Rolling out a renewed iTeach Online

iTeach Online "iTeach Online offers foundational training in online course design. Through a series of 5 modules, faculty start to build a solid online course founded in current research and relevant learning experiences. Faculty who complete the self-paced version of iTeach Online are prepared to design and teach an online course, and are eligible for a Teachers Who Learn award, endorsed by the Provost’s Faculty Development Team.  *iTeach Online will open for self-paced participants on Wednesday, May 6th." This is being tested by two co-workers right now. -- I've…

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Go back to your happy place

As an instructional designer, I help faculty with their courses. The faculty member is the content expert; I'm a support person. I want to help them make the course easy to navigate, engaging to the student—learning can be fun—and, whenever possible, inspire or remind the teacher why he or she loves doing this. In early 2014 I asked a faculty member to remember his favorite assignment from when he was in school. His face lit up immediately; he got excited and told me all about it. Then…

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Week three ‘school at home’

I've joked a bit about being a brand new homeschooling mom. However, that's not really what is happening. ICS, Immaculate Conception School, in Fairbanks where my son is in first grade is doing an AMAZING job of providing resources, a layout of what is due each day of every week including links to videos, audio files, sheets to print out for practice. Ah, print out... what if you don't have a printer? Well, you can use a regular piece of paper. Plus he has workbooks for math,…

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Credly consolidation to Credly Acclaim

Credly is consolidating... Ah. Are we using badges much anymore? I sure like collecting them. Creating them is a fun experience as well. I'd say Madara's far outpace mine in style and class, but the few I built got the job done.  Perhaps when I go back to making more, I'll be in a similar class as some of the amazing visual artists I'm surrounded by. Externally I earned the VoiceThread Certified Educator badge.  UAF Earned badges include those shown below: iDesign Collaboration: UA iDesign Retreat Work…

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Love Your Data

I've been a data geek for quite some time. Right now you cannot see it on my site so much because I have not been explicit about it. However, I will be filling in how data and I have been happily intertwined over the years. At UAF in 1993 I worked for Administrative Services as a Total Quality Management (TQM) Coordinator. We, Melody Erickson and I, worked with 17 teams over two years. During the first part we co-taught and lead different units through TQM practices. During…

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One perspective on Quality Matters course certifications

We embraced Quality Matters (QM) as a framework for continuous improvement of online and blended courses just over four years ago. To get a faculty perspective I reached out to Gary Copus, professor emeritus, and asked him to share any highlights, benefits or challenges experienced as part of certifying three UAF Justice courses: Introduction to Justice (JUST 110), Research Methods (JUST 222), and Ethics and Justice (JUST 300). This tip provides his answers and a few paths you might take to make use of Quality Matters. History…

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Give a little php Love

As it turns out, every semester the list of course CRNs (identifying numbers) needs updating. That way the list of eCampus courses that have the 25% discount for OEC/CERT will show up properly. The small down arrow with text shows up and the tuition amount is listed as lower.Here's an example: https://ecampus.uaf.edu/courses

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Embracing and Teaching Accessibility

 Sharing my love for helping students & faculty! I went to OLC Accelerate and presented a session that Dr. Healy and I put in together. Here are resources for the session and the focus. Putting students first Making all materials better for everyone Padlet for sharing Strategies EXPRESS WORKSHOP Embracing And Teaching Accessibility Date: Thursday, November 21st Time: 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM Conference Session: Concurrent Session 5 Lead Presenter: Janene McMahan (University of Alaska - Fairbanks) Track: Tools and Technologies Location: Northern Hemisphere D Session Duration: 45min Brief Abstract: Bring your device…

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Quick communication with students

Feedback Students should know whether they are on track. Many don’t. You can help. Seed your early feedback and scoring comments with phrases suggesting you want them to know what their goals are and you want them to know how to see your feedback. You may want them to open up an ongoing dialog with you about their progress. Describe how they check the feedback you provide and their scores. If this isn’t in your “Getting Started” folder, consider adding it and making an announcement linking to…

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OLC Accelerate 2019

Excited to announce I've been accepted as a presenter at the 25th annual OLC conference Embracing And Teaching Accessibility Date: Thursday, November 21st Time: 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM Conference Session: Concurrent Session 5 Lead Presenter: Janene McMahan (University of Alaska - Fairbanks) Co-presenter: Joanne Healy (University of Alaska Fairbanks) Track: Tools and Technologies Location: Northern Hemisphere D Session Duration: 45min Brief Abstract: Bring your device to explore and evaluate accessibility tools. Learn how course designers assist faculty in making their course materials accessible. Hear how faculty embrace accessibility tools, become more independent and make courses…

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CS101 Spring 2019

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Hi there! Two sections are open ... and I've attached the syllabus. There are spots in both Dain Harmon's and my section. (Valda McMahan) [gview file="https://janene.community.uaf.edu/files/2019/01/dmharmon-vjmcmahan-Spring-2019-Syllabus-CS101-Computers-Society-with-Schedule-.pdf"]

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Light reading?

In my CS101 course I have asked students to consider what e-waste is and how it impacts society. This is just one article I required them to read: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7543489.stm

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Online graphics

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Photoshop and AirTable While I do a lot of graphics on the fly, it is not very often that I get to do a whole set. Here is an embed from AirTable of *MANY* assets I made for the MillOps program. Other tools: Easel.ly, Canva I've been on the lookout for an "Agile" infographic I made a little while ago using easel.ly I've used it with my classes and for generating ideas.

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