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February 14, 2017
by Leanne Riseley
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Leeward CC Spring 2017 “Textbook Cost: $0” Information and Infographic

Leeward CC continues to provide our students with high quality course materials with zero out of pocket costs, saving our students hundreds and thousands of dollars. We wanted to share this semester’s statistics with you in this fun, and easy to understand infographic.

Highlights include:

  • 255 “Textbook Cost: $0” CRN (sections) or 21% of all CRNs  (up from 217 last semester)
  • 4739 students enrolled in “Textbook Cost: $0” classes (up from 4194 last semester)

Textbook Cost: $0 Sections rising each semester

For more information on the overall Open Educational Resources initiative, please visit the project website.

February 9, 2017
by Leanne Riseley
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LMS Vendor Presentations *Update* – Test Livestream Before the Session

LMS logosAs announced earlier, Learning Management Presentations will be this week and next. If you plan to view the presentations using the live streaming option, it is highly recommended you test your device prior to the scheduled presentation time. You will need to enable Flash to view the live stream.

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TEST your computer or mobile device.

Need Help? Check the Adobe Flash Player Help page for download, installation, plug-in enabling, and troubleshooting information.

 

 

Providing is a copy of the presentation schedule:

  • Monday, Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Monday, Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – Schoology
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 12:30 pm – Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – Blackboard
  • Wednesday, Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – Blackboard
  • Thursday, Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – Sakai (Longsite)
  • Tuesday, Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – Canvas
  • Wednesday, Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – Canvas

During the presentation, there will be phone “bridge” so you can call and ask your questions in real-time.

The most up-to-date information may be found at the LMS Review website (Presentations)

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February 8, 2017
by Leanne Riseley
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LMS Vendor Presentations *Update* – Livestreaming

LMS logosLast week, you were invited to attend presentations by Learning Management System (LMS) Vendors (refer to original blog post).  In addition to live presentation at UH Manoa, via HITS in LC-108A at Leeward, it will also be streamed in real-time. Use your desktop computer or mobile device to access the livestream via this link.

All sessions will also be recorded and posted.

Here is a copy of the presentation schedule:

  • Monday, Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Monday, Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – Schoology
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 12:30 pm – Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – Blackboard
  • Wednesday, Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – Blackboard
  • Thursday, Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – Sakai (Longsite)
  • Tuesday, Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – Canvas
  • Wednesday, Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – Canvas

The most up-to-date information may be found at the LMS Review website (Presentations)

Feedback on the LMS Review project may be submitted to the LMS Committee via this form.

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January 31, 2017
by Leanne Riseley
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Learning Management System Vendor Presentations

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In December, a blog post announced the University of Hawaii System has started the process of reviewing Learning Management System (LMS). As part of the process, LMS Vendors have been invited to present and answer questions. If you are interested in learning more about each of the LMS platforms, you are invited to the following sessions: Note: sessions for most vendors are being offered more than once.

  • Monday, Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Monday, Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – Schoology
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 12:30 pm – Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – Blackboard
  • Wednesday, Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – Blackboard
  • Thursday, Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – Sakai (Longsite)
  • Tuesday, Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – Canvas
  • Wednesday, Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – Canvas

Presentations will be at UH Manoa Campus, Kuykendall. We are planning to have these presentations available via HITS in the Educational Media Center, LC-108B. The most current schedule is posted at https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/lms/.

 

 

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January 11, 2017
by Rachael Inake
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Laulima Forums: Profile Photo and Statistics & Grading

New in Laulima Forums – profile photo and grading and statistics!

Profile Photo

Forums now has the ability for everyone to show their profile photo next to the posts you authored. To add your photo, go to Laulima > My Workspace > Profile and upload your photo there. This adds a personal touch to online synchronous discussions when you can see the person’s photo of who you’re conversing with.

Laulima My Workspace Profile Picture

Add profile photo

Statistics & Grading

The Statistics & Grading feature allows the instructor to see activity statistics such as how many posts a student authored and read. (Although, I’m not too sure how accurate the “read”/”unread” statistic is since you have to manually click the “Mark all as read” button when you open a thread to mark it as “read”.) With this feature, you can view statistics for each student/user or by topic. It also makes grading easier because there’s a link to input the grade right there, too, that’s connected to the Gradebook tool. (Note: You must add a gradebook item for your discussions in the Gradebook tool before you’re able to input grades from the Forums tool.)

Screenshot of Forums stats view by "User"

Forums stats view by User

Screenshot of Forums stats view by "Topic"

Forums stats view by “Topic”

Click here to learn more (complete with screenshots) and check it out in your Laulima sites!

January 11, 2017
by Brent Hirata
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Laulima Attendance Tool

Are you looking for a simple way to record attendance in your face-to-face or online course?  The Laulima Attendance tool might be just the tool for you.   Did you know that for every course section you teach (face-to-face or online) a Laulima course shell (with roster) is created?

With the Attendance tool enabled you can:

  • Quickly print a functional sign-in  sheet that you can use to check people in (without technology).
  • Quickly take attendance on the fly without paper by clicking “Take Attendance Now”.

You may wish to customize the tool to your situation by:

  • Customizing the criteria (example: Present, Absent, Excused, Late, Left Early, Comment).
  • Setting up your Attendance Items in advance (vs. on the fly)  by clicking on “Attendance Items” and entering a Name, Date & Time (repeat for each planned class meeting).
  • Grade Attendance and send it to Laulima Gradebook

Lastly once you begin using the tool you can view statistics by Attendance Item (ex. by class meeting) or by Student (ex. student’s record of attendance)

Here is an overview video of the Attendance tool  https://youtu.be/DSwpp6NTPQM (University of Dayton 5:05 min.)

 

January 4, 2017
by Rachael Inake
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Laulima Upgraded from Sakai v2.9.3 to v10.7

Over the 2016 winter break, ITS Laulima Support ugraded Laulima to v10.7. There are subtle interface changes and some bigger changes like new features added. Check out the list of changes here. Some highlights include:

  • Assignments:
    • Group submissions
    • Peer assessment on submissions
    • Ability to send email notification to students when their grade is released and re-submission is available
  • Gradebook:
    • Extra Credit
    • Last Date of Attendance can be added to Course Grades which can then upload directly to MyUH when you publish grades from Laulima
  • Resources: Drag and drop files
  • Mailtool” name has been changed to “Email

December 14, 2016
by Leanne Riseley
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What Students Are Saying about Using OER

Over the past three semesters, several instructors who taught using no-cost or Open Educational Resources sent a survey to their students to see how these resources affected their learning. The results below are a summary of the findings.

Demographics

There were a total of 530 students who took the survey (97% Leeward and 3% Kapiolani students) in 16 different courses.

Have you saved money with your instructor adopting no-cost or OER resources?It wasn’t a surprise that 94% of survey responses showed they feel they saved money by using no-cost or OER resources.

Comments from students included:

“I was thrilled that Professor X was using OER resources. Money is very tight as it is for most college students, especially non-traditional students with families.”

“…I didn’t have to buy any books and we learned just as much as other classes where you had to buy a book maybe even better. I wish most classes were like this so we can save paper books money time.”

“Yes, absolutely! I live in Hawaii by myself, and as you know with the high cost of living here, saving every little bit helps. I am on financial aid, and scholarships. Just this simple act on the professors, as well as the colleges part, I was able to save money and use it in other places in regards to my education.”

 

 

Access and Use

The majority (97%) of the materials were accessed through the Learning Management System (Laulima). 48% of the students identified general online resources as a way they accessed their materials. 37% of students used Library online resources. It was interesting to note that 28% said they rely on print by the Instructor and 20% print it themselves.

92% of the students reported having access to a device and the Internet to access the resources. 90% found the resources easy to navigate, download, or print.  Approximately the same number of students reported using the resources frequently throughout the semester.

These access and use statistics have remained consistent for the last three semesters.

Quality

87% felt the quality of the no-cost resources were just as good as a traditional textbook.

Student’s Opinions

80% felt they did better in the course because they had access to the resources from the first day of class.

88% felt the instructor showed concern for them because they chose no-cost resources.

86% would be more likely to register for a “Textbook Cost: $0” course vs. one without a label. 97% would take another course that used “Textbook Cost: $0” resources.

95% reported no challenges with the no-cost resources.

It is interesting to note that in all areas, there was a small percentage of students (about 6%) who did not hold the same opinions regarding access, quality, and lack of challenges using no-cost resources.

Some of the General comments

“This is a much better alternative to traditional textbooks. It saves money, and much more useful and easy to access than printed textbooks. I hope all classes will convert to this method in the future.” – Spring 2016 student

“I did better in this class than I did in my other classes. All texts needed were easy to access and understand. I honestly don’t feel I would have been able to afford another book and I am very thankful that my professor chose to use no-cost resources.” – Fall 2015  student

“You can’t go wrong with downloadable textbooks. You don’t have to carry bulky books and you are using your computer to do assignments anyway! It’s all in one place.” – Fall 2015 student

“Textbook Cost $0 saves me money, time, and providing me with the education needed to succeed. It saved me the stress by going down to the crowded (fixed spelling “crowed”) book store to buy a expensive book. I really appreciate our professor X (removed name) for her concerns for us student and this program.” – Fall 2015 student

“I would say that just because there is no textbook doesn’t mean there is no work. You have to work just as hard. Also the resources are just notes of your teachers so please do NOT plagiarize! Have respect for the teachers who give you this no cost textbook option because it shows that they care, that they understand the struggles of having to pay for expensive textbooks!” – Fall 2015 student

“It saves a lot of money and isn’t a hassle at all!” – Fall 2015 student

“The quality of learning from a course that uses OER resources is just as good as when you have to spend hundreds of dollars on a textbook or two.” – Fall 2015 student

“I was happy and very thankful when she told us that we didn’t need to buy a textbook. This was the first time and I hope it’s not the last time. I wish more professors could do this for their students.” – Fall 2015 student

“…it is a great way to save money while not compromising quality of education. In some ways, like having access to material from anywhere at anytime, it improves the quality of learning.” – Fall 2016 student

“Definitely a benefit in taking this class. You don’t have to carry your book with you. You can do your assignments as long as you have Internet access.” – Fall 2016 student

“Cost friendly and easy on the back. No books to carry!” – Fall 2016 student

“This wouldn’t work for all classes. Some classes use the textbook a lot and it makes it easier to have a textbook to read and write on.” – Fall 2016 student

“I loved not having a textbook. We got to have SO many different readings, insights and resources then if we got it all from the same place (a textbook). Also, being a college student and not having tons of money, I really appreciated not having to buy a textbook!” – Fall 2016 student


Thank you to Kelsie Aguilera, Jayne Bopp, Ross Higa, Michelle Igarashi, Ann Inoshita, Gregg Longanecker, Lani Uyeno, Jonathan Wong, and Susan Wood for helping to provide this student data.

For more information, please visit the Open Educational Resources Fellowship Program.

 

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December 12, 2016
by Leanne Riseley
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Review of Learning Management System (Laulima)

LaulimaThe University of Hawai’i System adopted Sakai (Laulima) in 2007. We are approaching our 10-year anniversary using Laulima as our Learning Management System (LMS). Therefore, the UH System will be reviewing current LMS platforms to select the one that best supports the teaching and learning needs of our institution.
If you are interested in learning more about the various LMS platforms and to see the progress of the committee, I encourage you to check the project website that has been setup to share information with the UH campuses: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/lms
Here is a timeline of the project. We will keep this updated as the project progresses.
We are tentatively planning on having a number of LMS vendors conduct live presentations in February 2017. Stay tuned for future announcements.

 If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Riseley (455-0676).

December 6, 2016
by Rachael Inake
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Don’t forget to apply for your letters of completion

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As you wrap up things for the semester, consider applying for a letter of completion if you attended a workshop from the EMC and implemented something in your classroom. (This serves as good evidence for your next dossier.) No worries if you took a workshop this semester and haven’t implemented yet; you can apply after next semester. Here are the links to apply for a letter of completion (or badge):

Look out for emails from the Educational Media Center for our upcoming Spring 2017 workshops. To learn more about our Learning with Technology for Teaching services, click here.

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