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Professional Online Presence Launch

Dear visitor, If you’re visiting my site for the first time, welcome!Through this redesigned website, I am establishing my professional online presence and sharing resources with the online-education community. There site is divided in two halves: one presenting my background and the other sharing resources about online education—be it in leadership, scholarship, instructional-design, and/or teaching. […]

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Win a Sonicare Electric Toothbrush to support the American Heart Association!

Echoing a message from our Dental Hygiene department — a wonderful fund-raising effort can help you win a professional Phillips Sonicare toothbrush.

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Augusta University’s Got Talent: February 1st @ Noon

Support your fellow students, staff and faculty as they sing, play instruments, recite poetry, etc.  For February, in addition to regular acts, the show will have a preview of Camelot, an Augusta University Opera Institute production. Door prize: tickets to see Camelot at Maxwell Theatre.                    Free admission. Free snacks and drinks.                    Lee Auditorium (BC-1040), Health […]

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50th Anniversary of the Desegregation of MCG

Commemorating the Past and Envisioning the Future

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Asian Studies Certificate

Augusta University is now offering a 15-credit hour undergraduate certificate in Asian Studies. To earn the certificate, students will need: 6 credits obtained in one of the following ways: a 2-semester sequence of an Asian language (CHNS 1001 and 1002 or approved language transfer credits) 6 credit hours earned on Asia Study Abroad trips a […]

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D2L Update

Our institution’s learning management system, Brightspace by D2L, has received its December continuous delivery update and is now at version 10.6.8. You can learn about this update here. The most impactful change is that final grades no longer auto release; they need to be manually released.  

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Updated Syllabus Template

I just updated the syllabus templates for online/hybrid and face-to-face courses. Please see the new syllabus version at the bottom of the Templates page. A change log is available on the same page. Below you’ll find a screenshot of the first page of the updated syllabus template.

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Resolution Run/Walk 5K in January Benefits our PA Program’s (Free) Clinic

Relaying message from PA Register Today for 5K in Support of Christ Church Clinic On behalf of the Augusta University Physician Assistant Class of 2018, we invite you to begin your new year on the right foot and join us for our annual Resolution Run/Walk 5K. This year the race is on Saturday, January 21, […]

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Call for Papers: Spring 2017 Georgia Council of Graduate Schools conference

The  Spring 2017 Georgia Council of Graduate Schools conference is calling for proposals from faculty, staff, and administrators. Proposal are due before January 20, 2017. CALL FOR PAPERS The Georgia Council of Graduate Schools will host its annual conference, April 28-29, 2017 on the Georgia Tech campus in midtown Atlanta. The theme of this year’s […]

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I am back from the USDLA conference

I had a wonderful time learning with/from eLearning professionals at the USDLA IFWE 2016 conference. I will make a blog post to highlight some of the things I have learned that may be of interest/use to you.  

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Support the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Augusta: Vote for Miracles

Credit unions are pledging financial help to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Help support our local hospital with a free and easy vote. Learn more. A moment of your time can mean money sent directly to help the children and families at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, right here in our “back yard”. So cast your vote […]

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Textbook Transformation Grants Round Eight: Due December 11, 2016

Echoing a message from Affordable Learning Georgia Reminder Textbook Transformation Grants Round Eight: Due December 11, 2016 The ALG Textbook Transformation Grants Round Six-Eight ALG Textbook Transformation Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released, and Round Eight is currently open. Round Eight applications are due on December 11, 2016. Request for Proposals Link The […]

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2016 Annual Compliance Training

We need to complete the 2016 annual compliance training by December 1, 2016. Your training assignment depends on whether you are a university and health system employee. More details below.

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Transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7/10

Echoing important communication from Information Technology (1-4000 or 1-7500)

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World Diabetes Day

Today we celebrate World Diabetes Day, as in the day set aside to remember Sir Frederick Banting’s birthday. Banting was the Canadian scientist who, in 1923, earned the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine (in collaboration with John Macleod in charge of the study’s funding) for using insulin to treat diabetes. Click here to learn more.   […]

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The NDLW 2016 Just Wrapped Up

Many thanks to the USCA team that was part of making this year’s national distance learning week (#2016NDLW) conference a success! Shout outs to:

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Allied Health Professions Week

It would be impossible to imagine a world without dental hygienists, imaging specialists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants  – to name just a few of the allied health professions. Happy allied health professions week! If you haven’t done so already, take a selfie in the Health Sciences building and share it on social […]

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Dean’s Digest of 11/9

The best thing that happened on 11/9 was to come across this passage in Dean Andrew Balas’ email digest: CAHS Instructional Designer Innovates for Distance Learning Georgianna Laws, Instructional Designer assigned to the College of Allied Health Sciences, has been very busy this year finding innovative ways to promote distance learning. She completed a project […]

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Upcoming Webinar: Open Licensing and Creative Commons

As part of the Affordable Learning Georgia community, you are invited to a free ALG Training and Development Series event: Open Licensing and Creative Commons Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 12:00pm-1:00pm Our second copyright-focused training event of the Fall focuses on open licensing, particularly Creative Commons. Anne Gilliland, Scholarly Communications Officer at the UNC Chapel Hill […]

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Daylight Saving Time Ends November 6

Time to move the clock back! Would you like to learn more about daylight saving time? The following article covers 8 things you may not know about this practice.

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Have you voted yet?

To avoid long lines on November 8, try voting early. Here are details for early voting options available in Columbia County, GA.

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De-Stress in the Lobby of the Health Sciences Building

Going batty? De-stress in the lobby of the Health Sciences building, where you can see Randle’s singing pumpkins.

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Copyright, Fair Use, and the Public Domain (Free workshop)

Register here to attend the Oct 21, 12-1 pm workshop offered for free by the Affordable Learning Georgia.

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Laney-Walker Blvd. Detour: Starting Oct. 24

Echoing message from Augusta University Facilities Planning, Design and Construction

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USDLA International Forum for Women in eLearning

I am honored to have been chosen to represent Augusta University with a presentation at the 2016 International Forum for Women in eLearning (IFWE), a conference presented by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). This conference is held every two years and it is meant to recognize the role of women leaders in the field […]

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QM 2016 Conference

The 8th Annual QM Conference will include many opportunities to learn, connect, and share. Join the QM community as we gather to collaborate in shaping education’s future. About the Conference Theme: Blazing New Trails Education, in its many forms and uses, is still a frontier. Think of the Oregon Trail. It began as a foot […]

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OLC 2017 Conference CFP

The Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT invite you to submit a proposal for the Solution Design Summit (SDS) at OLC Innovate 2017: Innovations in Blended and Online Learning Conference (#OLCInnovate). Proposals are due 11:59pm ET November 2, 2016. ABOUT OLC INNOVATE Innovations in Blended and Online Learning A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT Education […]

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DLA 2017 Conference CFP

Call for proposals will start October 15 DLA2017 will be held at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, in Jekyll Island, Georgia on June 17 – 21, 2017. The DLA symposiums are specifically designed for those involved or interested in the administration, management, planning, and evaluation of distance learning programs. If you have any questions or […]

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Mac users – Do not upgrade to OS X Sierra yet

Echoing Communication from ITS

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Early Voting in the Presidential Election

Early voting in Columbia County will be held as follows: Oct. 17 through Nov. 4 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Georgia Department of Revenue, building G3 (610 Ronald Reagan Drive, next to Zaxby’s). Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m at: Patriots Park (5445 Columbia Road) Stevens Creek Community Church (600 Stevens Creek Road). Oct. […]

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Caught in the Act of Great Teaching!

Echoing a message from the OFDTE

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Red Cross Emergency App

As Hurricane Matthew continues to move toward the United States, now is time to prepare for any potential impacts the storm may deliver. Download the Red Cross Emergency App to: receive emergency alerts discover important preparedness tips and resources customize your family’s evacuation plan Follow our University’s news on twitter and online.

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USDLA 2017: Call for Proposals Open Through Nov. 4

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference, which will take place April 30 – May 3, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. The conference theme is USDLA: 30 Years of Driving Excellence in Distance Learning. The following tracks are intended to guide the general areas of presentations: Revving […]

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What’s Next for Digital Learning in Higher Ed?

Mark your calendars for #DLNchat on October 11 at 4 p.m. ET. The questions driving OLC’s new mini-series of Twitter chats: 

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Cyber Georgia 2016

Cyber Georgia is taking place October 12-13, 2016. Scroll through the following page for more details and registration:  

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Free Upcoming Webinar: The Silent Killer

We often view meetings as threats to our time and resources – although they are unavoidable opportunities. Yet, most leaders unknowingly conduct them poorly and neglect the value of collaboration and innovation that meetings bring. Meetings are not only dreadful – they have become the leading overlooked culprit of breakdowns in productivity. Stop them from […]

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Free Upcoming Webinar: Designing Engaging Discussion Boards

Free Quality Matters Workshop for QM Instructional Design Association Members Session Title: Designing Engaging Discussion Boards Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

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It’s On Us – Title IX Legislation

Excerpts from Pres. Brooks Keels’ Communication on Title IX: The application of Title IX legislation has become important tool in addressing sexual misconduct on our nation’s college campuses. While the law prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual assault in education programs and activities, a recent study commissioned by the federal government reports that every year one […]

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National Distance Learning Week 2016: November 7-11

Registration for this free virtual conference is open through October 28, 2016. Register here: https://form.jotform.com/61615963463158. To learn more about the conference and its sessions, please visit: http://web.usca.edu/distance-learning/professional-development/2016-ndlw-virtual-conference.dot.

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Successful Trip to the Board of Regents

On Monday, 9/26, Dr. Amanda Barefield and I had a successful trip to the Board of Regents, in Atlanta. We were invited there to speak about our competency-based evaluation project. All the other presenters mentioned the crucial role that their instructional designers play in the success of their CBE endeavors. It was a joy to […]

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Health Trails Challange

HealthTrails Challenge kicks off Monday 9/26; President Keel to lead Summerville walk Looking for an excuse to take control of your health and fitness? Register for the 8-week HealthTrails Challenge, where you can log your steps, sleep and produce consumption while learning about new places. If you’re a university employee who receives benefits, register at […]

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Open Education Week 2017: March 27-31

Open Education Week, coordinated by the global Open Education Consortium, has opened its 2017 Call for Participation. Open Education Week will take place later in March than previous weeks, from March 27-31, 2017. Affordable Learning Georgia is planning on participating in Open Education Week for its third year in a row with events and materials. […]

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USDLA 2017 Annual Conference CFP

CALL FOR PROPOSALS –> Submission Deadline:  Monday, November 4, 2016 The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. Proposals are now being accepted based on the conference theme, USDLA: 30 Years of Driving Excellence in Distance Learning.

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Back to Work

After a long absence due to my husband’s life-threatening illness, I am back at work. Thankfully, my husband is doing well. Let me know how I can help you!

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Day of Service

On September 24, come out to help make a difference in our community. Details at http://dayofservice.augusta.edu/.

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Update your personal iPhones, iPads and iPods right away

Echoing an important message from IT, in case you missed it: Apple released the iOS 9.3.5 software update last Thursday to address a newly discovered security vulnerability.  Please update your personal iPhones, iPads and iPods as soon as possible so that you are fully protected against the threat. To complete the update, go to Settings […]

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D2L Version 10.6.4

D2L’s Continuous Delivery monthly update has completed and here are the release notes. Virtual Classroom YouSeeU – Instructor Guide Brightspace Help 10.6.4 for Instructors (August 2016).

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Spirit Fridays

You’ve probably heard this from various sources but we are kicking off Spirit Fridays today, August 19th. Show your school spirit by wearing Jag gear. Read more here. Today, before I got my AUG t-shirt, I proudly put on Augusta’s colors — blue and grey!

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Competency Based Education & eLearning Leadership

I am honored to share that leadership from the University System of Georgia has personally invited Dr. Amanda Barefield and I to participate in a discuss & share session in Atlanta next month focused on competency-based education and eLearning. This relates to work Dr. Barefield and I are doing on the Health Information Administration project. […]

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Cupping and the Olympic Games

Is cupping a cutting-edge cure for muscle strain?

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The Teaching Professor Technology Conference – Early Bird Ends Aug. 12

Passing on communication from the conference organizers. Prices increase next week Incorporating technology into your teaching involves much more than simply learning how to use a specific piece of software. It’s about exploring the relationship between technology and pedagogy—starting with what you want your students to know and be able to do and how technology […]

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D2L: July Continuous Release

The July continuous release version of Brightspace by D2l is now running. To see what is new, please refer to the update notes.

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D2L Changing from @GRU to @Augusta

The web addresses for the D2L systems have been updated and are available effective immediately, as follows: Students: http://lms.augusta.edu Employees: http://train.augusta.edu Leadership Academy: http://leadership-academy.augusta.edu Continuing Education: http://ce.augusta.edu The old addresses will continue to function for a brief transition period, however they will stop working in the near future. If you have created browser shortcuts or […]

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Pounce Maintenance

Pounce is temporarily down for maintenance from 2 pm today (6/30) to 8 am tomorrow (7/1).

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Summerville IT Help Desk & ECT Center Relocation

Echoing an important message from our IT team, in case you missed it: Effective immediately, the Summerville IT Help Desk and ECT Center services are moving to the Reese Library. Visitors looking for IT assistance or to check out or return equipment should visit the information desk on the first floor of the Reese Library. […]

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Returning to work

Dear all, After a successful business trip to China, Japan, and the Distance Learning Administration conference, I am back in Augusta and will resume work next week. I am in process of putting a small photo album together for you; please stay tuned! In the mean time, here is a photo at the Great Wall […]

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New Record

The site just hit 1000+ visitors. Wow! Thank you Augusta University for your support and hope you enjoyed the 4000+ pages you accessed on my site!

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I am out of the country

I am traveling to Asia on business and will return end of June. See more details.

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13th annual Teaching Professor Conference: Washington, D.C.

The teaching professor conference is coming and this is the last chance to get the early bird registration. Details here.

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Congrats Class of 2016 Graduates!

Congratulations to our Class of 2016 graduates. Go forth and make the world a better place!

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Changing the start day/time of your D2L course

By default, all D2L courses open to students at 12 AM on the first day of class (Summer 2016 courses therefore open May 16 at 12 AM). If you wish to give your students earlier or later access to the course, you can easily do that, as follows:

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Student Graduation and D2L/Box/Other

Please note that graduating students will lose access to D2L and Box, among other systems. If a student wishes to retain data, they should back it up as soon as possible. ePortfolio content can be exported by the student and moved onto D2L’s corporate servers.

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Annual Dragon Boat Festival

This morning (May 7th), Augusta celebrates the annual Dragon Boat Festival and the Augusta University Confucius Institute is sponsoring a boat and a booth at the event. If your time allows, come enjoy the beautiful day, participate in Chinese cultural activities (tai-chi, dance, calligraphy, paper cutting, etc.), try authentic Chinese food, see our dragon boat […]

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New Base Appointment Duration

Several of you pointed out that I have very few appointments still available through May 24th (my last day in the office before my approximately month-long business trip series). In an effort to offer more appointments (and drawing inspiration from daylight savings at this time of increased demand for my instructional-design services as we transition […]

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GA Campus Carry Bill Vetoed

On May 3rd, the University System of Georgia generated the following communication: Atlanta — May 3, 2016 We sincerely appreciate Governor Deal’s veto of House Bill 859. We recognize this was not an easy decision for the Governor to make. The vast majority of our faculty, staff, parents and students are concerned about firearms on […]

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D2L Continuous Release: Now on Version 10.6.0

As I mentioned in past news announcements, we have adopted a continuous release model for our learning management system, Brighspace by D2L (or D2L for short). This means that we get any improvements and additions as soon as they are tested and released to client institutions such as Augusta University. We just got to D2L […]

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Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament

Register now for Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament Registration deadline: May 13th register at: giving.gru.edu/golf cost: $35/person Event: May 20th, at the Forest Hills Golf Club Details: For more information, visit http://jagwire.augusta.edu/archives/32381.

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Gloves that listen… or something a long those lines

University of Washington students created smart gloves that automatically translate American Sign Language (ASL)  into text or speech. Read all about it here.  

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I am back

After being out most of last week for head surgery, today I am back and beginning to catch up.

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D2L Email Tutorials

I just published a closed-captioned series of video tutorials I created to explain D2L’s email function. To view them: either see my D2L page on this site (look under “Communicating with Students and Other Course Faculty“) or see the playlist linked below. These are unlisted YouTube videos (meaning only people with the link can access […]

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Purple Up Day

This Friday is Purple Up for Military Kids Day across the country.  Consider wearing something purple tomorrow, to show support for our military dependents.

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Laney Walker Boulevard is open to all traffic

Our Office of Planning, Design, and Construction just announced that the that paving and the installation of raised crosswalks on Laney Walker Boulevard are now complete and vehicles can access Laney Walker Boulevard from both 15th Street and R.A. Dent Boulevard.

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How Data Analytics Powers Outreach and Interventions for Student Success (USDLA Webinar)

April 14th, 2016 / 4:00 ET How Data Analytics Powers Outreach and Interventions for Student Success Today, data and predictive analytics can provide a world of new insights about distance learning courses and students. Understanding what data are available and what stories they can tell drives student success initiatives. Learn what various institutions are doing […]

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Augusta University Writing Center: New URL

As of today, the registration system for the Augusta University Writing Center is listed under the URL mywco.com/augusta. The log in for the system will remain your old email address (with @gru as the ending) until you manually change it to the @augusta ending. The system will not automatically change your username to the @augusta, […]

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3rd Annual South Carolina School Behavioral Health Conference

The 3rd Annual South Carolina School Behavioral Health Conference will take place April 21-22, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, SC. This conference is a key opportunity for ​representatives ​from ​schools ​and ​youth-serving ​agencies ​in ​the southeast region ​to ​network, ​collaborate, ​and ​learn ​new ​strategies ​to ​improve ​school ​behavioral ​health ​outcomes ​for ​children ​and ​families. Augusta University […]

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New site page: D2L

By popular request, I’ve built a D2L page containing a few basic facts, training and support information, as well as a series of short video tutorials. These tutorials are organized by instructional design and pedagogical need, as follows: D2L Basics Setting Learning Objectives Presenting Content: Modules and Files Actively Engaging Students: Discussions Groups Assessing Learning: […]

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@gru.edu to @augusta.edu

I wanted to let you know that my email has transitioned from @gru.edu to @augusta.edu.While my email is now glaws@augusta.edu, any emails sent to my former glaws@gru.edu address will continue to work for some time. From my experience with this transition, communication was fantastic and the transition was seamless. Kudos to our IT department!!! The […]

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What’s New with D2L in March 2016

The March 2016 continuous delivery release for D2L brought a few additions and improvements. No major impact to teaching other than the ability you now have to download (in CSV file format) a log of all quiz attempts made by learners on a quiz, for offline analysis. What I am excited about is the possibility […]

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Calendar Glitch Fixed

If you check my calendar frequently, you noticed that in the last month or so I was struggling with a temporary glitch in my free calendar tool, whereby the month name had disappeared. I contacted the plugin developer and, voila, the plugin has just been updated and my calendar is fully operational again. Thank you, […]

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Information Security Education Journal

The latest edition of the Information Security Education Journal has been published and is viewable from the publisher’s web site at http://socio.org.uk/isej/v2n2.php.

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Start using Box today!

Do you carry multiple USB drives to store your data and to access it from various locations? Are you running out of space on your Novell MyFiles drive? Do you email multiple copies of documents back and forth with colleagues to work on presentations or research together? If you answered yes to any of the […]

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Inaugural Augusta University Memorial Ceremony

Augusta University will hold its inaugural University Memorial Ceremony at 3 pm on April 21 at the Teardrop Area on the Summerville Campus. The ceremony will honor the lives of Augusta University students, faculty and staff who passed away in the last year. Family and friends of our lost colleagues are invited back to campus […]

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Summer Shares Are Here

If you are teaching a summer course — good news! Your D2L course shell is now available. Look for it with the prefix “2016-SU”.

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Schedule System – About to Get Even Better!

I am in process of upgrading the scheduling system on my website in order to better serve you. The scheduling service will be intermittent on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. On Thursday, March 17,  you’ll be able to use the upgraded system. This upgrade is a win-win because: it allows me to serve you in a […]

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DCG Laptop Encryption This Week

Image credit: Susan Kinney

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International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia

Did you know that each year Macon, GA celebrates a cherry blossom festival (known in Japan as “sakura matsuri”)? Macon features the same cherry trees as you’ve seen in Washington DC but, unlike DC, where you can see 1,700 cherry trees, when you come to Macon you’ll see over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees!!! Attended by […]

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@gru.edu to @augusta.edu

Please stay tuned for information coming out from the IT department regarding the transition (this spring) from your @gru.edu email address to your @augusta.edu email address. By the time of the summer semester, you’ll have the @augusta.edu email in place. As you are working on your summer and fall course, you may wish to edit […]

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Summer 2016 Courses Coming Soon

The Summer 2016 course shells will start being generated from March 14th on. You can therefore start looking for your summer course as of early next week. If you are working in a Summer 2016 sandbox (or forward prep shell), I recommend reserving a FAC-SERV 3, Set Up a D2L Course appointment with me. Not […]

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Deadline to Request Summer 2016 Shares (SHD)

Dear all, It is time to send in your share requests for the Summer 2016 semester. These requests are made a semester in advance and we are now coming to the end of that window (3/14/2016). If you haven’t sent your request(s) in yet, this is a final call to please do so ASAP. For […]

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New site page: Causes

The new “Causes” page lists a number of personal and professional causes that are near to my heart. Have a look as your time allows and get involves as you are willing and able. Thank you!

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March D2L Webinars

In March, Brightspace/D2L offers a number of free webinars. Read more here and/or see my calendar for specific webinars.

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Dragon Boat Festival

Mark your calendars for May 7th, the annual Dragon Boat Festival.    

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New Office Hours

Based on popular demand, from March 14 I will be modifying my office hours  as follows: In the College of Allied Health Sciences Monday all day Tuesday all morning Wednesday all morning Thursday all morning Friday all day In the Dental College of Georgia Tuesday all afternoon Wednesday all afternoon Thursday all afternoon.

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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Augusta University’s first Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) has been submitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on-site review committee in anticipation of the scheduled site visit March 22-24. An article providing an update on the QEP appeared in Jagwire last week.

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10 Tips for Implementing Accessible Online Media (Free Webinar)

A free webinar om online media accessibility is coming up. For details, please see my calendar entry to 2/25/2016.

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Call for Faculty Participation: US History I Smart Book Pilot

McGraw Hill is piloting the creation of a new generation of smart textbooks and is currently looking for faculty who may be interested. Learn more in my blog post.

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Special Performance by the Peking Acrobats

Scroll through the Jagwire article below to learn more. See also my calendar entry for March 3rd.

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Salon of 1889 – “Buyers Needed” on 2/22 and 2/23 in UH 3rd floor

Dr. Robert Bledsoe, the organizer of this amazing annual event, is still looking for “buyers” at this year’s Salon of 1889, as noted in the table below. If you can help as a “buyer”, please sign up using the doodle poll. Bring a friend or two or three or more. The more, the merrier. You […]

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Dental College of Georgia Meetings

As part of a friendly, college-wide, Dental College of Georgia leadership-sanctioned effort, I have requested to meet with every DCG course director from March 1st on.

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Computer Virus Alert

Message from IT/Help Desk: There is currently a worldwide increase in computer virus activity. Of special concern is the Ransomware/Crypto virus. This comes to you in the form of an official looking email with a file attachment. When you open the attachment, your computer is directed to an Internet site where the Ransomware virus is […]

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