December 2017
Final grades for the Fall 2017 semester are due in 13 days. This issue of the E-Learning Update mainly focuses on wrapping up everything in your Isidore Gradebook(s) so that you're ready to enter grades in Porches.

That being said, be sure not to miss the demonstration of an innovative video recording technology called the Lightboard!

In this month's issue, you can learn about . . .

Lightboard Videos

It's not the scary season anymore, but we have a scary statistic for you anyway:
Video content will account for 90% of online traffic by 2020.

While online trends should not necessarily impact how you teach your classes, recording your lecture videos can have other pedagogical benefits, such as saving class time for collaboration, problem-solving, or lab work. Students also benefit because they can review the lecture video as often as they need to.

The Office of E-Learning supports and provides training for a variety of ways of producing video content, but the latest and greatest of video trends is known as the Lightboard.

The Lightboard is a large piece of glass in a darkened room that provides enough lighting for your writing and drawings to glow. You can easily move around the board while facing the camera, resulting in a modern, polished lecture video. The room also features a green screen - and we do challenge every instructor on this campus to come up with the most inventive way of using it. Prizes will be awarded.

Check out the demonstration video below!
Thumbnail of some text that says Lightboard with a play button.
See more example Lightboard videos on our website. If you're interested in filming a Lightboard video, contact the Office of  E-Learning at!

Instructional Design Tip

Gradebook Statistics for ADDIE
If you've ever heard references to "ADDIE," you might think it's odd that your professional colleague is adulating the blue-garbed American Girl doll, Addy. But you'd be wrong. ADDIE is a method of instructional design that helps educators plan, develop, and evaluate course content.

Now that we have reached the end of the semester, it's time (after some well-deserved rest) to evaluate (the final step of the ADDIE process) how your course went and what can be improved for the next time around. The SET results are helpful, but what else can you do to evaluate your class?

The Gradebook tool in Isidore has the ability to show statistics for every item in your Gradebook. On the Gradebook Items page, the average score for each item is displayed. Click on the chart icon (indicated in the image below) next to the average score to see more detailed statistics, such as lowest score and highest score.

Gradebook Items page with an arrow pointing to the chart icon in the Grade Statistics column.
The instructor in this class, for instance, might want to take a look at how they are motivating their students to participate in the forums as the scores are average in the 'C' range. For the next semester, they might rewrite their discussion forum topics, provide clearer participation expectations, or check in regularly with students who are struggling to participate.

Did You Know . . . ?

Final Grades Checklist
It's easy to miss a step when preparing your final grades, so we have prepared a checklist and video guide below to help you make sure everything is all set for your grades to be entered into Porches by Tuesday, December 19th at 9:00 AM.
Don't Forget!

Even if you've entered grades in Isidore, you still need to enter final grades into UD's official grading system. Follow the instructions for entering final grades into Porches to ensure your students receive their grades on time.

What's New

Isidore Tool Quick Tip Video Series
In keeping with the video trend of the times, we are launching a new series of Isidore Tool Quick Tip videos. No more than 1 minute in length, these videos will provide several tips you might not know for a specific tool in Isidore. The first in this series for the Gradebook is below! We recommend viewing it before setting up your Gradebook next semester.
Thumbnail of Gradebook video with play button.
Inaugural Forum on Learning and Teaching
Don't miss the newest opportunity to connect with and learn from your colleagues at the Inaugural Forum on Teaching and Learning!
Learning Together at the University of Dayton: New Priorities and Practices
January 8th, 2018
Kennedy Union and the Learning Teaching Center
One of the foundational commitments of the University's vision of the University for the Common Good is to "develop the agility needed to adopt new models of teaching and learning that engage students and prepare them for servant-leadership roles and lifelong career success."

Please join us for a day of faculty and staff presentation, workshops and dialogue about learning and teaching as a central part of the University's mission.

To RSVP for the Forum on Learning and Teaching, please click here.

Training Opportunities

There's no time like the present to sign up for one of our training sessions for next semester! Below is a list of our upcoming training opportunities for January, facilitated by the Office of E-Learning. All sessions will be held in the Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center (LTC).

Getting the Most out of Hoonuit

Wednesday, 1/10
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Isidore 101: Getting Started with Isidore

Wednesday, 1/24
10:00 - 11:00 am

Google Mail

Thursday, 1/25
10:00 - 11:00 am

Google Calendar

Tuesday, 1/30
10:00 - 11:00 am


Until Next Time . . .

Let us know any feedback or questions by contacting us at or (937) 229-5039.
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