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Web Conferencing Options for the 2018-19 Academic Year

With the Fall 2018 quarter approaching you should begin checking if your web conferencing software is up to date and familiarizing yourself with any changes that may have occurred since you last taught an online course. If you regularly rely on BlueJeans you can continue to do so, although it always helps to do a quick check to make sure you have your technology configured to your liking. Launch the BlueJeans app to check for updates and test your audio and video. If BlueJeans hasn’t been your preferred web conferencing solution, or you would like to explore other options, use


2018 UPCEA Summit Recap

Introduction The 2018 UPCEA Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + roundtable  was held between June 18th and 20th in Washington, DC. Two representatives from the School of Professional Studies attended and gave a presentation on collaboration across departments,”Program CPR: Staying Alive in a Changing Global Market”  Read on to learn more about their experiences and lessons learned. Conference overview Suzanne Rovani, Program Coordinator for the Professional Development Programs as SPS and Reba-Anna Lee, Assistant Dean of Distance Learning attended the conference. The conference began with an opening keynote by Bharat N. Anand who is the Henry R. Byers Professor


What Should I Do With My Slides Now That I’m Teaching Online?

Introduction If you’ve taught face-to-face before, there’s a good chance you’ve developed slides to help give lectures in your classroom. You may even have structured your course around them: ten slide decks for ten weeks of class. There’s no shame there–keynote speakers and conference presenters use slides as an important part of their practice, and when properly designed they can make for engaging in-person presentations. Now you’re designing an online or hybrid class, and you’ve got your slides in hand. These worked great in my face-to-face class, you’re thinking. I’ll just put them online for students to read. But wait!


TEACHx 2018 Reflections, Part 2

This year, a majority of the DL team attended and/or presented at TEACHx. Hosted by NUIT, TEACHx is an opportunity for faculty and staff to share innovative and creative uses of technology in the classroom, whether that classroom is physical or digital. This week, several staff members share their reflections on what it was like to attend and present at this conference. Jacob Guerra-Martinez This year at TEACHx I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a panel called Discussion Hero: A Gamified Discussion Board That Encourages Rich Dialogue. Discussion Hero is a gamified discussion board that is currently being


TEACHx 2018 Reflections: Part 1

This year, majority of the DL team attended and/or presented at TEACHx. Hosted by NUIT, TEACHx is an opportunity for faculty and staff to share innovative and creative uses of technology in the classroom, whether that classroom is physical or digital. This week, several staff members share their thoughts on sessions they attended and what they learned. Dan Murphy At the TEACHx Tech Fair, I attended a presentation by Vinesh Kannan from the Computer Science Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Faced with the challenge of engaging students with varying degrees of coding experience in an introductory programming class,