions, and
sharing events for the 2009-2010 trimesters. You can access a current
listing on our web site under the Upcoming Events section at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/cite/index.htm
Our first series of professional development workshops is scheduled
for Tuesday, August 25 in Owens Library 250. You will need to bring
your Tablet PC computers for these sessions. Please register at our
Workshop Registration site: http://cite.nwmissouri.edu/workshop/
Fall 2009 CITE Workshops
- 10:00-11:00 ClassLive/Elluminate
- You will need to bring your Northwest Tablet PC
computer. This session will take you through how to use
ClassLive/Elluminate. This web conferencing tool provides faculty with
the ability to produce recordings of short lecture sessions (5-10
minutes or less) to be linked within a course site for asynchronous
delivery. PowerPoint slide shows, whiteboard descriptions, application
sharing, and videos can all be incorporated into these sessions.
- 1:00-2:30 eCompanion
for New Faculty
- This session will be held in the Shared
Conference Room of the Administration Building. An overview of the
features of eCompanion/eCourse will be covered during this session.
Questions about specific features and uses are encouraged.
- 2:45-3:15 Jing
- You will need to bring your Northwest Tablet PC computer. This session
will cover a free screen capture software called Jing. This software
can be downloaded to your desktop where you can easily capture a
screenshot from your desktop, add a highlight, caption, or arrow and
post the screenshot to share. Jing also provides the tools to add audio
to onscreen applications as a five minute or less movie that can be
- 3:30-4:30 SoftChalk
- You will need to bring your Northwest Tablet PC
computer. 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. This session will
be an overview of the software features and how to load the content
into your course site.
Check your course site using this pedagogical design checklist
checklist includes statements that describe some of the characteristics
or components considered to be essential to “good” online course
construction and teaching.
Learning Outcomes with Assessment and Activities
intended to convey that critical course components should work together
to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes
and unit learning outcomes precisely describe what students are to gain
should describe student performance in specific, observable terms
If you need help
with writing measurable learning outcomes check out Helpful Hundred
- Includes a welcome statement on the Course Home Page
- Provides a brief text Course Overview/Introduction statement
about the course
- Provides an image(s) that creates a visuallly inviting Homepage
introduction, an overview and/or objectives for the unit
instructions for navigating through the Unit, participating in it and
reminders of how to turn assignments in (E-mail or Dropbox)
Presentation and Assignments
presentation and lecture material (text, slides) that concisely convey
your key points about the topic of the Unit
"Chunks" all Unit
content into "digestible" segments for easier onscreen reading and
- Provides relevant
images (e.g. photos, diagrams, graphs, charts, maps) to illustrate
concepts and to create a visually engaging environment
- Uses brief (e.g.
2-5 minutes) audio or video--Expert Commentary, "Points to Ponder,"
Complete your course requests for fall 2009 now
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.
Check updates for Adobe PDF files to avoid viruses
Services has reported that faculty should check for Adobe PDF updates to
make sure that your computer does not get a virus through PDF files.
You can do this by clicking on the Adobe Reader 9 under All Programs.
Once the program is open, click on the Help Menu and then select Check
for Updates now.
Record quick and easy screencasts using Jing
Create screencasts that are 5 minutes or less through a software tool
called Jing. Jing is free and can be downloaded to your desktop where
you can easily capture a screenshot, add a highlight, caption, or arrow
and post it to share. Jing also provides the tools to add audio to
onscreen applications as a five minute or less movie that can be shared
instantly. Check out what you can do with Jing by viewing this Jing
Introductory video: Jing Video. You can learn more about this software
Contact Darla Runyon at x-1532 or email@example.com for more
New lecture/application sharing recording tool available
ClassLive/Elluminate now has the capability of recording lecture or
application sharing sessions for your course sites. ClassLive/Elluminate
is a web conferencing tool which provides faculty with the ability to
produce recordings of short lecture sessions (5-10 minutes in length or
less) to be linked within a course site for asynchronous use.
PowerPoint slide shows, white board use, application sharing, and videos
can all be incorporated into these sessions. ClassLive/Elluminate can
also be used as a synchronous meeting tool within a course site and
these same tools can be used by scheduling an online meeting with
The recording links can
easily be added to any course web site for viewing by students. For
many courses, adding in the lecture portion to the course site frees up
time during the classroom sessions for work on other activities which
require teacher-to-student interaction in a face-to-face environment.
Contact Jolaine Zweifel at
x-1532 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Improving threaded discussions
Have you ever
wondered how to get students to participate more in
threaded discussion, as well as more effectively? Below are a few
things to consider:
Communication of Expectations. Going beyond a simple invitation
to join in the discussions, more seasoned instructors make it very
clear as to what they consider to be appropriate performance. They
describe how, as well as how often, students are to participate (e.g.,
"you are to log into each week's discussion at least twice a week, once
before Wednesday, to respond to the initial question posted, and again
later in the week, before Saturday at 6 p.m., to respond to at least two
of your classmates' responses ").
- Make It Count. Without exception, those
instructors who appear to be getting the most effective results make it
clear that participation counts in a variety of ways. They know that
students tend to ignore that which does not get a grade. So, they let
their students know that it is not optional and a significant portion of
their grade will depend on the quantity and quality of participation.
- Active, Supportive Mentoring. The most
successful instructors are very active and supportive. They reach out to
all students, particularly the most tentative. They actively find ways
to comment positively or reinforce the contributions of students, and
provide corrective feedback in sensibly sensitive ways.