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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.

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

Upcoming One-Hour Workshops

A quick reminder about workshops Monday and Tuesday . . .

Monday, November 24: 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: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 25: Introduction to WOU Online / Moodle
Come find out what this new online course management system has to offer. You'll get a chance to create your own course shell and play around with many of the tools. WOU Online uses a program called Moodle, and it has many of the same features as WebCT (which the university still offers), but it is configured so you use the same login and password you use to login to the campus network. You can put course content in a password-protected environment, facilitate online discussions, and create multiple choice quizzes, among other things. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 9:00 a.m.. to 10:00 a.m.

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 -- as well as follow-up training on the topics below. A list of upcoming workshops is also available at http://www.wou.edu/provost/ctl/workshops.php.


About the Technology Resource Center

Need help with technology? Whether you're taking a fully online class or a face-to-face course, there is a place on campus where you can get assistance with a wide variety of technology issues -- scanning documents, help with programs like Excel and PowerPoint, creating digial videos with iMovie, online course assistance, and much more. It's called the Technology Resource Center.

Located in IT204, the TRC is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Two full-time staff members, as well as trained student workers, are available to help students, faculty, and staff on a drop-in or scheduled appointment basis. The TRC is also an open lab, with lots of specialized equipment, including:

  • A high-speed CD/DVD duplicator

  • Duplication stations for transferring material from cassette to CD, VHS to DVD, and other formats

  • A 11" by 17" scanner

  • Camcorders, digital cameras, and other equipment available for short-term checkout

  • Digital taping rooms for doing interviews and other projects that require a quiet, dedicated environment

  • Lamination

  • Large format printing

  • Projects must be academically related. Prices may be charged to recover the costs of supplies. Many projects require staff help as well as a lead time of up to a week.
  • For more information, stop by the TRC in IT204, or call us at 503-838-8965. For hardware support, software installation, and network issues, please contact University Computing Services.

    Spring 2008 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, April 17 : 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, April 21 : Getting Started with PowerPoint
    New to PowerPoint? In one hour, you’ll learn just how powerful PowerPoint can be as a presentation tool -- and how easy to learn. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    Friday, April 25 : Creating and Editing PDFs
    Anyone can create PDFs through the terminal server -- it’s easy! Learn to create a PDF and make basic edits to existing PDFs. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    Monday, April 28: Introduction to WOU Online / Moodle
    Come find out what this new online course management system has to offer. You'll get a chance to create your own course shell and play around with many of the tools. WOU Online uses a program known as Moodle, and it has many of the same features as WebCT (which the university still offers), but it is configured so that you use the same login and password you use to login to the campus network. You can put course content in a password-protected environment, facilitate online discussions, and create multiple choice quizzes, among other things. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 12:00 p.m.. to 1:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 30 : Introduction to WOU Online / Moodle
    Come find out what this new online course management system has to offer. You'll get a chance to create your own course shell and play around with many of the tools. WOU Online uses a program known as Moodle, and it has many of the same features as WebCT (which the university still offers), but it is configured so that you use the same login and password you use to login to the campus network. You can put course content in a password-protected environment, facilitate online discussions, and create multiple choice quizzes, among other things. Location: HL108. Instructor: Scott Carter (carters@wou.edu). Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    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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