Sep 8, 2015

Web Conferencing 101 with Sakai TLC Workshop Recap!

Tara MacDonald and Charmaine Akiwenzie, of Blindside Networks "met" with us in the Durham Tech Teaching Learning Center on September 2 via a BigBlueButton online web conference session. Tara and Charmaine were actually in their offices in Canada.
BigBlueButton is the open-source web conferencing software we call the Meetings tool, which can be added to Sakai courses or project sites. Blindside Networks founded the BigBlueButton open source project and is also our vendor who supports our Meetings tool. Some of our colleagues joined the web conference remotely as well!
Tara MacDonald shared with us a bit of the history of BigBlueButton and showed us the web conferencing features available for students and instructors in Sakai. She also demonstrated a new feature we now have available to us, Polling. Charmaine Akiwenzie pointed out some of the troubleshooting tips we can use to help our students, if they lose their connection or have audio issues.
If you'd like to learn more about Meetings, our first Fall workshop is full, but a new Meetings workshop has been added that you can now register for that is being held:
Thursday, September 17, from 2-4 pm.  

Aug 26, 2015

2nd Annual Sakai Virtual Conference: Nov 4, 2015

Mark your calendars for the second annual online Sakai Virtual Conference, with a focus on teaching, learning, sharing, best practices, and community building. This is a faculty-friendly event. Plus, no need to travel-the whole day's workshops will be online.

Last year we hoped 100 people would attend the conference. Instead, over 350 faculty and staff attended the conference from around the world! There were so many excellent presentations to choose from, but if you missed any, the recordings were provided later for you to watch.

The Sakai Virtual Conference web site already has the following information posted:
  • Proposals: Submit now. Due by September 6 ( Now Sept 20) . 
  • Nine Conference Tracks: (listed on the Proposals web page with descriptions)
    • Faculty Course Showcase
    • Instructional Design/Support
    • Effective or Innovative Practice
    • Learning Analytics
    • Birds of a Feather, Lightning Talks, UX Testing
    • Sakai en Espanol, and a Technical Session
  • Registration: Starts August 3
  • Cost: $50. If you are a presenter: $25.  
  • Schedule: Tentative list is provided.
  • Sponsors: Longsight and Apereo. 
Save the Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

"See" you there!

Aug 19, 2015

NC3ADL Conference: Mark your calendars for Oct 25-27: Register now!

Make sure you update your calendars with the dates for:

What: The North Carolina Community College Association of Distance Learning (NC3ADL) Conference
Theme: eLearning: Breaking Barriers and Building Connections
When: October 25-27, 2015
Where: Raleigh Convention Center
How: Register before 9/15 for the early rates otherwise by 10/15 for regular rates
Why: Network with faculty, staff and distance learning folks from across the NC community college system and beyond. 
Present: Register by September 1 to present your great e-learning idea

What are some of the workshops presented at the last NC3ADL conference?
  • Exploring Web 2.0 Tools to Build Collaboration
  • Using Technology to Foster Deep Learning in Online and Hybrid Courses
  • A One-Stop Shop for Free Tech Tools
  • Creating Engaging Student Communities in the Online Classroom
  • Teaching and Learning with iPads
Hope to see you there!

    Aug 10, 2015

    Sakai/Instructional Technology/TLC workshops Available Aug - Nov 2015

    Durham Tech Teaching-Learning Center and Sakai logs

    Good News: Durham Tech Adjunct Faculty can attend any of the ten Fall presentations or hands-on workshops listed below and/or attend any of the Fall Teaching-Learning Center (TLC) sessions (for a total of two sessions) to be eligible for a $50 stipend. Please join us! We'll provide the form you need to apply for the stipend.

    Online Course Guidelines - Putting Them into Practice
    August 27, Thursday, 1 pm - 2 pm; Bldg 3 (Phillips), Room 325 (No registration needed)

    Web Conferencing 101 with Sakai
    September 3, Thursday, 2 pm - 3 pm; Bldg 3 (Phillips), Room 325 (No registration needed)

    Web Conferencing with Sakai Meetings
    September 10, Thursday, 2 pm - 4 pm; Bldg 9 (Tech Center), Room 952
    Registration required 

    Narrating PowerPoints with Office Mix: Register for one of three sessions
    1) September 11, Friday, 10 am - 12 pm; Bldg 9 (Tech Center), Room 952
    2) September 23, Wednesday, 2 pm - 4 pm; Bldg 9 (Tech Center), Room 952
    3) October 6, Tuesday, 2 pm - 4 pm; Bldg 9 (Tech Center), Room 952
    Registration required 

    Add Interactivity to Videos with Zaption
    October 9, Friday, 10 am - 12 pm; Bldg 9 (Tech Center), Room 965
    Registration required 

    Record Videos with YouTube's MyWebcam
    October 20, Tuesday, 2 pm - 4 pm,  Bldg 9 (Tech Center), Room 952

    Online Student Presentations and Projects via Sakai's Student Pages
    November 3, Tuesday, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Bldg 3 (Phillips), Room 325 (No registration needed)

    Creating Accessible Online Content
    November 13, Friday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Bldg 3 (Phillips), Room 325 (No registration needed)

    Modifications: Reduced to 126 x 111 and added beside Durham Tech's TLC logo 

    Aug 7, 2015

    New Sakai Gradebook Videos, Handouts and Tips for Instructors!

    Wah-hoo! The long awaited Gradebook module has been added to the online Intermediate Sakai course.  Plus, new videos, handouts and tips, containing the best ways to set up your Gradebook, add grades, and calculate final grades have been added to the Sakai Instructor Resources Gradebook area.  

    Public domain gradebook image

    Check out the new Gradebook videos (all captioned) and handouts (the videos have been added to the Durham Tech YouTube Instructor Sakai Videos playlist):

    • How to Set Up Your Sakai Gradebook:  Video | Handout
    • How to Add Items to and Enter Grades in the Sakai Gradebook:  Video |  Handout 
    • How to View Student Grades:  Video |  Handout
    • How to Calculate Course Grades in the Sakai Gradebook:   Video | Handout
    Here are the new Gradebook tips gathered from your fellow instructors:
    Not sure what else is included in the online Intermediate Sakai course?
    • The online, self-paced course also provides videos and worksheets about the most effective ways to create and grade Test and Quizzes, Forums, and Assignments (plus the Turnitin plagiarism checker feature)
    • The details about what you'll learn can be found here in the Intermediate Sakai Basic Competencies
    • You can register for the online Intermediate Sakai course anytime (but you have to complete the online Intro to Sakai course first)