January | 2019
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai
Kallina Dunkle Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geology
Department of Geosciences
College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
The Department of Distance Education would like to recognize Dr. Kallina Dunkle for her endeavors to create and implement instructional materials which facilitate a ‘flipped’ classroom environment.

Dr. Dunkle is an Associate Professor of Geology and currently serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Dr. Dunkle began creating materials and activities to “flip” her class in the summer of 2015. Since then, she has noticed a positive difference in the way students interact and relate to the “flipped” content.

A word from our spotlight:

When asked what the main benefit was to the students, she used this analogy:

“Imagine you’ve never seen a car before… you are then asked to sit inside the car and start it without any instruction on how to do so. It would be pretty difficult, right? Flipping a classroom allows the students to learn about the various parts of the car on their own (outside of the classroom) and then how to drive (during scheduled class times) with an instructor present to field questions.” - Dr. Kallina Dunkle

Do you know a faculty member who has taken strides to improve their online courses? Nominate them for our next Faculty Spotlight!
Mark your calendars! The next lecture in Distance Education’s Educational Intelligence Lecture Series is right around the corner. You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to hear this mover and shaker in the education technology field.
Shannon Rives
The Department of Distance Education would like to welcome our newest team member, Shannon Rives. She is joining our team after a break from the work force as a stay at home mom. In the past, Shannon worked as a preschool teacher. She received her Associate degree from APSU and is expecting to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Fall 2019. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies, she will begin the Master’s Program in Instructional Technology.

Shannon has lived in the Clarksville area most of her life. She is passionate about education and looks forward to continuing both her career and education here at Austin Peay.

A word from Shannon:

“I have always been passionate about education and about just finding ways to reach people. Everyone has the ability to learn, it is just finding the way that works for them. Knowing that we are helping reach those who might not be able to come to campus due to work or kids or other commitments and allowing them to get their education is a huge factor in my seeking the position with Distance Education. It is exciting to know that although it is a very different learning environment and I am not a direct educator, I am back in the field of education. I look forward to my future here at APSU!”
Fall 2018 was the first semester where online tutoring was offered at APSU. The semester was very successful and students reported great experiences. See the graphic below for some stats that will make you want to add online tutoring to your courses! Additional hours will be purchased for this spring as to continue this helpful academic service for students. If you are interested in using online tutoring, please check out the website for information and how-to guides. You can also contact Distance Education at online@apsu.edu for tailored support.
On January 18, D2L will be updated to version 10.8.9. A new rubric feature will be available.

Rubrics – Improved Rubric Creation Experience

  • To improve on the new rubric creation experience, rubric creation has been changed to a single-page workflow.
  • The two previous Rubric Tool options "Properties" and "Levels and Criteria" are now condensed into a single "Edit" option.
If you are building your course for the semester and would like to use content from a previous semester you can use the "Course Copy" tool in D2L.

How to Copy Course Content

1.        Log into D2L.

2.        Access the course that you wish to copy the content into.

3.        Select "Edit Course" in the upper right corner.

4.        Select "Import/Export/Copy Components." (You may need to scroll down to see this option.)

5.       “Copy Components from another Org Unit" will be selected. Click on "Search for Offering." Be sure "Include Protected Resources" is checked.

6.        Search for the course that includes the content you wish to copy.

7.        Select the course that you wish to copy and then click "Add Selected."

8.        Click "Copy All Components."

9.        The copy process will start. When the copy process finishes, the screen will display "Copy Completed."

10.    Click "View Content" to review or modify the copied content. The copied content will appear at the bottom by default but this can be moved if needed.

If for some reason you are unable to copy the content yourself you may submit a support ticket to have it done by simply filling out the D2L Course Copy form.

1.     Always include section numbers and semesters on course copy request forms, please do not include CRNs. Please check to ensure that the section numbers and semesters are correct for both the source course and the destination course. This will help the course copy process work smoothly and quickly.

2.     Please have the whole course ready to be copied before submitting a course copy request form.

4.     If the content you intend to copy comes from another instructor’s course, please obtain their permission first and indicate this on the course copy form.

5.     Please remember that you must submit a course copy request form for your content to be copied each semester. It is not done automatically.

6.     Please avoid requesting multiple course copies on the same form. This may require you to submit multiple request forms, but it will make the copying process much smoother.
Have you created your LinkedIn Learning account yet? LinkedIn Learning is an on-demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills based on your goals, interests, and experience. All faculty and staff can find information and access the website using their universal campus username and password.

For more information, visit http://www.apsu.edu/linkedin

If you had a Lynda.com account, you will need to convert your account to LinkedIn Learning. To do so, click here .

January’s LinkedIn Learning video suggestions:

Gaining Skills With LinkedIn Learning   LinkedIn Learning offers expert-led, anytime training that you can take at your own pace with tools and features that fit any learning style. Use this course to understand how you can learn best with LinkedIn Learning and how it can help you set and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Did you know LinkedIn Learning has specific pathways? And these pathways result in badges that you can add to your LinkedIn Profile? Here is an example:
Become an Online Instructor Get the skills you need to help others effectively learn online.

Are you an APSU Alumni? Did you know you can see what other APSU Alumni are doing via LinkedIn’s alumni connection page? Visit:

Is my objective measurable graphic
Creating measurable objectives can be one of the most challenging and overlooked tasks of course design. Unlike goal statements, objectives are detailed descriptions of what students will be able to do by the end of a learning activity. Objectives are related to intended outcomes, rather than the process for achieving those goals. It is important for objectives to be both specific and measurable. When writing measurable objectives incorporate these three major components: use action verbs, set conditions for performance, and specify criteria for measurement.

Now, let’s imagine that one of the course goals for your class is that “learners will develop and demonstrate proficiency in writing skills.” Here’s an example of how an instructor might approach crafting a measurable learning objective for that goal.

  • Consider the skill or behavior to be performed and use a relevant action verb for the learning activity. Avoid un-measurable verbs such as “understand,” “know,” and “appreciate.”

Example: Course Objective:“ Write and produce a poetry analysis video.

  • Specify how the student will perform a skill or demonstrate their knowledge.

Example: Course Objective: “ At the completion of the module on Robert Frost , learners will write and produce a 5-minute poetry analysis video.”

  • Include the criteria used to measure a student's mastery on how well they perform a skill or demonstrate their knowledge. 

Example:   Course Objective: “At the completion of the module on Robert Frost, learners will produce a 5-minute poetry analysis video with a rubric rating of 70 out of 100.
The Department of Education postponed an update to specific state authorization rules that address the responsibility of institutions to provide current students, applicants and prospective students with notification of state requirements for programs that lead to a professional license or certificate until 2020. Although the Department of Education postponed the July 1, 2018 update, it does not mean APSU is off the hook with disclosing whether a program does or does not lead to a professional license or certification in states where current students, applicants or prospective students reside or intend to practice. Academic departments might consider observing state and federal rules and regulations that pertain to misrepresentation, transparency and notification requirements.

To avoid possible legal troubles, academic departments that offer professional licensure programs face-to-face, hybrid or online might consider developing and disseminating disclosure statements that inform applicants, current and prospective students of the program’s ability to lead to a professional license or certificate in the 50 United States and U.S. Territories. To learn more about the importance of professional licensure disclosure statements and the reasons why we should disclose, read “ Notifying Students about Professional Licensure Issues.
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 .