Lightboards 2.0

Today was day one for the expo hall at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas. While the video wall technology looks better than ever, I did see one piece of technology that caught my eye. An updated lightboard for recording educational content.

Around five years ago USFSP installed our lightboard for faculty to create engaging videos for students. We started by purchasing a metal frame online and ordered a piece of high-quality class from a local vendor. Added some portable lights and camera and we were in business. The only problem was, the lightboard took up half the room. The frame to support the glass is so big, it needs to be disassembled to get it out of the room.

Now enter Learning Glass Solutions! They developed a tabletop unit that has built-in lights and you can use an iPad for recording. The iPad doubles as a confidence monitor. This changes everything for faculty and other institutions that may not have a video production crew on staff. I will be exploring the possibility of creating a small makerspace for faculty and students to explore. Hope you find this interesting and helps if you are looking to invest in a lightboard for your institution.

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Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Hemant Merchant

Hemant MerchantOn June 6, 2018, Dr. Hemant Merchant received Quality Matters Certification for his online course, Global Business Environment, GEB 6368. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Merchant on this significant achievement!

His course is one of the core, required courses in the Master of Business Administration program at the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. Through this course his students are introduced to key dimensions of international business activity, particularly as they influence the profitability of multinational corporations.

This is the fourteenth course from KTCOB and the third course in the Online MBA Program to receive QM Certification. Dr. Merchant was supported by Carol Fisher, the Instructional Designer for the college’s MBA program.

His course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses from colleges and universities across the nation. His course will also be listed in the Florida Virtual Campus public course catalog as a “High Quality” course.

To share his commitment to quality with his students, the QM Seal of Recognition and certification information is displayed on the home page of his online course.

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

Quality Matters Recognizes Professor Margarita Altuna

Margarita Altuna

Please join Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services in congratulating Professor Margarita Altuna on receiving Quality Matters certification for her online course!

On May 15, 2018, Professor Altuna’s Spanish I course, SPN 1120, received Quality Matters certification through the rigorous peer review process.

When asked about her experience with developing her course and submitting for QM review, she shares:

My commitment is to quality and continuous improvement to nurture regular, hybrid and online students with a well-conceived, well-designed, well-presented course.

In addition to her commitment to providing high quality learning experiences for students at USFSP, Professor Altuna is also a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. She has served as Subject Matter Expert and External Reviewer on 11 course reviews; providing feedback and guidance for Faculty other institutions across the United States.

Her course is now listed in 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.

Considering QM review for your course? To help with preparation, OLITS offers a variety of professional development and resources. Contact your OLITS Instructional Designer for more information.

Law & Business I, Nicole Stowell Receives Quality Matters Re-Certification

Nikki StowellOnline Learning and Instructional Technology Services (OLITS) is thrilled to announce that, on April 30, 2018, Professor Nicole Stowell received Quality Matters re-certification for her online course, Law & Business I (BUL 3320). Her course received its initial QM certification on August 1, 2013.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Stowell!

In addition to her work with QM, Professor Stowell’s continued commitment to deliver high-quality learning experiences to her students include integrating emerging technologies and best practices such as interactive video and advanced accessibility tools. She also shares her passion with other Faculty at USFSP through her involvement on the Executive Board of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.

 

We look forward to working with other faculty who will take their courses through the initial and/or re-certification review process in the near future. Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.

Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Glen Stewart

Glen StewartOnline Learning and Instructional Technology Services is excited to announce that Dr. Glen Stewart, of the USFSP College of Education, has received Quality Matters certification for his online course, School Law (EDA 6232). His course was awarded certification on March 28, 2018.

Dr. Stewart developed this course as part of the online Masters Degree program in Educational Leadership. When asked about his experience with the review, he shares:

I am honored to serve the University, the College of Education and the students in reaching such a milestone for the course. And a big thanks to OLITS!

Dr. Stewart’s course is now listed on the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the globe. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition is displayed on the front page of his online course to signify to the students the commitment to a high-quality learning experience.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Stewart!

We look forward to working with other faculty through course design, professional development, and Quality Matters review. Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.

Quality Matters recognizes Dr. Deanna Michael

Deanna MichaelPlease join Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services in congratulating Dr. Deanna Michael on receiving Quality Matters certification for her online course!

On March 27, 2018, Dr. Michael’s Schools and Society course, EDF 3604, received Quality Matters certification through the peer review process. The peer review is guided by a research based rubric of best practices for high quality online course design.

When asked about advice for fellow faculty going through course development an considering the Quality Matters peer review process she shares:

Focus on developing measurable course and module outcomes and work closely with the OLITS team.

Her 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 to signify to her students the commitment to a high-quality learning experience.

Considering QM review for your course? To help with preparation, OLITS offers a variety of professional development and resources. Contact your OLITS Instructional Designer for more information.

4 Ways Data can Empower Universities

A recent article from Ed Tech Magazine talks about how powerful data can be for higher education. We all know that data collection and management is becoming an integral part of the educational world and while it often is focused on student retention, there are other ways to utilize data to benefit Universities.

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The article discusses 4 specific ways that data can help empower higher education:

  1. Using data to streamline the fundraising process.
  2. Using demographic data to help update the admissions process and target students more efficiently and effectively.
  3. Using data to help university leaders understand their students better.
  4. Using data to help drive surveillance and make campuses more safe.

Data analytics is extremely powerful and universities will be smart to utilize data in the ways mentioned in the article. In the process of utilizing this data they just may find that student retention improves as well.