Thursday, May 26, 2011

Canvas Session Follow Up

Yesterday afternoon, about 25 people attended the live Elluminate session where Suzanne Chandler gave us a walk through of the Canvas LMS course spaces she uses to teach.  She showed us how she goes about adding assignments, grade book items, etc.

Unfortunately about halfway through the hour long session, Suzanne temporarily lost her Internet connection and disappeared from the session for about the next 20 minutes.  Fortunately another attendee, Bethany, who is also just getting started using Canvas, volunteered to application share her Canvas course space and talk about her experiences so far.  Thankfully Suzanne was able to log back in and finish what she had prepared to present.

I found the session yesterday particularly enjoyable because it reminded me of when we first started doing these joint sharing sessions in Elluminate as many in our system were first learning about ANGEL.  As was true a few years ago, yesterday no person was the expert and we were all learning together.  Consequently the risk was a lot lower and people seemed to feel more open to asking and answering questions and sharing what they have learned.  Special kudos to Suzanne and Bethany and thank you to everyone who attended.

If you were not able to attend but are interested in the topic, you can still find the recording link by clicking on the "Live Session Access & Recordings" tab at the top of the page.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Live Canvas Walkthrough - Wednesday at 2 PM

This Wednesday, May 25th, at 2 PM Pacific, Instructor Suzanne Chandler will give an informal tour of her Canvas course space, talk about what she loves, and what she hopes they (maker of Canvas, Instructure) will improve. 

This session is open to all.  Please distribute this message widely and  bring your own questions, observations, and experiences or just listen in.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tegrity Training Location Change

For some time now, Tegrity has offered free, real time online training to any and all.  Previously you could sign up for it by visiting:

Due to a change in web hosting, Tegrity's training series is now available via a new set of links:

Website Landing Page -

Shortened Link to Current PDF Schedule -

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Faculty Learning Communites, Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted

"Faculty Learning Communities support collaboration, innovation, lifelong learning and, perhaps most importantly, create time and space apart from a hectic work week, allowing faculty time to reflect on their work and incorporate their learning into their classrooms to improve student learning.” Jane Lister Reis, faculty and FLC facilitator, North Seattle Community College

For the past several years, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical College has funded rounds of Faculty Learning Community (FLC) grants.  Grants of up to $5,000 are available for groups who want to meet, research, and share around a common topic.  FLCs provide a structure that supports learning of any topic – instructional technologies, cultural competency, the scholarship of teaching and learning – which is necessary to keep faculty up-to-date with changes in the demographics of their students and the culture of higher education.

For more information and to access the application, go to:

If you are interested in this opportunity, do not hesitate, applications will be accepted until May 20th.

NWeLearn 2011 Call for Proposals

The next NWeLearn Conference will be held in October at Clark College in Vancouver, WA.  I'm re-posting their call for proposals here.  This is a great bunch of people and a good opportunity for eLearning people to present.

Submit a proposal for a session at the 2011 NWeLearn Conference, to be held October 13 & 14 at Clark College’s Corporate Learning Center in Vancouver, WA!

Topics related to learning and teaching, especially with technology and at a distance are of interest.   For best priority, please submit your proposal by May 31, 2011.  Submit your proposal on the Call for Proposals page.  Do it now!  Don’t wait! 

We are excited to announce Susan M. Zvacek, Ph.D., Director of Instructional Development and Support at the University of Kansas as the keynote speaker.  The subject of her keynote will be Assessing Learning Gains using Online Tools.  I’m looking forward to it!  She will also be giving a workshop: Teaching Partially Clothed: For Those Not Ready for Naked. (I’m sure the title is metaphorical, but how can you resist?).  For more info, and a short bio of the speaker, check out the NWeLearn web site.

Also, watch for upcoming webinars from NWeLearn!  The next scheduled is in early June, although we may have one in May also.

Mark your calendars: NWeLearn 2011 - Oct. 13 & 14, Vancouver, WA -

Jerry Lewis
Director of eLearning
2011 NWeLearn Past-chair
WebCT/Bb Senior Level Certified Trainer
Columbia Basin College
Pasco, WA 99301 -3379
509-542-4465, direct
509-547-0511, ext 2465
509-546-0401 fax

Monday, May 9, 2011

No Session This Week

This week, many of us will be traveling to the Assessment, Teaching and Learning conference in Spokane so there won't be a presentation or live office session.  But, check back next week.  On Thursday, May 19th, at 2 PM, we will be covering automation in ANGEL.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Today at 2 PM, In Elluminate - ANGEL; Adding Audio and Video Media to your Course

Anyone is welcome to attend this free, live session in Elluminate where we will demonstrate and discuss the pros and cons of adding media materials to ANGEL courses.  Attendees will come away with step-by-step guides and materials.
Participant Link:

All sessions will be recorded and available via this link: