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e-Learning and Instructional Support

December 2021 e-LIS Newsletter

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

Tech Tip - Using Talk-to-Text in Google Docs

Use your voice to create Google Docs

Do you use talk-to-text on your phone? Did you know you can use the same feature in Google Docs? 
That's right. Enable Voice Typing and you'll be all set. 
Open a new document in Google Docs, then enable Voice Typing from the Tools menu. Voice Typing can even use commands like "comma," "question mark" and "new paragraph."

On Our Blog

Digital accessibility is vital to those with learning challenges

More than 7.3 million students received special education support, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That’s 14 percent of all public school students. To help establish a level playing field for students those students attending OU, e-LIS can help faculty design their courses with accessibility in mind. Read more on our blog. On Jan. 27, our Instructional Designers will offer a workshop on digitial accessibility in online courses. If you want to learn more, sign up for the workshop

Engaging foreign language students with H5P

A week before the Oakland University campus switched to remote learning in March 2020 due to the pandemic, Aldona Pobutsky, professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, met with e-Learning and Instructional Support’s Nic Bongers, senior instructional designer, to learn how to make a basic quiz in Moodle. Now, she’s using Moodle on a regular basis to enhance the classroom experience for her students. She’s since learned more about interactive activities the learning management system can offer, including those created with H5P. Read more on our blog.

Career Services offers on-demand tools to students, alumni

Whether a student or an alumni, online or in-person, Oakland University’s Career Services offers help to those in search of employment. Since the pandemic began, Career Services has found new ways to offer programs virtually and provide on demand tools for students and alumni to access right when they need it.  Read more on our blog.

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New Help Documents

Moodle Update help documents now posted

The e-LIS Instructional Design team has created help documents for a number of new features in Moodle as part of the most recent Moodle update. This update does not take effect until Dec. 20, so bookmark the documents for use after that date. 
Moodle Updates - 12/20/21
Check out what has been updated in Moodle and our other supported software tools for Winter 2022. 
Moodle Download Center 
Moodle Download Center enables instructors to download visible files and folders, as well as student submissions to assignments from their Moodle course page for record keeping purposes. 
Moodle Rubric/Grading Guide Exporting
The Moodle Rubric/Grading Guide exporting feature allows instructors to export and view grade breakdowns for Moodle Assignments and Forums that have a Rubric or Grading Guide selected as the grading method.

Copyleaks now works with Moodle Assignments, Forums

The Copyleaks Plagiarism Plugin is a tool instructors can use in Moodle to automatically scan students’ documents for potential plagiarism when they submit them to Moodle Assignments or Forums. Find out more about using this tool in our Copyleaks help documentation
e-LIS Help Library

Professional Development Opportunities

Winter workshops announced

e-Learning and Instructional Support has set dates for a number of workshops for the winter semester. What’s coming up?
Currently, these workshops are offered remotely through Google Meet or Zoom. For more information on the services and workshops offered by e-LIS, visit the e-Learning and Instructional Design website.

QOTCC registration open for next session

e-LIS offers two Quality Online Teaching Certification Courses (QOTCC), Part 1 and Part 2. These courses focus on how to teach effectively in the online environment. Both are four weeks long, fully online and are facilitated by the e-Learning and Instructional Support staff. 

Part 1 - 
Learn about online course design, pedagogy, best practices, QA, accessibility and much more.
Part 2 - Learn about teacher presence, synchronous learning, group projects, interactive online content, advanced quizzing and more.
Cohorts for the upcoming sessions are forming and they do fill up. If you are interested in joining the groups that begin Feb. 28, 2022 or July 11, 2022, it's not too early to sign up!
Sign Up Now

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