Winter 2016 Newsletter

Technologies In The Newest General-Use Classrooms

LRC111Cby Bryant Varney

Long gone are the days when a NMU classroom had little more than a chalkboard, a pull-down screen, a transparency overhead projector, and rows of hard-to-move desks. Today’s classrooms, where possible, have the following…

  • The transparency overhead projector has evolved into the much more dynamic document camera,
  • The chalkboard has evolved into multiple whiteboards,
  • . . . and more
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Terry Delpier's CTL Scholar Corner

The Many Faces of Teaching & Learning


The Center for Teaching & Learning has begun the Winter 2016 series: The Many Faces of Teaching & Learning. There are so many talented individuals at NMU!  We are hoping to provide an opportunity for many talented NMU individuals to share their knowledge, interests and perspectives, so that we all may benefit. 

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New Faculty "Meet the Administration"

by Matt Smock

nfnmeetadmins.jpgThe CTL’s New Faculty Network series continued in January, as faculty in their first two years at NMU were invited to “Meet the Administration” for lunch in the University Center. Attendees were treated to four light courses, and after each course the administrators shifted to a different table of new faculty.

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EduCat Tips and Tricks

by Tom Gillespie, Staff Writer

Did you know that it is now much easier to add files to your assignment instructions in EduCat? There are many reasons you might want to add a file in addition to the detailed instructions for an assignment dropbox. Perhaps you have a template you would like students to fill out in preparation for a lab or classroom activity. You might want everyone to work with a sample spreadsheet containing data that needs to be manipulated. In other cases, an example of a well written essay, or properly cited primary sources will help students succeed. Whatever the reason, you can now easily attach a file along with your assignment description.

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Quality Matters  - Rubric and Standards - 1.1

by Scott Smith

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered review process that is designed to ensure the quality of online and blended courses. QM uses a rubric to guide course design. This rubric is composed of 8 General Standards which are further broken down into 43 Specific Standards. In this section of the newsletter, we will be discussing a different Essential Standard with each new issue. With this issue, we will be discussing Standard 1.1: Instructors make clear how to get started and where to find various course components.

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Upcoming Workshops

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EduCat Attendance Activity

  • Feb 22 1pm-2pm LRC106

EduCat Gradebook - Changes Overview

  • April 7 10am-11am LRC106
  • April 11 1pm-2pm VIA ZOOM (you will be provided a link after registration)

Teaching Online at NMU

  • Feb 29 4 weeks online course
  • Mar 21 4 weeks online course

Working with the NMU EduCat Gradebook

  • April 14 10am-11am LRC106

Zoomin' -- How to Video Conference through EduCat

  • Feb 25 10am-11am LRC106

Technology Updates/Upgrades

Zoom Virtual Meetings

by Stacey DeLoose

As I am sure you have noticed, the EduCat upgrade has made substantial changes to the GradeBook, but there have also been a few new tools added.  As part of the Activities and Resources now available, you can choose to create a link for a synchronous or live Zoom meeting.  This virtual meeting space is great for meeting with students for snow days, when you are out of town at a conference, or especially helpful for online office hours.  You can share the link of the Zoom meeting with others who may not use EduCat or have access to your class.  Having this link is perfect for inviting guest speakers. 

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by Stacey DeLoose

A second Activity that has been added is Attendance.  This activity lets you set up a series of sessions where you can record attendance.  You can assign a different status with differing points for things like Present, Late, Excused, Absent, Left Early, etc.  These can be graded activity or for record keeping.  You can view reports on individual student attendance and make notes on specific sessions. It can also be used for things like daily writing exercises, short response papers, or other small repetitive items.

Plagiarism Checking

by Stacey DeLoose

You may have also noticed that you are listed as a student within a course called Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism with VeriCite.  This course is a self-paced tutorial which, upon completion, will enable VeriCite in classes where you are listed as the instructor.  VeriCite is our plagiarism checking tool that can be added on an assignment-by-assignment basis that compares submitted student work (assignments, discussion forums, text entries) to an external repository containing millions of websites and to an internal NMU specific repository of previously submitted student work.