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Agenda November 20, 2017

Approval of minutes from October 16, 2017 DE Federal Requirements Training Review of progress Schedule future training session Faculty survey needed Draft of Faculty Survey Schedule implementation DE Interview Questions Update Blackboard Collaborate Participant Link

Faculty Members at One More University Push Back at Online Programs

Professors at Eastern Michigan University are the latest to question whether the quality of online instruction matches what happens in the classroom.

Last Day for Ecafe Course Evaluation Setup isTomorrow!

The eCafe deadline to select your questions for your end of course evaluations is November 16th. To Login to eCafe please go to  http://www.hawaii.edu/ecafe/

Here is an instructor walk through https://www.hawaii.edu/ecafe/demo.jsp#instructor

Ecafe Basics

  • What is eCAFE?

    • eCAFE is the official application for Course And Faculty Evaluations at the University of Hawaii. It is a UH system wide tool for faculty across all campuses to gather feedback from the students at the end of a course.

  • Who can use eCAFE?

    • UH instructors teaching one or more classes and students enrolled in one or more classes can use eCAFE. eCAFE can also be set up for staff members from the different campuses, colleges, divisions, departments and subjects to administer eCAFE for their organization.

  • How does eCAFE work?

If you are using eCafe for Distance Courses:

The Leeward Distance Education Committee has approved the following recommended “Campus Specific Questions”.  We highly encourage you to use these questions. This will help to establish consistent evaluations each semester for your online course and can be compared across courses and disciplines.

Under Campus Specific Questions

  • Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.

  • The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.

  • The instructor treated students with respect.

  • The instructor was willing to help and respond to questions in a timely manner.

  • Assignments are returned promptly.

  • Work requirements, course objectives, and grading system were clear from the beginning.

  • The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.

  • The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.

  • The course workload was well-distributed throughout the semester.

  • The materials provided by the instructor were relevant to the course objectives.

  • The activities & assessments in the course were reflective of course objectives.

  • I learn to apply principles from this course to new situations.

  • What did you like least about your online course experience?

  • What did you like most about your online course experience?

  • I would recommend this instructor to other students.

Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this course?*  This question is added to all Leeward CC surveys.

Are Academics ‘Asleep at the Wheel’? Op-Ed on Tech’s Influence Draws Scholars’ Fire

An essay in The New York Times argued that professors should “scrutinize the big tech firms rather than stand by, waiting to be hired.” Some faculty members fired back.

Why Faculty Members Still Aren’t Sure What to Make of Education Technology

Their mix of skepticism and enthusiasm results in what one researcher calls "some very weird doublethink."

Want to Improve Technology on Your Campus? Ask Users What They Want

How an effort to improve a classroom control panel helped one university’s professors, administrators, and tech staff find common ground.

IT, ‘Like Electricity,’ Is Now Everywhere

Infomation technology is pervasive in everything we do in so many ways, says Marty Ringle, chief information officer at Reed College and a founder and former chair of Educause.

IT, ‘Like Electricity,’ Is Now Everywhere

Infomation technology is pervasive in everything we do in so many ways, says Marty Ringle, CIO at Reed College and one of the founders of Educause.

It’s Not Just About Finding Information Anymore: A Librarian’s Changing Role

At Educause, The Chronicle's Scott Carlson talked to a vice president for libraries and information technology about the importance of the librarian in these politically fraught times.

It’s Not Just About Finding Information Anymore: A Librarian’s Changing Role

The Chronicle's Scott Carlson talked to a librarian at Educause about the importance of his field in these politically fraught times.

Ed-Tech Professionals Share What Keeps Them Up at Night

Information-technology experts in higher education are gathering this week at Educause’s annual meeting, in Philadelphia. We asked them what worries them the most about their jobs.

At Educause Meeting, IT Professionals Discuss Misconceptions on Campuses

Information-technology experts in higher education are gathering this week at the group’s annual meeting, in Philadelphia. We asked them about common ways their work is misunderstood.

What’s the Ideal Mix of Online and Face-to-Face Classes?

For community-college students, the answer might be three in-person courses and two online ones, according to new research.

Supercomputers, a Status Symbol in Academe, Compete With the Cloud

For research universities, the machines confer big-league status. But in-house experts, who can guide researchers to the best computing options, are growing in esteem.

Fall 2017 OER at Leeward CC

Learning with Technology for Teaching - Mon, 2017-10-23 10:02

Once a month, the OER Campus Committee will share information about OER to raise awareness, promote, encourage, and support using OER at Leeward CC.

We are launching our first post, today, in the spirit of International Open Access Week (October 23 -29, 2017) to inform the campus about what OER is, why it matters, and what Leeward CC is doing.

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others” (Hewlett Foundation). In other words:

  • OER is free to use; no strings attached
  • No permission is needed since the creator already grants it through a Creative Commons (CC) license
  • You can retain OER indefinitely
  • You can choose to modify OER to meet your teaching needs per rights granted by the license
Why does OER matter?
  • Saves students money
    • 25% of total college costs for Leeward students is for textbooks and supplies
    • Half of community college students rely on financial aid to pay textbook costs
    • 65% of these students use financial aid to pay for all textbook costs
  • Grants access to more choices of materials
  • Materials are publicly available for students to access before and after taking a course
  • Flexibility to customize or mashup several OER to create custom resources for your students
What is happening at Leeward CC?

Leeward CC supports “Textbook Cost: $0” and using OER. We have an OER Campus Committee, workshops, fellowship program, and more to support using OER at Leeward CC. See the infographic below for information and statistics for “Textbook Cost: $0.”

Our numbers continue to increase regarding “Textbook Cost: $0” courses, students enrolled, subjects, and instructors.

Fall 15 Spr 16 Fall 16 Spr 17 Fall 17 “Textbook Cost: $0” CRN (sections) (% of all CRNs) 55 148 217 (19%) 279 (23%) 289 (27%) Students enrolled in “Textbook Cost: $0” classes — 2643 4194 5121 5371 “Textbook Cost: $0” different subjects 12 63 69 111 91 “Textbook Cost: $0” instructors 16 49 71 91 92 How can you get involved?

Be a part of this initiative to “Go Open, Go Free at Leeward CC” and use “Textbook Cost: $0” and/or OER materials in your classes. Contact the Library or EMC to get started. Also, visit our OER website for more information.

Controversy at George Washington U. Highlights Challenges of Diving Deeply Into Online Education

Online programs are nothing new, but many traditional colleges are still struggling with how to develop and run them effectively.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Classroom Video Capture Devices

Learning with Technology for Teaching - Mon, 2017-10-23 09:05



As a follow up to my earlier post on Swivl C5 Iʻve captured a real world comparison of a Swivl C5 a stationary iPad and a stationary video camera for capturing teaching. The following excerpts came from a training session I facilitated on Nearpod engagement tool. Each device recorded simultaneously and are presented without enhancements to video or audio. The three devices and setups that I used to record content for this comparison were:

  1. Swivl C5 auto-tracker with iPad (1280×720)
  2. Stationary iPad (640×480)
  3. Stationary Camera (1920×1080)


“Clip 3 Observations” (2:25)

This clip features instructor movement through class space, student questions and commentary. Swivl wins for audio quality (Video 1 vs. Video 3), video quality and composition. Statonary iPad is definitely not the way to go since it canʻt  follow the instructor (Video 2).

Video 1: Swivl Auto-tracker

Unapproved Minutes October 16, 2017

Meeting called to order at 3:10 PM. Attendees: Warren Kawano, Amy Amper, Dalybeth Reasoner, Daniela Dutra Elliott, Karim Khan, Michelle Igarashi, Rachael Inake, Brent Hirata, Christy Takamure (Blackboard Collaborate) Minutes approved – September 11, 2017. Note taking schedule Monday, October… Read more ›

Colleges Use Facebook Ads to Target Applicants, Parents, and Lawmakers

Colleges are spending millions on the ads. Data from admissions applications are one of their secret weapons. Privacy experts are crying foul.

Agenda October 16, 2017

Approval of minutes from September 11, 2017 Note taking schedule Monday, October 16 Monday, November 20 Monday, December 11 Monday, January 22 Monday, February 12 Monday, March 12 Monday, April 16 DE Federal Requirements Training Michelle and Rachael to conduct… Read more ›


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