Academic Innovation & Distance Education Latest Updates - Fall 2018 - Volume 3

“The mission of Academic Innovation & Distance Education (AIDE) at Bunker Hill Community College is to advance the college’s goals through the provision of innovative and effective instructional design, digital teaching and learning resources, and timely support that helps students and instructors succeed.  AIDE promotes inclusive, accessible, and collaborative teaching and learning solutions to the BHCC community.”

Director's Corner

Welcome back Bulldogs!
I hope you have enjoyed the summer.  The Academic Innovation and Distance Education team has been busy and we have a lot of exciting news for this Fall.

BHCConline and the TLiTC are now closed for operation.  Our new department of Academic Innovation and Distance Education (AIDE) will still handle many of the same functions, such as providing support for using Moodle and ePortfolio, but we have a new space, philosophy and approach to digital learning that will launch BHCC into a new era of innovation! Here are some of the changes you can expect:

  • First, you’ll see a whole new website for the Academic Innovation and Distance Education department - https://bhcc.edu/aide.  We are working to bring you updated and accurate information about what we do and what opportunities AIDE is making available on campus.
  • Second, on August 30th, we’ll open the new Innovation Lab in E-230.  The Innovation Lab will feature collaborative working spaces and updated equipment to encourage experimentation and creativity in the way we think about teaching and learning in face-to-face and virtual spaces.  I invite you to come by during our grand opening week for the big reveal.  A big THANK YOU to the folks in Facilities, IT, Integrated Marketing and Communications and A/V Services who helped make our redesign vision into a reality.
  • Next up is our new Faculty Professional Development series. This Fall, the AIDE team will feature two events – a morning “wake-up” series and an afternoon coffee hour – which will feature trainings, workshops and conversations designed to advance and invigorate our teaching. Our September calendar is available online.

Students, we haven’t forgotten about you either!  New this year, in the Innovation Lab, are dedicated drop-in hours for you to come work with our team to build a new ePortfolio or troubleshoot your online course.

In this issue of the updates, you’ll also find some key information about the Fall term.  Matt Gomes, for instance, reminds us that our new ePortfolio launches in September. I think you’ll be excited about the new look.

As always, I welcome your ideas and feedback on our work. Innovation is inspired through collaboration. Share your comments and ideas by emailing: aide@bhcc.mass.edu.

Until our next updates…have a great semester!

Danielle Leek, PhD
Director
Academic Innovation & Distance Education

About the AIDE Department

Faculty are invited to visit AIDE or reach out through email if you have questions about using digital tools to support learning in your classroom. If you have a teaching challenge – come talk with us. We work to find creative approaches and innovative technologies that support your teaching goals!

Students can reach out to AIDE for help navigating learning platforms – we provide in-person and online support for uploading assignments, creating ePortfolio assignments and more! AIDE also oversees Bunker Hill Community College’s online web courses and academic programs.

 

Staff Spotlight

In this issue, we're introducing you to Ceit De Vitto, our newest Academic Innovation & Distance Education team member! Ceit came on board in early June of this year and is our Senior Special Programs Coordinator. She was previously an Instructional Designer for over 6 years at Bristol Community College. "I really do love it here at BHCC; I feel very welcome here," she shares. Her favorite part of being a part of the BHCC community is getting to know the staff and faculty that she works with.

Ceit Picture for AIDE Updates Staff Spotlight

Ceit is no stranger to BHCC. Back in the mid-80s, she was a criminal justice major here before transferring to UMass Boston where she collected her B.A. in Political Science and a certificate in International Relations.  In the 90s, she attended the New England School of Photography.  "I took a 6-month intense program to learn photography.  After great consideration, and many years, I went back to school in 2007 to get my M.Ed. in Instructional Design." Ceit loves learning and continues to do so. "I have a pretty cool job!" Ceit says about her role as Senior Special Programs Coordinator. She helps faculty and students learn about Open Educational Resources (OER) which brings low cost or no cost but high-quality texts (or other sources) to students.

When asked what she likes most about her role as Senior Special Programs Coordinator, Ceit says, “I love working with faculty and students!”  Ceit brings to BHCC years of experience working on a community college campus to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Ceit's primary project will be to support faculty, staff and students as BHCC moves to grow its open education plans. The AIDE team is excited to see the great work she'll be doing at BHCC.  Feel free to contact her to discuss your open education plans at kmdevitt@bhcc.mass.edu or call 617-228-2235.

Moodle Tips

Importing Course Content

by Therese Pullum

There are many reasons to import material from one course section to another. Perhaps you are teaching the same course that you did last semester. Maybe you want to re-use your “Introduction” discussion assignment in all your courses. The import process is easy to use.AIDE Updates Moodle Tip - Imports

  • From your course pinwheel, select "Import".  Select (or search) for the course you want the content to come FROM.  You will only have choices amongst your own courses.  Special arrangement and permission is required to access content belonging to another faculty member.  Select your course and click "Continue".
  • In the "Backup settings" section, feel free to deselect any of the settings you do not want but we recommend leaving these default checked marks in place.  Either "Jump to final step" (and skip to the last section of this article) to import or "Next" to custom select content you want copied.
  • If you select "Next", you will notice that by default, course content sections are ALL selected.  You can deselect individual items or entire sections.  Note: Turnitin Assignments that copy need to be deleted and recreated.  Turnitin does not allow an activity link from one course site to remain valid within a new course site.
  • Review the content Moodle will import.  Use "Previous" to make any changes or click "Perform Import".  A progress bar will load.  Once completed, a confirmation will appear.  Click "Continue".

Review the content that has been imported.  Be sure to update any dates and timing deadlines set in your activity settings to reflect the current semester.  Also, recreate your Turnitin Assignment links.

Digication

New Digication is Coming…

by Matthew Gomes

We are excited to announce that New Digication will be available in Fall 2018 for faculty and student use. Digication users will have the option to choose between the familiar Classic version, and the New Digication when creating e-Portfolios. This updated platform provides users the ability to customize their Portfolios in greater detail. From the simplified controls to the beautiful backgrounds, users can be more creative than ever while personalizing their portfolios.

Below are some examples of e-portfolios created using the New Digication:

AIDE Update Spring 2018 V2 Digication screenshot 1

 AIDE Update Spring 2018 V2 Digication screenshot 2

 

We invite faculty and students to visit our Digication resources page found in the e-Portfolio directory or stop by the Innovation Lab at Room E-230 for questions or assistance. For information on training workshops, check out our Faculty Professional Development series or email the BHCC ePortfolio Team (Danielle Leek – drleek@bhcc.mass.edu, Matthew Gomes – mtgomes@bhcc.mass.edu).