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eLearn@OSU is an initiative to review, connect and optimize technologies for teaching and learning at Oregon State University.

Our first project is to evaluate and select a Learning Management System (LMS) for OSU. This blog is the place for students, instructors, staff and administrators who want to stay informed about the activities and events taking place in Winter and Spring term 2014 to review our LMS options and provide feedback.

We welcome your questions, and encourage you to subscribe to this blog to get notified of updates.

Following a three year period of inquiry, assessment, and collaboration among faculty, students, and administrators to understand the needs of our teaching and learning community, OSU has chosen to replace the current Blackboard learning management system (LMS) with a hosted platform called Canvas. This is a university-wide LMS migration that impacts all modalities of courses taught at Oregon State, including traditional face-to-face, hybrid, and Ecampus online courses.

Find more information on the transition to Canvas here: http://blackboard-transition.oregonstate.edu/

End of roadIt’s hard to believe, but the LMS evaluation activities are all wrapped up. The LMS core team has summarized survey and focus group results, as well as reports on accessibility, learning outcome analysis, and technical capabilities of Canvas and Blackboard.

The next step is for the Instructional IT Governance Committee to weigh all of the evaluation material and recommend a decision for the Provost to review and finalize. We are anticipating announcing a decision in late July, so do stay tuned.

Thanks, everyone, for your participation and interest in the LMS evaluation process.

presentationWant to know what’s coming soon in Blackboard, or get a tour of Canvas? Instructure (Canvas) and Blackboard will offer online demonstrations of their systems on Tuesday May 13 and Wednesday May 14.

You may attend the web conferences in Kidder 202, or join the conferences online from your own computer. Each event will be be live-streamed and recorded. You can access the web conferences here: http://live.oregonstate.edu/

These demonstrations are a great way to see the systems in action and ask questions (remote participants may enter questions in the webinar chat window).

Tuesday May 13, 3:00-4:30 pm – Instructure Canvas 

Wednesday May 14, 2:30-4:00 pm – Blackboard

 

Questions? contact Lynn Greenough: lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu 

Canvas-logoFor all of us who are new to Canvas, here are some references to get started:

Canvas online help - a comprehensive guide for instructors and students

Canvas Guide for Instructors – essential details on getting started with Canvas

Canvas Guide for Students - essential details for students

5 Things to Know About Canvas - a general overview for instructors on 5 Canvas features

 

Technology Across the Curriculum is offering webinars on OSU’s Learning Management System evaluation; the webinar includes a tour of Canvas and Blackboard to see their similarities and differences:

Monday April 14 12-12:50 pm

Thursday May 1 3-3:50 pm

Wednesday May 21 3:30-4:20 pm

 

 

 

 

Open Lab Sessions are available for you to drop in, try out the systems, ask questions and (most important of all) take a survey. Snacks will be provided.

An RSVP is requested, but not required. Please let Lynn Greenough know if you plan to attend a lab session (or if you have any questions, comments or suggestions): lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

Day

Date

Time

Location

Tuesday

4/8/2014

11:00-12:20

Milne 201

Wednesday

4/16/2014

5:00-6:20 pm

Milne 201

Thursday

4/17/2014

1:00-2:20

Academic Success Center lab – Waldo 114

Thursday

4/24/2014

9:00-10:20

ASC – Waldo 114

Friday

4/25/2014

1:30-2:50

Milne 201

Monday

4/28/2014

8:00-9:20 am

Milne 201

Friday

5/2/2014

11:00-12:20

ASC – Waldo 114

Tuesday

5/6/2014

12:00-1:20

Milne 201

Friday

5/9/2014

2:30-3:50

ASC – Waldo 114

Monday

5/12/2014

12:00-1:20

ASC – Waldo 114

Wednesday

5/14/2014

11:00-12:20

Milne 201

Wednesday

5/21/2014

1:00-2:20

ASC – Waldo 114

Friday

5/23/2014

1:00-2:20

Milne 201

Thursday

5/29/2014

11:00-12:20

ASC – Waldo 114

But wait – there’s more!

Cascades campus, Monday April 28 – Lynn Greenough will be at Cascades from approx. 10 am – 3 pm to provide an overview of Canvas and Blackboard 14, offer lab sessions, and answer questions. Location TBD; stay tuned for more details

Center for Teaching and Learning  event, Thursday May 22 – we’ll have a day-long open lab at CTL’s Spring Teaching Symposium in the MU (Corvallis). Come check out Canvas and Blackboard 14, take a survey, and let us know what’s on your mind. MU 213 from 9 am – 3 pm.

Sixteen instructors have been selected to teach their courses in the sandbox systems in Spring term. There will be 8 courses in ‘Blackboard 14′ and 8 in Canvas. The courses represent a broad range of subject matter, course size and instructor rank:

Instructor Course LMS Course Type
Nathan Langner Computers in Digital Art   – ART 122 Blackboard 14 On Campus
Andre Habet Writing 121 Blackboard 14 On campus
Darilyn Barney Merrill Math 112 Blackboard 14 On Campus
Dave Stemper Environmental   Interpretation – FES 493/593 Blackboard 14 Ecampus
Kari Pilolla Nutrition &   Exercise Science 225 Blackboard 14 On Campus
Kelly Erickson International Law and   Organizations – PS 454 Blackboard 14 Ecampus
Amy Bourne Accounting 427 Blackboard 14 On Campus
Tim Hazzard Animal Genetics – ANS 378 Blackboard 14 Ecampus
John Morris Integrative Strategic   Experience – BA 466 Canvas On Campus
Bill Fech Writing 121 section Canvas Ecampus
Richard Nafshun Chemistry 140 Canvas Ecampus
Amber Vaughn Math 112 Canvas On Campus
Kara Witzke Scientific Basis of   Inquiry - EXSS – 499 Canvas Cascades on campus
Jeff Kollath Intro to Statistical   Methods  - ST 352 Canvas On campus
Kathy Greaves Human Sexuality - HDFS 240 Canvas On Campus
Amy Harwell Human Anatomy &   Physiology – Z 333 Canvas Ecampus

 

laSells-stewart-center-480x320Lynn Greenough will provide an overview of the LMS evaluation  for OSU’s Faculty Senate on March 13. The overview will include a description of what is happening, why we are taking on the evaluation, how the process works, opportunities to get involved, and how the decision will be made. Faculty Senate meets in LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall 3-5 pm.

Faculty Senate meetings and forums sponsored by the Faculty Senate will be webcast at http://live.oregonstate.edu/. The webcast will be available a few minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Following the meeting or forum, the webcast will be linked from this site.

 

sandboxWe are recruiting teachers (instructors, faculty, GTAs) to teach classes in the candidate systems. An incentive of $1,000 will be paid to eligible instructors who complete a course in spring term in one of the candidate systems, and whose class participates in evaluation activities at the beginning and end of the term (surveys and a focus group).  Support will be available to assist instructors move courses into the sandbox environments and throughout the term.

If you are interested in applying to teach a course in a sandbox system please send Lynn Greenough (lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu) an email with a paragraph that includes the following information. Applications are due to Lynn by end of day Monday, March 10, 2014.

·         Note the name, course number and section number/s (where applicable) of the course you propose to teach in spring term

·         Note the size of your class

·         Describe your level of proficiency in using a learning management system (Blackboard or other): high, medium or low (note that proficiency level does not impact likelihood of being selected).

·         Describe your typical use of features and functionality in your course sites:

·         Light – you post syllabus and related course documents, and enter grades

·         Medium – you post lecture notes, images or videos. May set up menus, or modules for course elements. May add or move gradebook columns.

·         Heavy – you routinely make use of discussion boards, quizzes, assignments, videos and images. May integrate publisher content, or links to resources outside of the LMS. May use weighted grades or grading schemas. May download and upload grade center data using Excel.

 

Please note the following:

 

·         In order to obtain the best evaluation results, we are seeking a variety of class sizes and levels, course material, disciplines, and subject areas

·         No more than 16 courses will be selected for teaching in the sandbox sites (8 Blackboard and 8 Canvas).

·         Instructors will be assigned one of the systems (either Canvas or Blackboard)

·         Technical support will be available to instructors and students to answer questions and resolve issues. Help will also be available to instructors to set course sites up.  The tight timeline and sandbox environments may require additional time commitment on the part of participants.

Application emails are due to Lynn Greenough by end of day, March 10

Selection of instructors / courses will be communicated by end of day March 13

If you have any questions about the LMS evaluation or the sandbox selection process, please notify Lynn Greenough.

 

Thank you!