Your monthly update from e-LIS
Your monthly update from e-LIS
Oakland University
e-Learning and Instructional Support

August 2021 e-LIS Newsletter

e-Learning and Instructional Support provides and develops tools and resources to enhance the online learning experience. Our monthly newsletter offers tech tips, helpful information and links to relevant articles. We are here for YOU!

Tech Tip

New way to RSVP to meeting events

As we begin to return to being physically on campus more frequently, many events will be offered in a hybrid format, with some participants physically in the room and others joining via video conference. Now, event organizers can know who plans to attend in person and who will join virtually. 
When responding to event requests, Google Calendar users can indicate their intended attendance via a drop down menu.
This feature is only available within Google Calendar and not e-mail software like Outlook or Apple Mail. 

On Our Blog

With Environmental Health and Safety Degree, alumnus fulfills dream of helping people

Dez Gallien wanted to use his life to help people. After high school, he decided to go to college to become a nurse. To help cover the cost of nursing clinicals, Gallien took a job with Shell Oil working on an oil rig, where he happened to get into a safety role. Through his work in safety, Gallien realized he could help employees be safe at work and get home to their families. He changed course with his goals and decided to pursue a career in environmental health and safety. As he climbed the corporate ladder, he began looking for an American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited bachelor's degree program that he could complete online. Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences's online Environmental Health and Safety program fit the bill. To learn more about Gallien's online learning experience, read our blog post

Have a suggestion?

If you have an idea for an Online Learning blog topic, email Rebecca Thomas at 
Online Learning Blog

Help Resources for Faculty and Students

New Student Help Library and Resources Pages Launched

e-LIS created a library of useful and thorough documents to assist students with Moodle as well as the other applications used for online learning. We have organized the help documents, along with technical requirements and student success tools, on a new Student Help Library webpage. 
We have also refined our Student Resources page, with links to our Student Guide to Online Learning, a sample class and links to other information that students will find helpful.
Bookmark these pages and share them with your students to help them navigate online learning. 
Student Help Library

e-LIS Updated Help Documents

Our instructional designers have updated the following documents in the Help Library:

Professional Development Opportunities

e-LIS workshops coming in September

e-LIS continues to offer a number of workshops for supported software tools, online pedagogy and other topics that are important to faculty and staff throughout the fall. Our instructional designers will facilitate the online workshops. What's coming up?
Workshops and Registration

Lunch Bytes are back

Lunch Bytes are returning this fall with plenty of Teaching with Technology topics and discussions.
Join e-LIS for lunch and an informal discussion about using technology in your online or partially online course. Topics may include effectively using technology in your teaching, often faculty may be invited to share interesting techniques they are using in their courses. There will also be time for you to ask questions. All sessions will be held online from noon- 1 p.m. Visit the links below to sign up. 

What are people saying about the QOTCC?

From Jennifer Coon, faculty member in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

"My online teaching, which I have been doing since 2009, has improved in unique ways since participating in the QOTCC course. I understand newer concepts and principles of online education. My understanding of the needs of online learners has changed. The design of my course is more engaging and I am also able to meet increasing requirements of teaching online realm."

Registration for the fall cohorts of parts 1 and 2 of the e-LIS Quality Online Teaching Certification Courses (QOTCC) is open. The four-week, hands-on courses focus on how to teach effectively in the online environment. They are fully online and are facilitated by the e-Learning and Instructional Support staff.  Both parts are facilitated asynchronously with no specific meeting times. Assignments are due either mid or end-of-week. Participants have the flexibility to access course content on their own time with these due dates in mind. 

Part 1 - Learn about online course design, pedagogy, best practices, QA, accessibility and much more. Upon successful completion of QOTCC part 1 a $700 stipend is awarded.

Part 2 - Learn about teacher presence, synchronous learning, group projects, interactive online content, advanced quizzing and more. Upon Successful completion of QOTCC part 2 a $300 stipend is awarded.
QOTCC Information

Akindi workshops for in-person and online assessments

Akindi workshops offer an opportunity to learn how to use Akindi for in-person or online assessments. The sessions will also highlight how to maximize the value of the results and how to support and monitor online students during the assessment process. All sessions will be offered online. Sign up below. 
In-person assessment workshop
Thursday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.
Online assessment workshop
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2 p.m.

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