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Welcome to the Online Education web page. Faculty are encouraged to read the new Faculty Handbook for Online Education and consult the other resources linked to this page. In addition, when you are logged into Desire2Learn, D2L, take advantage of the resources included in the D2L Faculty Resource Center (accessed under "Select a course" on My Home page).

There is a new look for D2L called the "Daylight Experience." Daylight was built with a responsive design to adapt to different screen sizes for consistency and usability on mobile devices. The following D2L workshops are scheduled in the Spring. I am available to meet with you one-on-one for consultation on web-enhanced, hybrid and/or online course design. The D2L workshop is limited to 10 people so be sure to register as soon as possible to secure your seat. If you have any questions about the workshops, please feel free to contact me at akoslow@prairiestate.edu

I hope you can attend the D2L workshops.

Antonia (Toni) Koslow, PhD.
Manager of Online Learning
D2L Systems Administrator
Prairie State College
akoslow@prairiestate.edu
Ph:  708-709-2950

  

Desire2Learn (D2L) Workshops – Spring 2019

Getting Started with Desire2Learn

January 23, 2019, 2:30-3:30 PM
Location: Room 2181

Description:  This workshop orients you to the D2L course environment and highlights features that will help you work efficiently. We will explore how to post an announcement, upload or post course materials under Content, send emails to your students, make your course active and manage the course by reviewing student/class progress. We will also explore best practices in using the Desire2Learn learning management system.

Getting Started with Discussion Board 
February 20, 2019 – 2:30 -3:30 PM
Location: Lab 3250

Description:  
In this workshop, you will learn about the discussion forum and threads. We will explore how to create a discussion topic, use the Content Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, weblinks and multimedia. We will also explore how to add settings and participate in discussions. We will also explore how to view student threads and grade discussions.

Getting Started with Assignments
February 25, 2019 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Location: Lab 3250

Description:  
In this workshop, you will learn about the Assignments and Turnitin plagiarism tool. We will explore how to create and add settings to an Assignment. We will also explore how to set up Turnitin on an Assignment. We will explore how to view submissions and grade Assignments.

Accessibility for Course Content
February 28, 2019 – 2:30 -3:30 PM
Location: Lab 3165

Description:
  This workshop orients you to ADA accessibility. We will explore how to make your course content accessible to learners with disabilities. We will also explore how to make your course documents, e.g., Word documents and power point presentations accessible and explore best practices in meeting accessibility.

Creating/Integrating Video Content
March 7, 2019 – 2:30 -3:30 PM
Location: Lab 3165

Description
:  Are you interested in creating videos and/or adding links to videos but don’t know where to begin? In this interactive session, we will explore creating a video in D2L and adding a transcript for accessibility. We will also explore how to create a video using Screen-Cast-O-Matic and use YouTube to add captioning to a video.

Getting Started with Gradebook
March 12, 2019 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM  
April 10, 2019 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Location: Lab 3250

Description:  
This workshop orients you to the Gradebook and highlights features that will help you work efficiently. We will explore how to set up points or weighted grades and add/edit columns in the grade book. We will also explore how to set up the student view, enter grades and recalculate grades. We will also explore best practices in using the gradebook.

Getting Started with Assessment
March 13, 2019 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Location: Lab 3250

Description:  
In this workshop, you will learn about the Quiz tool. We will explore how to create a basic quiz. We will explore how to add settings to the quiz and grade a quiz. We will also explore how to create a random quiz. To support the integrity of a quiz, you might consider randomizing the test questions. We will also explore how to set up the lock down browser on a quiz.



Prairie State College Vision Statement for Online Education

Prairie State College is dedicated to providing access to quality education and support services that empower students to achieve their education and career goals.

We offer online courses and programs as a means to facilitate and expand student access to our faculty and curriculum, in recognition of the increasing need and demand from current and prospective students for enhanced flexibility in course offerings.

Prairie State College faculty who teach online are entrusted to maintain high-academic standards for their courses, follow best practices for teaching online, and ensure a rigorous and rewarding learning experience for our online students.

The College administration is entrusted with the responsibility of providing high-quality professional development for online faculty, effective support services for online students, and support for faculty in their assessment of student learning outcomes within online courses and programs.

Whether curriculum is provided via traditional face-to-face classes or online, Prairie State College embraces its core values of learning, excellence, accessibility, respect and integrity in our collective commitment to student success.

(Endorsed in Fall 2015 by Instructional Technology Committee and PSC Cabinet.)

For Faculty

Dear Colleagues,

I am looking forward to working with you. Welcome back! Review the information and resources below on online teaching and learning. I am available to meet with you one-on-one for consultation. To schedule a meeting, contact me at E-mail: akoslow@prairiestate.edu.

Toni

PDF Handouts

Desire2Learn, or D2L, is an integrated learning platform designed to create a single place online for instructors and students to interact, either for a completely online, hybrid course or as a supplement to a face-to-face course. Visit D2L’s “Brightspace” blog site to learn more about topics such as Universal Design for Learning, or using Turnitin to grade essays. D2L also offers free webinars. The following pre-recorded webinars are available on D2L’s website: Virtual Classroom and Intelligent Agents.

Are you interested in creating multimedia content?  VoiceThread “VT” is a software program that enables you to create community in an online learning environment. Click here to learn more about the cloud-based software program. VT offers a free (limited) account and free workshops. One of the nice features of VT is that it is not reliant on Flash software. To learn more, click here.

Are you interested in creating video for your instruction?  Screencast-o-matic is a software program that enables you to create and share screen recordings. You can create a free account. How-to videos are available on the website. Click here to access the videos.


To minimize cheating on quizzes and exams, consider using the Lockdown browser in D2L. Click here  to learn more about the feature.
Turnitin presented a webinar in September, 2018. To view the recorded webinar, review the video recording.

 

Instructional Workshops/Webinar

Turnitin hosted a webinar on September 10th. Click on the following link to access the video recording, 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1azn9na3KEdEVEyEWWGXMDu4nuCNXpQPl/view?usp=sharing.


Antonia Koslow, PhD.
Manager of Online Learning
D2L Systems Administrator
(708) 709-2950
akoslow@prairiestate.edu

Contact Information

Antonia (Toni) Koslow, PhD.
Manager of Online Learning
D2L Systems Administrator

(708) 709-2950
akoslow@prairiestate.edu