Category: Online Courses

Jul 11 2014

Blended and Flipped: Exploring New Models for Effective Teaching & Learning

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! 

 

0 comments - Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 3:30 PM - Categories: Distance Learning | Innovation & Inspiration | Online Courses | Teaching Tips

Jun 2 2014

Two Things all JHSPH Faculty and Students Should Do...

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:

  1. Clear your browser cache: http://ctl.jhsph.edu/help/index.cfm/go/faq.display/faqID/75/
  2. 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.”

Of course, if trouble persists, please use the CTL Help resources or open a help call

0 comments - Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 2:02 PM - Categories: Course Tools | CoursePlus | Distance Learning | General | Online Courses | Tech Tools

May 22 2014

Change to the "Preview Quiz" Page in the Quiz Generator

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.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:10 AM - Categories: Course Tools | Online Courses

May 9 2014

Reminder: Access to AY2012-2013 Course Sites Ends on May 23, 2014

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.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:04 PM - Categories: CoursePlus | Online Courses

Apr 30 2014

Delayed Sending of Mail from CTL Servers

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.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:25 AM - Categories: CoursePlus | Online Courses

Apr 29 2014

Two Changes to the Class Email Tool

As part of the work merging the online course system and CoursePlus, we've made a couple of small and (hopefully) helpful changes to email messages sent from the class email tool.

First, all courses (online or on-campus) will list the course number in the subject line of every message. Currently, online courses display a shortened version of the course name in the subject line. Many students do not know what these shortened versions of the course name mean. Messages sent through CoursePlus currently display the course number in the subject line. By making all courses, regardless of modality, use the same format for the subject line, we'll eliminate some confusion and create a more consistent experience.

Second, all email messages sent through the class email tool will be framed in a nice, gray box and will include a “Go to the class website” button at the bottom of all messages.

This is a small visual change, but makes the messages look nicer. With the addition of the “Go to the class website” button, everyone receiving the message now has an easy way to get to the class website from the email message.

0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:45 AM - Categories: Course Tools | CoursePlus | Online Courses

Apr 24 2014

Speeding Up (or Slowing Down) Lecture Playback

One of the advantages of video-based lectures in online courses is that the videos can be sped up or slowed down as needed during playback. The video player used in online courses here at the School has had this capability since May 2013. 

To speed up video playback, press SHIFT + the right arrow key at the same time.

To slow down video playback, press SHIFT + the left arrow key at the same time.

There are whole host of tools for controlling playback of lectures in the online course video player. Simply press the ? key while playing a lecture video to see the full set of controls. You'll see a help screen like this:

Video player controls

In addition to pause/play, speeding up or slowing down playback, you can also jump to 10%, 20%, 30% into the video by pressing the 1, 2 or 3 keys, respectively. This works for all 1-9 keys.

Please note that smartphones (iPhones, Android phones) have their own playback controls that supercede those we build into the online course system. Therefore, speeding up and slowing down the playback of lectures on a mobile device may not be possible depending on the device used.

Additionally, speeding up and slowing down playback of video does not work in Internet Explorer 9 or older versions of Firefox. By having an up-to-date browser, you'll have the full set of playback controls available to you!

 

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:02 AM - Categories: Online Courses

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