CTL Launches New Executive Presenter Series

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has launched an exciting new presenter series that will feature monthly talks from UAB's administrators. Read more ...

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.

Save the Date for the 2016 Scholars Institute

The Division of eLearning and Professional Studies and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to save Tuesday-Wednesday, May 17-18, 2016, for the 9th Annual Scholars Institute, to be held at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). This year's theme is "Exploiting Technology for Best Practices in Teaching and Learning”.

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CTL February Events

The UAB Center for Teaching and Learning has released their February schedule of training events. The CTL is launching a new speaker's event: "CTL Executive Presenter Series." This month's speaker will be Dr.Bradley Barnes, who will speak about student recruitment. The event will be held on Friday, February 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in CTL 243. Lunch will be provided. See all CTL events. Learn more about the CTL.

Paper Published by eLAC President Named One of Top 5 Most Influential in 2015

The Nursing Informatics-Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently named a research paper authored by UAB eLearning Advisory Council President Jacqueline Moss, PhD, RN, FAAN, and UAB School of Health Professions Professor Eta S. Berner, Ed.D. as one of the five most influential papers in nursing informatics in 2015.

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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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New CTL Certification Program and January Training

The UAB Center for Teaching and Learning has created a new certification program that will allow faculty members the ability to earn points, badges, and banners towards CTL certifications. Teaching activities and workshop participation will count towards the requirements of the new certification programs.

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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 Resoulutions 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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Call for Proposals Open for Grow! Event

Destiny Solutions, the provider of enrollment/curriculum software tool used by UAB Professional Studies, is now accepting proposals for their upcoming 2016 Grow! event.

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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.

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.

CTL Releases Schedule for Nov/Dec Training Events

The Center for Teaching and Learning has release its November/December training events calendar. To register for an event, visit www.uab.edu/ctl.

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.

Turnbull Recognized by QM for Business Course

Collat School of Business Professor Elizabeth Turnbull has recieved a QM Recognition for her course BUS 102. QM-recognized courses meet a strong set of standards for online education developed by Quality Matters (QM). See other Quality Matters recognized UAB courses.

Dr. Huang Earns QM Course Certification

Dr. Xuan Huang with the Collat School of Business received a Quality Matters recognition for her course: Quantitative Methods I. Dr. Huang submitted her course for a Quality Matters Course Review, a process that includes 21 essential standards that the course must meet to pass.  We are proud of Dr. Huang for her achievement and for striving to meet the Quality Matters standards. See other Quality Matters recognized UAB courses.

Laouzai Receives QM Certification

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (ELPS) Manager of eLearning Services Samira Laouzai has been approved as a QM Peer Reviewer for Continuing and Professional Education, having completed the Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review certification course. The peer review certification is part of UAB's commitment to implementing the Quality Matters Standards. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

Quality Matters™ Approves UAB QM Implementation Plan

UAB has earned recognition from Quality Matters (QM) for its QM Implementation Plan, which will guide UAB’s efforts to implement the Quality Matters standards for the design of online and/or hybrid courses. The plan was developed to meet one of the objectives of the UAB eLearning Strategic Plan that pertains to ensuring the development and delivery of quality online education content at UAB.

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UAB eLPS Launches New UAB eLearning Website

UAB eLearning and Professional Studies (eLPS) has launched the new eLearning website. The new website includes a revamped navigation structure, making it easier for prospective and current students, faculty, and others to find information relevant to them. The site also features expanded resources for faculty members, including Faculty Toolkit and Quality Matters Initiative sections. A Canvas Help Center has been created to provide easy-to-find help resources for Canvas and other academic technologies.

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7 Things to Know About: Continuing Education

What's important to know about Continuing Education at UAB in Fall 2015? Read the 7 Things to Know About: Continuing Education information sheet to find out.

Three eLPS Instructional Design Staff Members Receive QM Certification

We are proud to announce that three staff members of our eLearning and Professional Studies Instructional Design team have completed the Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review certification course.

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Must-Have Apps at UAB

Knowledgejam.org has put together a must-have list of 7 apps you need as a UAB student. #1 on the list? Canvas. This app gives you access to your online courses on your phone or tablet. We agree with this recommendation. Check out the other UAB Must-Have Apps.

OLC 2015

The 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference will be held October 14-16, 2015. See conference details.

Upcoming Deadlines

Dec 4 - Last Day of Class
Dec 5-6 - Undergraduate Reading Days
Dec 7-11 - Final Examinations
Dec 12 - Commencement
Dec 14 - Grades Due (by midnight)
Dec 16 - Grades Available Online

7 Things to Know About: eLPS

What's important to know about eLPS in Fall 2015? Read the 7 Things to Know About: eLPS information sheet to find out.

UAB Professor Hasan Honored for Mobile Learning Project

UAB Assistant Professor Ragib Hasan recently won a prize for his mobile learning project developed for South Asia. Read the article.

UAB's Walk-up AskIT Desk to Move to Sterne Library

The walk-up AskIT desk will be moving to the Sterne Library on September 24.  More details can be found on the UAB Inforamtion Technology website.

Fall B Term Publishing

The first day of class for the Fall 2015 B Term is October 19th. For B Term, all courses will be published automatically. Publishing will take place on October 15th, 2015. If you should need additional assistance please contact eLearning and Professional Studies teaching support at teachingsupport@uab.edu

ProctorU Services Now Available

eLearning and Professional Studies is pleased to announce the installation of the ProctorU LTI in Canvas.

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Next Steps on FAFSA

Students are now able to apply for financial aid three months earlier and with two-year-old completed tax forms. What are the next steps for FAFSA? Read this news item on the Insider Higher Ed website.

Applying for Financial Aid Just Got a Little Easier

Students will be able to file financial aid applications three months sooner than previous years. Read this news item on the WTVR.com website.

White House Releases New College Scorecard, Updated Consumer Information

The Obama Administration have released new data tools to help make choosing a college easier for families. Read this news item on the NASFAA website.

Center for Teaching & Learning Presents September Workshops

The UAB Center for Teaching & Learning presents:

For more information go to www.uab.edu/CTL.

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