CAE Gazette

News you can use from CCCO's Center for Academic Excellence

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Reminder: Upcoming Webinars in February and March!

CCCOnline CONNECT Session: Best Practices for Science and Math Online Discussions - Feb. 26, 2016 (1:00-2:00 PM MT)

Presenter: Therese Fukuda

(This session also was featured at the 2015 CONNECT Conference.) Learn about Best Practices for conducting productive online Science or Math Discussions in your online or hybrid course. Basics, topics and rubrics will be discussed along with sharing ideas and brainstorming.

CCCOnline CONNECT Session: Maximizing Films on Demand to Teach and Assess Information and Technology - Mar. 18, 2016 (1:00-2:00 PM MT)

Presenter: Dr. Cherry Emerson

(This session also was featured at the 2015 CONNECT Conference.) Maximize Films on Demand to teach and assess Information and Technology Objectives within your discussions. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a framed game experience during the session.

Dealing with Student Conflict - Mar. 24, 2016 (1:00-2:00 PM MT)
Presenter: John Schmahl

This session will explore issues that come up in class when dealing with student conflict. We’ll look at what types of behavior can be disruptive, and we’ll explore different techniques to defuse situations and keep learning on track. We’ll also look at the student discipline process and how you can assist in the process.

You may register at the Training and Professional Development Database and find registration details and instructions on the Registration Process page.

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Downloadable Digital Items in Public Domain!

Check out this item from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: "The New York Public Library Offers Over 187K Digital Items for Free Download."

We took a look around and think this resource might be particularly interesting to provide to students for source material for presentations and other projects. It also might be useful for SMEs or instructors to provide supplemental material in a course -- for instance, some images from historic books might be appropriate for Humanities, Art, History, or Literature.

Sneak Peek: A Secret Screenshot of Improved Access to Library Databases

The screenshot below is a glimpse into the new organization and access to library databases! Now, students will be able to sort databases by subject, see Best Bets, and read descriptions before selecting the right database for their research!
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As we mentioned in the January CAE Gazette, the Library is improving access to library databases! Effective May 2016, the Library will be changing its authentication method, which means improved access to library resources! This new method, which is what most of the system colleges use, will use our S# to pass authorized (current) students, staff, and instructors through to databases, journals, and articles. This new method will make it possible to do the following (in a course, in an email, etc.):

  1. Link to a specific database (ex. Place link to Academic Search Complete in a discussion about a research assignment)
  2. Link to a specific journal (ex. Place a link to Adolescence journal in an email to a student struggling to locate a good source)
  3. Link to a specific article (ex. Have a student link to an article to receive help evaluating it)

The switchover is planned to take place between 5/7/16 and 5/30/16 (between the Spring and Summer semesters). Look for more information in the coming months. Please direct any questions to Brittany Dudek, Librarian.

Reminder: Registration for Recorded Sessions of 2015 OLC International Conference

Don't forget to register to receive access to recorded sessions of the 2015 OLC Conference! Once you register, you will have access to view these sessions until October 2016.

A few more good sessions:

Multimedia Tools Spotlight: Engaging the Instructor and the Learner
A variety of tools are showcased.

Designing and Evaluating Online Multimedia, Gaming and Simulation Projects
Online gaming and multimedia combined: a good overview of including these in the classroom.

Taming the Wild West? AKA Online Discussion Forums
Findings from a study on discussion forums, and related practical tips.

Moving From "Sit and Get" to Fully Online: Our Experience Making Faculty Development Awesome!
An interesting presentation from CU-Denver, highlighting the ongoing importance of good professional development for online instructors.

Registration Instructions:
Access this page to register.
Select "Redeem access to recorded sessions"
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**Enter the Coupon Code provided to complete your purchase with a zero balance: 2015-OLC-VIRT-50XAWGJQZE4NUZW
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You are now registered! View the Streamed Sessions listing for sessions recorded for post-conference viewing for up to one year.

You will receive an email with detailed instructions on accessing sessions.

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Online Students May Have Unrealistic Expectations

Online higher education colleges and organizations, such as CCCOnline, are acutely interested in the factors which may affect student dropout rates. A recent study suggests that one important reason pertains to the initial expectations which new online students have. In "Stories From Students In Their First Semester of Distance Learning" from the October, 2015 issue of The International Review of Research In Open And Distributed Learning, a group of researchers found that new online students can have unrealistic assumptions regarding the flexibility of online courses, and the amount of study time required in an online course. The researchers observed, "Students commonly perceive that distance study will not only be flexibly scheduled around their commitments, but also will be ‘condensable’ into the hours they have available."

The authors stated that these erroneous initial assumptions can lead not only to dropouts in the early stage of an online course, but also toward the end of the course, just prior to the course's final project or assignment.

Suggestions from the authors regarding methods to address these issues include: encouraging students to engage with student support services; building a stronger sense of belonging in the course; understanding that digital fluency is still an issue with some mature, first-time online learners, and knowing when to place interventions (not only at the start of the semester, but later, when the final assignment is approaching).

Brown, M., Hughes, H., Keppell, M., Hard, N., & Smith, L. (2015). Stories from Students in Their First Semester of Distance Learning. The International Review of Research In Open And Distributed Learning. Retrieved from

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