New Assistant Director of Distance and Distributed Learning joining USFSP

We are delighted to announce the hiring of Ms. Kim Garvey for the position of Assistant Director of Distance and Distributed Learning for USFSP. The position reports to the Dean of the Library and provides leadership for the University’s distance and distributed learning efforts, coordinating instructional support for distance and online learning. Ms. Garvey, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Education & Leadership at Barry University, has more than ten years of experience in digital and online initiatives and currently serves as the e-Learning Project Manager and an Adjunct Professor of History at the State College of Florida. She joins USFSP on May 1 and will be working closely with Academic Affairs and all Colleges and academic departments in the development of and support for online programs. She will also work with Academic Affairs, the Colleges, and other units to oversee the University’s ongoing efforts to strengthen faculty development, improve the quality of online courses, and provide robust services for online students.

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, through the Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services unit, provides centralized support to faculty in the development of online courses and programs. This new position will enable us to “kick things up a notch” and also address support issues for online learners in a more systematic fashion.

When Ms. Garvey arrives, a meet and greet reception will be hosted in the Library.

2013 Crystal Ball… Learning Trends

Recently I taught a workshop for college faculty getting ready for teaching online.crystal-ball It made me more aware than ever how overwhelming the entire process can be for anyone who is entertaining the idea for the first time. The terminology can be confusing, the technology daunting, and the feeling of being behind without hope of catching up, a risk that makes people uncomfortable. After all I thought a tin can was, well.. a tin can! Luckily, those who have taken those first steps are well on their way to embracing Distance Learning by building the foundational knowledge we covered in the workshop. Now, moving past that foundation, how does one get ahead of the learning curve? Keeping your ear to the ground and your eye on the future! Let’s peek into the crystal ball for 13 Learning Trends to Watch Out For in 2013 – Part 1 from the Custom Training and eLearning blog.

What Personal Attributes Contribute to an Online Learner’s Success? | The Cengage Learning Blog

Most students entering an online learning program know the basic keys to success in education. After all, they have made it to college or graduate school — and perhaps even been at the top of their classes prior to arriving at their new institutions. However, the nature of online learning demands a particular set of skills, attitudes, and habits that lead to success — not to mention the self discipline necessary for programs that allow students to set their own schedule and work at their own pace. For this reason, even the most motivated and diligent students may find themselves at a loss when starting their careers as online learners.

Undoubtedly, you as an instructor are seeking ideas for making your online courses the best they can be. But what do the learners in your online courses need in order to achieve their fullest academic potential? In his new text Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner, Joel A. English shares ten attributes of a successful online student, which we’ve presented below in a colorful infographic. If learners endeavor to adopt these ten attributes as their own, they’re certain to prepare themselves for a meaningful, effective, and engaging educational experience.

Would you like a closer look at these attributes, presented in a format you can share with your students? Download a full-size PDF of this infographic.

Respondus Lock Down Browser Now Available in Canvas

Respondus Lock Down Browser is now available for use with tests, quizzes, and exams in Canvas.

What is Lock Down Browser?

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard, ANGEL, Desire2Learn, Canvas, Moodle, and Sakai. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Features Include:

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading
  • Task switching or access to other applications is prevented
  • Print, Print Screen and capturing functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to and from an assessment is prohibited
  • Screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machine, and network monitoring applications are blocked from running
  • Right-click menu options and function keys are disabled
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are disabled, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop

How do I enable this in Canvas?

Follow this tutorial to enable Lock Down browser in Canvas.

How do my students install Lock Down Browser?

Provide your students with this information and installation tutorial. One step in the directions indicates that the institution will provide a link for the download, direct students to this Respondus Download Link. If they get stuck at any point in the process, they can contact the USF IT Help Desk at 813-974-1222.

Accessibility Note: Lock Down Browser renders a test inaccessible to students with disabilities who use certain assistive technologies. If you have a student with a disability in your course, be sure to let them know about the use of this product so they will have that information as they work with Student Disability Services to arrange accommodations.