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T-CART grant applications due from faculty Feb. 20

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the T-CART grant programs, formerly known as the STEP grants, partnering with three separate campus offices to provide faculty with funding to advance their teaching, learning, scholarly, and creative work. All applications are due February 20, 2017. Recipients will be notified by March 3, 2017.

Summer Course (Re) Design

The Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) are pleased to announce a joint program to assist faculty wishing to develop new courses (or redesign already existing courses) that pursue creative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

Whether through digital tools, or “hybrid” approaches that re-imagine class as a space for active and collaborative learning (e.g. flipping), pedagogical innovations provide many opportunities for creative change. These novel modes of education allow for the thoughtful exploration of new teaching methods and technologies, course designs, and strategies for promoting participatory learning. They can also result in a comprehensive change in the way the course is taught, and/or how students are given feedback or assessed (for example, using e-Portfolios for learning assessment throughout a course).

For more information about this grant, visit the Call for Proposals for Summer Course (Re) Design.

Blended Online Learning Development (BOLD)

This joint grant, sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Office of Online Education, is intended to encourage faculty interested in developing high quality online or blended courses in support of the undergraduate mission.

Whether you are looking to create a completely online course, defined as those where greater than 50% of the face-to-face time is replaced by online activities, or a blended course, where 25% to 50% of face-to-face time is replaced with online activities, this grant offers compensation for the time necessary to design and develop a high quality course and ensures the assistance of an instructional designer and technical assistance.

For more information about this grant, visit the Call for Proposals for 2017 Blended and Online Learning Development (BOLD) Grants.

Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP)

The Office of the Provost and Information Systems are excited to announce the 7th annual STEP grants. This joint grant program provides funding for faculty summer projects to explore new and existing technologies with the potential to enhance teaching, scholarly, and creative work.

This is the opportunity for faculty to explore a range of technologies, devices, and software and to integrate them into their work.  For more information on the grant including examples of technologies to explore visit the Call for Proposals for Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP).

All applications are due February 20, 2017. Recipients will be notified by March 3, 2017

Updated DeaconSpace available now

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

On Jan. 7, DeaconSpace, the online space scheduling software, was updated with a more intuitive interface. The new DeaconSpace is built specifically to meet the needs of everyday users – students, faculty and staff who simply want to book a meeting or reserve a space to meet, work, practice, or study with minimal effort. The new interface allows you to accomplish these tasks with the fewest possible clicks, in the least amount of time possible, without any training or help (although we’ll provide some of that too).

The new DeaconSpace delivers a faster and easier way to check availability and schedule meetings, rooms and workspaces. It also includes a single view of meetings so that users can visualize all of their bookings on a single screen. Additionally, it is better optimized for mobile devices which enables users to schedule on-the-go.

Additional changes include the consolidation of many request forms to make it easier for users to find the spaces you want to request. For more information and documentation, please visit: https://rooms.wfu.edu/help.

Comings and goings for October 2016

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October 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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September 2016 staff milestones

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Online learning resource Lynda.com available to all

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and CIO. It was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff Sept. 19:

Information Systems is pleased to announce that, beginning today, September 19th, all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff have access to the leading online creative and professional skills provider, Lynda.com.

The over 4,000 self-paced courses, ranging from Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel, SPSS and MATLAB to Mobile App Development, 3D Animation and Presentation Skills, are:

  • organized in modular, easy to use and manage, 5 to 15 minute segments
  • searchable, so you can identify specific topics without watching an entire course (for example, Create Pivot Tables in Excel or Remove Red-Eye in a Photo)
  • downloadable for offline use via mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, AppleTV and Roku.

Three different ways to access the entire Lynda.com library:

–Sign into WFU Google Mail with your Wake Forest email address (your_username@nullwfu.edu) and password. Click the App Launcher (box of dots, top right of inbox), scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Lynda icon.

OR

–Go directly to lynda.wfu.edu and, if prompted, enter your WFU email address and password. Bookmark this page for future reference.

OR

–Download a mobile app. To log into the app, enter wfu.edu as your organization.

In the weeks ahead, we will share some of our favorite tips and courses via Twitter and Facebook. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Comings and Goings for July 2016

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August 2016 staff milestones

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VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17

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This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL (http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2541/) to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit go.wfu.edu/vericite. If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email LMSTeam@nullwfu.edu.

Sakai workshops available to faculty

This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

Wake Forest’s Learning Management System Team will be hosting a variety of Sakai related workshops to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year. This includes a general introduction to Sakai for faculty who are new to the system or would like a refresher.

A new offering,”Technology Confidence Camp: Sakai,” is a low-enrollment workshop and is suitable for those faculty who would like to build their technology confidence.

Sakai’s Lesson Builder, popular among faculty transitioning to a flipped classroom, is used to create structured units of learning containing multiple pages and subpages for arrangement and delivery of content organized by lesson. Additional tools within Lessons: polls, student-generated content with rubric grading and peer review, gradable comments, and embedded videos.

Please register for Sakai workshops on the PDC website (http://pdc.wfu.edu/?q=sakai).