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Scripts, Images, Action!: Creating Quality Videos for MUS 370

About the course revision process The MUSEUM 370 – Museum Origins and Issues course is one of three courses in the Museum Studies Online Certificate Program and the first to undergo a revision process. The revision of MUSEUM 370 included conversion of lecture content into combination of rich content pages, audio podcasts, and weekly overview videos hosted by the course instructor. Consistent use of visual aids to add value to weekly roadmap pages One of the goals of the improved information architecture of the course site included using consistent visual communication to provide reinforce the context of the course topics


Spotlight on Accessibility – Alternative Text: May 2017 Online Learning Webinar

In May’s online learning webinar, Content Specialist Christine Scherer shared information on web accessibility in course design, specifically the use of alternative text to make images accessible to all students. Faculty were asked to think of alt-text for a variety of images, both straightforward and complex. A recording of the webinar is available on Blue Jeans. To learn more about accessibility, visit the SPS Distance Learning Accessibility page.


Lavalier Microphone Discounts for Faculty, Students, and Staff: Limited Time Only

We are pleased to announce the winner of the iRig Lavalier microphone giveaway. Congratulations to adjunct faculty Eric Abbott. Thank you to all who participated. As promised, a few of our microphone donors are extending discounts on mobile recording device equipment to faculty, students and staff at the following rates. 15% off Shure MVL Microphones Shure is offering 15% off the published retail price of their MVL Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone at Shure.com through June 30, 2017. Use discount promo code: MVLNUW15 at the Shure MVL store page. 20% off iRig Microphones, all IK Multimedia Products IK Multimedia is offering


Applying “The Hero’s Journey” to Course Design

As I have mentioned in some of my previous posts, Gamification is the utilization of gaming concepts and theories into courses. Ideas such as advancing levels, increasing challenges, implementing rewards and providing instant feedback can be worked into an online course for a more robust learning experience. So if you are thinking of your course as a game, where do you start? It all begins with the hero’s journey. Before I begin, I must reiterate another point: just because you are using gaming concepts does not mean your course has to be turned into an actual game. While you can


Online Learning Resource Round-Up!

Online education is growing fast–so fast that it can be hard to keep up with all the latest news and resources. The Distance Learning staff have assembled some of their favorite online learning resources to help highlight some of our favorites. Inside Higher Ed – Inside Digital Learning – Krissy Wilson In order to stay up-to-date with the latest news in digital learning, I’ve subscribed to the Inside Higher Ed – Inside Digital Learning newsletter. Like many digital media providers, Inside Higher Ed publishes news and opinion pieces at a pace that is almost impossible to keep up with. How can