A new version of Voicethread has been released, and is now the official active version in use by JHU. This version has some notable new features and a greatly updated user interface. (Catch a good glimpse of what it looks like in this short video.)
CTL Blog Educational Technology Updates from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Category: Online Courses
The JHSPH Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers some comprehensive resources and courses for preparing to TA:
1. The first is the Teaching Toolkit web site, which contains an area for TA's: https://sites.google.com/site/ctltteachingtoolkit/teaching-assistants including specific TA information for each JHSPH department, an FAQ, and information on our two mostly self-paced TA training offerings.
2. The second part of the training program is a self-paced, fully online short course, Teaching Assistantships 1: Essential Elements (TA1), which orients Teaching Assistants to the roles and responsibilities of their position, relevant policies and regulations, technical tools, teaching tips, and other important information. This short course is offered every term and must be completed within an academic year. Facilitators will be available to answer questions, but the course is specifically designed so that a student can complete activities at their convenience. Students will be required to interact with others at the school (i.e. faculty, academic coordinators, other TA's) in order to complete the brief assignments. Register here!
3. Finally, there is Teaching Assistantships 2: Interactive Methods (TA2), a cohort-based practicum for those who have completed TA1: Essential Elements, in which TA's put their skills and knowledge into practice by facilitating discussions, resolving potential issues, brainstorming management techniques, and interacting with each other and their course facilitators. This course is scheduled 2-3 times per academic year and runs for 3 weeks, with the first 2 weeks completed online, but requiring interaction with other students taking the course. The third week will involve either two 1-hour on-campus sessions or two 1-hour LiveTalks. Students can decide if the online or on-campus session in the final week is appropriate, based on their planned TA assignment (online or on campus course). If desired, a student can attend both the on campus and online LiveTalk sessions.
We offer a certificate of completion for those who complete both TA1 and TA2.
We look forward to your participation!
Blended and Flipped: Exploring New Models for Effective Teaching & Learning (PDF) is a new resource just added to the Flipped Classrooms page in the CTL Teaching Toolkit. It is a detailed special report from Faculty Focus, which is comprised of many individual articles on integrating online and face-to-face activities, course design, reflection, flippable moments, and more!
With all of the recent migrations and changes to @JHU email and CoursePlus, there are a couple key things that we should all do:
1. Update your Email address (to @jhu.edu) on the CoursePlus eLearning Account page. Once you have been migrated on email, this important step will help ensure that your emails come from and go to the correct address.
2. Change all bookmarks and/or reference links from distance.jhsph.edu to courseplus.jhsph.edu. This will help ensure that students or others attempting to reach a particular class or destination will be able to. Keep in mind that your saved passwords will also be tied to the old address, so you will likely want to re-save any passwords in your preferred browsers.
Also, if you experience oddities or abnormalities while using CoursePlus, here are some tips to try before contacting CTLHelp:
- Clear your browser cache: http://ctl.jhsph.edu/help/index.cfm/go/faq.display/faqID/75/
- If that does not work, please ensure that you don’t have any kind of “on startup, pick up exactly where I left off” settings turned on. Google Chrome has this in the Chome Preferences, under “Settings” -> “On Startup.”
When a faculty, TA or staff member previews a quiz in the online course system, they have two options to choose from: "Test the Quiz as a Faculty/TA/Staff member" and "Test the Quiz as a Student.” These two options are nearly identical, and the separate links were only added after we received feedback years ago from a handful of people who weren't sure what things would look like to students vs. faculty who were taking or testing a quiz.
The only functional difference between "Test the Quiz as a Faculty/TA/Staff member" and "Test the Quiz as a Student” on that page is that clicking the "Test the Quiz as a Faculty/TA/Staff member" link resets your attempt on the quiz every time, whereas the "Test the Quiz as a Student" link lets you pick up where you left off on a multi-access quiz. Even so, if you access a multi-access quiz on the "test as student" link, you're presented with the option to start over with a new copy anyway. There's no real difference between the two links.
As such, we have combined the "Test the Quiz as a Faculty/TA/Staff member" and "Test the Quiz as a Student” links on this page into a single link titled “Test the Quiz."
The single “Test the Quiz” link will act the same as the current "Test the Quiz as a Student” link in that if you access a multi-access quiz on the "Test as student" link, you're presented with the option to start over with a new copy anyway.
The current CTL course access policy states that faculty, staff, and students have access to course websites for the current and previous academic years. The 2013-2014 academic year ends on Friday, May 23, 2014 — the day after convocation.
This means that access to courses in the 2012-2013 academic year will end on Friday, May 23, 2014. Students are strongly encouraged to download files and other information that they need from 2012-2013 academic year course sites before Friday, May 23, 2014. It will not be possible to access 2012-2013 academic year course sites after that time.
Mail messages sent from CoursePlus, the online course system, and other Center for Teaching and Learning servers between 5:01pm yesterday, April 29, 2014, and 10:05am today, April 30, 2014, was delayed due to problems with the JHU mail gateways. We became aware of this problem early this morning and JHSPH IT team members resolved the problem at approximately 10:05am.
Messages sent from CoursePlus, the online course system, and other Center for Teaching and Learning servers during this time were not lost. They were simply delayed until the issue with the JHU mail gateways was resolved.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you.