February 2017
Welcome to another edition of the E-Learning Update.

In this month's issue, you can read about:

Faculty Feature

Faculty Video Examples
Have you ever wondered how faculty create and use videos for their classes? This video highlights video examples from many instructors around campus. From lecture capture to student presentations and interviews, we can assist you with any video creation ideas that you have. If you see an example in the video that inspires you, don't hesitate to contact the Office of E-Learning for help!
Preview image of video that features an iPhone recording a video.

Instructional Design Tip

Imperfect Pedagogy Has Its Place
As educators we are always changing, learning and growing, and with that changing and growing evolves our pedagogy. In the article The Pedagogy of Imperfection, the authors argue that the perfect pedagogy is merely a figment, and in reality, we are rarely perfect. Being imperfect is part of the teaching process from start to finish. Included in that imperfection is the willingness to take risks. It’s true that that when you try a new technology, it might not work the way you planned, but never trying denies students of potential learning experiences.

Beyond accepting imperfections within ourselves as educators, we also need to accept the imperfections of our students. The authors note the importance of allowing students to be imperfect in the classroom, to allow them multiple attempts on an assignment or give them the freedom to play around with a technology that is being used in a course. It’s important to help students grow, not just in that one course, but grow in the sense that they will be able to take the strategies they're learning and apply them throughout their lives.

The article’s main takeaway is that we are all lifelong learners and that part of being a lifelong learner is accepting imperfections. Yes, even we educators are lifelong learners, and it is important that we embrace this, especially in our teaching.

Below is an infographic with tips on where you can be taking risks in Isidore.
Taking Risks in Isidore: First Risk is Class Discussions. Give students control of class discussion boards; Provide some structure but let students lead topics and run the discussions. Risk to is Grade Papers. Have students submit papers via the Assignments tool and provide feedback inline or by uploading a document. Risk 3 is Organize Resources. Move your files from the Resources tool to the Lessons tool; Allows you to add better structure and context - making it more engaging to your students. Risk 4 is Record Lectures. Record small lecture videos to post in your site that students can watch before coming to class. Risk 5 is Take Attendance. Use the Attendance tool to keep track of students' absences and assign points accordingly. Risk 6 is Video Assessments. Have your students record and submit videos as assessments.

What's New in Isidore?

To-Do List Tool
A new tool has been added to Isidore that allows instructors to maintain a virtual to do list in each of their course sites. Instructors can easily add items in the “To-Do” section, including detailed descriptions, and can even enter general reminders in the “Notes” area. As tasks are completed, instructors can check off the tasks, which drop into the “Completed” section. If you’re co-teaching a course, the to-do list and notes are shared between instructors. Follow these instructions to add this new tool to your site!
New To-Do List tool in Isidore. An example list has been built in the left hand To-Do List section, and there are several completed items in the Completed section.
Automatic Attendance Grading
Automatic attendance grading is now available in Isidore’s Attendance tool. Instructors can choose whether they want to manually or automatically grade students’ attendance. If an instructor chooses to automatically grade attendance, they will setup grading rules that will be either add points to students’ grades as they attend class or take away points from students’ grades as they miss class. Instructors can add a grading rule by choosing a status, defining an inclusive range, and specifying a point value for the rule. Once the grading rules have been created, students’ attendance grades will be automatically calculated.

Learn more about automatic attendance grading.

Training Opportunities

Below is a list of our upcoming training opportunities, facilitated by the Office of E-Learning. All sessions will be held in the Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center (LTC).

Until Next Time . . .

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