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

May 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

Google Chrome Tab Groups

Are you a tab minimalist or a tab collector? Either way, Google Chrome can help keep all those tabs organized. Use Google Tab Groups to collect related tabs and easily find them as you switch between topics. The tab groups can even be labeled and color coded. 
A color picker allows users to custom their Google Chrome Tab Groups to specific colors for easy identification.
Google Chrome Tab Groups in use to collect tabs related to the same topic.
To learn more about Google Chrome Tab Groups, visit Google tips for all of the details. 

Policy Update

Zoom Cloud Recording Retention Policy

Starting on June 28, the new Zoom Cloud Recording Retention Policy will go into effect. As a part of this new policy, Zoom cloud recordings will be housed on the Zoom servers for 120 days after they are recorded, after which they will be moved to the trash. The recordings will then remain in the trash for 30 days. Recordings may be recovered from the trash temporarily and saved off the Zoom server. After 30 days in the trash, the recordings will be permanently deleted. e-LIS is exploring alternative options for storing recordings and will be reaching out to Zoom hosts with more information in early June. The policy will appear on the e-LIS website towards the end of June.

On Our Blog

Student survey drives new instructional design workshop

Oakland University’s Student Congress surveyed all students beginning in November 2020 through March 2021 to get their feedback on using Moodle for online learning. Instructional designers from e-Learning and Instructional Support took the survey results and helped design a new workshop for faculty that addresses student concerns to help the instructors improve their courses. The workshop, Moodle: Course Design and Best Practices, is being held several times this summer. 
The workshop addresses topics like accessibility, assignment submission, creating calendars and other topics that students indicated were important. It identifies how online faculty can avoid some stressors associated with teaching online. Read the article, Instructional Designers take cues from students in new workshop, on our blog. 
Microphone in front of a computer with sound wave graphics

Neal Ruhl talks connections and passion

Neal Ruhl can talk sports. In fact, as Director of Broadcasting for Oakland University’s Golden Grizzlies, he calls just about every OU sport that is broadcast on the radio, TV-20 Detroit and ESPN+.He also works or has worked with the Detroit City Football Club, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and he previously worked in sports talk radio. He estimates that in an average year, he calls roughly 125 games. When the stay-at-home order took hold in March 2020, Ruhl even gave a play-by-play of getting his mail each day. He knows what it’s like to talk  to an audience he can’t immediately see or hear. He has one piece of advice for faculty members who are trying to reach students remotely: Do it with passion. Read the full article, Neal Ruhl engages his audience with energy, on our blog. 
Online Learning Blog

Recognizing Excellence

Online teaching excellence nominations accepted all year

Oakland University Senate recognizes teaching excellence for both online, tenure track, and non-tenure track faculty. Nominations for the Online Teaching Excellence Award are accepted at any point throughout the year. Faculty, staff, students and alumni can submit nominations through the online nomination form. For more information, see the Senate Teaching Excellence web page. 
Nomination Form

Professional Development Opportunities

e-LIS summer workshops begin in June

Throughout the summer, e-LIS offers a number of workshops for supported software tools, online pedagogy and other topics that are important to faculty and staff. Our instructional designers will facilitate the workshops. Below is a list of June workshops. For a complete list of summer workshops or to register, visit our workshop calendar
  • June 8, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Moodle Introduction for New Users
  • June 9, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Moodle Assignments
  • June 9, 3 - 4 p.m. - Quizzes: Create and Deliver Quizzes with Ease
  • June 10, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Setting Up Your Gradebook in Moodle
  • June 10, 3 - 4 p.m. - Moodle Course Design and Best Teaching Practices
  • June 15, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Moodle Accessibility Workshop
  • June 15, 3 - 4 p.m. - Moodle Advanced: Create Engaging Content with H5P
  • June 16, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Remote Lecture Workshop (Zoom, YuJa, Google Meet, Panopto)
  • June 16, 3 - 4 p.m. - Zoom Workshop
  • June 17, 1:30 - 2:30pm - YuJa: Create Recordings
  • June 17, 3 - 4 p.m. - YuJa: Manage Media
Workshops and Registration

Quality Online Teaching Certification Course beings in July

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.
  • Upon successful completion of QOTCC part 1 a $700 stipend is awarded.
Part 2 - Full for Summer 2021 
  • 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

Free professional development through OLC 

Summer is a great time to participate in professional development opportunities, including the Online Learning Consortium workshops. These workshops are FREE to full-time and part-time Oakland University faculty and staff. For a limited time, we are allowing faculty and staff to sign up for a workshop, even if they have taken their allotted two workshops for the year. 
View the OLC workshop schedule here. The workshops that are available at no cost are those that have a cost of $270 non-member/$170 member each. OLC's Certificate programs, Mastery series and workshops that cost more than $270 are not included in this offer. To register for a workshop, complete the OLC workshop registration form.  

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