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  • Need News for Online Promotions

    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

    Posted Jun 20, 2012, 7:36 AM by Richard Bush
  • May 2012 News

    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

    Posted Jun 20, 2012, 7:35 AM by Richard Bush
  • The Content System and You
    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).

    Posted Apr 25, 2011, 11:18 AM by Richard Bush
  • Bb 9.1 Training/Overview for the College of Management

    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!
    Posted Mar 8, 2011, 1:45 PM by Richard Bush
  • We Need Your Advice
    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
    Posted Feb 21, 2011, 7:21 PM by Richard Bush
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College of Architecture and Design

  • College of Architecture and Design Offers Online Studios

    The College of Architecture and Design in collaboration with eLearning Services, offered the first fully online studios in the country in the Fall of 2010. Two sections of Advanced Design Studio were taught by Mark Farlow and John Abela. These courses were taught using Wimba Classroom, an online live classroom environment that allows students to talk, see video feeds of each other, and chat while viewing PowerPoint presentations. The main challenge of offering an online studio was maintaining a high level of collaboration and interaction, which became less of an issue as the students and instructors got more comfortable communicating with the new technology. The response to these first two studios was positive, and we offered Arch Design 7 Typology this spring with Heidi Beebe. Arch Design 7 Typology will run for a second time this summer with Doug Skidmore. These studios all support the fully online Master of Architecture degree program at Lawrence Tech.
    Posted May 10, 2011, 12:03 PM by Rachel Levich
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College of Arts and Sciences

  • New MCS Courses for Spring 2011
    Three new Math and Computer Science online courses will be offered for Spring 2011 semester.

    MCS 2514 - Computer Science 2, taught by Dr. Ghassan (Gus) Azar, examines records, advanced file input/output (random access), dynamic memory allocation. Static and dynamic implementation of stacks, linked lists (ordered and unordered), queue (regular and priority), circular queues. Selection and insertion sort, binary search.

    MCS 4993/5993 - Topics in MA/CS (EXtensible Stylesheet), taught by Bret Williams, is available in two flavors, undergraduate (4993) and graduate (5993).  eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is a self-descriptive markup language containing both content and metadata (structured information).  XML was specifically designed to transport and store data (data container), is very important to know and easy to learn.

    For more information, please see
    Posted Nov 3, 2010, 9:59 AM by
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College of Engineering

  • Another New Online Course!
    Sharon Pohly will be teaching EGE 2231, Project Management for Entrepreneurial Engineers this Spring 2011 semester.  Basic concepts are project management tools, fundamentals of team building, project risk analysis, tracking, measuring, and controlling projects, project closeout, budgets, and business cultural issues. The course concentrates on the information required to identify project participants, goals ,objectives, activities, and constraints. Quantitative methods include network diagrams, Gantt charts, CPM scheduling, activity duration compression, project activity optimization, activity analysis, cost and schedule performance indices, and cost estimating. Active learning is utilizing with a combination of teaching and learning techniques, including lecture, discussions, reading, case studies, guest lectures, and hands-on projects. This course is intended for only undergraduate engineering students.
    Posted Nov 12, 2010, 4:46 AM by
  • New Online Course for Spring 2011
    The College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering will offer a new online course this Spring.  EME 6553 - Structural Stability, taught by Pattabhi Sitaram, is concerned with the analysis of flexible members. Linear and nonlinear buckling of beams, beam columns, frames, arches, plates, and complicated structural systems. Post buckling behavior of steel structures. Energy and numerical methods to solution of buckling problems.

    For more information see
    Posted Nov 3, 2010, 10:06 AM by
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College of Management

Classroom Technologies

  • AV Rooms
    If you are going to need a room in Arts and Sciences to show DVDs during your lectures, try using S302 and S218.  They have fixed DVD players in each room.  For more information contact me, Cliff Johnson at ext: 2386 or email me at:
    Posted Feb 18, 2011, 11:40 AM by Clifton Johnson
  • Projector Cleaning

    You should have received an email message indicating your classroom LCD projectors were cleaned by eLearning Services, Classroom Technologies.   Please email Classroom Technologies at and we will schedule to inspect and clean your department portable LCD projectors Jan 3rd through Jan 7th 2011.  

    Posted Dec 21, 2010, 9:02 AM by Clifton Johnson
  • Ceiling Projector Alarms

    The LCD ceiling mounted projectors at LTU are protected with both cable locks and sonic alarms.  If you hear a projector alarm going off please call campus security first.  In the event of a theft they will apprehend the thief or reset a false alarm.

    Posted Dec 21, 2010, 9:03 AM by Clifton Johnson
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Course Development

  • EyeJot Projects

    Posted Jun 7, 2012, 12:51 PM by Marija Franetovic
  • SoTL Conference, SoTL Tutorial & IJ-SoTL Journal
    At the May 17th 2011 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Academy Conference held at Eastern Michigan University, keynote speaker John Tagg presented “Using SoTL to Dispel the Fog of Learning.” His presentation emphasized the difference between the teaching and the learning paradigm, as co-authored in an article with Robert Barr that was published in the Nov/Dec 1995 issue of Change: “From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Higher Education.” 

    he keynote presentation highlighted education being prolific in advancing research and excellence in all disciplines, however that the same rigor and meaning has yet to be associated with its own scholarship of teaching and learning discipline.

    To find out more about SoTL, please visit the SoTL Tutorial.

    To submit an article to IJ-SoTL, please visit:
    International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    May 2011

    Posted Jul 19, 2011, 10:17 AM by Marija Franetovic
  • Have you tried using GoogleSites lately?

    How do I access Edit mode? Click on the web page that you want to edit (left navigation panel of your Google site). Click on the Edit Page button (upper right hand corner). 

    How do I Save changes? Once you have completed editing the page, make sure you click on Save (upper right hand corner).

    How do I Add Content? Click inside the Text box and Add Content (as you would in a word processing program).

    How do I Add an Attachment? Click on the Attachments link (bottom of the page). Click on the Browse button (right of the Attach a File Text box).  Locate the file you want to attach and Double click on it.

    How do I Format Content? GoogleSite acts like a WYSIWYG editor with formatting options similar to those of a word processing program (across the top).

    How do I Add a Link - First, type your Link Name in the main editing Text box of the page.  Copy the http address of your link. Highlight the Link Name and click on Link (across the top). Click on Web Address (left navigation panel of dialog box). Paste the http address in the Text box. Click on Ok (lower left of dialog box).
    Posted Jun 7, 2011, 11:38 AM by Marija Franetovic
  • Have you tried Podcasting lately?
    Posted Apr 5, 2011, 11:18 AM by Marija Franetovic
  • 5/26/2011 eCornucopia Conference at OU: "The Open Digital University"
    Registration now open!  The 3rd Annual eCornucopia Conference 2011—The Open Digital University
    This year’s conference at Oakland University will examine specific examples about how openness is implemented in higher education and the importance of increasing the transparency and accessibility of knowledge.

    We will offer three tracks, Open Education (open educational resources), Open Access (library journals) and Open Source (open computer code and ramifications), to further explore this topic as it relates to faculty, librarians and instructional technologists respectively.


    Our keynote speaker is Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus of Communication, and founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  He will speak about The Open Future of Higher Education.


    Oakland Room
    Oakland Center
    Oakland University
    Thursday May 26, 2011 
    8:00 am – 4:45 pm
    Includes continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.


    Attend in person or online via Elluminate.
    See the schedule and register at:

    For questions, contact:
    Cathy Cheal, Nic Bongers, or Diane Underwood at or 248-370-3661
    Posted Mar 17, 2011, 2:37 PM by Marija Franetovic
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eLearning Architecture

  • The Week in Learning Technology - May 19-31 2011
     More Distance-Education Students Means More Off-Site Instructors, Survey Finds Enrollment growth in distance education at community colleges outpaced overall growth in higher education, and colleges are increasingly turning to off-campus instructors who telecommute to deal with that demand, according to the results of the Instructional Technology Council’s 2010 Distance Education Survey. The Wired Campus 5/18/2011
     U. of Chicago Students Hope to Revolutionize Course Packs Most of the articles in the photocopied collection of readings were available through a database of journals the university’s library already subscribed to, or could be found on a free public Web site. The Wired Campus 5/31/2011

    Posted Jun 2, 2011, 5:56 AM by
  • The Week in Learning Technology - May 3-18 2011
     Source Links Date
     YouTube Teams Up With Film Schools to Offer Video Boot Camps YouTube has teamed up with the University of Southern California and Columbia College Chicago to run boot camps this summer for a select group of amateur video makers chosen by the company and the schools’ professors. The Wired Campus 5/3/2011
     Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8.5B Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype SA for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history. AP 5/10/2011
     Researchers at U. of Texas and Yale Use Computers to Simulate Schizophrenia A research team including computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and a professor of psychiatry at Yale have been testing various theories of how schizophrenic brains misfire as they process information. People with schizophrenia often have trouble repeating different stories, for instance, frequently combining elements of separate stories and inserting themselves into the narrative. The Wired Campus 5/9/2011
     Will the Internet Destroy Academic Freedom? The cherished principle of academic freedom may be Googled to death, according a new article in the journal called—appropriately—Academic Freedom. Philo A. Hutcheson, associate professor of educational-policy studies at Georgia State University, writes that academics used to be seen as society’s experts, but the Internet makes everybody think they are experts because knowledge is at their fingertips. And if society no longer believes professors have special expertise, it may no longer grant them the ability to pursue controversial ideas that grow from it. The Wired Campus 5/11/2011
     The Library of Congress Adds a Jukebox The free online music repository features streaming versions of recordings from Victor Talking Machine Co. that were made between 1901 and 1925, a period predating the use of microphones in recording. Sony Music Entertainment provided the music from its catalog. More recordings housed by Sony, from Columbia Records and OKeh, will be added to the jukebox. The Wired Campus 5/10/2011
     Yale U. to Offer Digital Images of Objects From Its Collections Yale University announced today that it is making digital images of objects in its many collections freely available online. “In a departure from established convention, no license will be required for the transmission of the images, and no limitations will be imposed on their use,” the university said in its statement.
     The Wired Campus 5/10/2011
     Online Courses Should Always Include Proctored Finals, Economist Warns Online economics students do not absorb much material from homework and chapter tests during the semester—perhaps because they expect to be able to cheat their way through the final exam. That is the lesson from a study that Cheryl J. Wachenheim, an associate professor of agribusiness and applied economics at North Dakota State University, will present in July at the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The Wired Campus 5/10/2011
     The Rise of Teaching Machines At Arizona State University, a high-tech teaching tool with roots in the pre-Internet 1950s has created a bit of a buzz. The Wired Campus 5/8/2011
     U. of California Faculty Leader Questions Online Effort The University of California should not develop any new courses for its online pilot project beyond the 29 it has already selected until the online courses can be properly evaluated, the chair of the system’s academic senate wrote in a letter to President Mark G. Yudof last week.
     The Wired Campus 5/13/2011
     More Distance-Education Students Means More Off-Site Instructors, Survey Finds Enrollment growth in distance education at community colleges outpaced overall growth in higher education, and colleges are increasingly turning to off-campus instructors who telecommute to deal with that demand, according to the results of the Instructional Technology Council’s 2010 Distance Education Survey. The Wired Campus 5/18/2011

    Posted May 20, 2011, 7:12 AM by
  • The Week in Learning Technology - April 5-14 2011
     More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality The growth has come despite a cautionary review of research by the United States Department of Education in 2009. It found benefits in online courses for college students, but it concluded that few rigorous studies had been done at the K-12 level, and policy makers “lack scientific evidence of the effectiveness” of online classes.
     NYT 4/5/2011
     Seizing on Student’s File-Sharing Case, Advocates Press for Copyright ReformBut for copyright-reform advocates, a lawsuit filed against Mr. Tenenbaum by the music industry has provided an instrument to sound alarms about a broader issue: how fear of enormous damages can chill innovation that involves even a minimal risk of copyright liability.
     The Wired Campus
     Reversing Course, U. of California to Borrow Millions for Online Classes In the midst of a budget crisis, the University of California plans to borrow at least $2-million to pay for a controversial project to build online courses rather than relying entirely on outside grants or donations, as university leaders had previously said. The Wired Campus 4/8/2011
     Stanford Students Start Their Own Course-Management Web SiteA student-run Web site at Stanford University seeks to convince students to input their class assignments to keep themselves—and their classmates—more organized. It could, founders hope, grow into a student-run course-management system.
     The Wired Campus 4/8/2011
     Colleges Aren’t Keeping Up With Student Demand for Hybrid Programs, Survey Suggests Students want hybrid programs that blend online and face-to-face experiences. But colleges don’t seem to be providing enough of them to meet the demand. The Wired Campus 4/14/2011
     Internet2 Upgrade Will Let Researchers Share Data Faster A new network under development by Internet2 will give researchers at member colleges and other participating institutions up to 10 times more bandwidth—making it easier and faster to share large data sets. The Wired Campus 4/14/2011

    Posted Apr 18, 2011, 5:45 AM by
  • The Week in Learning Technology - February 22-March 7, 2011
    Guilt Is Not Enough to Stop Students From Texting in Class
    A survey of students at the University of New Hampshire found high rates of texting during class, and plenty of guilt about the behavior.
     The Wired Campus
    A WikiLeaks Clone Takes On Higher Education
    WikiLeaks, scourge of governments worldwide, now has a copycat for academe. And the new group is itching to publish your university’s deepest secrets.
     The Wired Campus
    Professor’s Online Lecture Gets Lift From Bill Gates
    Bill Gates apparently listens to lecture podcasts while on the treadmill. That’s what David Christian, then a history professor at San Diego State University, learned one day when Mr. Gates called him in his university office, explaining that he heard his recorded lecture and wanted to meet.
     The Wired Campus
     TED, Known For Big-Idea Conferences, Pushes Into EducationThe leaders of the annual TED conference, known for featuring short, carefully prepared talks on big ideas about technology and society, hope to apply their approach to education.
      The Wired Campus 3/2/2011
     Textbook Publisher Announces ‘App’ Approach to Learning Materials Today a major textbook company, Cengage Learning, announced a new e-textbook publishing platform that lets professors plug in apps, some made by other software companies, to add to traditional textbook content features like tutoring services or the ability to trade margin notes with other students.  The Wired Campus 3/2/2011
     U. of Kentucky’s Technology Leadership Center Will Be Run From Iowa Testing the limits of distance education and administration, the University of Kentucky has hired a professor and the technology leadership center that he directs away from Iowa State University—but will leave the professor in Ames to work remotely, unsettling some of his new colleagues, according to a local newspaper.  The Wired Campus 3/7/2011
     Why the Obama Administration Wants a Darpa for Education A new agency—its name would be “Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education”—would have more flexibility to identify specific problems and direct efforts to solve them, he says. Plus, it would be able to attract top outside talent to work on these projects.  The Wired Campus 3/4/2011
     Online, People Learn Best from Virtual ‘Helpers’ That Resemble Them That’s the finding of a study on how people’s perception and performance in online training is affected by the appearance and communication style of online learning “helpers,” or virtual agents that pop up on a screen and guide people through a program.  The Wired Campus 3/3/2011
    Posted Mar 9, 2011, 5:56 AM by
  • The Week in Learning Technology - February 15-21
    Talking About a Digital Public Library of America
     In October 2010, Robert Darnton, the historian and university librarian at Harvard, talked to Wired Campus about the possibility of building what was then being described as a National Digital Library. Since then, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, with money from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has stepped into the role of coordinating plans for what’s now being designated a Digital Public Library of America. The Wired Campus
     Lehigh U. Journalism Professor ‘Crowdsources’ His Teaching Philosophy Jeremy Littau embraces social-networking tools like Twitter and crowdsourcing in the journalism classes he teaches at Lehigh University. So when the assistant professor began to prepare materials for his two-year professional review, he put a call out on Twitter for former students to give their take on his teaching philosophy—in 140 characters or less. The Wired Campus 2/18/2011
     College President Posts Popular, Candid Messages on YouTube and TwitterJohn Maeda, leader of the Rhode Island School of Design, gets his message out on YouTube or on Twitter better than any other college president—at least, if you go by the number of views on videos of talks he’s given, or the number of people following his tweets (more than 141,000).
     The Wired Campus

    Posted Feb 22, 2011, 4:56 AM by
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eLearning Support

  • Confused by the Grade Center Weighting Feature?
    Check out our website on how to use this feature at!
    Posted Nov 17, 2010, 11:16 AM by Marquita Poinsetta
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Media Production

  • "Quest for the Best" Student Video Competition
    eLearning Services is looking for the next student videographer to join our team. Think you've got what it takes? Make a one-minute video telling us why you want to work here (deadline is May 20th).

    For full details, visit
    Posted May 10, 2011, 12:09 PM by Rachel Levich
  • Summer 2011 Hours
    The eLearning Services Media Production team will be working reduced hours this summer from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-Th and 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. We are still available to cover any video requests that may take place inside or beyond normal business hours as needed. Please visit to request a videographer for your next classroom presentation, guest speaker, or other campus event.
    Posted May 10, 2011, 12:07 PM by Rachel Levich
  • Media Pro December Update
    The eLearning Services Media Pro team has been involved in some very exciting projects during the Fall 2010 semester. Check out the Lawrence Tech YouTube site, to see some of our work.

    Recent Projects Include:

    College of Architecture and Design Lecture Series
    A. Alfred Taubman Lecture Series
    Blackboard 9 Promo Videos
    Refund Check: Splurge vs. Spend Wisely
    Innovation Encounter 2010
    Transportation Design: Sidewinder Project
    Robofest 2V2 Robo Sumo (IEEE Competition)
    Posted Jan 12, 2011, 1:49 PM by Rachel Levich
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Online Evaluation and Assessment

  • LTU Online Program - Student Mid Term Evaluation Results

    Fall 2010 Mid Term Online Student Evalution Participation Results
    What students say and how they perform can give both the instructor and evaluator insight into teaching effectiveness, especially with regard to instructional design and delivery for LTU Online programs.
    LTU Online uses Blackboard Survey and Organizations to provide students the opportunity to comment on teaching effectiveness and course content by completing the student evaluation survey online.  This environment maintains student anonymity and final results are distributed to instructors after final grades are posted.
    Most schools collecting online ratings consider response rates to be a challenge. Response rates average around 60%; in comparison to 80% for paper student evaluation surveys.
    LTU Online applies direct and frequent communication with students and instructors. The initial email provides direction and subsequent communications remind them of the participation requirement and the level of participation overall and for their specific class.
    Response rates for Fall 2010 Mid Term for all LTU Online programs reached 67%

    College Enrollment  Final Response Rate Final Participation 
    Total All Colleges 785 523 67%
    Architecture 295 212 72%
    Management 348 234 67%
    Engineering 49 30 61%
    Arts and Science 93 47 51%
    Posted Dec 21, 2010, 10:36 AM by Diane Cairns
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