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DLC meeting minutes 10/11

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:18:00 +0000

MINUTES: DLC MEETING, 11 OCTOBER 2007 Speaker: Dr. James Oliverio. Presentation available online. · “The interface defines the experience.” – Oliverio · More than 150 colleges have a presence in Second Life [] · Gator Nation Island in Second Life is controlled to limit “germs.” Contact for access. · Second life training not currently available. DWI needs 50 or so participants to make it worthwhile. DWI is considering offering a class next Summer for faculty, staff, etc. · Invitation for DLC to meet at the DWI REVE. Schedule for the future. · “… the Future is already here; it’s just not equally distributed.” – William Gibson, Neuromancer. Innovations Initiative: Fedro is finishing up the mandate for the group and eliciting some additional volunteers from across campus to broaden representation. He plans to present the list and mandate to DLC at the next meeting. Open Floor: What type of issues would you like to see on the agenda for the future? · Policies and vision for DE. DE is a competitive environment and we are falling behind, becoming less competitive. Sense of urgency among faculty but “we don’t understand what the rules are.” Possible revenue generating programs are on hold because “our hands are tied.” · Question about new “tech” fee. Who is involved with making this decision and implementing? · Elluminate launched in ALS/IFAS. More than 50 moderators in two weeks and very active use. IFAS interest in idea sharing, perhaps in the context of the faculty IT symposium. Doug will request a UF Elluminate users listserv. · Question: Could our next meeting take advantage of Oliverio’s invitation? Fedro and/or Doug will investigate. · Doug requested group assistance identifying presenters for future meetings. Next Meeting: 8 November 2007[...]

Distance Learning Council Meeting Minutes

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 19:21:00 +0000

Distance Learning Council Notes9/13/2007 10:00 AM-12:00 PM507 Computer/Science Engineering Building Local Expert Presentation: A Toolbox for E-Learning (Becky Williams) CITT resource --- Toolbox for faculty and using technology on line and in face-to-face classes – PPT will be put on DLC website 4 part mission of CITT -- Faculty lab with lots of software and computers. Instructional design and development -- teaching with technology class for TA’s Interactive tutorial synchronous computer mediatedClasses offered for faculty to CITT including e-learning and instructional design for distance learning Will launch online just-in-time classes Important Points for Designing/Delivering Effective Instruction: 1) Technology does not improve learning. Pedagogy improves learning. Most important is the method behind learning. Objectives, faculty involvement and “classroom assignments” are important. Should match objectives to content and assessment. 2) Adding interactivity and computer special effects may make material more presentable but not always necessary. Questions that Faculty ask CITT: How do I know what to use? How do I incorporate technology? - Is technology needed to deliver all content? CITT asks: What are your learning objectives? What are students required to do to demonstrate mastery of content? Different ways and applications for facilitating discussion: discussion boards, break-out rooms, Elluminate, second life, twitter Go to for more information. CITT asks: Why do you want to incorporate technology, what do you want to accomplish? Different types of learners… kinesthetic learners interact with technology. Communication with peers and faculty are important, esp.for undergrads who have the high risk of failure. Are synchronous vs. asynchronous needed? Use of Role play, web quests, Communication possibilities: Elluminate live, discussion boards, Face book, myspace, instant messaging, white boards. Mapping mashups Media vs. method debate Elluminate being used by 4 UF depts./ colleges-- pharmacy, education, audiology and engineering . ECAR Study on Student Preferences (Dr. Zazueta) - ECAR newsletters are available to every one. Contact Fedro to receive. ELI Meeting Report (Jennifer Smith)Theme of Educause meeting… “Being Net savvy student”Choosing resources, Developing critical thinking skills, developing habitsIntegrate information across disciplinesEthical use of internet informationRole of user-generated content Importance of participation and content creation not just consumption Recommendations:Need for common language for student useStudents need to have greater responsibility and be a part of it as well as facultyWeb 2.0 learning environments. HUB and library renovations are part of WEB2.0 ?Collaborative space for students to use technology.. is needed Rigorous assessment with student involvement Initiatives presented: Univ. of Minn. Developed program to support faculty in use of technology. Collaborations across campuses and classes have been developed. Tiered approach. Length of classes last 1 week to 3 years. Faculty mentors to guide faculty in use of resources and technology. Have administration support with funding for these initiatives. Survey will be online. There was a handout distributed… go to ELI website for the convention presentation. UCalifornia Berkley Mellon fellowship through the library.Community of faculty…. Enable undergrad skill development Innovation (All) A lot of technologies have use for education, training and extension. We missed the boat… blogs, wikis, portfolios have come and we were not monitoring / developing use. Fedro wants a small group to work on adoption of innovation in order to make progress to keep “eye on horizon” and look at new a[...]

UF Distance Learning Committee minutes

Fri, 18 May 2007 15:29:00 +0000

DLC MEETING, 10 May 2007-05-18 10:05: Fedro called the meeting to order and distributed a signup sheet and agenda. After reviewing the agenda, Fedro indicated he wanted to drill-down into the future agenda items topic and planned to use the Turning Point classroom response system to use its polling capabilities to prioritize future items. TurningPoint Demo TurningPoint is an audience response system installed in 150 of the main campus auditoria and classrooms as well as in some HSC facilities. Students are presented questions via PowerPoint and use “clickers” to respond. Responses are recorded, and can be graphed and published “on the fly” at the instructor’s discretion. Instructors use TurningPoint for presentations, polling, quizzing (not recommended), and attendance taking. The AT classroom support website [] has more information. Students buy a clicker ($30-$40) which can be used for any classes using this technology; so this is a buy-once tool. Instructors can download the TurningPoint software free. RF devices are purchased by AT and installed on computers in classrooms. Instructors create a PPT using the installed software (it’s a PowerPoint plug-in accessed directly within the software interface) and then simply run the presentation in the classroom. Creating interactive slides is remarkably easy, as Fedro demonstrated. Fedro demonstrated the “Ranking Wizard” function that allows an instructor to identify items (e.g. WebCT, Holiday party) and characteristics (e.g. cost, urgency) and showed how the technology will automatically collect audience feedback and generate grids plotting the items as they rank in audience assessment of those characteristics and generating a prioritization matrix. This function was used for the Future Agenda Items discussion. Future Agenda Items Presented for Consideration Rank Vendor demonstration 9 Future of WebCT 8 Individual reports 7 Governance discussions 6 Strategic discussions 2 Administrative discussions 6 Operational discussions 5 New technology adoption process 1 Local expert presentations on technology topics 3 DETF updates 2 Develop standards of best practice in DE 4 UpdatesKristian Serrano will be attending a regional job fair at Fort Benning, GA and will be glad to represent UF Distance Learning programs.Doug Johnson was asked to speak about the anxieties surrounding the Blackboard/WebCT merger. Many people perceive Blackboard functioning more as a corporation and less as a “colleague,” resulting in increasing interest in open source CMS alternatives, especially Sakai. Fedro talked about the DETF. Subcommittee reports have been submitted. Another subcommittee has been established to draft the final report and should produce that document within 2 weeks. That report will go to the Provost to suggest edits. When the report meets here approval, it will be published. Next meeting: 7 June 2007[...]

DLC Meeting 5/10

Tue, 15 May 2007 19:32:00 +0000

Fedro Zazueta conducted the meeting.

The main reason for the meeting was to gather future agenda items - it was decided that the following might be considered:

Vendor demonstrations
Individual reports
Governance discussion
Strategic planning
Operational issues
Administrative issues
Future of WebCT
Identify clear technology adoption process
Bring local experts in to talk about experience
Distance Education Task Force updates
Best practices of Distance Education
Develop standards for best practice

Doug Johnson reported on Blackboard migration and said all is well there. There are some anxieties about it in the IT community, but at this point, all is running smoothly.

The DL Task Force report will be presented at the next meeting by Cammy Abernathy (possibly), however, it will just be a review of the findings. The report itself still has some reviewing that needs to be done to it before it's finalized, especially by Provost Fouke, who will determine the final draft and will publish it once she is satisfied with it. The deadline was not extended, at least in regard to what was mentioned at the meeting.

Library Services Checklist

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 20:44:00 +0000

Here is an interesting Library Services Checklist put out by NCSU:

I might like it better if I could see everything on the page without scrolling down, but it seems like an interesting approach to support off-campus programs.

DL university and library pages

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 20:38:00 +0000

Recently on the OffCamp list serv there have been examples of successful university distance learning pages and library distance learning pages. Thought I would post them:

Univ. of San Francisco Podcasts

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 20:09:00 +0000

University of San Francisco has several podcasts on how to use Interlibrary Loan services, as well as on their return postage shipping methods for undergraduate students. For more information, see:

Videoconferencing (Polycom) Distance Education

Mon, 27 Nov 2006 21:26:00 +0000

UF/IFAS currently uses a videoconferencing system, known as polycom, to deliver many of the courses taught at off-campus Research & Education Centers. Soon it is likely that all of the Extension offices will also be networked to this system, making it even easier for in-service trainings within the department. For more information on the polycom system, see Videoconferencing (Polycom) Distance Education

I'd love any feedback/comments from anyone who has used polycom to deliver library instruction.

Distance Services Recommended Readings

Mon, 27 Nov 2006 17:50:00 +0000


Adams, K. E., & Cassner, M. (2001). Marketing library resources and services to distance faculty. Journal of Library Administration, 31(3/4), 5.

Casey, A. M., Sochrin, S., & Race, S. F. (2002). Fair is fair, or is it? library services to distance learners. Journal of Library Administration, 37(1/2), 147-161.

Donaldson, A. (2004). The challenge of providing a library and information service to distance learning students. Legal Information Management, 4(1), 69-72.

Fisk, J., & Summey, T. P. (2004). Got distance services? marketing remote library services to distance learners. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 9(1/2), 77-91.

Guidelines for distance learning library services.(2004). College & Research Libraries News, 65(10), 604-611.

Johanningmeier, J. (1986). Promotion and purpose: Marketing the off-campus library program. Promotion and Purpose: Marketing the Off-Campus Library Program, , 96-101.

Jones, M. F. (2003). Help! I'm the new distance librarian--where do I begin? Journal of Library Administration, 37(3/4), 397-410.

Kern, M. K. (2004). Chat it up! extending reference services to assist off-campus students. Journal of Library Administration, 41(1/2), 217-226.

Lebowitz, G. (1998). Promoting off-campus library services: Even a successful program needs a marketing plan. Proceedings of the Off-Campus Library Services Conference, 1998(1), 213-220.

McKimmie, T. (2002). Reaching out: Land grant library services to cooperative extension offices, experiment stations, and agriculture science Centers . Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, 4(3), 29-32.

Miller, W., & Pellen, R. M. (2005). Improving internet reference services to distance learners., 219.

Miller, W., & Pellen, R. M. (2005). Internet reference support for distance learners., 212.

Morrison, R., & Washburn, A. (2004). Taking assessment on the road: Utah academic librarians focus on distance learners. Journal of Library Administration, 41(1/2), 327-344.

Neidorf, R. (2006). Teach beyond your reach: An instructor's guide to developing and running successful distance learning classes, workshops, training sessions and more. Information Today, 23(6), 48-48.

Secord, A. M., Lockerby, R., & Roach, L. (2004). Strategic planning for distance learning services. Journal of Library Administration, 41(3/4), 407-411.

Summey, T. P. (2004). If you build it, will they come? creating a marketing plan for distance learning library services. Journal of Library Administration, 41(3/4), 459-470.

Washburn, A., & Draper, J. (2004). 80 miles from the nearest library, with a research paper due monday: Extending library services to distance learners. Journal of Library Administration, 41(3/4), 507-529.

Wilson, P. (2003). The ins and outs of providing electronic reserves for distance learning classes. Journal of Library Administration, 37(3/4), 537-548.

Wolpert, A. (1998). Services to remote users: Marketing the library's role. Library Trends, 47(1), 21.

Yang, Z. Y. (2005). Distance education librarians in the U.S. ARL libraries and library services provided to their distance users. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 31(2), 92-97.