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Northwest Missouri State University


Happy Holidays

from CITE

Roger, Darla, Jolaine, Mike & Kris

In January check out our spring 2010 faculty focus on teaching highlights on our web site featuring Carolyn Hardy, Lori Mardis, and the Career Services staff at

Northwest moving to new version of eCollege course management system -- .NExT

eCollege has released a new version for its eCompanion and eCourse software and is in the process of moving and converting all courses to the new version, which is referred to as .NExT.  The basic look and feel is the same.  However, there are some changes to the functionality, such as batch download from the dropbox, the ability to reorder the unit buttons, and the ability to choose the course tools that you want to show on the top navigation bar.  

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Three online courses meet Quality Matters Standards

This fall Dr. Tekle Wanorie put two of his online courses through the Quality Matters online course peer review process.  The courses that met the QM standards were 54-313 Principles of Management and 54-315 Operations Management.  Dr. Gregory Haddock's 32-580 Spatial Analysis also met QM standards as well.  Congratulations to these two Northwest faculty!

New schedule of CITE workshops and events

CITE will be offering a slate of workshops, training sessions, and sharing events for spring 2010.  You can access a current listing on our web site under the Upcoming Events section at 

Our first series of professional development workshops is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5 in Owens Library 250.  Please register at our Workshop Registration site:

Spring 2010 CITE Workshops 

9:30-10:30     Introduction to .NExT
This session will take you through the new features of .NExT eColleges new version of their course management system and how to use the new version.
1:30-4:00     SoftChalk LessonBuilder
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 sites.  This session will be an overview of the software features and how to load the content into your course site.  Please plan to bring content to build one lesson to add to your eCompanion or eCourse site.

Seven tips for wi-fi security on the road

Wireless hotspots are changing the way people work by providing high-speed Internet connection in public locations. All you need is a notebook computer equipped with a wireless card -- and some information about how to connect safely. Before you take your notebook on a trip, spend some time with a knowledgeable computer consultant who can show you the ropes, starting with how you can avoid unsecured and bogus hotspots. Hotspots are an everyday connection method for travelers and remote workers to browse the Internet, check their e-mail, and even work on their corporate networks while away from the office. Legitimate ones range from paid services to public, free connections. But they all have one thing in common--they are open networks that are vulnerable to security breaches. It's up to you to protect the data on your computer.

Here are seven tips to make working in public locations safer.

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Complete your course requests for spring 2010 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.

Using your external e-mail accounts for storage

Most external e-mail accounts provide large storage areas for users.  Google's G-mail accounts have 7 GB of storage.  MS Windows Live Hotmail provides 25 GB of storage that increases as you need it.  If you have an external e-mail account you could consider using it as a storage or backup area for files on your computer.  These can then be easily accessed from anywhere you can connect to the Internet, so that you can access work files from almost anywhere.

eCollege helpdesk provides live chat 24/7

Did you know that you can Chat Live with an eCollege Helpdesk technician 24 hours a day? After logging into eCourse/eCompanion, click on the Help link at the top right then click on the Contact Helpdesk link at the top of the screen and click the Chat with a Help Desk consultant link.

Northwest Video: Video repository web site available for faculty

What is Northwest Video?

Northwest Video is a video repository web site where Northwest faculty and staff can securely and easily upload video content. Northwest faculty and staff automatically have accounts with the system and can use it immediately. The site provides a clean and simple interface to upload a video and also provides a video player that can easily be embedded within an eCollege course site to allow students to view content.

Northwest Video is a video storage site, NOT an open, social web site where anyone can browse through and watch any video. It is left up to you to make videos available to students by embedding within eCollege course sites. Content posted within Northwest Video is secure and not available to the general public.

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Web sites

eCollege .NExT Release Notes
This document steps through each new area of functionality provided in the .NExT release of Teaching Solutions, the eCollege Course Management System. Specifically, the document outlines all system enhancements, comparing the earlier Teaching Solutions functionality with the new. This document is intended for use by administrators and content authors (instructors) only.
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Northwest Video
Northwest's online video repository for faculty and staff.