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November Professional Development

November Professional Development

Workshops brought to you by the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education.

New! ECE will now be issuing digital badges in place of certificates! You will be able to access all of your credentials on Credly, and share them to almost any social media site or portfolio. No more papers, binders, or folders! These badges will be distributed via Credly, and detailed instructions for claiming credentials will be given to workshop participants starting in October. If you have any questions, contact us at ece@nsula.edu.

Online Workshops via WebEx

To register, go to nsula.webex.com. See below the workshop listings for more details.

New!! Finding & Creating Educational Video
Tuesday, November 7th, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, November 29th, 2 – 3 pm

In this workshop, we will present best practices for choosing and creating video resources and implementing them in your course. We will also cover how to ensure that your video content is ADA compliant.

Measurable Objectives
Thursday, November 2nd, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, November 15th, 2 – 3 pm

Clear learning objectives provide a foundation for a quality course. In this interactive workshop, you will revise or create measureable objectives that provide a roadmap for your activities and assessments.

WebEx Basics
Wednesday, November 8th, 2 – 3:30 pm
Thursday, November 30th, 2 – 3:30 pm

Learn the basics of participating in a WebEx session and what it takes to host training of your own. We will then go over how to schedule a training sessions and accessing the reports generated by WebEx.

Moodle to the Max
Tuesday, November 7th, 10 – 11 am
Thursday, November 16th, 10 – 11 am

Want to take your online class to the next level? Join us as we provide tips and tricks that will enhance your Moodle experience. Go beyond the basics of what you know about Moodle. From reporting to media enhancements to specific tools to manage your class efficiently, this course is all about the options that will make you a better online instructor.

To register for courses via WebEx:

  1. Go to nsula.webex.com
  2. Click on “Training Center”
  3. Click on the “Upcoming” tab
  4. You will see a list of the sessions with the date and times, click on “Register” next to the one you would like to attend
  5. Complete the registration

You will receive an email confirmation after you have registered with the link you will use to join the session. To cancel your registration, click the link at the bottom of the registration email.

If you have any questions, please contact ECE at 1-800-376-2422 or (318) 357-6355, or via email at ece@nsula.edu.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):  

  • Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359) 
  • Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.  

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found here.

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NSU joins Adult Learner Coalition

By NSU News Bureau
10/12/2017

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has joined the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s (CAEL) Adult Learner 360 Coalition. Comprised of colleges and universities that have demonstrated a focus on supporting the growing population of adult students, Coalition members have leveraged Adult Learner 360, a survey assessment tool by CAEL, to gain essential insight into how to effectively serve the unique needs of these students.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 40 percent of enrolled students are 25 years old or older.

“As a member of the Adult Learner 360 Coalition we are provided with an opportunity to further align our practices with CAEL’s Ten Principles for Effectively Serving Adult Learners and map the route to adult student success,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, research and economic development at Northwestern State.

More than 80 institutions and systems are members of the Adult Learner 360 Coalition. Each institution strives to:

— Work with adult students to help them overcome barriers to education, including inconvenient course scheduling and formats, the unavailability of student support services and the lack of adult-focused advisors.

— Offer life and career planning services as part of the enrollment process to help adults link their education goals to meaningful work and careers.

— Ensure that all adult students have clear plan of study that aligns their career and education goals, accommodates their individual life and work commitments and outlines the milestones that necessary to achieve their goals.

— Assess adult students’ knowledge, skills, and competencies—from the curriculum and from life and work experience—for college level credit, to save time and money while ensuring that they receive high-value degrees that meet current and future job market needs.

For a complete list of Adult Learner 360 Coalition member institutions, visit cael.org/higher-education/adult-learner-360-coalition. To learn more about Adult Learner 360, visit cael.org/higher-education/adult-learner-360.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago that assists adults with their educational endeavors, finding practical ways to help them earn college credit for learning acquired through life and work experiences toward the completion of a postsecondary degree. CAEL works with the public sector, private sector industries and higher education institutions to ensure that adult students receive the most efficient training and education to occupy a meaningful professional place in a 21st century economy. For more information, visit cael.org.

October Professional Development

October Professional Development

Workshops brought to you by the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education.

New! ECE will now be issuing digital badges in place of certificates! You will be able to access all of your credentials on Credly, and share them to almost any social media site or portfolio. No more papers, binders, or folders! These badges will be distributed via Credly, and detailed instructions for claiming credentials will be given to workshop participants starting in October. If you have any questions, contact us at ece@nsula.edu.

Online Workshops via WebEx

To register, go to nsula.webex.com. See below the workshop listings for more details.

PowerPoint Basics
Wednesday, October 4th, 2 – 3 pm
PowerPoint has been an ever-present element in education for presentations, and has grown into a valuable tool for more than just stagnant powerpoint slides. Learn how to design your presentations, add audio and animation, and even integrate Office Mix. This class will revolve around what the attendees want to see, so bring your questions and ideas!

Moodle Troubleshooting Class
Tuesday, October 10th, 10 – 11 am
Thursday, October 26th, 10 – 11 am

Ever had a question about how to do something in Moodle but were afraid to ask? Can’t figure how to do something in Moodle? This workshop is here for you. This workshop is for people to bring in questions and curiosities about Moodle and have them answered with detail and demonstration. No outline, nothing planned. Just one hour for you to get those bothering Moodle questions answered.

New! Moodle Gradebook, Mid-Term Edition
Wednesday, October 11th, 10 – 11 am
Thursday, October 12th, 10 – 11 am
Tuesday, October 17th, 10 – 11 am

We have reached the middle of the semester and you need your gradebook ready for your 10-week grades to be posted. Learn how to make sure your gradebook is calculating your 10-week grades correctly and be able to export a copy when your grades are finished.

Moodle to the Max
Tuesday, October 24th, 10 – 11 am
Want to take your online class to the next level? Join us as we provide tips and tricks that will enhance your Moodle experience. Go beyond the basics of what you know about Moodle. From reporting to media enhancements to specific tools to manage your class efficiently, this course is all about the options that will make you a better online instructor.

Explain Everything
Thursday, October 12th, 2 – 3 pm
Explain Everything is an application that provides an easy way to record your voice along with handwritten notes. Animate your drawings and bring in any kind of picture, document, or video that you have previously recorded. Explain Everything includes a comprehensive set of tools and is easy to use. It allows you to easily export your work as an .mp4, .pdf, or image file that can be shared within your Moodle courses. Explain Everything is available for Apple, Android, and Windows devices. In this workshop, we will be showcasing the features of this app on the iPad.

New! Rubrics
Wednesday, October 18th, 2 – 3 pm
Thursday, October 26th, 2 – 3 pm

If you have ever struggled with the details of how to grade an assignment, this workshop is for you. We will discuss how to create a rubric that will help students understand the assignment, while also making grading easier for you. Bring a rubric or assignment to this workshop and we will give feedback that you can apply immediately to improve your course.

New! Accessibility in the Online Classroom
Tuesday, October 24th, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, October 25th, 2 – 3 pm

Creating courses with accessibility in mind prevents urgent adjustments when a student who needs accessible resources enrolls in your class. Students that require assistance may just need simple test adjustments or longer time limits. Other students may require more assistance with the content. Examples include closed captions, transcripts, or screen readable content. In this workshop, we will cover techniques for building a course with accessibility in mind.

To register for courses via WebEx:

  1. Go to nsula.webex.com
  2. Click on “Training Center”
  3. Click on the “Upcoming” tab
  4. You will see a list of the sessions with the date and times, click on “Register” next to the one you would like to attend
  5. Complete the registration

You will receive an email confirmation after you have registered with the link you will use to join the session. To cancel your registration, click the link at the bottom of the registration email.

If you have any questions, please contact ECE at 1-800-376-2422 or (318) 357-6355, or via email at ece@nsula.edu.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):  

  • Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359) 
  • Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.  

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found here.

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BOM is NSU’s official bank

Newly-designed Speed Demon cards will be available

By:  Leah Jackson
09/11/2017

NATCHITOCHES – BOM is now the official bank of Northwestern State University and as of September 1, handles all accounts related to the school.

“BOM is excited about our partnership with Northwestern State University,” said Ken Hale, BOM President and CEO. “NSU is the economic driver in this community and we are proud to be a part of its future and success. This partnership is beneficial for both BOM and NSU and we are looking forward to helping this university grow and prosper.”

In addition to the ATM located at the Student Union, the bank’s mobile ATM will be utilized on campus for special events in the upcoming year. The bank will issue newly-designed Speed Demon One Cards to students, faculty and staff with the BOM logo. Speed Demon One Cards can be used by students as a debit card, facility key and other functions. Checking accounts for NSU students will be free.

BOM is no stranger to the NSU community, having been a sponsor of numerous campus events and organizations for many years. The bank currently employs 25 NSU alumni and three current students and four alumni sit on the Board of Directors.

“This year, BOM participated in the chili cook off for the NSU basketball team, attended the NSU Softball auction, attended information stations and assisted students with their banking services,” said Carrie Beth Hough, BOM Vice President and Marketing Director. “We are also the official tailgating sponsor for the NSU Alumni Association, the Game Day Sponsor for Homecoming, the Title Sponsor for the NSU Athletic Scholarship Auction, the Corporate Sponsor for the NSU Demons Unlimited Foundation, supporting the new scoreboard, the Gold Underwriters for the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society and the Presidential Host for Dr. Maggio’s Investiture hosted by the NSU Foundation.”

BOM was established in Montgomery in 1903. The growing institution employs 113 staff members among 12 branches in Grant, Natchitoches, Sabine, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo and Rapides parishes, serving over 12,000 customers.

NSU sets enrollment record

09/12/2017

NATCHITOCHES—Northwestern State University’s enrollment this fall of 10,572 is the highest in the school’s 133-year history.  The registration count is up by 753 students, or 7.7 percent,  over last fall’s enrollment of 9,819.

The previous enrollment record was 10,546 in 2004, which was the year before selective admission policies were established at the university.  Enrollment has been up for four consecutive years  at NSU, and the 7.7 percent growth this fall is the largest year-to-year enrollment increase at Northwestern in 25 years.

A major factor in the university’s record enrollment is the significant growth in the number of first-time freshmen at the school over the past three years.  NSU enrolled 1,542 new freshmen this fall for an increase of 82 students, or 5.6 percent, over the fall of 2016.  Freshman enrollment has grown by 31 percent over the past three years.

Increased retention rates have also contributed to Northwestern’s expanded enrollment.  The retention rate in the freshman class increased from 68.8 percent of students returning for their sophomore year in 2016 to 74.6 percent this fall.

Enrollment increased this fall on the main campus in Natchitoches, the Shreveport and Alexandria campuses and other sites which include online classes.  The student count on the Leesville-Fort Polk campus, which is affected by military assignments, was down from 280 to 248.

Dr. Chris Maggio, who has served as president of the university since January, said, “This fall’s record enrollment is certainly one of the most meaningful milestones in the university’s long history.  That growth reflects Northwestern’s positive image and reputation in higher education here and across the region and nation and underscores the extraordinary efforts of our admissions and recruiting personnel.”

He stated, “The university is attracting and retaining more students with greater potential for success than ever before because of its outstanding and innovative academic programs, positive student experiences and the school’s vibrant, family-like atmosphere.”

Maggio added, “It is remarkable that Northwestern has reached its largest enrollment ever during a difficult and challenging time for colleges and universities in our state.  That is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of our world-class faculty and staff, the strong support of our alumni and the university’s close relationships with schools and communities throughout Louisiana and in surrounding states.”

Freshman Kristen Prejean of Lafayette said Northwestern’s faculty has made a favorable impression on her.  “The faculty truly care about helping us excel so that we can pursue our dreams,” stated Prejean, a biology major.

She said, “All of the people are so friendly and welcoming, and everyone makes you feel like you’re family.  There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in at least one organization on campus. It’s wonderful to come to a university where the president can call students by their names and be so interactive.”

Maggio pointed out that unprecedented financial support from alumni and other donors also helped provide the impetus for the all-time high enrollment.  Northwestern received $4.7 million in private gifts and matching funds for scholarships and other programs in the first six months of this year, the most in history outside of extended capital campaigns.

“That private funding for scholarships assisted the university in attracting more high school graduates with strong academic potential and in retaining larger numbers of students,”  the Northwestern president said.

Maggio said a number of campus renovations and improvements have also made the university more appealing to students.  He cited as an example Varnado Hall, an old dormitory that was renovated and transformed into a 21st century living-learning residential center for students in the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Karlee Littleton, a freshman nursing major from Pineville, said, “I chose Northwestern because it felt most like home.  My ideal university is something similar to a close-knit community, and that’s what NSU provided for me.  After being here for a few weeks, I can definitely say that I made the right choice to become a Demon.  Everyone is so kind.  Even people you pass on the sidewalk smile and ask how you are doing.”

Much of the momentum for record enrollment has been provided by new and expanded academic programs, Maggio said.  The university initiated a new Doctor of Education degree this fall and has added doctoral degrees and other graduate level degrees and certification programs in nursing and radiologic science in recent years.

Northwestern’s Computer Information Systems program in the College of Business recently won its 17th national championship in CIS competition, and the university has created a competency-based program that allows student in computer information systems to complete degrees and certification programs in far less time and at reduced costs.

Maggio said growth in the School of Creative and Performing Arts “reflects that program’s expanding reputation as a state-designated Area of Excellence.”  He said Northwestern’s “academic image has also been enhanced by the Louisiana Scholars’ College, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as the school’s only designated honors college.”

Northwestern also remains a leader in Louisiana in online education.  Nine online academic programs at NSU have been ranked in the top 10 in the nation by groups that evaluate higher education academic programs.

For more information on Northwestern State, go to nsula.edu.

September Professional Development

Online Workshops via WebEx

To register, go to nsula.webex.com. See below the workshop listings for more details.

Moodle Basics
Tuesday, September 5th, 10 – 11:30 am
In this workshop, we will cover the breadth of available options within the LMS and demonstrate the basic tools needed for implementing a Moodle course.

Video Best Practices
Wednesday, September 6th, 2 – 3 pm
This workshop will provide an introduction to creating video content for your courses, including best practices for getting started. We will also cover using VIC (Video Integrated Content) to connect these videos with your Moodle shells. VIC is a library that holds all of your videos in one easy-to-use place. If you want to enrich your classes with videos, this workshop is for you!

Moodle Quizzes
Thursday, September 7th, 10 – 11:30 am
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the features within Moodle 2.5.

Moodle to the Max
Tuesday, September 12th, 10 – 11 am
Wednesday, September 27th, 10 – 11:00 am

This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the new features within Moodle 2.5. Want to take your online class to the next level? Join us as we provide tips and tricks that will enhance your Moodle experience. Go beyond the basics of what you know about Moodle. From reporting to media enhancements to specific tools to manage your class efficiently, this course is all about the options that will make you a better online instructor.

Office Mix
Wednesday, September 13th, 2 – 3 pm
Tuesday, September 19th, 2 – 3 pm

Would you like an easy (and free) tool to make your lecture presentations more engaging to your students?  Office Mix is a PowerPoint add-in that allows you to add video and interactive content, such as quiz questions or web sites, to any PowerPoint.  In this workshop, we will demonstrate the features of Office Mix.

Excel Basics
Thursday, September 14th, 10 – 11:30 am
This workshop is an introduction to Excel components. Learn about creating and navigating worksheets, entering text, dates and numbers, selecting cells, entering formulas, and much more.

Word Styles
Thursday, September 14th, 2 – 3 pm
Microsoft Word styles enable you to easily format your documents. Icons denote Title, Heading, and Body fonts, colors and sizes. Using Styles will produce a document that aligns with ADA, making it easy for all learners to absorb the information. Change the look of your documents or add a table of contents with just a few clicks.

WebEx Personal Room
Thursday, September 21st, 2 – 3 pm
Your WebEx Personal Room is a valuable tool for engaging with online students. In this workshop, we will cover how to open and run your personal room both as a one-on-one meeting option as well as an open office for online classes. We will also be highlighting some new and unique features of the room that are different from the standard training sessions.

WebEx Basics & Scheduling
Tuesday, September 26th, 2 – 3:30 pm
We have combined the basics of WebEx with the scheduling of WebEx sessions into one training. Learn the basics of participating in a WebEx session and what it takes to host training of your own. We will then go over how to schedule a training sessions and accessing the reports generated by WebEx.

To register for courses via WebEx:

  1. Go to nsula.webex.com
  2. Click on “Training Center”
  3. Click on the “Upcoming” tab
  4. You will see a list of the sessions with the date and times, click on “Register” next to the one you would like to attend
  5. Complete the registration

You will receive an email confirmation after you have registered with the link you will use to join the session. To cancel your registration, click the link at the bottom of the registration email.

If you have any questions, please contact ECE at 1-800-376-2422 or (318) 357-6355, or via email at ece@nsula.edu.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):  

  • Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359) 
  • Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.  

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found here.

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Faculty/Staff Luncheon

The faculty and staff in the College of Nursing & Allied Health had a great day at the Faculty Institute and the Faculty luncheon. We are ready for a great fall semester!!!

Pictured from left to right: Kim Liner- Student Success Coordinator, Jill Goodling- Assistant Professor Nursing, Alicia Book- Assistant Professor Nursing, Carolyn Hartt- Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Nurse Pinning Ceremony Summer 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to our NSU BSN Students! After all their hard work and dedication, they received their pins. We are so proud of each of you! YOU DID IT!

July 2017 Professional Development

Workshops brought to you by the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education.

Online Workshops via WebEx

To register, go to WebEx. See below the workshop listings for more details.

WebEx Personal Room
Thursday, July 13th, 2 – 3 pm
Your WebEx Personal Room is a valuable tool for engaging with online students. In this workshop, we will cover how to open and run your personal room both as a one-on-one meeting option as well as an open office for online classes. We will also be highlighting some new and unique features of the room that are different from the standard training sessions.

Sway
Wednesday, July 12th, 2 – 3 pm
Sway is an online interactive tool integrated into the Office 365 suite. You have seen this tool in action, used in newsletter form for the Tech Toolbox. Now learn how you can use Sway to create presentations, newsletters, and more for you students and courses!

Microsoft Word Styles
Thursday, July 27th, 2 – 3 pm
Microsoft Word styles enable you to easily format your documents. Icons denote Title, Heading, and Body fonts, colors and sizes. Using Styles will produce a document that aligns with ADA, making it easy for all learners to absorb the information. Change the look of your documents or add a table of contents with just a few clicks.

Explain Everything
Wednesday, July 19th, 2 – 3 pm
Explain Everything is an application that provides an easy way to record your voice along with handwritten notes.  Animate your drawings and bring in any kind of picture, document, or video that you have previously recorded.  Explain Everything includes a comprehensive set of tools and is easy to use.  It allows you to easily export your work as an .mp4, .pdf, or image file that can be shared within your Moodle courses.  Explain Everything is available for Apple, Android, and Windows devices. In this workshop, we will be showcasing the features of this app on the iPad.

Managing Your Gradebook:  Finals Edition
Tuesday, July 25th, 10 – 11 am
Thursday, July 27th, 10 – 11 am

We have reached the end of the semester and you need your gradebook ready for the end. Learn how to make sure your gradebook is calculating your final grades correctly and be able to export a copy when your grades are finished.

Moodle Troubleshooter’s Class
Wednesday, July 26th, 10 – 11 am
Ever had a question about how to do something in Moodle but were afraid to ask? Can’t figure how to do something in Moodle? This workshop is here for you. This workshop is for people to bring in questions and curiosities about Moodle and have them answered with detail and demonstration. No outline, nothing planned. Just one hour for you to get those bothering Moodle questions answered.

Face-to-Face Workshops

Register for Face-to-Face workshops by emailing Emily Perritt at emily@nsula.edu.

Face to Face Follow Up
Tuesday, July 18th, 2 – 4 pm
We are hosting a face to face follow up session. If you are having trouble getting started, or if you would like to share what you have created, come visit with Laura and Emily in the South Hall computer lab. We will be providing support for any skill or software presented through ECE workshops. You are not required to stay for the entire length of the workshop. Come when you can, and stay as long as you need. Contact Emily (emily@nsula.edu) if you have any questions and to register.

To register for courses via WebEx:

  1. Go to nsula.webex.com
  2. Click on “Training Center”
  3. Click on the “Upcoming” tab
  4. You will see a list of the sessions with the date and times, click on “Register” next to the one you would like to attend
  5. Complete the registration

You will receive an email confirmation after you have registered with the link you will use to join the session. To cancel your registration, click the link at the bottom of the email.

If you have any questions, please contact ECE at 1-800-376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):  

  • Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359) 
  • Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.  

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found here.

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