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Thursday, April 21, 2016 3PM ET Why can they print?? A conversation about online testing. Assessing students in an online environment is alternatively enthralling, overwhelming and frustrating. Instructors are sometimes shocked to discover that students can print or take screenshots of online tests, or that the text banks to all the major textbooks are for sale on the web. How can you be certain you’re accurately assessing students when they are able to print or copy by hand all of the questions in your exams? Join Corrie Bergeron from Lakeland Community College and Kevin Lowey from the University of Saskatchewan as they discuss assessment strategies which can help address your concerns and give you creative solutions to the authentic assessment problem. REGISTER NOW

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March 23 at 10am PT/1pm ET Join us for a free webinar to learn how to take your slide decks from static to dynamic. We will be offering step-by-step guidance on converting your decks from PowerPoint to Prezi, a highly visual presentation tool that allows you to show your ideas in context. Advice will include: How to rethink your content with visual metaphors. How to structure content on Prezi’s open canvas. A complete walkthrough of Prezi’s PowerPoint import feature, so you can quickly turn your organization’s slide decks into zooming prezis. Register Here!

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Click HERE to Register for the Webinar When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Time: 12pm San Francisco / 1pm Denver / 2pm Chicago / 3pm New York (find your time zone) Duration: 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for Q&A Cost: None Certificates of Participation: Yes, provided to attendees of the live webcasts. Recorded: Yes, and emailed to all registrants. Dalton State College’s developmental English program saw pass rates of only 50 percent for several years. To rectify this situation and improve pass rates, the College implemented rigorous improvements to the program as part of its Quality Enhancement Plan. The results had a tremendous, positive impact on student success. In only three years, overall student success rates have increased from an average of 50 percent to 87 percent. Students who complete the developmental English program move on to English Composition I and complete that course at higher rates than the overall student population (84 percent versus 73 percent). Join us to hear from Dr. Jenny Crisp as she discusses the changes that Dalton State College put into place within its developmental English program and the lessons that she and her colleagues learned. Their experiences demonstrate how a strong community, the effective use of…

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Tuesday, March 22nd 2:00 PM EDT Find out how to transform a textbook and the positive impact open educational resources (OERs) have on student’s retention, completion, satisfaction, success and their wallets! After being awarded the Textbook Transformation Grant, Dr. Tamara Powell and four other faculty members at Kennesaw State University created a free, open textbook for their students. The textbook is online and interactive, created using SoftChalk and is available anywhere for anyone in the world to use. Just by using this textbook in their classrooms, Dr. Powell and faculty are saving their students $55,000 from the student debt load each year, and you could too! More success means faster graduation, fewer student loans and less student debt. Register now to learn more. Still not convinced? Check out the savings that Kennesaw State University has had for all of their students over the past year transforming their textbooks. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar! The SoftChalk Team www.softchalk.com www.softchalkcloud.com Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Check out the SoftChalk Talk Blog

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Need to get situated in the world of online teaching and distance learning in all its variations (hybrid, blended, etc.)? Would like to know “best practices” and get ideas for successful online learning initiatives? See below some helpful resources: http://online.ucf.edu/teach-online/professional-development/faculty-seminars/ http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eq/a002/eqm0023.pdf http://www.umass.edu/oapa/oapa/publications/online_handbooks/Teaching_and_Learning_Online_Handbook.pdf http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/AGlanceatInstitutionalSupportf/213685 http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/winter144/lackey144.pdf http://jolt.merlot.org/vol7no4/brinthaupt_1211.pdf http://blended.online.ucf.edu/

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If you are teaching online, thinking about flipping your classroom, or would like to supplement F2F instruction with some online videos, the CTL can help. See below the list of equipment available at our Studio and a Step-by-step plan for producing video for online distance learning. Recording Equipment Cameras and Video Cameras Sony 3D Go-Pros JVC Professional 4k cameras Canon Point and Shoot Canon Mark III Canon Vixia Webcams Audio Equipment Lavelier Mic Shotgun Mic Handheld Mic Monitor (preview videos) Physical Infrastructure Set Design and Equipment Lighting Tripods, Stands and Mounts Bags, Cases and Travel Gear Editing Apple Mac Pro 3.33 Ghz 12 Core/8GB/1TB/ATI Radeon 5770/OSX 10.10 MC561LL/A-CTO Final Cut Pro and iMovie Compressor Adobe Premiere and After Effects (Soon!) Step by step plan for producing video for online distance learning from Leon Huijbers

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Beginning Spring Semester 2016, ATC’s courses are moving from ANGEL to Blackboard Learn. If you’re taking an online course or a course with an online component, follow the steps belowto access Blackboard.   Download (PDF, 3.83MB)        

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MAKING IT HAPPEN SETTING UP YOUR DEVICE INSTRUCTIONS Google/GMAIL account Setting up a Google account – You will need to use a Google account for posting to the public blog. If you don’t have a Google or Gmail account or would feel more comfortable creating a separate account, please do that first. Create your Google Account here: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp Email the username to ctl@athenstech.edu (not your password – just your username!) Setup your tablet – keep your box (it has your serial number on it!) Charge your device User Manual: Lenovo TAB 2A Series User Manual Setup your device (follow instructions; see manual above) Setup wifi/internet Add your Google account from above https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/2521798?hl=en Explore your tablet and have fun! Add apps needed for bootcamp Video Conference – Google Hangout – https://hangouts.google.com/  ;  App Direct Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk&hl=en  WebEx – https://www.webex.com/mobile/faq-android.html ; App Direct Link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cisco.webex.meetings Blackboard Collaborate http://www.blackboard.com/online-collaborative-learning/index.aspx ;  App Direct Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbcollaborate.collaborate&hl=en Sign up for an HP E-Learn account at this link: http://www.life-global.org/go/atc Instructions: http://ctlblog.athenstech.edu/initiatives/making-it-happen-bootcamp/bootcamp-instructions-hp-life-e-learn/ Check out the Camp webpage or ANGEL group for information about your first assignment.      

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Faculty and staff: Stop by the CTL  in Building F (across from the Auditorium) after the Student Success academy to play, learn, and take a look at some of the equipment we have for reservation. See how we can help you in building student success.   We’ll be demonstrating the 3D projector and we’ll have the Go Pros out, too (plus other technology!) … and we have your afternoon coffee, too!

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