CAE Gazette

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

Microsoft Office 365: Available to CCCOnline Instructors!

Office 365 is your supported cloud storage and online collaboration service, and is being provided by CCCS-IT and Microsoft. Please see below for some highlights.

Yes! You CAN Webinar Via Smartphone!

If you have a smartphone, you may download the WebEx app in order to participate in CCCOnline's webinars on the go! Search "Cisco Webex Meetings" in the App Store or the Google Play store.

Webinars in January and February

Topics: TurnItIn updates, accessibility issues, academic dishonesty online, and Science and Math online discussions. Please join us! More information below.

Microsoft Office 365: More Information

For directions, log in to the Portal and click the Employee tab; then scroll down to "Microsoft Office 365."

Benefits of Microsoft Office 365:
  • It gives you a place where you can securely store files, and be able to access them from almost anywhere, on any device.
  • It gives you the ability to easily and securely share files and folders with any one individual or with an entire group of people.
  • It makes it possible for you to collaborate with others on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in real time, without the need to “pass them around” in email messages and manually keep track of all of the changes.
  • It gives you access to online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote making it easy to open and edit documents and notebooks, even if the device you are using does not have Office installed.
  • It provides you with a FREE personal copy of Office that you can install on up to 5 computers and 5 mobile devices for as long as you are employed at CCCS.

January and February Webinars

Lightning Webinar: Updates to TurnItIn - Jan. 14, 2016 (1:00-1:20 PM MT)

Presenter: Kristin Rivedal

If you use or plan to use TurnItIn in your dropboxes in your 2016 Spring sessions, you’ll find useful information in this 20-minute webinar! Learn how recent updates to TurnItIn will impact your course set up, in addition to learning about how to create a "Check your Draft" dropbox.

Virtual Brown Bag: Accessibility Q & A
- Jan. 15, 2016 (1:00-2:00 PM MT)
Presenter: Darci Duran
Do you have questions about accessibility in your CCCOnline courses? Bring them to this virtual brown bag webinar, an open forum with CCCOnline’s Instructional Design Team Manager, Darci Duran. This webinar follows up on CCCS Human Resources’ required asynchronous accessibility training in D2L/Brightspace.

CCCOnline CONNECT Session: Strategies for Deterring Online Cheating - Feb. 5, 2016 (1:00-2:00 PM MT)
Presenter: Heather Tobin

(This session also was featured at the 2015 CONNECT Conference.) Explore some of the current strategies that instructors and designers can use when creating online course experiences that promote academic integrity and deter cheating.

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.

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

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.

Just one recommended session (we will publish more in the near future!):

Using Media Analytics to Enhance Course Design
(Useful and interesting research on online students’ video viewing.)

Registration Instructions:
Access this page to register.
Select "Redeem access to recorded sessions"
Add to Cart, Checkout
**Enter the Coupon Code provided to complete your purchase with a zero balance: 2015-OLC-VIRT-50XAWGJQZE4NUZW
Complete registration as prompted
Submit order
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.

CCCOnline Library Spotlight: Anthropology Online

Anthropology Online covers all areas of the discipline, including cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, applied anthropology, visual anthropology, archaeology, urban anthropology, medical anthropology, and physical anthropology. Works from major publisher catalogs include Oxford University Press, Waveland Press, Westview Press, and Princeton University Press.

All aspects of human behavior are thoroughly covered in the collection, including kinship, family, race, material culture, marriage, gender, prehistory, evolution, kinesthetics, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, male and female roles, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, and music and the arts. Alexander Street’s indexing allows the content to be searchable by geographical region, cultural or kinship group, anthropological subjects, and others.

To access, just log in to your Brightspace (D2L) course shell and select Anthropology Online from the right "Helpful Links" sidebar.

Universal Design and Issues of Change for Higher Education Organizations

Universal course design, as it relates to providing accommodations for all students, is an issue that has emerged with significance for colleges today. For example, here at CCCOnline, we have just recently completed training regarding course accessibility. Katherine Kirkpatrick, Assistant Professor of Education at Clarkson College, wrote in June, 2015, that the manner in which the necessary changes regarding accommodations are presented to faculty has to include specific important elements in order to actually work.

In a MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching article, Ms. Kirkpatrick studied a failed effort that had recently been attempted at a Midwestern 1500-student college which offers a large number of courses online. Reacting (or, as Ms. Kirkpatrick's article suggests, perhaps over-reacting) to some threatening comments from a hearing-impaired student regarding course access, the college administration announced that all online courses would henceforth need to be set up to accommodate all possible student accessibility issues (previously, each instructor had provided individual students with whatever accommodations were needed for each individual student, such as by extending assignment deadlines or testing dates for the individual student).

Faculty response was extremely negative, demonstrating concern over a number of issues: technological capabilities in the online courses; training necessary to make this change; and how to design a course that would meet every accommodations issue (fine motor skills, attention deficit issues, learning disabilities, etc). Ms. Kirkpatrick's final conclusions discuss options for not only implementing universal design, but for making significant organizational change at a college, who should be included, and how it should be done.

Kirkpatrick, Katherine. (2015, June). Universal Design In Online Education, Employing Organization Change. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Education , Volume 11, No. 2.

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