August | 2018
QUALITY MATTERS CHAMPIONS!
Certified
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Four APSU faculty submitted a total of six online courses to Quality Matters for official review. These courses were vetted by a QM peer review team. All four instructors received a QM seal of approval for online courses they designed and submitted. Congratulations to Dr. Becky Starnes (Political Science and Public Management), Dr. Jiang Li (Computer Science), Dr. Ling Wang (Teaching and Learning), and Dr. Catherine Gatewood-Keim (Teaching and Learning).
LOOKING GOOD, D2L!
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Does D2L look different to you? That’s because on August 15, APSU successfully switched to the new D2L Daylight user interface. If you log on today, you will find an updated, cleaner looking, and more mobile friendly D2L. Resources about this face lift are available on our website.  Faculty resources include:

  • A Daylight overview video
  • Information about the $2,500 faculty travel stipend giveaway (last giveaway ends Aug 31)
  • Daylight training in Lynda.com
  • A link to the test environment
  • Updates about publisher integrations in D2L

We have also provided Daylight videos for students . Distance Education will host an information table for faculty, staff, and students in the University Center Lobby on August 28 and 29 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Please feel free to add these resources to your course syllabus, content, or announcements.

Contact Distance Education ( online@apsu.edu , 931-221-6625) with any questions or requests for assistance. We are happy to schedule group training sessions or individuals can visit us one-on-one in McReynolds 216. Our hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.
WELCOME THE NEWEST MEMBER OF OUR DISTANCE EDUCATION TEAM
Lady Moran
The Department of Distance Education would like to welcome our newest team member, Lady Amor Moran (she goes by Amor) who will be starting in August. Amor is coming to APSU after nine years of service as an officer in the United States Air Force as a military meteorologist. During her time in the military she served one tour in Afghanistan, oversaw a $750k grant to upgrade aircraft simulators, developed the “Concept of Weather Support” in Northrop Grumman’s extensive virtual training network, and pioneered the implementation of a new Air Force inspection program.

Amor holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, a Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management from the American Military University, and a Master’s degree in Education Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University. Amor credits her time in the military as a transformative experience that taught her the value of hard work and dedication. 

A note from Amor:

“My tenure on active duty taught me work ethic and to have a tenacious attitude that would otherwise be difficult to achieve.”

If you need instructional technology assistance, please contact Instructional Technology Support Manager ( moranl@apsu.edu ).
GOVS ROW STATS
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ROW Technology Sessions

  • Distance Education led presentations regarding instructional technology and DE/Govstech services at ROW events for 1,470 minutes (24.5 hours).
  • Approximately 2,527 students participated in DE ROW presentations.
 
NEW SERVICE: ONLINE TUTORING BENEFITS FACULTY TOO!
Summer may be over but we are glad you are back
In partnership with the Academic Support Center, APSU Distance Education will begin offering online tutoring through Tutor.com this Fall. Using Tutor.com in your courses is like having 3,000 TA’s on demand 24/7 to assist your students one-on-one, when and where they need support.  This helps free up your time! Tutor.com is inside your D2L courses and will be available to students beginning August 27. Even on campus courses have access to this service through D2L.

Learn more about using Tutor.com in your courses including leveraging student data by viewing the Tutor.com online faculty resources.
TeamDynamix SATISFACTION SURVEY
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Recently Distance Education implemented a survey tool within our support desk ticketing system (TeamDynamix). Within 24 hours of Distance Education resolving your technical service request you will be sent a short survey. Although it is not required we would greatly appreciate any feedback we can get. It is a quick and easy seven question survey. We appreciate your participation and to helping our department improve our support services. Thank you!
DISTANCE EDUCATION
SERVICE REQUEST S
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In collaboration with the Office of Information technology, the Service Request Catalog is now live. This catalog provides the campus community with a list of services that the Distance Education Support Desk can assist them with. Faculty, staff, and students are now able to submit their own request for service using the following directions.

  1. Log in to govstech.apsu.edu using university username and password.
  2. After logging in, select the “Services” option at the top of the screen.
  3. Select the option "Distance Education: Online/Innovative Learning."
  4. Choose appropriate category from “Distance Education Services”, “D2L Related Issues” or “TN eCampus."
  5. From chosen category, select a service and fill out the form.
  6. The service request will be assigned to the appropriate Distance Education team member.

By using the Service Request Catalog, users may easily track and monitor their service request.
WINTER IS COMING!
Winter Term 2019
December 15 –January 13

It’s that time of year to begin planning for Winter Term 2019. Faculty who are interested in teaching Winter Term courses should contact their department chairs to inquire about staffing needs.

Winter Term 2019 advising and registration dates are November 13, 2018 to December 14, 2018. We ask that faculty advisers consider the top 5 reasons students should enroll in Winter Term courses.

  • Finish faster! When planned appropriately, courses taken during Winter Term can accelerate a student’s path to graduation.

  • Students can get a jump on spring 2019 by completing up to two Winter Term courses in just four weeks!

  • Financial aid! If eligibility is determined, financial aid may be applied.

  • Students get to enjoy the flexibility of online learning while spending the holidays with family and friends.

  • Students can enroll in subjects they are strong in during Winter Term and focus on demanding courses during spring 2019.
 
Visit the Winter Term FAQ page for more information.
        
ZOOM WEB CONFERENCING AVAILABLE
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Distance Education is excited to announce that we now have a university wide license for Zoom web-conferencing for all faculty, students, and staff. Please visit the APSU Zoom Login page and click “sign in to my account.” Enter your APSU enterprise username and password (your email login information) to log in. Please contact online@apsu.edu if you would like training.
LYNDA AVAILABLE TO ALL
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APSU LyndaCampus is now available to ALL faculty, staff, and students to enhance teaching and learning. Sign in with your APSU username and password and start exploring. A great place to start is by viewing How to Use Lynda.com course.

As a faculty member, you can use Lynda.com courses/videos in your courses by creating and assigning custom playlists to your students. Please contact Distance Education Support Desk at online@apsu.edu if you need help with creating custom Lynda playlists. Happy teaching and learning with Lynda!
DISTANCE EDUCATION LAPTOP LOAN PROGRAM (DELLP)
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Distance Education and the Felix G. Woodward Library partnered together to offer Distance Education Laptop Loan Program (DELLP). The DELLP program provides laptops to students who have difficulty engaging in their classes due to faulty equipment. Eligible students can check-out a laptop for up to one semester. The program is open students enrolled in online and hybrid courses.

For more information visit Distance Education on the web, or email online@apsu.edu.
DEPARTMENT WIDE TRAINING
As a reminder, Distance Education now offers department-wide training sessions! We can come to you, or you can come to us. We offer training in many different subjects including accessible syllabus, D2L, course design, and more. Request a department-wide training by emailing online@apsu.edu.