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January Training Sessions

To assist instructors during the back-to-school rush, ET@MO is offering Blackboard training and demonstration classes on January 18 & 27 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in N206 Memorial Union. View our schedule of events online, or request a one-on-one consultation with one of our staff. The Technology Studio (266 Heinkel Bldg.) is also open Thursdays from 1:00 - 3:00 for instructors to work alone, or receive hands-on assistance.

Submit award nominations today!

Are you or someone you know using technology at MU to enhance the student learning environment? The Excellence in Teaching with Technology Awards recognize faculty, staff, graduate instructors and teaching assistants who use technologies in the classroom that demonstrate excellence in teaching. MU faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit nominations. To find out more, and submit nominations online, go to the Provost's List of Award Programs.


Would you like feedback on your recently completed fall 2011 course?

ET@MO's Quality Course Peer Review service is available for MU instructors teaching fully online or hybrid/blended courses. The review process is faculty-centered, voluntary, and at no cost. Instructors will benefit from receiving insightful, useful, and constructive feedback on learner engagement, assessment and interaction approaches, as well as layout, design, and tool usage. Ultimately, this is a professional development activity advancing the scholarship of teaching at Mizzou. For more information and to request your course review, visit the Quality Course Peer Review page.

7 Things You Should Know About First-Generation Learning Analytics

Learning analytics (LA) applies the model of analytics to the specific goal of improving learning outcomes. LA collects and analyzes the "digital breadcrumbs" that students leave as they interact with various computer systems to look for correlations between those activities and learning outcomes. The type of data gathered varies by institution and by application, but in general it includes information about the frequency with which students access online materials or the results of assessments from student exercises and activities conducted online. Learning analytics tools can track far more data than an instructor can alone, and at their best, LA applications can identify factors that are unexpectedly associated with student learning and course completion. Download the PDF of this full article. This information is provided by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About… series which provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices.


Collaborating for Conservation
The Center for eResearch is pleased to announce its newest SyndicateMizzou feature. “Collaborating for Conservation” highlights the research of Lori Eggert, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Whether working with colleagues around the world, local agencies, or students in her lab, Professor Eggert utilizes molecular genetics techniques. Learn about her methodology and its importance for studying the ecology of large, dangerous, or hard-to-find species.

Noted expert to speak at MU
Sir Ken Robinson will speak at 1 p.m. May 15 in Bush Auditorium as part of the two-day Celebration of Teaching event. Robinson — knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his service to the arts — works with governments and international agencies to promote creativity. Register for the event now to reserve your seat for the keynote address.


Debating the ‘Flipped Classroom’ at Stanford
Stanford University got lots of attention for inviting the public to participate in a series of free online computer-science classes. One thing that’s drawn less notice is how some of the technologies that help facilitate those mega-classes are changing the experience for Stanford students learning the same subjects.

More students sending texts while they sleep
While they sleep, some students snore. Some dream. And a growing number text. Sleep texting has recently become a phenomenon worthy of attention in student and professional press circles.