MM: eGrades Submission in Canvas Fall 2019

In today’s Monday Minute video, we will show you how to use the eGrades Submission tool in Canvas to submit midterm or final course grades.

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Dr. V. Mark Durand Receives Third Quality Matters Course Recognition

Durand.jpg mugOn April 22, 2019, Dr. V. Mark Durand received Quality Matters Certification for his third online course, Motivation: The Science of Happiness, EXP 4304. Please join us in congratulating him!

In this course, Dr. Durand guides students through important and fascinating new research on the brain as well as investigations of larger questions about positive thinking, character strengths, wellness and interpersonal relationships. He challenges students to personally apply some of the techniques covered in class with the goal of making their lives happier and more fulfilling.

His other QM Certified courses include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, DEP 4220 (certified on September 7, 2016) and Abnormal Psychology, CLP 4143 (certified on April 27, 2016).

Dr. Durand shares the following thoughts about his experiences with the QM review process:

Going through a Quality Matters review requires you to think through many aspects regarding how your course is delivered and how students learn. From accessibility for students with disabilities to communication with students, it covers a multitude of aspects that improve the online experience for students.

The incredibly hard work and skills of Karla Morris and Caylen Holmes made it much easier to go through this complicated process. They were outstanding and always positive about their work. I am extremely grateful to them and the success of this course with Quality Matters shows that they were invaluable to this outcome.

His course is now listed on the QM database of certified courses and will also be recognized in the Florida Virtual Campus public course catalog as a “High Quality” course.

If you are interested in preparing your course for Quality Matters review, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.

Streaming Services Changes @USFSP

Do you currently have streaming videos in your course using Swank or Kanopy? Thinking about adding video content to your course?

Well, we have a doubleheader for you this week as changes for requesting streaming services are changing.

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Quality Matters Recognizes Professor Fred Bennett

Fred BennettPlease join OLITS in congratulating Professor Fred Bennett of USF St. Petersburg’s Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership! On April 10, 2019, his online course, Leadership Fundamentals (LDR 2010), received Quality Matters Certification.

Leadership Fundamentals is the introductory course for the Leadership Studies ProgramIn this course, Professor Bennett engages students with a broad range of leadership topics including self development, diversity, communications, conflict resolution, group roles, teamwork, decision-making, ethics, organizational design and change, and community building and renewal. 

Professor Bennett shares the following advice with faculty preparing courses for QM review:

Follow the advice of those who are guiding you through the process, particularly our USF team.  Keep an open mind about your course, and remember it is about the students.

It is a great thing to take ownership of your course and have pride in what you have built.  However, that can come with some resistance to constructive commentary designed to improve the course.  There were things I thought were wonderful about my course.  However, looking at it through the eyes of another helped me to see the improvements I needed to make.  Being open to change was helpful right up to the end.

I had a wonderful QM review team and the recommended changes they gave me to make it over the final hurdle really put the finishing polish on the course.

His course is now listed on the QM database of certified courses and will also be recognized in the Florida Virtual Campus public course catalog as a “High Quality” course.

If you are interested in preparing your course for Quality Matters review, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.

Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Carl Pacini

OLITS is very pleased to announce that Dr. Carl Pacini, of the USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business, has received Quality Matters certification for his online course, Forensic Accounting and the Legal Environment (ACG 6688). This course was awarded certification on March 26, 2019.

His graduate course is offered as part of the USFSP Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy programs. In this course, his students are introduced to aspects of the law that are essential to forensic accountants involved in fraud investigations, litigation support services, expert witness, business valuation, and other forensic accounting services.

Dr. Pacini worked collaboratively with Carol Fisher, the Instructional Designer for the college’s MBA program, and OLITS in preparation for the QM Review process. His course is now listed on the QM database of certified courses and will also be recognized in the Florida Virtual Campus public course catalog as a “High Quality” course.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pacini!

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