Summer QCR kickoff window is open
Now is the perfect time to submit your Fall semester online course for a Quality Course Review (QCR). Instructional designers are available to support you from the beginning to end. Request a QCR now before the kickoff window closes on June 30.
Learn more about the basic components needed to start a review: course goals, module-level objectives, syllabus and web-based learning materials. To get started increasing the accessibility of your course, add UDOIT to your Canvas course and run an accessibility report. For more information, visit the QCR web page. Questions? Contact us via email.
Discover new Zoom features
Zoom has new features that can enhance the student learning experience and meeting engagement. For example, the powerful new whiteboard tool lets you collaborate during and after meetings. Look for the tool in your Zoom client and check out this support article for more details. You can also access new features via the “apps” icon in Zoom meetings, including a timer, virtual backgrounds and the collaborative learning game app, Kahoot! are available now. You can request others in the app store, which the DoIt security team will review for security, functionality and accessibility before use.
To learn more about integrating the latest Zoom apps and tools into your courses, contact us via email.
Inspiration from the blog
Watch Missouri Online Instructional Designer Kris Wingo’s video, “3 things I love about Luis Polo-Parada's Sports Physiology Course” on the staff blog and learn more about the power of incorporating interactive learning strategies into coursework. To learn about more ways to enhance the online student experience, reach out to us via email.
Explore the ePortfolio tool, Folio
Canvas has a new ePortfolio tool for students called Folio. Access it in Canvas via the navigation menu under Account.
Folio allows students to create a showcase for academic and professional work as part of a capstone project and share it across social media channels like LinkedIn and Instagram. In the coming months, as part of the Canvas Student Pathways rollout, we will add functionality like the ability for students to receive badges or microcredentials. Learn more about using Folio in online courses on Teaching Tools, or reach out to us via email.
New VoiceThread account policy
On July 1, VoiceThread will launch a data clean-up policy that removes accounts according to the following protocol:
- An account has never been accessed: Deleted one year after it was created.
- An account has been accessed, but no content has been created: Deleted after one year of inactivity.
- An account owner has created content: Deleted after two years of inactivity. The account owner will receive a notice 30 days before removal, allowing them to take action.
If you want to ensure your account is not automatically deleted, simply sign up for VoiceThread once a year or more. You can save VoiceThreads by exporting them as media files. If you need additional export credits, contact us via email.
Boost your knowledge the summer
Missouri Online will continue hosting training sessions on various topics throughout the summer. Check out our offerings online.
We are also excited to host a Bootcamp June 27-30. For details, download the Bootcamp flyer or view the schedule and sign up on our registration page. Enter “Bootcamp” in the search engine. Feel free to participate in as many courses as you like. We will host a second Bootcamp in early August. Watch for future updates.
Missouri Online was created to support digital education and encourage significant enrollment growth in online programs across our four universities. Our team of instructional designers and developers, learning technologists, student services professionals, program coordinators and marketing specialists are here to assist you.