First Online Psychology Graduate

Haley Callahan is UAB's first graduate of the online Psychology degree offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Randi Kirkland joins eLearning

Randi Kirkland joins the Division of eLearning & Professional Studies effective April 17, as a Senior Instructional Design Specialist.

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Paustian named Executive Director of eLearning & Professional Studies

Dr. Pam Paustian accepted the role of Executive Director for the Division of eLearning and Professional Studies effective March 20. 

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Innovations in Online Education

Enrollment in online classes at UAB is growing exponentially with faculty pioneering ways to enhance digital education for undergraduate and graduate students.

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June 1: TOCA Applications Due

Application packets are due by June 1, 2017, to Dr. Pam Paustian. Learn more about the awards program.

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July 25-27: InstructureCon 2017

InstructureCon 2017 is scheduled for July 25-27, 2017 in the Keystone Resort of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 

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UAB IT Systems Status Page

UAB Information Technology has developed a campus-wide systems status page.

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Cofield Invited to Present at Penn State

Following Dr. Stacey Cofield's Quality Matters Success Story, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education invited her to be among the 60 one-hour presentations for the 8th Annual Virtual Conference series, Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment

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2017 EAB Webconferences

The Education Advisory Board has announced their webconference series for the first half of 2017.

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2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs

UAB experienced significant gains among its online programs in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs putting UAB among the top percentiles for online ranked programs.

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Online Enrollment is Up!

UAB Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis reports that online enrollment increased significantly for the university in the Fall, 2016.

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Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

Did you know that professional licensure or certification requirements vary from state to state, and by professional organization?

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State Authorization: Regulations Finalized

The U.S. Department of Education issued final regulations of state authorization for postsecondary distance education on December 16, 2016.

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OLC Institutional Membership

UAB is an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Institutional Member. Institutional benefits include the following: Up to 30 individuals from UAB may enjoy workshops, conference and publication discounts, research, and interaction with other OLC members. Individuals must setup their own account with OLC.

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Malware Alert: "One Class" Chrome Extension

The "OneClass" Chrome extension behaves like malware. It can affect users of several learning management systems, including Canvas; however, OneClass is not affiliated with Instructure (Canvas) in any way.

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Seven UAB Faculty Awarded Online Course Development Grants

The Office of the Provost and the Division of eLearning and Professional Studies congratulate the following recipients of the Online Course Development Grant.

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Digital Inclusion Award

Nominate a technology leader, group, or program advancing access for first generation students and underserved populations for the WCET and GlobalMindEd Digital Inclusion Award! 

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Free Online Platform Offered by Canvas

Explore free courses within the new open, online platform called Canvas Network.

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Nursing Programs Now Available for Maine and Nevada Students

The School of Nursing is now able to offer distance accessible nursing programs and tracks to students in Maine and Nevada. Visit the School of Nursing website to learn more about available degrees and certificates. Visit the State Authorization page to see information for other states.

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Inaugural UA System State Authorization Support Meeting

Representatives from the Southern Regional Education Board, the UA System Office, and the three UA System campuses — UA, UAB, and UAH — met for a day of creative collaboration to achieve compliance in the face of increasing state authorization regulations.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Undergraduate Student Online Orientation

For incoming freshmen, Undergraduate Online Orientation is offered online to students who are enrolled in fully online undergraduate degree programs.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Nelson Receives QM Course Recognition

Dr. Betty Nelson with Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, has received Quality Matters recognition for her course, Survey of Special Education (ECY 300). This course meets Quality Matters standards set by Quality Matters in the QM Rubric. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

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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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Dr. Shores Receives QM Course Recognition

Dr. Melanie Shores, Associate Professor in the School of Education, has received Quality Matters recognition for her course, Introduction to Educational Statistics (EPR 214). This course meets Quality Matters standards set by Quality Matters in the QM Rubric. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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 Information Technology website.



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October Student Spotlight

Shaun KuoShaun Kuo is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. During the Spring 2016 semester, his peers elected him as a Senator from the School of Engineering to the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA).

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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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UNIV 300 - Career Mapping Course Introduced

"This course has given me an eye-opening view on life and my career future." - Student Testimonial for UNIV 300

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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-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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Quality Matters Recognizes Wingo

Dr. Nancy Wingo, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, has been recognized by Quality Matters as a Certified Peer Reviewer effective October 6, 2016. See the growing list of UAB Quality Matters Peer Reviewers.

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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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Gunnells to Host First Lunch & Learn Event

Dr. Ken Gunnells with Collat School of Business will host the first Division of eLearning & Professional Studies 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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Turnbull Recognized by QM for Business Course

Collat School of Business Professor Elizabeth Turnbull has received 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.

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QM Recognizes Laouzai

Quality Matters has approved Samira Laouzai as a Higher Education (HE) Certified Online Facilitator. In that role, she is eligible to facilitate Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) online. The peer review certification is part of UAB's commitment to implementing the Quality Matters Standards. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

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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.

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7 Things to Know About the Division of eLearning

What's important to know about the Division of eLearning & Professional Studies in the Fall of 2015? Read the 7 Things to Know information sheet to find out.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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2017 TOCA Dates Announced

The deadline dates have been announced for the Provost's Awards for Transformative Online Courses. Nominations are due by April 1, 2017. Courses may be nominated by a faculty, student or staff member of the UAB community. Self-nominations are accepted, also. Faculty accepting nominations must submit an application by June 1, 2017. Learn more about the awards program.

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Dr. Barstow Receives QM Course Recognition

Dr. Elizabeth Barstow, Associate Professor in the School of Health Professions, has received Quality Matters recognition for her course, Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation III (OT 690). This course meets Quality Matters standards set by Quality Matters in the QM Rubric. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

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Lim Recognized by Quality Matters

Dr. Hyeyoung Lim has been recognized by Quality Matters as a Certified Peer Reviewer effective October 17, 2016. Dr. Lim is an Assistant Professor of Justice Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. See the growing list of UAB Quality Matters Peer Reviewers.

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