Friday, January 30, 2015

5th Annual Learning Technology Fair Call for Presenters

The call for presenters is now open for the 5th Annual Learning Technology Fair, being held March 12th from 10-2 pm in the Mountain View Room. The Fair provides an open forum for demonstrating the many wonderful things being done with learning technologies in Regis classrooms. Previous Learning Technology Fairs have featured demonstrations on a wide assortment of classroom technologies such as lecture capture, wireless projection, student response systems, plagiarism detection, online tutoring, mobile apps, multimedia, digital library resources, file sharing, 3-D presentation tools, gaming, screencasting, virtual whiteboards, audio enhanced presentations, MOOCs, and more.

As a presenter, you will demonstrate and answer questions to Fair attendees about how learning technologies are being used in Regis classrooms. Presenters will also create a simple PowerPoint slide to be printed and displayed in the Poster Gallery of Learning Technologies. You’ll also have the opportunity to be interviewed during the Fair for publishing to the Video Gallery of Learning Technologies.

Each presenter is provided table space, electrical power and a wireless connection. Presenters are expected to provide their own laptop/netbook/mobile device, although a limited number of loaner laptops are available from ITS. Additional and/or specialized equipment is the responsibility of each presenter.

Interested? Then complete the online LT Fair Presenter Application Form at . Or contact an LT Fair planning team member today! We look forward to seeing you there.

The 5th Annual LT Fair Planning Team

Technology: John Twigg:, x4036
Poster Gallery: Ken Sagendorf:, x6469
Video Gallery: Nicole Ellison:, x5291
Vendor Liaison: Jill Giacomini:, x5487
General assistance
Fair Coordinator: Jeff Getchell:, x5429

2015-16 Teaching and Learning with Technology Micro-grant CFP

The call for proposals for the 2015 Teaching and Learning with TechnologyMicro-grant (TLTM) program is now open. The TLTM is a competitive program funding small scale faculty initiatives promoting the use of learning technologies for the enhancement of teaching and learning. The program allocates up to $1,000 for individual awards and up to $1,500 for group awards.  Grant awardees are notified in early March. All awarded funds must be spent by April 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Last year, the TLTM funded several innovative ideas including research into student reactions to audio-enhanced presentations, the use of VoiceThread for feedback, the use of gaming concepts for teaching end-of-life sensitivity, development of an app for course content access, and similar. Award winners presented their findings at the Learning Technology Fair and other venues including Fall 2014 RHCHP Faculty Development Day, the eLearning Consortium of Colorado, and regional and national conferences throughout the year.

Have an idea for a project? Then get an overview of the TLTM and then fill out the very simple TLTM application form. Proposal deadline is February 13th.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Regis University welcomes eLCC

Over thirty members and guests attended the January 23, 2015 eLCC monthly meeting, held at the Regis University Regis Room. Coffee and tea got the morning started in the right direction. 

The meeting began with a professional development session presented by Ling Thompson and Jane Johnson, instructional designers with the department of Instructional Design & Technology at Regis. Ling and Jane presented a behind-the-scenes look at the Passport to Course Development, an online resource for faculty engaged in curriculum design and course development. 

Ling started the session by taking attendees on a walkthrough of the course. Ling also explained the use of a passport theme, where module participants would receive a passport "stamp" (credential) for successful completion of each course section. The Passport course makes significant use of multimedia objects to emphasize each concept.

After Ling's course walkthrough, Jane went into more detail on the design concepts of the workshop. The Passport course was created to assist faculty in becoming more fluent in the use of proper course design concepts. Ling and Jane began the Passport design phase with an audience analysis and ensuring stakeholder involvement. Obtaining faculty buy-in to the course was essential, as was the collaborative approach during course development. The Passport course is currently being revitalized and will be one of the initial offerings in the faculty training badging project, scheduled to begin fall 2015.

The Passport course was awarded the 2011 WCET OutstandingWork Award (WOW) by the WICHE Cooperative in Educational Technologies (WCET). 

WCET WOW award has been presented to higher education institutions and organizations for exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to a significant problem or need.”  (WCET press release.)

After the professional development session, Paul, Karen and Kim provided updates on the upcoming eLCC conference, being held April 15-17 at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. More detail will be available in the meeting minutes, to be posted on the eLCC website.

Box lunches were then served, providing an ideal time for attendees to catch up with colleagues. The meeting concluded with institutional updates.

A reminder that eLCC members are welcome to attend the Regis University 5th Annual Learning Technology Fair, being held March 12th from 10-2 in the Claver Hall Mountain View Room. The Fair is a showcase for faculty and staff in the use of learning technologies to promote student learning.  Stop by for a bite to eat, wander through the associated poster session, and stop by the table displays and see how Regis faculty are incorporating learning technologies into their ground-based and online courses. And be sure to stop by the Instructional Design & Technology booth to say hi.