March| 2018
Talon Beeson
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
Faculty Innovation Grant Winner
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" Working with Distance Education and the Office of Information Technology has been fantastic. The smart suit will bring APSU to the forefront of animator and actor training. MoCap technology is being used more and more in all aspects of the entertainment industry. When you are in the professional world, you are expected to just “know” how to use it. By giving our students the opportunity to work in the suit, we are better preparing them for real world application."
Scott Raymond
Assistant Professor
Department of Art and Design
Faculty Innovation Grant Winner
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"Distance Education and the Office of Information Technology have been great helping us with the logistics of our new motion capture system. This technology is used in almost every Hollywood blockbuster effects film. It’s a huge asset to our growing animation program, which is expanding to now offer both animation and visual effects courses. The potential for new collaboration between acting and animation classes is another great plus!"
Do you know a faculty member who has taken strides to improve their online courses? Nominate them for our next Faculty Spotlight!
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APSU Distance Education and the Office of Information Technology are hosting its 2nd Annual Ed Tech Day on March 14, 2018 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the MUC Ballroom. Ed Tech Day encourages faculty, students, and staff to explore emerging technology we have implemented on our campus, as well as potential new technology we may implement in the future. Last year, we had almost 300 APSU faculty, students and staff attend Ed Tech Day!

There will be vendor give-a-ways and light refreshments will be served. Please email with any questions or visit the Ed Tech Day website for more information.


Austin Peay State University GIS Center, Barnes and Noble @ APSU, Brainfuse, Brandi Bickham from APSU representing Qualtrix, Carolina Biological Supply Distance Learning, Cengage Learning, CDE Lightband, Dell EMC, Disability Services, Education Networks of America, Examity, Kaltura, Lenovo, LinkedIn Learning, M3 Technology Group Inc., Nuventive, Pearson, Pole Star Experimental Learning, Political Science and Public Management, SmarterServices, ThinkingStorm Online Tutoring, Turnitin, Princeton Review, VFO, Woodward Library, and zSpace .

Faculty Innovation Grant winners Dr. Anne Black with Mentimeter Polling, Dr. Daniel Mayo with Ultimaker 3 3D Printer, and Talon Beeson and Scott Raymond with Smartsuit Pro Motion Capture Suit will also have their technology on display.
APSU Procurement is currently reviewing cost proposals for our learning management system (LMS) bid. Regardless of which LMS platform is chosen, APSU will have to go live in August 2018 with the new system. Whether APSU changes LMS platforms or stays with D2L, course content data will need to be migrated from our current system. Please be advised Distance Education will not be able to migrate all data from D2L. It is essential that APSU personnel begin to develop a plan to safeguard any data from D2L that they wish to keep.  If you need assistance with backing up any data you would like to keep please contact Distance Education at . We would be more than happy to walk you through the exporting and archiving process.

You can view a short tutorial video on exporting course content from D2L here: . Please direct any questions or concerns to .

Lastly, the Online Course Committee will be reviewing LMS data retention policies from other institutions to establish appropriate guidelines for APSU.
Congratulations to Dr. Becky Starnes, Dept. of Political Science and Public Management, on successfully completing Quality Matters “Peer Reviewer Course (PRC)” in February.

Check out the complete list of QM Peer Reviewers at APSU, you may find a colleague there!

If you are interested in QM professional development for yourself or your department, please email for more information. 
Each semester, Distance Education receives numerous requests to combine courses. To ensure that Spring II courses are combined in a timely manner, please submit course combine requests by Friday, March 9, 2018.  Lastly, please refrain from copying content in courses prior to a course combine request. All data will be lost once courses are combined in D2L. If you have any questions prior to submitting your course combine request, please contact the Distance Education Support Desk at (931) 221-6625 or
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Winter Term was first delivered completely online at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in 2012. A historical review of Winter Term data indicates Winter Term 2018 enrollments have increased by 49% since 2012.  The number of courses and sections offered have shown continuous growth over the last six years. In 2018, APSU offered 72 sections and 67 course options that were comprised of both undergraduate and graduate courses. During Winter Term 2018, Distance Education conducted a faculty satisfaction survey and a student satisfaction survey to identify faculty and student perceptions of the successes and challenges of Winter Term. The survey results will be shared in our upcoming April Faculty Newsletter. Please review the Winter Term Data Report   for detailed information regarding the growth and successes of Winter Term.
If you teach an online/hybrid course, we have an updated “Getting Started” module for you which is specially designed to meet 14 of the total 43 Quality Matters standards for a quality online/hybrid course.

Contact us to import the “Getting Started” module in YOUR course/s by emailing today! Don’t forget to include your full course name for convenience. Your students will thank you and your course will be on its way to meet Quality Matters standards. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Lynda Logo is now available to APSU students in addition to faculty and staff! You can meet reps and attend training sessions for faculty/staff and students on APSU’s 2 nd Annual Ed Tech Day on March 14, 2018 in the UC Ballroom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please contact Distance Education Support Desk ( if you need help in creating and assigning Lynda videos or playlists to your students.
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Are you a faculty member interested in attending a conference related to innovative teaching practices and technologies in your field? Distance Education is offering travel stipends up to $1,000 to help with your conference costs. Apply on our Distance Education Faculty Stipend website.
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Beginning July 1, 2018, all programs that require licensure or certification for employment will be required to inform out-of-state students and prospective students of the program’s acceptance in the state where the student or prospective student resides or plans to reside as a practitioner.

What can you do now?

Consider adding a disclosure statement to your website and a notification statement to graduation plans and program related materials. An example of a professional licensure disclosure statement is available on Distance Education’s website. Visit WCET for more information about the new regulations.
Educational Intelligence = Aptitude + Motivation + Opportunity + Persistence

Next month, Distance Education is hosting Dr. Ryan as part of our Educational Intelligence Lecture Series. Refreshments are provided and all faculty, students, and staff are welcome! Please visit our Lecture Series website for more information. *If accommodations are needed for any listed above, please email .

William Ryan, Ryan Consulting, LLC
"Competency Based Education: Focused on Student Success"
Speaker & Workshop
April 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
UC 303/305
Dr. William Ryan
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