April | 2020
"This country is moving and it must not stop. It cannot stop. For this is a time for courage and a time for challenge. Neither conformity nor complacency will do."
John F. Kennedy
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Faculty,

This month’s letter is going to be simple. Thank You. Thank you for what you do for our students, for our community, and for APSU. Thank you for reaching out to us when you needed help, thank you for being patient through the many roadblocks we faced together * insert online proctoring* and thank you for being so dedicated to your craft.

We are in the home stretch of spring semester, a semester ending in a way we could never have imagined when we were heading into the beginning of the term. However, you are * doing it * and you are * making it happen * for our students! I am so amazed by how quickly everyone was able to pivot and move to the digital learning space. I know it was not without loss of sleep, perhaps some tears, and maybe some choice words spoken. However, despite that, I see the effort being made by our community, and I am truly blown away by everyone’s dedication to Be a Gov.

As we head into summer break, a much-earned break, I hope you look back on your spring term proud of everything you were able to accomplish. For those that know me, you know I am a big fan of stoicism, and modern-day stoic Ryan Holiday helps me get through some difficult times. I want to end this letter with a quote from one of my favorite books by Ryan Holiday, “It’s okay to be discouraged. It is not okay to quit. To know you want to quit but to plant your feet and keep inching closer until you take the impenetrable fortress, you’ve decided to lay siege to in your own life—that’s persistence.”

Socially Distant,

Amor Moran
Director, Distance Education
MAYMESTER COURSE VIDEOS AND YUJA
Faculty, please make sure you are using Yuja, DE's new video management service, instead of Kaltura for your Maymester (and all future semesters) course videos. If you need help transferring your files or navigating Yuja, please contact the DE support desk or visit our Yuja site.
D2L QUIZ BUILDER - COMING MAY 2020
Quiz Builder – Opt-In: Instructors can opt-in to the new Quiz Builder quiz creation experience. Quiz Builder will become the default as part of D2L’s May 2020 monthly update, so check it out ahead of time by opting in.
When you click add edit questions in a quiz you can choose to opt out of quiz builder
VIRTUAL D2L FUSION
Virtual Fusion is a no-cost, fully online event that will allow attendees to participate from wherever they are in the world. For the safety and well-being of their guests, D2L has determined it is necessary to move Fusion 2020 Conference entirely online with virtual Fusion, an all-new virtual experience that will launch this summer and everyone is invited! Registration below.

D2L Fusion brings together the best in learning innovation.

  • Binge on all the topics and sessions that matter most to you.
  • Make lasting connections with a community of peers, partners, and industry experts.
  • Discover the latest trends, product innovations, and best practices.
  • Share your goals and get answers to your toughest questions.

In short, Fusion is the best all-in-one learning conference. You’ll gain tangible and actionable learnings for your organization. Oh, and you’ll have some fun too!
D2L ACCOUNTS MADE FOR DEANS & CHAIRS
Deans & Chairs, did you know you can access all the courses in your college and or department? Contact Distance Education for more information.
TUTOR.COM NOTE FOR YOUR STUDENTS
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Help your students Spring into Success by encouraging them to use free online tutoring. Simply check the list of supported courses to see if your content can be supported by Tutor.com. If it is, tell your students they can connect with a trained and qualified tutor for free. More information for you and your students is available at www.apsu.edu/onlinetutoring.
NEW ZOOM SECURITY BUTTON
The new security icon in Zoom allows hosts and co-hosts to access several important security settings to quickly secure their meeting. These settings include locking the meeting, enabling the waiting room, and allowing participants to share their screen, use chat, and rename themselves. Learn more about the new icon on Zoom’s website. The new security icon as pictured above is now available in Zoom via the web or Zoom app. If you do not see it in Zoom when using the app, you may need to update your version of Zoom. The security icon was released with Zoom version 4.6.10. Please note the new icon does not contain all security settings because there are so many! Learn more about these options on our website under the Securing Zoom tab linked in the above graphic.
DISTANCE EDUCATION'S
SUMMER WEBINAR SERIES
Distance Education will be hosting a summer webinar series to kick off the summer semester. Please go to www.apsu.edu/godigital for more information! If you are interested in a topic that is not covered in the series, please contact online@apsu.edu and share your ideas.
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN CORNER
HELPFUL SELF-REGISTRATION
COURSES FOR FACULTY
If you want to become an expert on D2L Instructor Resources or Online Teaching Faculty Toolkit simply click on the self registration button in the top menu bar of D2L to get started
STEPS TO APPROVE
TN ECAMPUS COURSE REQUESTS
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It is the time of the year to report out-of-state learning placements to the National Council for State Authorizing Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Data collection for the 2019 annual report is open until May 14, 2020.  If your department is unsure about the reporting requirements, use the following criteria as a guide.

  1. The placement started between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019
  2. The placement is outside the home state of the SARA institution
  3. The placement involves the physical presence of the student at the out-of-state location(s)
  4. One or more of the following is true:
  • The placement is an activity required for degree completion;
  • The placement is an activity required for professional licensure;
  • The placement is offered for credit;
  • The placement is offered for a fee. 

Complete the APSU Out-of-State Learning Placements Assessment: https://apsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4GyhVAuR2hQEVc9

If you have questions, contact us at online@apsu.edu, ATTN: State Authorization.
TN ECAMPUS ENROLLMENT PROCESS
(NON-MSN MAJORS)
Advising for summer and fall is underway. If an APSU course is unavailable online, students might consider TN eCampus courses as an online alternative. If a student submits a TN eCampus course request, please use the steps below to determine their eligibility .
 
  1. The advisor reviews the student’s course history page in OneStop and confirms the student's residency hours. Continue to step two if met. Stop if the residency hours are not satisfied
  2. The advisor reviews the TN eCampus course description to ensure the substitution is appropriate. If the course description is an approved substitution, continue to step three. If the course description is not an approved substitution, stop
  3. Email the TN eCampus Course Request Form to the student to obtain their signature. Once signed, the student emails the form to the department chair
  4. The department chair signs the TN eCampus Request Form and routes all documents to Distance Education
  5. The Distance Education director verifies the student's residency hours, signs the document, and routes all documents to The Office of the Registrar
  6. The Office of the Registrar confirms the student’s residency hours and signs the document
  7. The registrar emails the CRN to the student
  8. The student enrolls in the course and confirms their registration in OneStop
D2L ASSIGNMENT GRADER APP
END OF LIFE - AUGUST 2020
D2L has announced their intention to end support for the Assignment Grader app. Per D2L, Assignment Grader is used by a very small percentage of their overall user base. They intend to end support for Assignment Grader in August 2020, and the app will be removed from app stores September 30, 2020. While D2L will no longer provide support for Assignment Grader, users who have it on their devices can continue to use it indefinitely.
FACULTY NEEDS SURVEY
Have you taken our faculty survey? We want to know what your needs are so we can better provide support. Click the graphic below to take the survey.