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Archive for October, 2013

Teaching and Learning w Technology Symposium

The eLearning Consortium of Colorado’s annual professional development day was on October 25, 2013. This year we Text Word Cloudagain partnered with MSU Denver to co-sponsor the Symposium for Teaching & Learning with Technology. I served on the planning committee along with Jean Otte, Director of Online Learning at Aims and eLCC co-Chair, Ben Zastrocky, Director of the Educational Technology Center at MSU and eLCC member.  Jane Chapman-Vigil, MSU’s Director of Faculty Development and James Lyall, MSU’s CIO also served on the planning committee. We were thrilled that so many people submitted proposals and attended the event! My colleague, Bridget Arend, provided the keynote presentation and representatives from several colleges and universities presented at the symposium.

Check out the blogs below for some nice summaries of the event:

eLCC Blog Post

DU Blog Post

Regis Blog Post

Best practices to promote academic integrity in online courses

I recently came across the Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education reference again and thought it was worth sharing here. This list of best practices was created in 2009 by WCET, the UT Telecampus and the Instructional Technology Council (ITC).

As a member of the University of Denver’s Honor Code Advisory Council, I understand how important it is to promote a culture of academic integrity in higher education. One of our most passionate members, Dr. Michael Kerwin, wrote an excellent opinion in the Denver Post this summer called, “Cheating Epidemic? Why is it so prevalent and what steps can be taken to stop it? that provides a brief overview of the issue and some practical steps to prevent cheating.

Below are a few selected strategies outlined in the best practices guide:

  • Establish a campus-wide policy on academic integrity that articulates faculty & student responsibilities
  • Encourage faculty to report every suspected violation and act upon it.
  • State the academic integrity/academic honesty policy within the online learning environment and discuss it early in the course.
  • Incorporate academic integrity strategies into professional development and faculty training offerings.
  • Define academic integrity and cheating and clearly explain what is considered dishonest and unacceptable behavior.
  • Provide rubrics, or detailed grading criteria, for every assignment at the beginning of the course so students understand how they will be graded.
  • Use a variety of assessment strategies (quizzes, short and long papers, test questions that require the application of a theory or concept.
  • Require students to turn in a draft, and their bibliography or references prior to the paper’s due date.

7 Futures of American Education

I had an opportunity to meet John Sener at the Quality Matters conference in Nashville last week and purchased

a  copy of his book, “The Seven Futures of American Education – Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World.” I just started reading the book and wanted to share a couple of interesting quotes from the book:

  • Over the past 15 years, online education in the US has gone from zero to mainstream
  • If the first era in the history of online education was focused on providing access, the 2nd era has the potential to be defined by improving quality — not just for online education but for all education
  • Cybersymbiosis – irretrievable dependent on digital technologies (this isn’t a fad that is going to eventually fade)

John led a pre-workshop seminar at the conference about “using the seven futures as a framework to improve educational quality: a dialogue” and I was really impressed that he
stayed for the entire conference.  I’m looking forward to reading more of his book.