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Six online programs ranked in top 10 nationally

By David West
06/09/2017

NATCHITOCHES – Six online academic programs at Northwestern State University have been ranked in the top 10 in the nation by higher education ranking groups.

The Online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems ranked first by bestcollegereviews.org. The website affordable colleges.com ranked NSU’s bachelor’s program in accounting third, the bachelor’s in criminal justice fourth and the bachelor’s in business administration 10th. Northwestern State’s psychology program is ranked as the seventh best counseling program by bestcolleges.com. NSU’s master’s in English was ranked sixth by onlineu.org.

“Northwestern State has worked over the past several years to develop outstanding online degree programs that are affordable and meet the needs of students,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, innovation and economic development.  “This recognition by experts in the field of distance learning validate the work done by our faculty and staff to develop innovative, responsive academic programs.”

CIS programs were ranked based on tuition, customization options, certifications and unique features or programs. The ranking is at bestcollegereviews.org/top/online-management-information-systems-degree.

Affordablecolleges.com creates a value score weighing criteria including loan default rates, graduation rates and financial aid data to draw distinctions between programs that appear inexpensive up front and those that will pay off in the long run. The site uses the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) which is run by the U.S. Department of Education. IPEDS offers reliable and accurate insight into affordability, academic pedigree, and online/distance learning programs. The rankings are available at affordablecolleges.com/rankings.

The rankings for the psychology program were grounded in statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles, including academic quality, affordability and online competency. The 2017 rankings reflect the most recent data available from IPEDS and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The site assesses relative quality based on academic outcomes, affordability and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.

The ranking is at bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-counseling-programs.

The master’s in English was evaluated using National Center for Education Statistics data to determine acceptance rates, program accreditation and profit status. The site determined which degree level was most important for employment within a given subject. The rankings are at onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges/english-masters-degrees.

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.

NSU has been designated a 2017 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.

Information on academic programs at Northwestern State are available at nsula.edu/academicprograms-2.

June 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.

Moodle Basics
Tuesday, June 6th, 10 am – 12 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.

Microsoft Office Mix
Tuesday, June 6th, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 21st, 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.

Managing your Gradebook
Thursday, June 8th, 10 – 11:30 am
This workshop will cover the tools and techniques to maintain your Gradebook in Moodle 2.5 effectively.

Creating Quizzes in Moodle
Tuesday, June 13th, 10 – 11:30 am
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the features within Moodle 2.5.

Measurable Objectives
Tuesday, June 13th, 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.

Video Best Practices
Wednesday, June 14th, 2 – 3 pm
Tuesday, June 20th, 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 Troubleshooter’s Class
Thursday, June 15th, 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.

Finding Online Resources
Tuesday, June 27th, 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.

Sway
Wednesday, June 28th, 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!

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.

Full disclosure statement

May 2017 Professional Development

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


Face-to-Face Workshops

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

iPad Workshop
Tuesday, May 16th, 2 – 3 pm
IPads are valuable tools for engaging with your students.  In this workshop, we will focus on several iPad apps that can be used in face to face classes to increase interaction during lectures.  Topics include polling, games, and study resources.  If you have an app or classroom challenge that you have particular interest in, contact us prior to the workshop and we will try to include it.

Explain Everything
Thursday, May 11th, 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.


Online Workshops via WebEx

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

WebEx Basics
Monday, May 1st, 2 – 3:30 pm
Thursday, May 25th, 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.

Microsoft Word Styles
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2 – 3 pm
Thursday, May 18th, 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
Wednesday, May 17th, 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 PowerPoint Fundamentals
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2 – 3 pm
Learn how to design your presentations, insert audio, add animation, and even integrate Office Mix. This class will revolve around what the attendees want to see, so bring your questions and ideas.

Explain Everything
Wednesday, May 24th, 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.

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.

Full disclosure statement

2017 Spring Fling Crawfish Boil

Crawfish & FUN!!! Some pics from our crawfish boil. The weather was great and the crawfish was delicious. We got to finish the evening off with sweet Italian ice! Thank you Student Activities Board!

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April 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.

Excel Level 1
Thursday, April 6th, 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.

WebEx Personal Room
Thursday, April 6th, 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 Office Mix
Tuesday, April 11th, 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.

Moodle Troubleshooter’s Class
Wednesday, April 12th, 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.

Creating Rubrics
Wednesday, April 19th, 2 – 3 pm
Tuesday, April 25th, 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, April 20th, 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!

Measurable Objectives
Monday, April 24th, 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.

Managing Your Gradebook, Final’s Edition
Tuesday, April 25th – Thursday, April 27th, 10 – 11 am each day

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.

Finding Online Resources
Wednesday, April 26th, 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.

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.

Full disclosure statement

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.