Rich Internet Applications

Rich Internet Applications - Conversations and Mashup

CLEAR’s RIAs Michigan State’s Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) has created a number of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) that can be used across a variety of disciplines. Because CLEAR is funded by a US Department of Education grant, the applications are free to use. Furthermore, they do not include annoying advertisements. As a world language instructor, I have used a…

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April 28, 2016 |
Katy Krings, MPH Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Katy Krings, MPH – Public Health Program

Katy Krings is in her final semester of the MPH program and is an excellent example of how online education can be used as a powerful tool to reach qualified individuals who wouldn’t otherwise have access to higher education. Originally from Wisconsin, Katy now lives and works as a public health nurse in rural Southwest Alaska. In fact, the area in which Katy…

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April 28, 2016 |
Learning Questions

It’s all in How You Ask – Posing Questions to Engage Learners

A few months ago, my teenaged son came home from seeing a movie with a friend. I cheerfully asked, “How was the movie?” He responded, “Good.” I shook my head and sighed. “Let me rephrase,” I said. He rolled his eyes at me. “Tell me about the movie!” He smirked. “I already did. It was good.” I felt thwarted by…

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April 22, 2016 |
Applied Nutrition

UNE Announces New Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Online

The University of New England’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies is excited to announce the opening of a new Master of Science in Applied Nutrition online. The mission of the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the nutrition field, to advance knowledge and expand skills that promote excellence and innovation in…

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April 20, 2016 |
Webinar Series

Webinar: How to Assure Quality in Your Online Course

Yesterday, the entire Instructional Design team in CGPS put on a (rather successful, by our estimation) webinar on assuring quality in online courses. We recorded the webinar for the faculty, administrators and staff who could not make it to the live broadcast. That recording is below: httpv:// (Note: The first 26 minutes are of the webinar, with one or two…

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April 15, 2016 |
Global Health and Innovation at UNE

UNE Online Attends Unite for Sight

In its 13th year, the Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC), presented by Unite for Sight will take place this weekend at Yale University in New Haven, CT. GHIC is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all over the country and globe. Stop by…

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April 14, 2016 |
Finding Articles with Summon

It's Easy to Find Articles with Summon

In your courses, you are often required to locate an assigned reading using the UNE Library website. For advanced searches, it’s recommended that you use the Full Text Journals page. However, this tool, Summon, which is embedded right on the main Library page, has saved me a ton of time! Not only does it make it easy to plug in…

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April 11, 2016 |
Blackboard MacGyver

Macgyvering Blackboard

While I won’t pretend that I am among the generation that watched and enjoyed MacGyver during the mid 80s and early 90’s, the concept of “MacGyvering” is one that I feel transcends generations. It reflects the ability to take whatever you have on hand, however impractical it may be, and accomplish what needs to be done. Secret agents like Angus…

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March 31, 2016 |
Essential Questions

Why do it: Essential Questions for Learning

We have been talking on and off about essential questions with Chris. Just the other day, because I am facilitating an online course about online course development (yup, I am!), a participant in the course submitted a syllabus with an essential question in it, and this was such a joyous moment that I had to capitalize on it and spread…

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March 24, 2016 |
Health Informatics Webinar

Health Informatics Informational Webinar

Are you interested in Health Informatics, but not quite sure what it is? View the Webinar! ‘What to Expect from a Degree or Certificate in Health Informatics’ UNE Online is now offering two online health informatics programs designed to prepare the next generation of clinical, IT, and data experts: Master of Science in Health Informatics and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics. These…

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March 21, 2016 |
Project Naptha

Grab Text from Images with Project Naptha

Images are powerful tools for communication, and we try to use them in our courses wherever we can. A picture can speak a thousand words, as they say. More practically, a quiz asking students to identify the bones of the human skeleton makes more sense visually than as text. At the same time, however, images can be extremely frustrating if…

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March 17, 2016 |
Educating Literacy Teachers Online

Dr. Lane Clarke co-authors book on educating literacy teachers online

Dr. Lane Clarke, of the Education Department at UNE, recently co-authored a book on educating Literacy teachers in an online format.  From the foreword: “This might very well be the book that inspires you, like me, to find a trusted colleague, take a few risks, and begin your own journey toward moving a literacy course or whole program online.” —…

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March 14, 2016 |

Tips for Gamifying Your Course

Looking to heighten student interest and understanding? Then consider gamification. What’s gamification? Gamification entails using game design elements, game thinking, and game mechanics in non-game contexts to make learning more engaging. Gamification boasts many benefits (1). It not only fosters student engagement, but also increases retention. It engages people’s natural desire to explore and make meaningful decisions. It’s also a…

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March 10, 2016 |
Transformative Leadership

Transformative Leaders and Learners in Ed.D.

“To know how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know myself takes wisdom. To manage other people’s lives takes strength, but to manage my own life takes true power. If I am content with what I have, I can live simply and enjoy both prosperity and free time. If my goals are clear, I can achieve them without fuss.…

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March 7, 2016 |
Program Assessment

Assessment: You have options beyond multiple choice and lit review

In backward design, you start any course or lesson with the goal in mind (=the outcome, hence “backward”), and then design an assessment (or a series of assessments) to allow students to demonstrate that they have mastered a certain concept or a skill – as determined by the outcome (or competency). Then, you scaffold the assignments (activities) and put together course materials…

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March 3, 2016 |
HIMSS 2016 Exhibit and Conference

UNE Online exhibits at Health Informatics conference

Health Informatics is a field experiencing explosive growth, and UNE Online is right there on the leading edge of this innovative field. As an exhibitor at the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition this year, we’ll have a booth in University Row. As a perk of the program, we have provided for free admission for UNE Online Health Informatics students…

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February 29, 2016 |
Discussion Board

Discussion Board Best Practices - A Webinar with Susan Hyde

Happy to say our webinar on Discussion Board Best Practices went swimmingly, thanks in almost every respect to our one and only Susan Hyde. Her presentation is recorded below. httpv:// Resources from the Slideshow (2016). Best Practices for Managing Online Discussions. Teaching Online. The University of Rhode Island. Retrieved from Infande, Al. (2013). A Dozen Strategies for Improving Online…

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February 25, 2016 |
Public Domain Images

Resources for Finding Public Domain Images

We at CGPS are constantly working with visuals to make our online courses more engaging. Often, this means searching the Internet for images with suitable licensing for reuse, or most often for images that are in the public domain. UNE isn’t an ad-agency; it is a school. And while it is important that we maintain a budget for making what…

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February 19, 2016 |
Bill Cowen, Ed.D.

William Cowen: First Member of First Ed.D. Cohort at UNE

When William Cowen presented his dissertation recently, he became the first member of the first cohort of the Education Doctoral program at UNE Online. The title of his study is “An exploration of intrapersonal communication as a self-leadership strategy in social entrepreneurs.” In his professional life, William Cowen is an instructor at Villanova University in the Department of Communication and…

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February 15, 2016 |
Online Lecture Engagement

Engagement and Interactivity in Online Lectures: Exploring TED-Ed

In the best circumstances, a lecture attended in person is an exercise in engagement and interactivity as well as instruction. Understandably, this too is what we strive for in online education, but we are presented with additional hurdles. The instruction being given is prerecorded, has already happened, and cannot be influenced in real time by ideas in the classroom. Students…

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February 11, 2016 |
Dr. Michelle Collay

Teachers as Leaders: a Reflection

In almost every class I’ve ever taught, I open with: “Tell us a story about a memorable teacher.” Everyone has one story or many. Almost all are positive, and a few were memorable in a bad way. As you read about one of mine, recall one of your own and please share your stories in the comments below. Starting over in high…

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February 8, 2016 |
Audio Lectures with Audacity

Polish Your Lecture Audio with Audacity

Have you ever listened to an audio file that just didn’t sound right? It might have been a podcast, a radio interview, or even an online lecture. Maybe it was plagued by a constant hissing noise in the background. Perhaps the speaker’s voice was clear and loud at the beginning, but muffled and soft towards the end. Or, you might…

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February 4, 2016 |
Jessica Healy, MPH

Student Spotlight: Jessica Healy, MPH – Public Health Program

Recent UNE Online graduate, Jessica Healy, makes strides against underage drinking in Massachusetts Jessica Healy, Regional Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Health Department in Hudson, MA, is spearheading a five-town substance abuse initiative to fight against underage drinking. Through a 3-year, $300,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, town coalitions have spent the last several months…

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February 2, 2016 |
Webinar Series

Webinar: Designing Rubrics

In today’s webinar for faculty members, Designing Rubrics, Chris Malmberg and Sarah Cochran disucss the methods you can use for taking full advantage of the rubrics in your courses, both to grade students fairly and give them quality feedback.  There were many questions throughout, which we answered as best we could, but if you have more questions please write them…

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January 28, 2016 |