With the end of the year and the holiday season approaching, many instructors will spend some time on vacation or out-of-the-office. If you’re planning on taking time off:
1) Inform Program Director Sarah Korpi [firstname.lastname@example.org] at least two weeks before your vacation.
2) Inform your students as soon as you know about your vacation. This gives them time to plan their course completion. An email to students along with a post in your course Newsfeed/Announcements is a great way to communicate this information with students.
On a related note, for a list of Federal Legal Holidays – days that the Division of Continuing Studies is closed, go to:
Earlier this month, UW-Extension offered a webinar regarding the transition from d2l to Canvas. You can view that webinar here:
Please note: we are now teaching new IL students in Canvas and previously enrolled students in d2l. The presentation discussed timelines of students working in d2l and Canvas, along with more help with navigating and getting the most out of Canvas.
On a different note: with the revamping of IL faculty positions last summer, we are able to participate in the Partners in Giving campaign. You can find more info (and donate) at the link below. Even a donation of $1 can positively impact great causes in our community.
Best wishes on your Thanksgiving holiday!
In recent years, MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, have become more popular and common. These online courses can each have tens of thousands of students enrolled. Since summer, 190 universities have announced or launched 600 free online courses in a wide variety of fields of study. A list of these courses, along with links to other lists of MOOCs, can be found here:
Some things to consider:
What is your own familiarity or experience with MOOCs?
What are the pros and cons of these kinds of courses?
Many of these courses have free and open access. Is there anything in these courses (content, layouts, ideas, etc) that we could incorporate in our own courses?
Are you looking for media – images, video, etc – to incorporate with your courses? Try Creative Commons:
From their website: “Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world.” It’s not a search engine, but you can use it to search through things like Wikimedia Commons and various media repositories. Please note: they don’t guarantee that just because you found it through them, that you have the copyright permission to use it for your specific needs. However, you can generally look up information on the media that you find through Creative Commons and determine the copyright information from there.
Also, thanks so much to everyone who attended or assisted with ADEIL’s conference last week at Memorial Union in Madison! It was a great time to connect with colleagues from around the country and share ideas.