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SHSU Online Newsletter_______FEBRUARY 2011

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SHSU Online News Letter

SHSU Online for "Smarties" or How do I do that?
There are 2 great ways to find out "how-to" for SHSU Online.

Step by step

The first is our continuously expanding Step-by-Step Tutorials site. This site is a wiki-based treasure trove of guides on:

· Adding/Managing Content
· Assignments
· The Gradebook
· Web 2.0
· Lecture Capture
· And more

Our team is working to fully flesh these pages out so that every question you might have is answered in a "here is how you do it, and this is a picture of what you want" manner. If you are looking for a quick answer to "How to rename that item?" , or "How do I setup my Gradebook?", then check out the SHSU Learning Spaces for your Step-by-Step guide.

The second way to improve your understanding of how your Distance Learning course works is to attend one of our helpful "How-to" sessions. This semester we have learning opportunities already available into late April. You can sign up online for educational opportunities like:

· New SHSU Online Faculty Orientation
· Outfit your Laptop for Teaching Online
· Lecture Capture
· SHSU Online Gradebook
· Managing Assignments and more

If none of these sessions work for you in terms of time, date or content, let us know and we can work to tailor make the session you desire.


Breaking News:
Students can record presentations with Tegrity directly to your course!

Student presentations have always been challenging in the online environment. An uploaded PowerPoint lacks context and when narration is added the file becomes too big. When a student tries to present in a live webinar, technology can get in the way.

Now there is a solution to the Online Student Presentation conundrum. Use Tegrity! With a few clicks of your mouse, you can enhance your students' online course experience by enabling student recordings. Sign up for one of the Lecture Capture "How-to" sessions or just give us a call and we'll get you started.

SH Zipper

Add some "Zip!" to your Online or eCompanion course(s) by Plugging in!

Are you looking for ways to make a more dynamic course and improve student performance? SHSU Online has three Plug-ins that can enhance content delivery, foster educational collaboration, and cut down on plagiarism. Our old friends Turnitin, Tegrity and Campus Pack (Blogs, Wikis and Podcasting) are available for you to use in your SHSU Online course(s).

· Turnitin is the global leader in addressing plagiarism and a valuable tool to have in your course's arsenal. It is available for any of your SHSU Online courses and the folks at the Delta Center are more than willing to help you set it up.

· Tegrity can help you take your lecture from the classroom, deliver it to the students in your online course, and make it available on their mobile devices. Tegrity was pioneered at SHSU by your colleagues in the College of Education and has since spread campus wide as a lecture capture solution.

· Campus Pack allows you to create collaborative project based learning opportunities by having your students develop a wiki, or foster reflection and discussion with a blog. You can have students subscribe to your lectures via the podcast tool, or have them upload their own multimedia content to podcasts of their own.

These tools can help you work toward making your course dynamic, interactive and more valuable for you and your students.


We will encode, digitize, and upload you media for use in your online courses including: VHS tape, DV tape, DVD's, audio files, slides, photographs, film and negatives. Please contact your college's Delta staff member for a consultation.

Request to Digitize Media Form

   Best Practices Award

The Best Practices for Teaching Online

Offering an online class for the first time can make you feel like you are out of your element. You may be used to having a space to post supplemental materials for your face to face classes, but fully online teaching a completely different animal.

The main difference involves how you and your students communicate. Generally speaking, you are not "seeing" your students in an online course. You interact with your students via threaded discussions, assignments, wikis and to a lesser extent, email or webinars.
Here are some best practices that will help you feel more "in your element" when it comes to teaching online:

Be Present in the Course
Use the Announcement and Discussion tools on a regular basis

Create Supportive Online Environment
Post Personal Introduction (audio/video)
Encourage Use of Virtual Office for General course Q&A

Provide Clear Expectations (Professor/Student) as to how you will communicate and how much time Student should be working on the course each week.

Variety is the Spice of Life
Use a variety of large group, small group and individual activities.

Be Synchronous and Asynchronous
Change up your communication with Discussion Boards, Chat Rooms, Webinars and Skype sessions.

Early Feedback is Key
Early feedback surveys or informal discussion on "How is the course going?" or "Do you have any suggestions?" can increase satisfaction and facilitate more learning.

Discussions should Invite Questions, Reflections and Responses
Open-ended questions that encourage critical/creative thinking, achieve social interaction, validate experiences are best.

Be Current!
Make sure your course content that is available from their computers/mobile devices. Use Publisher content and link to library services.



Undergraduate Degree Programs

     Criminal Justice, B.S.

Graduate Degree Programs

     Business Administration, MBA
     Business Administration, Executive MBA
     Criminal Justice Leadership and Management, M.S.
     History, M.A.
     Information Assurance and Security, M.S.
     Instructional Leadership, M.Ed.
     Instructional Technology, M.Ed.
     International Literacy, M.Ed.
     Library Science, M.L.S.
     Public Administration, M.P.A.
     Reading, M.Ed.
     Sociology, M.A.
     Teacher Certification

Practicum required on location at Sam Houston State University:

     School Counseling, M.Ed.
        (requires 3 face-to-face classes)

For members of the United States Military only:

United States Military Pride


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