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Online learning and research

Read a news today that Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded a $800,000 research project conducted by MOOC Research Initiative. Have not read the report, but the themes for the research summarize nicely the things that an online education should focus on, namely: 1. student engagement and learning success, which not surprisingly should predominate; 2. course design and curriculum, critical if the courses are to succeed and this is the place where I see great emphasis whenever online program is mentioned; 3. self-regulated learning and social learning: here it touches on the learning style as well as learning process, 4: [have to admit that the next ones are a bit surprise to me]: social network analysis and networked learning, wonder what it is and what is exactly networked learning and finally 5. motivation, attitude and success criteria. By success criteria, I am sensing an effort to manage expectation, and not to blow or tout the online program out of water.

The report is available here.

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Few tips to create paperless exam on examsoft

Paperless exam offers many benefits and if handled well, can be a boon to both students and staff/faculties.

Benefits include: no need to print copies of the exams, wait at the printer, staple them, and if errors were found, reprints and re-staple; no need to hand out the exams, and of course no need to track the paper exams. All questions are online, so no worries that exam questions will leak out.

But to do it well, stars have to align correctly:
1. Faculty has to be comfortable with this format.
2. Administrative staff have to like it and are willing to pull the strings if need be.
3. Somebody has to design the exams, mostly copy and paste.

Mechanics involved and tips for creating one in ExamSoft:
1. When creating questions, make sure to number the questions. With that, you can sort the questions in the assessment. For single digits,add 0, for instance, 1 will be 01.
2.Know the system and understand that icons: pen means editable, and magnifying glass means approved questions.
3. Only approved questions can be imported into assessment.
4. When post the assessment to a course, make sure not to post too early to avoid confusion or other mistakes by the students.
5. Most importantly: since all the questions and answers will be in the exam, rules have to be created to warn students that they could not start the exam, even by mistake before the designated time. There will be no second try at the exam.
6. To make the answer choice truly multiple, when designing the multiple or single answer choice, you have to click apply to all option on the left hand side of the screen. In this case, if the student only check 1 when two or more answers should be checked, no points will be given.
7. To enable easy sorting, add the number before the actual questions.
8. When manual posting, you have to enter a password for students to unlock before the exam. This is a cool feature, ensuring that the content will not be expose by accidents. But it also is unfamiliar with students. When texts are posted through flex test, no password is needed.
9. Assessment name and post name is different. After you post your assessment to a course, you can not chance the assessment name, but you can change the post name. So it might be nice to remember that when you first create the assessment, to use the regular naming convention.
10. The instructions can also be inserted into the beginning screen for the assessment.

[more insights to add when we finish the exams this semester]

MJF Silent Auction 2015

#43 Lunch for Four with The Honorable Judge Chutich

The Honorable Margaret H. Chutich serves on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Judge Chutich received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1980, and a J.D. cum laudefrom the University of Michigan Law School in 1984. From 1996 to 2008, Judge Chutich served in the office of the Minnesota Attorney General, and worked in the office of the U.S. Attorney. In 2008, she was appointed assistant dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. On December 27, 2011, she was appointed to the appeals court by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Judge Chutich is committed to giving back to the community. She was the director of the YWCA of Minneapolis for a number of years. Judge Chutich also volunteered with the “Everybody Wins!” Reading Program. In addition, Judge Chutich is one of the mentors in University of St. Thomas School of Law mentor externship program.

Item Value: $40+                                     Starting Bid: 20                                           Bid Increment Amount: $1

MJF Silent Auction 2015

#42 Grill-Out Lunch with Scott Swanson and LuAnn Hudson for Four

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Grill-Out Lunch at UST Law with Scott Swanson and LuAnn Hudson for Four

You and three friends can enjoy a classic grill-out lunch with grilled brats, homemade brownies, and other delicious sides. If it’s nice the meal will be enjoyed on the 4th floor deck!

    Item Value: $30                                             Starting Bid:  $10                                               Bid Increment Amount: $2

MJF Silent Auction 2015

#39 Date Night Basket

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Take a break from your studies and enjoy a movie night, donated by admissions! Basket includes popcorn, assorted candy and two movies.

Item Value: $75                     Starting Bid: $30                     Bid Increment Amount: $2

MJF Silent Auction 2015

#38 Home Cooked Lasagna Meal by Professor Collett

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Feeling exhausted during finals? No time or energy to cook? Living off cookies and soda? You need Professor Collett’s amazing home cooking in your stomach to get through finals! Pool your friends and go in together to buy a meal from her! She will deliver this meal to the school any time during our reading period, or during finals week: coordinate with her!  This meal is lasagna, salad, and garlic bread! Dinner for four!

 

Item Value: $50                       Starting Bid:  $20                   Bid Increment Amount: $2

MJF Silent Auction 2015

#36- Lake Crystal Golf Club Green Fee (4)

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Crystal Lake Golf Club, located in Lakeville Minnesota, features stately pines, pristine wetlands, and is beautifully accentuated with seven ponds which create challenging water hazards. This 18 hole, 71 par course has three sets of tees ranging from 4805 to 6306 in yardage and offers gently rolling hills and natural reclaimed Minnesota wetlands to challenge all levels of golfers.

Minimum Bid: $17            Item Value: $35               Bid Increments: $1

MJF Silent Auction 2015

#35- Lake Crystal Golf Club Green Fee (3)

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Crystal Lake Golf Club, located in Lakeville Minnesota, features stately pines, pristine wetlands, and is beautifully accentuated with seven ponds which create challenging water hazards. This 18 hole, 71 par course has three sets of tees ranging from 4805 to 6306 in yardage and offers gently rolling hills and natural reclaimed Minnesota wetlands to challenge all levels of golfers.

Minimum Bid: $17            Item Value: $35               Bid Increments: $1