UAB Faculty Honored at Scholar's Institute

Two UAB faculty members who presented at the 2016 Scholar's Institute were honored for their presentations. Dr. Scott Brande and Dr. Dale Dickinson received Best in Track recognition.

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APPQMR Workshop to be Held June 15

The Apply the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (APPQMR) will be held on Wednesday, June 15, in the Center for Teaching and Learning, EB 243.

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Congratulations to 2015-2016 Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductees

UAB's Beta Lamda Zeta chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) is proud to announce the Society's 2015-2016 inductees. This society recognizes the achievements of adult learners.

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Wowza Server to Be Discontinued on July 31

Kaltura will replace Wowza as the service for streaming and on-demand media files. In order to begin the transition, no further media uploads should be made to the Wowza server. Effective immediately, the Wowza server will provide only read access to its existing files. This only means that no new files can be written to the server. Existing files will remain functional in order to provide time to migrate the content to Kaltura. All active files that are to be used in courses should be migrated to Kaltura by July 31st, 2016. Wowza will be discontinued on July 31st, 2016.

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Laouzai Approved as QM Higher Education Peer Reviewer

eLearning & Professional Studies Manager of eLearning Services Samira Laouzai has been approved by Quality Matter (QM) to become a Higher Education (HE) Peer Reviewer. Laouzai was already a QM Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Peer Reviewer. Laouzai will now be able to participate in QM peer reviews for courses seeking QM recognition. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

Kornegay Receives QM Recognition

Collat School of Business Instructor Randy Kornegay has received Quality Matters (QM) recognition for his course, BUS 350 Business Communications. Kornegay submitted his course for a Quality Matters Peer Course Review and the course met each of the 21 essential standards and passed the other requirements to become a QM-recognized course. Read more ...

EAB to Present Marketing and Recruiting Forum at UAB on June 16

The Educator Advisory Board's Continuing and Online Education (EAB COE) will present a one-day marketing recruiting-focused event at UAB on June 16, 2016. This event will feature three sessions covering recruiting and enrolling nontraditional, online, and international students. This event is open to all UAB faculty and staff, but recommended most for individuals in admissions, enrollment, recruitment, and marketing, as well as program directors. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Edge of Chaos atriumSeating is limited! Learn more.

Collaborate is Live in Kaltura

"Collaborate" is now active on the Kaltura LTI. Collaborate is a function that is accessed by selecting a title in "My Media" then selecting "Actions" then "Edit." This allows content creators to assign co-editors and co-publishers to content. A co-editor can make edits to a video, but can not publish it. A co-publisher can publish a video, but can not edit it. This is useful for when someone needs to be able to publish or edit content on someone else's behalf.

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Moss Receives Graduate Dean's Award

Congratulations to eLearning Advisory Council (eLAC) Chair Dr. Jacqueline Moss on receiving a 2016 Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship. Dr. Moss is with the School of Nursing. Read more about Dr. Moss on the School of Nursing website and about all of the recipients on the Graduate School website.

Two New Members Join eLPS Design Team

The eLearning & Professional Studies (eLPS) welcomes two new members – Keith Bailey and Mike Morris. Keith Bailey will join the multimedia team and Mike Morris will join the innovative learning design team.

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Respondus LockDown Browser App Now Available in Canvas

The Respondus LockDown Browser app is now available in Canvas. To access the RLDB, click on the “LockDown Browser” link located in the course navigation menu on the left side. You will be prompted to “Authorize Respondus Monitor Server” the first time you access the link. Once a quiz is created in the Quizzes area, instructors may enable the app and its settings by clicking the “LockDown Browser” link. The app provides additional settings such as allowing students to take tests on their Apple (iPads or iPhones) devices ONLY (which requires students to download the free Respondus app).

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New WCET Membership Benefits Available

UAB has become a member of WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. WCET is a national membership-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of effective practices and policies, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. Because UAB is a WCET member, UAB faculty and staff can now access WCET member-only resources, including the WCETNews and WCETDiscuss emails and the Frontiers blog.

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eLPS Seeking Feedback for QM Workshop Date

UAB eLearning facilitates the Apply the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (APPQMR) to help UAB faculty learn more about Quality Matters (QM), an internationally-recognized program. The summer session will be offered in June from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The eLearning staff has created a Doodle Poll to determine a date for the June workshop. Faculty and staff that are interested in attending the workshop must be able to attend the full day to get credit for the course. If you are interested in attending the APPQMR workshop in June, please complete the Doodle Poll by May 13. Learn more about the workshop.

AI Webcast "Copyright for Online Course Materials" to Air 5/26

On Thursday, May 26th at 12:00 to 1:30 PM, CT, eLearning & Professional Studies (eLPS) will host a live viewing and discussion of the Copyright for Online Course Materials webcast by Academic Impressions (AI). The webcast will include legal considerations, case scenarios, and current information in the area of copyright and ownership of online course materials. Following the webcast, eLPS will facilitate a short discussion on how the information may apply to UAB.

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Seven UAB Professors Awarded Faculty Grants for New Online Courses

The Office of the Provost and the Division of eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) congratulates recipients of the Provost’s Faculty Online Course Development Grant. Seven faculty members will receive a $5,000 grant to develop innovative online courses to be launched in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters.

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UAB Offers Easier Access to Online Degrees as New SARA Institution

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has been accepted as a SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) institution, allowing UAB to offer easier access to its online degree programs in the 36 states currently participating in the SARA initiative.

“Being a part of SARA will open doors for more students to take classes at UAB,” says UAB Provost Dr. Linda Lucas. “We attract students from around the world and this allows us to make the UAB experience even better for our online students.”

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Dr. Betros Earns QM Course Certification

Dr. Cecil Betros, Jr. with the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences has received Quality Matters™ recognition for his course: Communication and Aging. Dr. Betros' course is now recognized as a QM certified course, having met 21 essential standards for quality online courses. The eLPS staff would like to congratulate Dr. Betros on this achievement. See other QM recognized courses offered at UAB. Learn more about Quality Matters.

New Instructional Design Specialist Position Open

eLPS is searching for a new Instructional Design Specialist to join the Instructional Design team. If you are interested in this position, please visit the position description on the UAB Human Resources website.

eLPS Welcomes Deidre Murray and Suhana Chikatla

eLearning & Professional Studies (eLPS) welcomed two new members to the eLPS staff in March. Deidre Murray was hired as the Manager of Online Special Programs and Suhana Chikatla, PhD, was hired as an Instructional Design Specialist, Senior.

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New Canvas User Interface to Go Live May 5

Canvas has released a new user interface (UI) that will go into effect at UAB on May 5, 2016. Changes associated with the new UI include a change to the navigation structure and style, branding color changes, and new dashboard, among others. The new user interface has been enabled in UAB's test environment for Canvas and faculty are encouraged to tour the new user interface prior to May 5. Canvas test can be accessed at: uab.test.instructure.com. We highly recommend that you update any videos that show the old Canvas interface. Questions and concerns can be directed to each school's instructional design team or to elpstraining@uab.edu. Learn more about the new UI.

Apply the Quality Matters Rubric Scheduled for April 5 and 7

The Apply the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (APPQMR) will be held on Tuesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 7 in the Center for Teaching and Learning Room 241C. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day, and attendees must attend both days to receive credit for the course. Registration is required. To register, contact Samir a Laouzai at mamia38@uab.edu or by calling 205-975-2961. More information is available at www.uab.edu/elearning/faculty/quality-matters/qm-rubric-workshop.

Kaizen Now Available

The popular Kaizen web-based gaming platform is extending past its medical roots with more departments and instructors incorporating the gaming systems into their courses.

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eLAC Member Dr. Kennedy Elected President of AAHEB

Congratulations to Collat School of Business Senior Associate Dean Karen Kennedy, PhD for her recent appointment as president of the Alabama Association for Higher Education in Business (AAHEB). Dr. Kennedy is a member of the UAB eLearning Advisory Council. Read more about Dr. Kennedy's new honor.

Canvas-Banner Grade Publishing is Now Available

Canvas-Banner grade publishing is now live for all faculty. Faculty will be able to pull Spring 2016 grades directly into Banner from Canvas. Visit the Grade Publishing page for step-by-step instructions on how to use this feature.

Dr. Dickinson Achieves QM Master Reviewer Status

Dr. Dale Dickinson, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director with the Department of Environmental Health Services in the School of Public Health, has earned the Quality Matters™ Master Reviewer Certification (MRC).

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Canvas to Get a New Look in May

Canvas has released a new user interface (UI) that will go into effect at UAB on May 5, 2016. Changes associated with the new UI include a change to the navigation structure and style, branding color changes, and new dashboard, among others. Check out the video and download the overview sheet below to see the new Canvas UI.

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CTL Announces March Events and Next Speaker Series Event

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has released the schedule for March training events. Their new Executive Presenter Series continues on March 11 from 11:30 a.m. in CTL/EB 243. This month's presenter is Allen Bolton, Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration, who will talk about The "Business" of Our Higher Ed Institution. Lunch is provided. Learn more about these and other events on the CTL website.

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Cofield to Speak at Quality Matters Conference in March

Dr. Stacey S. Cofield, an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics and deputy director for the CombiRX SDMC and NARCOMS Coordinating Center, will be a presenter during the upcoming Quality Matters "Quality State of Mind" Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning. The conference will be held on March 17-18 in New York City. Dr. Cofield will present a 50 minutes interactive session: Applying QM to Face-to-Face Course.

UAB's Online Programs Ranked in U.S. News & World Report "Best Online Programs"

Six UAB online degree programs were listed among the "Best Online Programs" by U.S. News & World Report in their 2016 rankings report. See the "Best Online Programs" rankings.

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Kaltura Content Management System to be Available in January

The UAB Division of eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) is excited to announce that we are currently implementing the multimedia Content Management System, Kaltura. Kaltura is an exciting and much needed solution for the varying media needs of the University. Kaltura is anticipated to be available for use in January.

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Can Online Learning Be Personal?

There is myth that online learning cannot be as engaging as a face-to-face course. In this article on Vitae, the author finds that online teaching is not so impersonal. Read the story.

Don't Forget to Register Your REEF i>clicker

If your instructor is using i>clicker, you may be able use your mobile device as your clicker (check to see if your instructor allows this option). The REEF Polling app is available for purchase for Android and Apple devices. Once you have downloaded the app, you will need to use register your app using your real name and BlazerId.

New Version of i>Clicker Now Available

i>clicker version 7.4.6 is now available. If you already have i>clicker 7 you can run the "check for update" in the software. Faculty interested in using i>clicker should request an instructor kit. Once UAB eLearning receives the i>clicker kit, we will contact you to schedule set up and training.

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UAB Education Master's Degree Ranked Among the Top in Nation

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education’s online early childhood and elementary education master’s program has been ranked among the best in the country by OnlineColleges.net. Read more ...

Five Resolutions for College Students

The Huffington Post has put together five great resolutions for college students. Check them out here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chuck-cohn/5-new-years-resolutions-f_2_b_8804604.html.

Be Honest on Your FAFSA

Your financial aid future (or your child's) may depend on the information you provide on the FAFSA, but the temptation to doctor the numbers may cause more harm than good. See more reasons why honesty truly is the best policy when it comes to your FAFSA in this article - "What Could Happen if You're Caught Lying on the FAFSA" - from MONEY.

Borkowski Receives QM Certification

Dr. Nancy Borkowski, a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration within the School of Health Professions has recently become a QM Higher Education Peer Reviewer.

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Five Top Reasons to Use Canvas

As the Spring 2016 Term approaches, it is the perfect time to explore the benefits of using Canvas for all of your courses. Canvas can be a great tool whether you are teaching an online course or an on-campus one. We recommend that you start by putting your syllabus in Canvas. This is a simple step, but it can be a tremendous help to your students. Check out the Five Top Reasons to Use Canvas.

Open Lab Returns for Spring 2016

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) will host an Open Lab event from January 4-15. The eLPS team will provide assistance to faculty members working on their courses in Canvas. All faculty are encourage to put their syllabus online, as well as take advantage of other features in Canvas regardless of whether the course is on-campus or online. Learn more about Open Lab Spring 2015 and register for a time slot.

New Grade Publishing Pilot Underway

The Banner team, with assistance from eLPS, is conducting a pilot study for a new grade publishing feature. Faculty in different departments/schools representing various courses are currently participating in the pilot program. The new feature is expected to be available for the Spring 2016 Term. Learn more about Grade Publishing.

Faculty to Self-Publish Canvas Courses Beginning in Spring 2016 Term

Beginning in the Spring 2016 Term, Faculty will self-publish their courses, rather than the system automatically publishing all courses on the first day of class.  Please note that once your course is published, your students will be notified when changes are made to published items (example: assignments).

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UAB and Canvas to Hold a Strategic Partnership Meeting

Dr. Curt Carver, CIO, and Dr. Elizabeth Fisher, Interim Executive Director of eLearning and Professional Studies, teamed up to arrange for a group of UAB senior leaders, faculty, and staff across several academic and functional units to meet with the Canvas key leadership team on Thursday, November 19. Canvas is UAB’s learning management system. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a strategic partnership between UAB and Canvas.

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Veterans CAN! Program Provides Faster Track to Nursing Degree

UAB School of Nursing has developed a new program specific to veterans. The program, Veterans CAN! takes advantage of the skills sets that many veterans already have and provides a faster track through the nursing program. Learn more about the Veterans CAN program.

Alabama is now a SARA State

After several years of negotiations including legislative changes, the State of Alabama has become positioned to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), established to support delivery of quality online learning among member states and U.S. territories.

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UAB eLPS Welcomes Justin Moon as New Manager of Media Production

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) is proud to announce the hiring of Justin Moon who will serve as the division’s new Manager of Media Production. Moon is overseeing the implementation of a new media management system that will house and secure videos and allow interaction with media content.

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UAB Ranks for Affordable Health Care Administration Degree

UAB's Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration degree programs have been ranked by the Healthcare Administration Degree Programs website. UAB was ranked #20 out of 30 total universities. The School of Health Professions offers a blended (online and face-to-face) MSHA in Health Administration, ExecutiveRead more on AL.com.

UAB Programs Recognized by AffordableCollegesOnline.org

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACOnline) has ranked two UAB degree programs in their "Best Online Programs" list. UAB's online Master of Construction Engineering and Management was ranked #3 in the site's "2015-2016 Best Online Construction Management Programs" list, while the UAB Collat School of Business Bachelor of Science in Marketing ranked #26 on the site's "2015-2016 Best Online Marketing Programs" list.

Gunnells to Host First eLPS Lunch & Learn Event

Dr. Ken Gunnells with Collat School of Business will host the first eLPS Lunch & Learn event on Thursday, November 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Center for Teaching and Learning Room 241C. Dr. Gunnells will talk about how to move your class to online team-based learning. This is the first in a series of events that will address different topics about Canvas, Academic Technologies, and best practices in online education. Learn more.

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OLC Launches New Prize Competition

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) recently announced the launch of a new annual competition - The OLC Digital Learning Innovation Prize. This new program recognizes quality and excellence in online courses, honoring faculty teams and institutions. A $10,000 prize will be awarded to up to 10 faculty-led teams per year and up to three institutions will be honored with a $100,000 prizes. Learn more about OLC prize competition.

2015 OLC Conference Available Online for UAB Faculty

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) is making the 2015 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Conference recordings available to UAB faculty at no charge. The conference took place October 14-16 and addressed some of the leading topics in online education. The recordings will be available online for one year. Contact Heather Thompson with eLPS for more information and instructions on how to access the OLC Conference recordings.

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