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Upcoming One-Hour Workshops

All workshops are free for Western Oregon University faculty and staff. Although drop-ins are always welcome, space permitting, you may reserve your space in the class by emailing the instructor. Individual instruction is also offered on many other topics.


Thursday, February 4: Moodle Solutions - Getting Started with Online Course Tools
By now, most of you have probably heard about Moodle. Already more than 150 faculty members are making use of this great online learning management system to share documents in a password-protected environment, communicate with students via forums, deliver quizzes, and share grades, among other things. In this introductory workshop, you will get a chance to create your own course shell and learn how to use the most popular tools. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Workshop: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Friday, February 5: Moodle Solutions - Getting Started with Online Course Tools
By now, most of you have probably heard about Moodle. Already more than 150 faculty members are making use of this great online learning management system to share documents in a password-protected environment, communicate with students via forums, deliver quizzes, and share grades, among other things. In this introductory workshop, you will get a chance to create your own course shell and learn how to use the most popular tools. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Workshop: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Monday, February 8: Moodle Q & A
If you're already using Moodle, you've probably accumulated questions on some of the best ways to use it -- whether it's on the gradebook, on quizzes, or some other tool. This one hour Q&A session will give you an opportunity to get your questions answered. If I don't know it, then it's highly likely someone in the room might. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Workshop: 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Friday, February 12: Dreamweaver Level I: The Basics of Creating a Personal Web Page at WOU
Learn to use Dreamweaver to create and update Web pages located in your "public_html" folder. It's much easier than you think. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Monday, February 15: Excel Basics: Formulas, Formatting, and Charts
Learn how to use formulas to automate the more tedious tasks, as well as how to use Excel's powerful chart wizard. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m.. to 9:30 a.m.

Your P: Drive

Welcome to Winter 2010!

Here's a quick tip that might prove helpful. Did you know that everyone with a PawPrint account at WOU -- meaning all students, staff, and faculty -- have access to their own Web space?

It's called the P: drive, or your public_html area. It shows up when you login on campus, or via Remote Desktop. Anything you save into your P: drive is automatically available on the Internet.

How does it work? It's simple. Just save a file into your P: drive, then open your Internet browser and type your Web address:

http://www.wou.edu/~username09

Of course, you'd replace "username09" with your own PawPrint login. If you don't have an index.html file, then your browser will just list the files in your P: drive. Anyone can then open or copy these files -- though no one can change the originals via the Web.

You can also create real Web pages of course, but this is an easy way to share files with others without having to use a Web editor.

One of the most popular topics I've trained on over the years is Dreamweaver. While I'm still available for one-on-one and group workshops, I've designed a free online workshop for faculty and staff that you should be able to complete in under two hours. While it won't make you a Web design master -- after all, people go to school for years to become professional Web designers -- it will help you learn the basics of of working with text, images, and links.

Requirements:


  1. A WOU network account (also called your PawPrint)

  2. Access to your P drive (public_html)

  3. Access to Dreamweaver

  4. Internet access

Note: You don't have to have a copy of Dreamweaver on your own machine. You can access it via Remote Desktop, which will be explained in the course.

Ready to get started? Email me at carters@wou.edu and I'll send you instructions.

Upcoming One-Hour Workshops

All workshops are free for Western Oregon University faculty and staff. Although drop-ins are always welcome, space permitting, you may reserve your space in the class by emailing the instructor. Individual instruction is also offered on many other topics. A list of upcoming workshops is also available at http://www.wou.edu/provost/ctl/workshops.php.


Wednesday, February 18: Save Some Trees - Put Your Syllabus, Resume, or Other Documents Online in Two Minutes
You don't have to have a Web page to save some trees. It's as as simple as clicking "Save As . . ." to put your syllabus, resume, or other documents online. Without using Dreamweaver, HMTL, or any program other than those you already use, learn fast and effective ways to make use of your "P" drive. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Monday, February 23: Moodle Level I - Putting Content Online and Using Forums
By now, most of you have probably heard about our new learning management system, Moodle. You don't need to have a fully online class to take advantage of this great tool. Perhaps you want to share documents in a safe, password-protected environment. Or maybe you want to add an online discussion component to your face-to-face class. In this workshop, you'll get a chance to create your own course shell, learn how to quickly put documents online, and get a chance to practice with Moodle's discussion forums. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m.. to 9:30 a.m.


Tuesday, February 24: Moodle Level II - Quizzes, Assignments, and the Online Gradebook

Beyond storing documents online and using the discussion forums, the most popular tools in Moodle are quizzes, assignments, and the online gradebook. Take an hour and practice with these great tools. Learn different ways to create quizzes -- timed or untimed, graded or ungraded, multiple choice, short answer, or something else altogether. Create a "digital dropbox" for your assignments that allows students to upload files. Make use of the online gradebook, which can sync up with both the quiz and the assignment tools while also allowing you to enter categories of your own (such as class participation). Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m.. to 9:30 a.m.

WebCT and Moodle Update

Three quick things:

1. Cleaning out old WebCT courses.

On Monday, December 15, I'll be clearing out all students from all courses in Spring 08 and earlier in WebCT. We have a 3200 student seat license, which means we can only keep the students in the course shells for the previous two terms. All the courses have been backed up, however, so contact me should you need the data. You can, of course, also back up the courses yourself, which is explained here:

http://www.wou.edu/~carters/blogs/archives/2007/10/webct_tip_how_t.html

2. Are we going to keep WebCT?

This is a question I've been getting a lot lately, and I wanted to reiterate what I've said all along: there is no immediate plan to get rid of WebCT. If that decision was ever made, you would have at least a year lead time to move any courses off of it. But if I were you, I'd suggest moving to Moodle at some point in the near future. Pretty much universally, everyone's who's switched from WebCT to Moodle has been very happy with the results. WebCT is expensive (we pay a five figure license fee every year), and Blackboard (which now owns WebCT) appears determined to phase out our version of it. The next step up with WebCT is a lot more expensive and requires a dedicated server, so it's unlikely we'd go that route.

If you want any help with Moodle, let me know. I'd be happy to set you up with a course shell, or schedule a one-on-one session to walk you through it.

3. The TRC is closed December 22-January 1.

We will be open the Friday before the term begins (Jan 2), but otherwise, the lab will be closed from December 22 until Winter term. If you'd like me to set you up with a new WebCT course before January, please let me know by Friday, December 19.

Have a great holiday!

~Scott

New Online Classes Website

First, if you're planning on using WebCT this summer, please contact me with the name of your course and the CRN. If you want your course based on an existing course, let me know. Students will be loaded into the courses early next week, and I'll send out logins and passwords at that time. If you're planning on using WOU Online, and you need assistance, let me know.

The main reason I'm writing is to let you know that I've created a new Online Classes website that will act as our gateway to all online course material:

http://www.wou.edu/provost/online

Since we now have two course management tools, more people were getting confused, so this page should help cut down on the nuisance emails and calls. We've updated the various links on the WOU website to point to this new page. Feel free to update any links on your own departmental sites so they point to this page.

Questions or suggestions, please let me know. I'll probably add an FAQ page to this site as well in the next few weeks.

By the way, campus response to WOU Online (Moodle) has been extremely positive.

Scott Carter is an Instructional Technologist at Western Oregon University. You can find out more about him at his main website.

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