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Need News for Online Promotions

posted Jun 20, 2012, 7:36 AM by Richard Bush

To help us promote your online programs and industry we are seeking news and articles that address changes in the industry, any new developments, news about our faculty and their work in their field, etc. We want to create more interest in our programs though information degree seekers will find current and relevant to their interests. Please forward any links, articles, news, etc. to

May 2012 News

posted Jun 20, 2012, 7:35 AM by Richard Bush

The Khan Academy

by L. Miller-Wietecha

The Khan Academy has won top educational awards, been profiled on national television and has become a key element in high school and college classes around the world. But the Academy’s creator, Salman Khan, is not resting on his laurels. Khan graduated from MIT in 1998 and has launched a new initiative called MIT+K12. As part of the collaboration, MIT students are being recruited to produce videos that will be available through the Khan academy's Web site (Khan Academy) and MIT’s designated YouTube channel.

The videos are 5- to 10 minutes long and focus on teaching the basics of engineering and science. The MIT students can select a subject they prefer or they can generate videos on topics requested by their MIT professors. Students have created approximately 75 videos so far, covering topics such as:

  • The Earth's rotation;
  • Flying robots;
  • Basic chemistry;
  • Forces on an airplane;
  • Heat transfer;
  • Pixel engineering; and
  • How bread mold kills bacteria.

Ian Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, created the program to encourage more students to go into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The MIT students who participate in the program receive financial support, equipment, training, and editing services (Watch Dean Waitz’s kick off address --

This program is widely considered a win-win-win-win scenario:

  1. MIT promotes the study of engineering and science and extends its reach directly to K12 students and teachers around the country (huge marketing & recruiting tool and great PR);
  2. MIT faculty get to see their own students’ depth of skill as they make these videos (great example of Problem-Based Learning & Authentic Assessment);
  3. MIT students get compensated for their time and talent and learn valuable new skills (Great resume & budget builder for students), and finally,
  4. All of us benefit from these quality, open-source resources!

How might you do something similar to showcase your talent?


Social Media: Change with LinkedIn

by Marija Franetovic

I delivered a LinkedIn presentation to LTU Staff on May 17th, 2012 (attached). The presentation covered why one might want to use LinkedIn, what is unique about LinkedIn, and presented case scenarios within a university environment. Also, the development of social media strategy for a particular social media was discussed, and a number of best practices for profiles, groups and interaction through LinkedIn. Approximately two dozen people attended. Those who provided feedback said that they found the presentation informative and useful. Should your department have an interest in a customized workshop on LinkedIn or other social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), please feel free to contact me at , Tracy McGhee and Christian Forrest

The Content System and You

posted Apr 25, 2011, 11:12 AM by Richard Bush

As well as other workshop opportunities designed to help you find the right mix of pedagogy and technology for your teaching style.  Over the next year, working in collaboration with CTL, eLearning Services and CTL will be building workshops that combine the different pedagogical styles with the right technology to enhance that style.  Something like a restaurant menu where the main dish is paired with the right wine to compliment tastes and make the "meal" an unforgettable delight...we hope to accomplish the same by highlighting how the two areas can work together to improve the teaching and learning experience.  In the next few weeks and months announcements will go out for our workshops and where to view them in person or online (on-demand).

Bb 9.1 Training/Overview for the College of Management

posted Mar 8, 2011, 1:45 PM by Richard Bush

We provided training to the College of Management Faculty and Adjunct Faculty on Blackboard (Bb) 9.1.  With the changes that are coming for Bb 9.1 for the university community, this type of training is critical to ensure greater satisfaction for faculty and students in the coming semesters.  What did we cover?

  • Deployment of the Content System: Specifically the master course shell and instructor content areas; eLearnings best practices moving forward; and the idea of a courses having the same initial content and how faculty could add value with very little effort.
  • Overview of Safe Assignment
  • Course Organization
We were fortunate that 10 faculty of the College of Management showed for the pre-Meeting Training Session.  We hope that over the coming months more faculty will take advantage of this training.  If you want or need one-on-one training as a member of the LTU community please contact eLearning Services.  We are ready to help you be successful!

We Need Your Advice

posted Feb 18, 2011, 7:45 AM by Richard Bush   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 7:21 PM ]

Over the next month we will be reaching out to the four college's for faculty, staff, and administrative representatives for what will become our advisory board.  LTU Online and eLearning Services seeks to have greater transparency and openness in the direction the department and should help us to better meet the needs of the university community.  We will be sending a message to the dean's for a representative from each college as well as some of the other academic support units.  Stay tuned as we begin to engage our community at a very different level in an attempt to improve our service quality to the university.

Richard G. Bush, Ph. D.
Director, eLearning Services

Faculty Development, Support and Training

posted Jan 12, 2011, 9:17 AM by Richard Bush   [ updated Jan 12, 2011, 9:37 AM ]

In the next few days a message will be sent offering a number of training dates and times covering a variety of training topics.  Whether you use Blackboard or some of the other tools on a regular basis or occasionally , you will gain important insights into their use.  Some of the topics in the month of January include:
  1. Beginning Blackboard 9.1 Instruction
  2. How to Use and Interpret Safe Assignment
  3. Beginning Grade Center
We would like to help you make use of the suite of tools we have to support teaching and learning at LTU.  To sign up for one or more of the training sessions please click here.  We look forward to supporting you this semester, please contact us at or extension 2380.

Richard G. Bush, Ph. D.
Director, eLearning Services

Happy Holidays

posted Dec 20, 2010, 6:38 AM by Richard Bush   [ updated Dec 21, 2010, 5:22 AM by ]

From the staff of eLearning Services, we want to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday break and a Happy New Year.  As an institution we have enjoyed the success of our online programs, certificates and courses due in large part to your professionalism and high quality instruction.  The New Year promises more of the same opportunities to serve our students and to expand the quality of our LTU Online instruction.  Expect new tools, frameworks for organizing content, student identification, and more.  All of these changes will result in better performance, easier administration, and, most important, more time for you to spend teaching/facilitating your courses.

We look forward to working with you throughout the New Year and over the holiday break.  Please, at anytime, engage us in discussion.

Richard G. Bush, Ph. D.
Director, eLearning Services

Welcome to eLearning Services Newsletter

posted Nov 18, 2010, 7:04 AM by Richard Bush   [ updated Nov 18, 2010, 8:02 AM ]

Welcome to our first newsletter using Google sites and blogs to communicate the news and events at eLearning Services.  Since starting this new position June 1, 2010, I have been learning about the various areas within eLearning Services that support our unique, high quality program delivery.  I could sit here and write a long and glowing message of the skills and capabilities we bring to everything thing we do, however, we asked our colleagues on campus to tell our story, I think you will enjoy it. 

We are very excited about the growing capabilities and tools we can provide instructors to "spice up" their online, hybrid and on-ground course offerings.

Please contact us to discuss your ideas and interests to utilize technologies more efficiently.

Please join us in welcoming our new online instructors:
Summer 2010:
David Gregorich (MGT)
Anne Kohnke (MGT)
Patrick Mach (MGT)

Fall 2010:
John Abela (ARC)
Mazin Al Hamando (MCS)
Mark Farlow (ARC)
Janice Grant (ARC)
Deirdre Hennebury (ARC)
Coleman Jordan (ARC)
Jessica Kaadou (ARC)
Virginia Kirkwood (MGT)
Thomas Platz (ARC)
Charles Reed (ARC)
Spring 2011:
Heidi Beebe (ARC)
Carrie Bendall (BSIT)
Sharon Pohly (ENG/MGT)
Pattabhi Sitaram (EME)
Yin Wang (MCS)

Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday.  We are looking forward to working with each of you to conduct another great semester for our students and university. 

Richard Bush, Ph. D.
Director, eLearning Services

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