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October 2014 Newsletter

Please read below for upcoming events through the APDC and Learning Technologies Team.  We have a busy October planned!

Upcoming APDC Events:

On Wednesday, October 8 at 11:30 am in the SUB Alumni Room, we will have an APDC Lunch on Managing Disruptive Classroom Behavior.  Dana Vazzana from the APDC will discuss some strategies for dealing with classroom issues, and Joe Hamilton from the University Counseling Center and Vicky Wehner from Disability Services will be available to answer questions about specific student behavior issues and the resources that their offices can provide. Lunch will be provided.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, October 3 via the following form: Disruptive Behavior RSVP Form

On Wednesday, October 22 at 11:30 am in the SUB Alumni Room, we will have an APDC Lunch.  Jeremy Byers, Truman's 2014 Educator of the Year, will present The Critical Link: Leveraging Faculty/Student Interaction in Retention and Academic Success.  Lunch will be provided.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, October 17 through the following form: 10/22 Lunch RSVP

Remember that we will be watching the 20-minute Monday Morning Mentor video every Monday from 11:45-12:05 in the SUB Conference Room.  Bring your lunch and join us!  Beverages and cookies are provided.  Upcoming topics are as follows:

9/29:         What Do Students Want in Online Courses?
10/6:         Linking, Embedding & Streaming: What's Legal? What's Not?
10/13:       What are 5 FAQs About Faculty Roles in the Flipped Class?
10/20:       What Does Copyright Ownership Mean to Me?
10/27:       Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class?

October Events from the Learning Technologies Team:

On Wednesday, October 1st, at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will host a workshop on Assessment Techniques you can Employ in Blackboard.  Following the Magna Presentation, are you considering your assessment strategies?  If so, you might find this workshop particularly helpful.  We will be demonstrating ways in which exams and problem sets can be designed to best support student learning and understanding.  In this workshop, participants learn more about creating effective problem sets and questions using the Blackboard Tests and Pools functions for a class of their choosing.

On Tuesday, October 14th at 10:30 am in VH1304, the Learning Technologies Team will hold a special session on Google Drive. Whether it’s collaborative group projects or just an easy way to store or share your projects with others, Google Drive has you covered!  Learn more about using Google Docs, Presentations, and Calendars - all features found in Google Drive that can enhance your personal and professional life!

On Wednesday, October 15th, at 12:30 pm via Zoom Cloud Meeting, we’ll take a look at Zoom, an awesome platform that combines cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings and mobile collaboration.  Feel free to sit at your desk, eat your lunch and join the Learning Technologies Team to learn more about one of the hottest topics in educational technology.  To join the meeting via computer, please go to: https://zoom.us/j/803727492

To join by phone only: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 US Toll  Meeting ID: 803 727 492   A video tutorial regarding Zoom:


On Wednesday, October 29th, at 12:30 pm in PML103 the Learning Technologies Team will cover the topic of Lecture Capture, specifically how to use Screencast-O-Matic. This session will include a discussion regarding screen recording for flipped or online classes, another resource for professors to increase student participation and foster improved learning. Participants will be given resources and links to include this recorder within a class.


To view October events in calendar format, follow the calendar link at apd.truman.edu