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Knowing Your Users: A Important Piece of the Gamification Puzzle

As educators, we know that not everyone learns the same. That is why different learning theories and styles exist. These theories allow faculty to adapt their courses to fit the various styles of their students in order to give them the best and most beneficial experience possible. The same can also be applied to game players, or users. I’ll explain in a bit why we will use the term “Users” instead of “Players”. If you are thinking about gamifying your course, it is important that you get to know the different types of users exist, since each one expects to


Top 5 Missed Quality Matters Standards – August 2018 Online Learning Webinar

When you develop an online course with the Distance Learning department, we have the Quality Matters (QM) framework in the backs of our minds. In this webinar, senior learning designer Krissy Wilson briefly reviewed what QM is and talked through five frequently missed standards. She discussed the ways we are already meeting (or could meet) these standards in our classes, and shared ways that we have met these standards in the past. Watch a recording on Panopto, or via the embedded video below.  


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!