Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Changes to the ANGEL system for this summer, effective May 27th


1. Because about 6% of our ANGEL users are still using Internet Explorer 6, which is not a browser version supported by ANGEL, we are going to check browser version on ANGEL login and redirect those users still using IE 6 to a screen reminding them to upgrade to IE 7 or Firefox 2+. We are NOT blocking their access to ANGEL. Those users will still be able to use ANGEL by clicking the "Continue to ANGEL without updating" button on the upgrade reminder screen. (To ensure users upgrade correctly, we're recommending they contact IR Customer Support.)

2. We're also customizing our ANGEL system to alphabetically sort discussion forums by forum name in the Communicate area/tab. This won't affect how your discussion forums are arranged in the Lessons area/tab, which is how most users access their forums. However, some courses have multiple discussions occurring simultaneously, and faculty and students in those courses like to access all their discussion forums from the Communicate area/tab, instead clicking into each forum from the Lessons area/tab. So, if you name your forums to sort alphabetically (i.e., Week 1: Skeletal, Week 2; Circulatory, etc.), those forums will be easier to find in the Communication area/tab.

3. We're also changing some file upload limits and quotas to better manage our system. Large files can be difficult for faculty and students to download. However, we know sometimes large files are needed for some courses. These upload limits/quotas can be overridden for specific courses, if you need to upload larger files than our new limits/quotas.

Specifically, the new limits/quotas are:

  • Maximum file upload size = 50 MB
  • Maximum DropBox file upload size = 50 MB (down from 60 MB)
  • My Files quota (Toolbox > Files) = 50 MB
  • ePortfolio quota = 50 MB
  • Maximum Discussion Forum file attachment size = 10 MB (up from 5 MB)
  • Maximum eMail file attachment size = 25 MB (up from 8 MB to better match GroupWise)


Posted at 10:00AM May 27, 2009 by dgustafson

Thursday, May 21, 2009

ANGEL Impact Award Winners for the Second Year


Congratulations to Dave Antonacci, Nellie Modaress, and Kathy Tally for winning the 2009 ANGEL Impact Award for Exemplary Faculty Development. Dave, Nellie, and Kathy taught TLT's 'Teaching and Learning Online at KUMC' course last fall for KUMC faculty, and also invited additional faculty from other ANGEL-using schools from around the country to participate and create a richer online learning experience for all participants.

The course focused on important knowledge and skills needed for successful online teaching. It was targeted to faculty who are new to KUMC, new to online learning, or new to our Angel Learning System. Because it was delivered completely online, each participant better understood the perspective of an online student.

The course was organized into 6 units, each lasting a week:

  - Learning Theory and Instructional Design
  - Delivering Content
  - Communication
  - Assessment and Evaluation
  - Interaction and Feedback
  - Course Management and Procedures

Additionally, each unit demonstrated best practices by including a variety teaching methods, techniques, activities, and technologies. Participants were expected to actively participate by engaging in all discussions, completing all course activities, and submitting assignments. Active participation required signing in to the course at least 2 times per week for a total of at least 2-3 hours of weekly course work. So, participants invested 12-18 hours in the course.

This course is taught each Fall semester, so if you'd like to participate in this course in any future fall semesters, contact TLT (8-7107) to be added to the course roster.

Last year, Dave Antonacci, Lisa Bittel (Physical Therapy), and Stephanie Gerald won the 2008 ANGEL IMPACT Award for Exemplary ANGEL Course. Dave and Stephanie worked with Lisa to give her course an extreme course makeover.


Posted at 01:51PM May 21, 2009 by sgerald

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TLT to Speak at SIDLIT 2009 Conference


Each year, Johnson County Community College and Colleague to Colleague (C2C) hold a two-day conference called the Summer Institute of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT.org) for both faculty and staff involved in educational and instructional technologies. This year is the 10th Annual SIDLIT conference, and will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 30 - 31, 2009 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.

We are excited that many of us here in Teaching & Learning Technologies, along with others from KUMC, have been accepted to speak at this conference. If you will be attending the conference this year, think about attending one of the following sessions.

Campus-wide Podcasting: Simple and Cost Effective with Camtasia Relay
Speakers: David Antonacci, Jameson Watkins, Mike Ciolek, Mark Grabendik

Choosing an ePortfolio Tool
Speakers: Nellie Modaress, Benito Berardo
 
Delivering High Stakes Assessments in a Computerized Testing Center
Speakers: Philip Wilhauk, Tim Doughty, Ron Knight, Tony Paolo

Enter Active Learning: Adding Interactivity to Your Online Courses
Speakers: David Antonacci, Tennille Fincham, Alex Olson

Spanish: Reality Online
Speakers: Nellie Modaress, Aura Morgan

To Google or Not to Google: That is the Question
Speaker: Dale Gustafson

Tweaching: Teaching & Learning in 140 Characters or Less
Speakers: Stephanie Gerald, Alex Olson


Posted at 05:16PM May 20, 2009 by sgerald

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Summer Changes to ANGEL (5/26)


We want to make you aware of three changes to our ANGEL Learning system for this summer, effective Tuesday, May 26th:

1. Because about 6% of our ANGEL users are still using Internet Explorer 6, which is not a browser version supported by ANGEL, we are going to check browser version on ANGEL login and redirect those users still using IE 6 to a screen reminding them to upgrade to IE 7 or Firefox 2+. We are NOT blocking their access to ANGEL. Those users will still be able to use ANGEL by clicking the "Continue to ANGEL without updating" button on the upgrade reminder screen. (To ensure users upgrade correctly, we're recommending they contact IR Customer Support.)

2. We're also customizing our ANGEL system to alphabetically sort discussion forums by forum name in the Communicate area/tab. This won't affect how your discussion forums are arranged in the Lessons area/tab, which is how most users access their forums. However, some courses have multiple discussions occurring simultaneously, and faculty and students in those courses like to access all their discussion forums from the Communicate area/tab, instead clicking into each forum from the Lessons area/tab. So, if you name your forums to sort alphabetically (i.e., Week 1: Skeletal, Week 2; Circulatory, etc.), those forums will be easier to find in the Communication area/tab.

3. We're also changing some file upload limits and quotas to better manage our system. Large files can be difficult for faculty and students to download. However, we know sometimes large files are needed for some courses. These upload limits/quotas can be overridden for specific courses, if you need to upload larger files than our new limits/quotas. Specifically, the new limits/quotas are:
  - Maximum file upload size = 50 MB
  - Maximum DropBox file upload size = 50 MB (down from 60 MB)
  - My Files quota (Toolbox > Files) = 50 MB
  - ePortfolio quota = 50 MB
  - Maximum Discussion Forum file attachment size = 10 MB (up from 5 MB)
  - Maximum eMail file attachment size = 25 MB (up from 8 MB to better match GroupWise)

Please contact Dave Antonacci (dantonacci@kumc.edu or 913-588-7144) for additional information.


Posted at 03:45PM May 12, 2009 by dantonacci