“Humanize Your eLearning Courses or Risk Losing Learners”

Karla Gutierrez notes in her post that “eLearning is a valuable tool in education. Whether the goal is training or professional development, even complete college degrees, eLearning is here and here to stay. This begs the question, how can we ensure that we maximize the potential of those who are engaged in eLearning?”  [Click link to read her post in its entirety.]

Welcome back faculty and staff

Distance Learning – Reminders and what is new since June 1, 2014

The start of the fall semester is fast approaching.

  • Faculty & Staff Help Desk
  • Student Help Desk
  • Student Gmail & other accounts
  • Moodle Reminders (we upgraded to v2.6 on 7/25)
  • FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Support group)
  • Available technology for faculty

Download newsletter:  Welcome back fall 2014  (PDF)

Moodle Course Shells for Summer & Fall 2014 Available

Courses that have been added to Banner and assigned an instructor will appear in Moodle.  If you do not see your course when you log in, please contact the administrative assistant for your area.  It is possible you have not been assigned the course in Banner.  Students will be loaded into courses the week prior to the start of classes every semester.

If you want content from an existing Moodle course copied into a shell for the upcoming semesters or you want a Meta course*, please complete the “Online Request Form.”  These requests are reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis.  It is important to submit your requests via this form so they can be tracked.

Link to the request form: http://www.gcc.mass.edu/it/moodle/;   the link to the request form is also available at the top of your Moodle homepage once you log in (see screenshot below.)

Online Moodle Request Form

*What is a Meta course?  A Meta course links students from multiple sections of a course into one Moodle course.  Course content is viewable by students.  Example: ENG 090 has three sections taught by the same instructor.   All three sections will be using the same text, reading the same articles, have the same assignments and will be required to post to the same Journal prompts. With students from these three sections in one course, you post content only once.

Consider grouping students by their registration section in your Meta course.  Setting up groups makes it easier to manage the Meta course.  If you use discussions or any graded activity within Moodle, creating groups makes reviewing and grading the activity manageable.  For information on setting up groups in Moodle, contact a member of FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Support group) at FITS@gcc.mass.edu.

Faculty: Plantronics Wireless Headsets loaners

The Vision Project Online Grant provided Distance Learning the opportunity to purchase a number of Plantronic wireless headsets.  These will be on loan for up to a semester at a time.  If you find the need to have a headset indefinitely, please speak with your department chair or program coordinator about purchasing a set.

To borrow a headset, complete the online form: http://www.gcc.mass.edu/distance-ed/faculty-staff-resources/headsets/#

You will be contacted about when and where to pick up your headset.

Moodle v2.5 is coming

The College will update the Moodle server with the latest version of Moodle (v2.5) on July 15, 2013 from 12:00pm to 4:00 pm.  Moodle will not be available during this time.  Please plan accordingly.