About karlakmetz

Karla is an Instructional Designer at Instructional Media Services and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Education at USFSP. She is currently earning her PhD in Instructional Technology at USF. With 7 years of experience in Education and Accessible Technologies, her professional interests include Universal Design for Higher Education and the Accessibility of Online Courses. Current projects include research on the benefits of closed captioning in online courses to all students.

Quality Matters recognizes Dr. AnnMarie Gunn

AnnMarie GunnOnline Learning and Instructional Technology Services at the Nelson Poynter Library is excited to announce that on March 10, 2017, Dr. AnnMarie Gunn received Quality Matters recognition for her Children’s Literature course, LAE 4414.

Please join us in congratulating her on this significant achievement!

Dr. Gunn’s course is now listed on the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be displayed on the front page of her online course.

The QM Certification process consists of a peer review guided by a research based rubric for high quality online course design. The eight general standards of the rubric include: Course Overview & Introduction, Learning Objectives, Instructional Materials, Learner Support, Accessibility & Usability, Course Activities, Learner Interaction & Engagement, and Assessment & Measurement.

When asked about her experience, Dr. Gunn stated:

I enjoyed the process of designing an interactive online course. The USFSP DL team provided the support needed to make this a seamless process and the USFSP and QM teams provided valuable feedback that will strengthen and enhance the quality of this course.

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.

Dr. Han Reichgelt recognized by Quality Matters for two courses

Han Reichgelt

Dr. Han Reichgelt

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Han Reichgelt, of USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemman College of Business, has just received Quality Matters certification for two of his online courses. His undergraduate course, Business Process Analysis (ISM 4930), received certification on March 6, 2017 and his graduate course, ERP Systems Analysis (ISM 6930), received certification on March 9, 2017.

Quality Matters certification involves a rigorous peer review focusing on the quality of course design and alignment  of materials using a rubric of best practices in online and blended learning.

His course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses from colleges and universities across the nation. The QM Seal of Recognition and information regarding the course quality certification will now be displayed on the home page of both courses.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Reichgelt on this achievement!

If you are interested in preparing your course for Quality Matters review, consider registering for the Improving Your Online Course Quality Matters Workshop beginning on March 20, 2017. This two week, online course will cover essential rubric standards and help you apply them to your course.  Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.

Canvas Webinars

From PowerPoint tips to engaging today’s digitally distracted learners, Instructure sponsors webinars on a variety of teaching and learning topics presented by leading experts to offer free professional development to those using Canvas.

Other popular topics include sessions on flipping the classroom, supporting at-risk students, integrating third party tools such as MyLab and McGraw Hill Connect, and using Canvas analytics.

To browse the archive of recorded webinars, or view upcoming topics, visit the Canvas Webinars webpage.

Free Book! The War at Work

As you may already know, Seth Mattison will be the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Bay to Bay Learning Symposium held at USFSP on February 10, 2017.

What you might not know is that everyone who attends will receive a free copy of his most recent book, The War at Work: A Tale of Navigating the Unwritten Rules of the Hierarchy in a Half Changed World, co-written by Joshua Medcalf. Bay to Bay attendees will also have the opportunity to have it signed during the symposium.

cover of the war at work

The shipment of books for the event arrived recently, and of course, this bookworm snagged a copy and has already started reading it. As a lover of fiction, I was looking forward to reading this book, but I was completely prepared for a true “business book.” However, when the story began with a disgruntled employee taking a sledgehammer to his office I was immediately intrigued!

Mattison and Medcalf capture the challenges of the evolving world of work through the perspective of those confronting those changes head-on. Technology, networks, and access to information are among the many aspects discussed in this book. Along with Seth’s presentation at Bay to Bay, this book will be a great source of insight for what is to come in the workplace of tomorrow and how teaching and learning at USFSP can evolve to maximize on those elements as well.

Check out the summary of the book below and be sure to get your tickets for the Second Annual Bay to Bay Symposium today!

Book Summary

On a quiet night in the C-suite of Axis Medical Group, Brian Kelly holds a ten-pound sledgehammer, standing in front of a massive corner office. Staring back at him is his own name, etched across the door in polished block letters. He worked for twenty-five years to get it there, but tonight that has to change. And so, with every ounce of his strength… Brian starts to swing. We’re entering the age of the Network, a world of hyper-connectivity and constant flux, where disruption is the norm and autonomy, empowerment and meaning are basic expectations of the new workforce. Organizations are being forced to execute and perform today while simultaneously maintaining the discipline to reinvent themselves for a very different future. Successfully navigating the challenge of thriving in two very different worlds is the mandate of the modern day leader. This book will show you how. The fact is, we live in a half-changed world, where everything from communication and etiquette, policies and procedures, where and when work happens, and “paying your dues” are still influenced by a long list of “unwritten rules” established by the world that preceded the Network: the Hierarchy. Responsible for the creation of incredible efficiencies and scale over the past 150 years, the top-down structures and culture of the Hierarchy are still deeply embedded in our organizations and leadership ideologies today. Drawing from their experience guiding everyone from Fortune 500 executives to major-league coaches through the new world of work, Seth Mattison and Joshua Medcalf combine timeless truth with timely strategy in THE WAR AT WORK, a fable grounded in two leaders’ introspective journey from the top down world of the Hierarchy to the hyper connected world of the Network. For anyone seeking to embrace the future, find meaning, purpose, and mastery in their career and leadership capacity, this story is a compass, providing new perspectives and practical solutions to navigate the disruptive waters of change, unleash human potential, and bring genuine transformation to a world that desperately needs it.

 

Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Rebecca Harris

Rebecca HarrisOnline Learning and Instructional Technology Services is thrilled to announce that Dr. Rebecca Harris has received Quality Matters certification for her online course, Environmental Economics (ECP 3302).

Through the faculty based peer-review process, her course has been found to meet the highest national standards for online course quality and design. The course was awarded certification on December 21, 2016.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Harris on this significant achievement and her continued commitment to high quality online teaching and learning!

When asked about the process, Dr. Harris stated the she “is grateful to the DL staff for all of their help!”

Her course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses from colleges and universities across the nation. The QM Seal of Recognition and information regarding the course quality certification will now be displayed on the home page of her course.

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.

Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Christina Salnaitis

Christina SalnaitisPlease join us in congratulating Dr. Christina Salnaitis! On Friday December 16, 2016, Dr. Salnaitis received Quality Matters Certification for her online course, Cognitive Psychology (EXP 4680).

Through the faculty based peer-review process, her course has been found to meet the highest national standards for online course quality and design. Not only did her course meet the essential QM standards, she received the total possible score of 99 points.

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that examines course design to assess the quality and alignment of an online course through a peer-review process using a rubric of evidence-based practices. The eight general standards of the rubric include; Course Overview & Introduction, Learning Objectives, Instructional Materials, Learner Support, Accessibility& Usability, Course Activities & Learner Interaction and Engagement, and Assessment & Measurement.

Dr. Salnaitis’ course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses from colleges and universities across the nation. The QM Seal of Recognition and information regarding the course quality certification will now be displayed on the home page of her course.

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.

 

Streaming Feature Films in Your Online Course with Swank Digital Campus

Have you ever wanted to use a full-length feature film as instructional material for your online course, but didn’t go for it because of copyright worries?

Well, worry no more! The USF System has a subscription to Swank Digital Campus. This is a streaming film service that integrates with Canvas and allows us to rent feature films for students to view in our online courses.

The selection is vast! From classics, to foreign films, to movies just released on DVD; you name it and they’ve probably got it!

Screen shot of swank website

So this means you can stream all eight Harry Potter movies for fun, right?

harry potter saying you wish

I do wish! But understandably, no.

Here are the criteria for use of the films:

  • Priority is given to online courses
  • Student enrollment should be over 50
  • There is a maximum of 5 titles per course
  • The film(s) must be used as instructional materials for a course activity

There is some flexibility with these guidelines, so talk with your Instructional Designer about  your specific goals.

To view a list of currently available titles, visit the USF Libraries Swank Rental Listing. If the title you are looking for is not listed in the current rentals, you can search the Swank Digital Campus Catalog to see if your desired film is available for rent.

Once the tool is integrated into the course, students will be able to visit the “Course Reserves” link on the left menu of your course throughout the semester. The films you have rented will be linked there and can be viewed upon signing in with a USF NetID and Password.

Also, all of the films through this service have Closed Captioning to improve accessibility (Karla approved!).

To learn more, or to integrate this tool into your course, contact your Instructional Designer at Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services.