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What has Online Design & eLearning Been Up To – Spring 2016

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Mary Lea Moore

ODeL has been very busy this semester. See below for a glimpse into our semester…

  • eLearning Teaching Course: An estimate of 86 members graduated and are endorsed as online instructors.
  • Faculty Travel Grants: Viktor Burlaka (Society for Prevention Research, San Francisco, CA), Brad Campbell (3rd Annual EdTech Team Las Vegas Summit: Google for Education, Las Vegas, NV), John Campiglio (Mississippi Foreign Language Association Fall Conference, Starkville, MS), Max Hipp (Annual Conference of the Association for Distance and Independent Learning, Charleston, SC), Kerri Scott (21st Annual OLC International Conference for Online Learning 2015 – virtual attendance), Ben Smith (Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, Denver, CO).
  • WOW! Grants: Allison Burkette (Engl. 341), Maureen Meyers (Anth. 101), Jason Solinger (Engl. 225)
  • Course Design Review: 12 review teams reviewed 36 online courses.
  • Paragon Award: Jane Meek (Writing 102)
  • Distance Education Testing Lab: DETL tested approximately 1,680 students at midterms and the staff is preparing to test over 1,300 students at finals. Also, DETL piloted a new scheduling system, SmarterProctoring. However, glitches will have to be worked out before it can be used.
  • Hosted the ODeL Recognition Lunch to show our appreciation to all the faculty/staff members who have assisted ODeL through volunteering on committees and focus groups or who have participated in an ODeL Grant Series.
  • State Authorization: As of January 1, 2016, the state of Mississippi became a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  On March 28, 2016, the University of Mississippi joined NC-SARA.  Joining this organization now allows residents of Mississippi the opportunity to enroll in distance education programs offered by higher education institutions in other NC-SARA states and visa-versa for residents of other NC-SARA states seeking distance education opportunities in Mississippi.  Also, in other NC-SARA states, UM is able to conduct experiential learning activities, short courses, recruitment activities, advertising, and employ residents of those states as online faculty. Including UM, there are 36 NC-SARA states with more states/territories working towards membership.  UM now has either full or partial authorization, exemption, or reciprocity in 50 states for distance education, 46 states for experiential learning activities, and 38 states for Study USA.
  • Webinars: ODeL provided campus wide access for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Virtual Conference (60 live sessions over two weeks)
  • Mary Lea helped get the University of Mississippi in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
  • Pari successfully completed the Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators with Highest Honors.
  • Wan completed the Professional Certificate in Online Education: Instruction and Instructional Design from University of Wisconsin-Madison in February. She led ODeL’s new blog redesign project and successfully launched the new site in January, with help from ODeL staff and the university webmaster.
  • Patti served on the Provost’s Personalized Learning Committee and is piloting personalized learning software with her Pharmacy Ethics class, she organized and presided over two FacChats in Spring 2016, and oversaw the WOW grant and the Interactivity Grant.