Faculty Support

 

Best Practice

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) – The 5 Pillars of Quality http://goo.gl/gQw1NI 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) - Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs http://goo.gl/2PI2AL 

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) – Principles of Good Practice http://goo.gl/MaucJw

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) – Certification Form for Electronically Delivered and Off-Campus Education Programs http://goo.gl/k7AAKi

Support Services

LU Learn Technical Support

LU Learn technical support is available by calling the Help Desk at 409-880-2222 or emailing blackboard@lamar.edu.  Helpdesk support hours and information is located at http://students.lamar.edu/it-services-and-support/index.html

Instructional Design

Instructional design services are available to all faculty developing online, hybrid, and even face-to-face courses at Lamar.  The division has a team of designers ready to aid you in course layout, the creation of digital course materials, and support in best practices in online teaching.  Whether you are new to online learning, or a seasoned veteran, we have the instructional design services in place to support you. If you are developing a course, please call 409-880-7537 or email blackboard@lamar.edu to set up an appointment.

Video Studio

The Division of Distance Learning maintains a full service video studio.  Come and shoot professional level video for your online and hybrid courses.  The videos will be edited, captioned, and loaded into your Sorenson video server account.  You will be asked to supply scripts of your videos in advance of your filming date.  These will be loaded into the teleprompter to assist you in your delivery to the camera.  They will also aid the video editor in captioning your videos.  Please call the director, Jack Fitch, at 880-7382 to schedule your appointment. 

ACP Studio Tips

Self Video Tips

Distance Education Librarian

Distance education students and faculty have access to a dedicated distance Education librarian.  Contact information and a full account of services can be found at Distance Education Librarian

Poster Printing

We can print your large format poster for just the cost of materials.  We will bill your department directly ($3 per square foot) and print in widths of 24, 36, or 42 inches.  Orders should be submitted at least one week prior to the expected pick up date.  Please call 880-1847 or email cde@lamar.edu for more details.  

Course Design and Development

Steps for Online Course Development

  1. Submit an Online Course Proposal form to the Division of Distance Learning (email: LUOnline@lamar.edu or fax# 880-2191) for review by the Distance Education Committee.  The committee makes a recommendation to the Provost.
  2. If approved, the faculty member is contacted by an instructional designer (ID) assigned to the course. 
  3. Sign a development agreement.
  4. Work closely with the ID to develop the course.
  5. Submit the course for Quality Matters review. 
  6. When approved, payment is submitted.

Steps for Online Course Revision

  1. Submit an Online Course Revision form to the Division of Distance Learning (email: LUOnline@lamar.edu or fax# 880-2191) for review by the Distance Education Committee.  The committee makes a recommendation to the Provost.
  2. If approved, the faculty member is contacted by an instructional designer (ID) assigned to the course. 
  3. Sign a development agreement.
  4. Work closely with the ID to develop the course.
  5. Submit the course for Quality Matters review. 
  6. When approved, payment is submitted.

Steps for Online Program Development

  1. Schedule a meeting with Dr. Paula Nichols for program development guidance.
  2. Submit an Online Program Proposal form to the Division of Distance Learning to the Division of Distance Learning (email: LUOnline@lamar.edu or fax# 880-2191) for review by the Distance Education Committee.  Doctoral level proposals should use the THECB form available on the THECB website.  The committee makes a recommendation to the Provost.  The Provost then obtains approvals.
  3. If approved, the program director works with the Distance Learning Administrator to finalize a timeline, course rotation schedule and review policies/procedures for the online student.
  4. The Dean submits a board item to the TSUS board for approval.
  5. All proposals should go through the current university approval process and committees.

Instructional Design

Instructional design services are available to all Lamar University faculty.  The division has a team of designers ready to aid you in course layout, creation of digital course materials, and support of best practices in online teaching.  Whether you are new to online learning, or a seasoned veteran, we have the instructional design services in place to support you.  If you are developing a course, please call 409-880-7078.

Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a rubric based course review system intended to evaluate the effectiveness of your online course’s design.  Internal QM reviews are performed by the Division of Distance Learning.  Below you’ll find a link to the QM Rubric.  If you’d like to request a review of your online course, simply fill out a short Google form, and your request will be loaded into the review queue. 

  • Internal QM reviews will take a minimum of four weeks to complete. 
  • The review rubric is comprised of 8 general standards and 43 specific standards, 21 of which are essential. 
  • You must score a minimum of 85% and meet all 21 essential standards to pass the review.

QM Standards Download

Request a Quality Matters Review 

Quality Matters Program Overview Homepage

Teaching Online

Syllabus

Example Syllabus

Example course in LU Learn

Learning Outcomes

Distance Education Policies

Bloom's Taxonomy http://goo.gl/2YC0sW 

Assessment

Communication

Interaction and Engagement

Time Management

Presence

Payment FAQs

Hybrid

Tools

LU Learn

Lamar uses LU Learn as its learning management system.  LU Learn facilitates your students’ learning through a host of interactive tools.  Course shells are created not only for online and hybrid courses, but for all campus courses as well.  It is ADA compliant.

A FAQ can be found at http://luonline.lamar.edu/blackboard-support/index.html

Tutorials can be found at http://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_SP_14

http://goo.gl/L3WzFA 

Adobe Connect

If you have a need for synchronous interaction with your online students, Adobe Connect could provide a solution.  Connect’s web conferencing software links students and faculty through a variety of devices (traditional computers as well as mobile).  Communicate through chat, webcam, and audio.  Share documents and your computer’s desktop.  To request your faculty Connect account, please email blackboard@lamar.edu

https://lamar.adobeconnect.com

Getting Started as a Host with Adobe Connect

Getting Started as a Participant with Adobe Connect

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Smarthinking

Smarthinking connects your distance education (DE) students with highly qualified tutors in a variety of disciplines.  Students may schedule appointments in advance or using Smarthinking’s queuing system, request on-demand help.  DE students are loaded into Smarthinking during the first week of class.  If you teach a DE class, we ask that you post in your LU Connect (Blackboard) course directions for students to access the service.  That document is below.

(Smarthinking Instructions PDF)

Sorenson Video Server

Faculty are welcome to use Sorenson to store their copyright cleared video content.  Sorenson will privately host your videos, and allow you to embed that content directly into LU Connect (Blackboard).  There is no limit to the number of videos you may post to your Sorenson account.  Accounts are also available for staff members looking to host content for their respective departments.  Please email blackboard@lamar.edu to request your Sorenson account. 

http://360.sorensonmedia.com/login

Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-o-matic is an easy to use, yet powerful screen recording software that is free to use for Lamar faculty.  The software is web based and easily accessible through any internet connected browser.  There is also a downloadable application for off-line use.   To unlock advanced pro level features, please email blackboard@lamar.edu for your pro code.

http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

ProctorU

ProctorU is an online proctoring service that you can use in your online course.  ProctorU employs the student’s webcam along with advanced screen sharing technology to proctor student exams.  More information about ProctorU can be found in the documents below.

Guidelines for Proctoring Online Courses

ProctorU Faculty Information

ProctorU - How it Works Walkthrough

ProctorU Faculty Handout http://luonline.lamar.edu/_files/documents/luonline/proctor-u-faculty-handout.pdf

ProctorU Pricing http://luonline.lamar.edu/_files/documents/luonline/proctor-u-pricing.pdf

Workshops, Conferences and Articles

Workshops and Professional Development

Division of Distance Learning Workshops – http://luonlineworkshops.wordpress.com

Online Learning Consortium Workshops – http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/institute#workshops

Conferences

Digital Ticket Conference (Lamar University) – http://www.digitalticket.org

Blast Off (Lamar University)

Blackboard World – http://blackboard.com

Texas Distance Learning Association – http://www.txdla.org

Texas Blackboard Users Group – http://www.t-bug.org

Online Learning Consortium Conferences – http://goo.gl/MMFkaG 

United States Distance Learning Association - http://www.usdla.org/

National University Technology Network - http://www.nutn.org/

Quality Matters - https://www.qualitymatters.org/

Articles

New Media Consortium (NMC) 2014 Horizon Report http://goo.gl/TnXFNo

Instructional Technology Faculty Portal

Visit the Instructional Technology Faculty Portal to access resources and support for online technology in teaching and learning. The Division of Distance Learning has created this site to assist Lamar University faculty in finding the technology solutions they need for courses online or on campus. If you have suggestions to improve this portal, questions about getting started, or would like individual help contact 409-880-7532 or email luonline@lamar.edu.

Instructional Technology Faculty Portal