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March 16, 2012 / dlitgroup

DLIT attends miBUG 2012 Spring Conference

The DLIT staff attended the miBUG 2012 Spring Conference that was held on the campus of Ferris State University.

There was over 75 people in attendance with a keynote and 3 breakout sessions as well as a birds of a feather breakout.

The conference website and agenda is located here: http://www.ferris.edu/miBug/  Ferris State University did a great job hosting this event and there were vendors present as well.

Meegan Willi, Garry Brand, Eric Kunnen from DLIT at miBUG 2012

Some of the highlights and notes from this event include:

  • Ferris State University Associate Provost Paul Blake provided the introduction and welcome for the miBUG event.
  • Keynote by Tom Guckenberg from Blackboard Inc. focused on the partnership with Quality Matters.
  • Ming Dai, Instructional Designer at CMU, delivered a session on “Quality Assurance in Online Course Development”, Revision, and Teaching.  A course review checklist was presented here: http://www.cel.cmich.edu/cid/quality-checklist.html  A good checklist for faculty is also provided here: http://141.209.15.193/cid/checklist/Best_Practices_CID.pdf  Good resources are available here: http://www.cel.cmich.edu/CID/  Idea presented of emailing NEW online students to be sure things are going well.
  • John Niedzielski, Davenport University and Lacey Daniel, GRCC, presented on “Implementing Social Learning for Faculty and Staff Development”.  Extending learning among faculty across the campus.  Best practices being shared and bringing remote faculty into the fold.  Build a learning community around the tools and the technology.   What is social, mobile, and informal?  How does crowd sourcing contribute to a community of learners?  The development of an informal learning community.  Idea is to hold “Posting Parties” for screencasts.  Distributed software such as Flip Video or screen software and with easy instructions for sharing.  “DevelopU@DU” davenportuniversity.bloomfire.com is the social networking site used by Davenport.
  • “Creating a Framework of Quality” was a session by Sheila MacEachron from Ferris State University.  Sheila provided examples of icebreakers, creating a framework for the course, focusing on course level objectives, module level objectives, chunking, alignment, target audience, and quality matters standards such as: 1) course overview and introduction, 2) learning objectives, 3) assessment and measurement, 4) instructional materials, 5) learner interaction and engagement, 6) course technologies, 7) learner support, and 8) accessibility.  Quality Matters site: http://qmprogram.org
  • The “Quality Course Showcase” provided an opportunity to talk with faculty about online course design and quality.  Also, there was a rubric that miBUG attendees used to review, evaluate, and vote on the exemplary courses presented.  Garry Brand, Professor in the Business Department and DLIT Faculty Facilitator Coordinator presented his course at this event and received the top award for the online quality course! See quality course showcase post here.

    Garry Brand receives Online Quality Course Award

Here is a gallery of photos from the event:

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