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March 2017 Professional Development

Workshops brought to you by the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education. All workshops are offered online via WebEx. To register, go to nsula.webex.com. See below the workshop listings for more details.

Moodle Troubleshooter’s Class
Thursday, March 2nd, 10:00 – 11:00 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.

WebEx Basics
Wednesday, March 8th, 2 – 3 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.

WebEx Personal Room
Thursday, March 9th, 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.

Microsoft Word Styles
Tuesday, March 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.

Moodle to the Max
Wednesday, March 15th, 2 – 3 pm

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.

Microsoft Office Mix
Wednesday, March 15th, 2 – 3 pm
Friday, March 17th, 9 – 10 am

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.

Creating Rubrics
Tuesday, March 21st, 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.

Video Best Practices
Thursday, March 23rd, 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!

Managing your Gradebook
Tuesday, March 7th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Thursday, March 8th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Trying to prepare your gradebook for Mid-Term?  This course will provide a helping hand in getting your gradebook setup for Mid-Term reports. This workshop will cover the tools and techniques to maintain your Gradebook in Moodle 2.5 effectively.

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.

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.

Full disclosure statement

Congratulations to Descha’ Schneider!

She was presented with the DAISY award last month. Descha’ graduated in August 2016 in the BSN program and is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

A WORD ABOUT THE DAISY AWARD: The DAISY Award was created for Extraordinary Nurses and the program was piloted at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, whose nurses cared for Patrick during the last weeks of his life. The goal was to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of the society’s profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care. At the time the program started, it could not have been anticipated that The DAISY Award would come to be regarded as a strategic tool for nurse recruitment and retention and would be adopted by healthcare facilities all over the U.S. and beyond.

February 2017 Professional Development

– Online (via WebEx)

WebEx Personal Room
Thursday, February 2nd, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, February 15th, 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.

Video Best Practices
Monday, February 6th, 3 – 4 pm
Tuesday, February 21st, 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 to the Max
Tuesday, February 7th, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, February 15th, 10 – 11 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.

Sway
Wednesday, February 8th, 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!

WebEx Basics
Friday, February 10th, 9 – 11 am
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.

WebEx Q&A
Friday, February 17th, 9 – 10 am
If you have used WebEx but still have questions, this is the workshop for you. Laura and Emily will be answering all of your burning questions, and the floor will be available to share ideas you have about WebEx as a tool with your colleagues. Topics will range from basic to advanced. Bring your questions and join the discussion!

Finding Online Resources
Monday, February 20th, 2 – 3 pm
The internet is an endless source of information that can be overwhelming. We will discuss how to find valuable quality resources for your courses. This workshop will be tailored to the needs of the attendees and their specific disciplines.

Creating Quizzes in Moodle
Tuesday, February 21st, 10 – 11:30 am
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the features within Moodle 2.5.

Microsoft Word Styles
Thursday, February 23rd, 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.

Moodle Troubleshooter’s Class
Thursday, February 23rd, 2 – 3 pm
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.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

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 at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

January 2017 Professional Development

– Online (via WebEx)

Moodle Basics:  Thursday, January 5, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
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.

Managing your Gradebook:  Wednesday, January 11, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
This workshop will cover the tools and techniques to maintain your Gradebook in Moodle 2.5 effectively.

Creating Quizzes in Moodle:  Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the features within Moodle 2.5.

Moodle Troubleshooter’s:  Tuesday, January 31, 10:00 – 11:00 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.

Moodle Troubleshooter’s:  Tuesday, January 31, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
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.

Microsoft Word Styles:  Tuesday, January 10th, 9:00 – 10:00 am
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 Basics:  Wednesday, January 11th, 9:00 – 10:30 am
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.

Measurable Objectives:  Thursday, January 12th, 9:00 – 10:00 am
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.

Finding Online Resources:  Tuesday, January 24th, 9:00 – 10:00 am
The internet is an endless source of information that can be overwhelming. We will discuss how to find valuable quality resources for your courses. This workshop will be tailored to the needs of the attendees and their specific disciplines.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

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 at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

Nurse practitioner program ranked 7th nationally

By NSU News Bureau
11/10/2016

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s nurse practitioner program has been ranked as the seventh best program in the United States, according to guidetoonlineschools.com.

The full rankings are available at guidetoonlineschools.com/degrees/nurse-practitioner/top-online-colleges.

Ranked institutions must offer at least 10 fully online degrees at the master’s level. Colleges and universities meeting the criteria were judged based on tuition rates, program coursework and accreditation. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics are utilized.

“Gaining a high national ranking increases the visibility of the program and lets prospective students know Northwestern State offers an excellent education at an affordable price,” said Dr. Connie Hale, associate professor of nursing and head of graduate programs in the College of Nursing. “It gives faculty a boost to know their work is recognized. Our students know a national ranking adds value to their degree. Ultimately, this allows us to positively impact healthcare by producing more and more quality providers.”

Nurse practitioner is one of three options in the Master of Science in Nursing program. Students can specialize in one of five areas: adult gerontology acute care, adult gerontology primary care, family nurse practitioner, primary care pediatric and women’s health.

Northwestern State also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program which provides a clinical doctorate for master’s prepared registered nurses who desire to practice at the highest level and significantly impact health care outcomes for vulnerable populations. Graduates of this DNP program have the potential to transform health care by utilizing advanced clinical skills, translating evidence into practice, implementing systems changes, establishing standards and policies and acting as organizational leaders.

For more information on Northwestern State’s nurse practitioner program, go to nsula.edu/academics/nursing-allied-health/nursing-program.

NSU Named Military Friendly School

By NSU News Bureau
11/10/2016

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly School designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs SM  and Military Spouse. This Northwestern State’s seventh time to receive the designation. Military Friendly Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

Northwestern State has a campus at Leesville/Fort Polk and also offers classes at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. The university has 39 degree programs available online through nsula.edu/ensu.

“We are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide educational opportunities for our military students and their families,” said NSU Vice President for Technology, Innovation and Economic Development Darlene Williams. “Northwestern State has a long history of serving the military and using an approach that understands the needs of those who have a military affiliation.”

Information on Northwestern State’s services for veterans is available at nsula.edu/registrar/veterans-affairs.

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

Northwestern State will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine.

College Choice Names Northwestern State Most Affordable College in U.S.

By David West
11/03/2016

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has been ranked as most affordable online college in the United States by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources.

College Choice researchers examined accredited colleges and universities on factors including academic quality, degree options, teaching and technical support, flexibility and total cost. The survey is at collegechoice.net/rankings/most-affordable-online-colleges. Online undergraduate students play a flat rate of $375 per credit hour up to 12 hours and $100 per credit hour after that. Online graduate students play a flat rate of $475 per credit hour up to nine hours and $100 per credit hour after that.

“Affordability is so important when it comes to college. As a student you want to go to a good school, but don’t want to burden yourself with a high debt at such a young age,” said Haley Jones, a freshman biology/pre-vet major from Dodson. “To be able to find a school that meets your academic needs and not breaking your bank is a top priority.”

Jones works full-time at Family Dollar as an assistant manager and online classes fit into her schedule.

“I chose to start college online because it’s the most cost efficient way for me to be in college and still be able to work full time,” she said. “Being able to earn my own money and pay for college without burdening my family is very important to me, and was the deciding factor in attending on campus versus online. I think I’m getting an amazing education through NSU online.”

Northwestern State has Louisiana’s first and largest electronic campus at nsula.edu/ensu. The university offers 39 online degree programs. Internet-only students do not pay out of state fees. Northwestern State is currently developing several competency-based programs specifically for online students, all of which can be applied to a full baccalaureate degree.

Several online degree programs at Northwestern State have been ranked among the best in the nation. Northwestern State’s online RN to BSN program, along with bachelor’s programs in computer information systems, criminal justice and psychology were ranked first in the country by Nonprofit Colleges Online. The bachelor’s in accounting was ranked second and the master’s in education was seventh. The bachelor’s in addiction studies was chosen as the fifth best in the country by bestcolleges.com.

NSU has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School, a designation is awarded to colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

The university recently began a competency-based program that will allow students seeking a computer information systems degree or certification to complete the program at a fraction of the time and cost. The competency-based program is a flexible education model that allows students to learn and advance at their own pace. Students advance as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills or knowledge called competencies. The structure builds upon prior knowledge and experience. A student that may already know the material can pass a pre-assessment and move to the next unit. Should a student need more time to master an area, they can slow down and focus on what they need to learn.

For more information on online degree programs, visit nsula.edu/ensu.

The National League for Nursing Education Summit

Deborah Hickman and Rebecca Harrell, both faculty in the College of Nursing, attended The National League for Nursing Education Summit in Orlando, FL. In September to present Their research poster titled “How does the Integration of Learning Contracts Promote Student Success?” The NSU Cenla Campus congratulates Ms. Hickman and Ms. Harrell on their outstanding achievement and dedication to Nursing Education and the Healthcare
Industry!

HAPPY Halloween from the NSU Cenla Campus ASN Program!

Pictured is Alicia Book (“Dorothy”) – faculty in the College of Nursing ASN program and NSU Cenla students in the ASN program.

NSU Cenla faculty & students participate in Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure!

Pictured are Kari Cook & Kendall DeLacerda- faculty in Radiologic Sciences program, Leah Pearce- faculty in College of Nursing, and NSU Cenla students in Radiologic Sciences program along with many family and friends. Thank you to all who supported such a great cause!