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.

OLJ: Online Learning Journal

Read the quarterly publication of the premier journal of the Online Learning Consortium dedicated to research into quality online education.

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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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State Authorization: Regulations Finalized for Foreign Locations

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

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January 18: ProctorU Session for Faculty


ProctorU will conduct a training and information session for faculty on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 2:30-3:30 PM, in BEC 105.

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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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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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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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Undergraduate Student Online Orientation

Effective in the Fall 2016, Online Student Orientation is offered to UAB incoming freshmen who are enrolled in fully online undergraduate degree programs.

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December 1: Translating Your Student Development Services for Online Students

Academic Impressions has made available a recording of the live webcast from December 1, Translating Your Student Development Services for Online Students. Note that the recording is available online through January 30, 2017.

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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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eLearning welcomes Colleen Qu

The Division of eLearning and Professional Studies is proud to welcome multimedia artist/graphic designer, Colleen Qu.

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QM Recognizes Dr. LaChenaye's Course

Dr. Jenna LaChenaye, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, has received Quality Matters recognition for her course, Intro to Edu Research Design (EPR 594). This course meets the standards set by Quality Matters in the QM Rubric. Learn more about Quality Matters at UAB.

November 16: Turnitin Webcast Recording

See the Turnitin webcast recording from a live training session held on November 16, for UAB faculty. The session focused on creating Turnitin assignments, reading originality reports, and grading with the new Feedback Studio.

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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.

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.

Free Online Platform Offered by Canvas

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

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QM Workshop Spring 2017 Dates Announced

The Apply the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (APPQMR) will be held as a one-day workshop on February 9 and as a two-day workshop on March 27 and 29. This workshop was designed to help faculty members learn more about QM and is the first step towards earning a QM Peer Review Certification. Learn more about the APPQMR Workshop.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

October Student Spotlight

Shaun 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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Courtney Felton joins eLPS

Courtney Felton returns to UAB having most recently served as an Information and Interaction Designer at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, AL. Previously, she worked as an Instructional Design Specialist with the School of Public Health at UAB.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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