Cofield Featured on QM Success Stories

Dr. Stacey Cofield, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, is Chair of the Online Education Committee in the School of Public Health (SOPH). Her recent Lunch & Learn presentation at UAB will be transformed into a featured webinar presentation for QM Success Stories scheduled for November 16, 2016: "Applying QM to a Face-to-Face Course - Blending, Flipping, Extending: QM Beyond the Online."

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Dynamic Syllabus Now Available for More Classes

Faculty are excited about making use of the Dynamic Syllabus in Canvas to enhance their communication with students on course activity due dates. Also, it makes it easier on the instructor because they can change a date in one place in Canvas and it is updated for all Canvas sites, and the dates are automatically updated for the students - right to their smart device!

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Borkowski Recognized by QM

Dr. Nancy Borkowski has been recognized as a Master Reviewer by Quality Matters having completed her certification on September 20, 2016. Other UAB Certified QM Peer Reviewers are listed on the Quality Matters Initiative webpage.

Report from 2016 Fall Open Lab

The Data Report from Open Lab for Fall 2016, shows that the College of Arts and Sciences dominated attendance during the two-week period.

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2016 TOCA Ceremony

Provost Linda Lucas presented each of the 2016 Transformative Online Course awardees an engraved crystal flame at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 13th. Read more ...

TOCA Winners to be Featured on September 21

Winners of the 2016 Provost's Transformative Online Course Awards will present a short overview of their courses during Faculty Feature. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions after each presentation.

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Sheila Harry Recognized by QM

Quality Matters has recognized Sheila Harry for her course, Information Systems (IS 303), which she teaches in the Collat School of Business. This course met the 21 essential standards set by Quality Matters in the QM Rubric. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

Instructure Introduces CanvasLIVE

CanvasLIVE, located inside of the Community, is a place for Canvas users to engage in real-time collaboration while sharing and learning how other users are leveraging Canvas. There are several event topics that are organized by Canvas community members, as well as Instructure.

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Dr. Barstow's Course Recognized by QM

School of Health Professions Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Barstow has received Quality Matters recognition for her course, OT 679: Found in Low Vision Rehab II. This course met the 21 essential standards set by Quality Matters in the QM Rubric. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

Turnitin to be Upgraded to Turnitin Feedback Studio

Turnitin will soon become Turnitin Feedback Studio. The Turnitin Feedback Studio offers all the functionalities of Turnitin, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface designed for the modern classroom. Turnitin Feedback Studio will make it faster and easier than ever to promote academic integrity, provide actionable feedback, and evaluate student learning.

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2016 Provost's Awards Winners Announced

The 2016 Provost Awards for Transformative Online Course winners have been selected. This is the first year that UAB is awarding the Provost’s Awards for Transformative Online Courses which recognize online academic courses, developed by full-time faculty members of the UAB community, that exemplify best practices and innovation in online education.

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Dr. Cofield Becomes a Certified QM Peer Reviewer

Dr. Stacey Cofield has been approved by QM to become Higher Education (HE) Peer Reviewers. Dr. Cofield is an associate professor in the School of Public Health. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

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Industrial Distribution Degree Now Available Online

UAB Collat School of Business is expanding its campus-based Industrial Distribution program to include a flexible, wholly online program to prepare students for and assist businesses with industry demand for managers in this specialized field. Applications are being accepted for the fall term. Read more about the Industrial Distribution degree.

Open Lab Fall 2016

eLPS is hosting an Open Lab event for the Fall 2016 semester on August 22-26 and August 29-September 2. Faculty are encouraged to stop by the Open Lab in the Center for Teaching & Learning Room 243 at any time during the event hours. eLPS staff will be available to provide one-on-one training and online course assistance. Virtual meeting times are also available. Learn more about Fall 2016 Open Lab.

QM Workshop Fall Dates Announced

The Apply the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (APPQMR) will be held as a one-day workshop on September 14 and as a two-day workshop on October 11 and 13. This workshop was designed to help faculty members learn more about Quality Matters (QM) and is the first step towards earning a QM Peer Review Certification. Learn more about the APPQMR Workshop.

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UAB eLearning and Professional Studies Earns Exemplary Status from the Online Learning Consortium

The Division of eLearning and Professional Studies has received Exemplary Status following completion of the Quality Scorecard overseen by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), a national leader in the advancement of quality in online learning. This status means that the division has met high standards for the delivery of services to UAB’s academic units and students in regards to the administration of the university’s online programs.

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Microsoft Edge Browser and Canvas

Windows devices are now comes with the Microsoft Edge browser installed – view the Edge logo. The Edge browser replaced the original Internet Explorer browser with the onset of Windows 10 – view the IE browser logo. Faculty and students may be using devices to access Canvas and integrated technologies that are not compatible with Edge.

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Now Accepting Students in North Carolina

We are now able to allow students in North Carolina to enroll in most of our online degree programs. The School of Nursing is seeking licensure approval in the state and cannot currently accept students into the distance accessible nursing program. See other state authorization information.

Change Coming for Turnitin Integration in Canvas

Turnitin Canvas legacy API (the current way for enabling Turnitin using the “check box” in assignments) will no longer be available starting in 2017.

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Announcing New Provost's Awards for Online Courses

A new awards program - Provost's Awards for Transformative Online Courses - has been created to recognize online courses developed by faculty members of the UAB community that exemplify best practices and innovation in online education.

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UAB Faculty Honored at Scholars Institute

UAB faculty members received three of the four "Best in Track" honors awarded during the 2016 Scholars Institute. Dr. Cecil Betros, Dr. Scott Brande, and Dr. Dale Dickinson all received Best in Track recognition for the presentations they submitted.

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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 ...

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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