Learning Management

Spring 2017 Schoology Training

Posted February 16, 2017

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We're pleased to offer the following Schoology training options for Spring 2017:

Topical Training

These sessions provide in-depth training from Schoology’s professional training staff. Each 35 minute presentation focuses on a specific feature of Schoology.

These sessions will be held at 3:30pm in BGC 011, and all sessions will be recorded and posted online. For those who wish to participate in the live sessions, but cannot get to the BGC, a limited number of faculty can join remotely using the GoToMeeting app. If interested, please contact us by email or by calling 630.752.4357 (HELP).

February 23 | iOS Faculty Workflows Using the Schoology App (Part 1 of 2)

March 3 | Workflows in Grading: Assignments, Discussions, Essay Tests & Comments in the Gradebook

March 14 | iOS Faculty Workflows Using the Schoology App (Part 2 of 2)

March 16 | Breaking Down & Understanding Calculations in the Schoology Gradebook

March 28 | Creating and Working with Learning Objectives, Mastery, and Rubrics

March 30 | Creating Dynamic and Engaging Discussions

April 4 | Employing & Integrating Google Apps in Your Schoology Course

April 11 | Tips & Tricks for Embedding Content in Your Schoology Course

April 20 | Best Practices for Managing Content in Your Schoology Resources

April 25 | Best Practices for Collaborations & Communications with Schoology Groups

April 27 | Best Practices for the End of the Grading Term

Online Training

You can watch recorded training sessions here (you may be asked to sign in). This folder includes other resources curated for Wheaton College.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology at ait.service.desk@wheaton.edu or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).

Making Grading Easier: Turnitin’s Feedback Studio

Posted October 27, 2016

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Turnitin's Feedback Studio, available within Schoology, is designed to reduce the burden of grading and make it easier for faculty to promote academic integrity and provide actionable feedback to students.

Feedback Studio checks for originality, corrects grammar and spelling, and provides easy-to-use markup tools. This allows faculty to spend less time correcting simple or common errors and focus on the quality of a student's analysis and writing.

Markup tools include voice commentary, rubric-based grading, and drag and drop reusable comments. Feedback Studio also provides a built-in method for student peer review to allow students to analyze and comment on each others' work.

Faculty members who are interested in Feedback Studio can try an interactive demo or look at the instructions and setup guides within Schoology. Those interested in using Feedback Studio for peer review are also welcome to attend a training session on November 29 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in BGC 011.

Schoology training topics for the remainder of the semester also include third party communication tools and building a curriculum repository. Learn more and RSVP here.

You can watch recordings of Schoology training sessions on YouTube, or find instructions and how-to guides in the Wheaton College Resource Folder within Schoology.

MicroGrade No Longer Available

Posted January 21, 2016

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Effective Date: January 21, 2015

MicroGrade, used for storing and calculating grades, is no longer available. In November 2015, the company that made this software went out of business. Because of this, MicroGrade can no longer be installed on new computers.

Any faculty or staff member who currently uses MicroGrade can contact Academic and Institutional Technology for assistance in moving grade information into the learning management system.

If you have any questions or would like assistance, please contact us or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).

Schoology: Wheaton College's New Learning Management System

Posted January 19, 2016

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Updated: November 3, 2016

Last year, Wheaton College chose Schoology to replace Blackboard as its learning management system. During this transition, the Faculty LMS Transition committee will provide faculty input and guidance for Schoology's development and implementation.

Training Opportunities

We want to be sure that all faculty members are comfortable using Schoology in order to make this transition as smooth as possible. The following training sessions are available to any staff or faculty member, as well as teaching assistants.

You can watch recorded training sessions here (you may be asked to sign in). This folder includes other resources curated for Wheaton College.

Getting Help

Once you've started using Schoology, the following options are available:

  • For technical questions or help with specific features, 24/7 support is available via chat, phone, or email in Schoology's Help Center.
  • For help with instructional design or migrating content from Blackboard, or to request access for a TA or staff member, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology or call 630.752.4357.
  • After completing training, faculty members are welcome to schedule one-on-one sessions with technical staff. Contact us to schedule a session.

You can read more about how Schoology was selected here.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology or call 630.752.4357.

Learning Management: Request for Proposal and Project Timeline

Posted September 1, 2015

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Updated: March 21, 2016

In an effort to better meet the pedagogical needs of faculty and students, the Technology and Information Resources (TIR) subcommittee, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Academic and Institutional Technology are working together to identify and select a new learning management system (LMS).

Rationale

  • Blackboard has been the College's LMS for many years.
  • Faculty and students have indicated Blackboard does not meet their expectations and needs.
  • AIT staff are unable to provide stable services due to technical issues within the Blackboard software. Other higher education institutions have reported similar difficulties.
  • The marketplace has evolved since Blackboard's implementation. Tools and functionalities are now available that enable new teaching and assessment methods to support Christ at the Core as well as graduate and global education initiatives.

Selection Process

The LMS Selection Committee is committed to ensuring that faculty have abundant opportunity to evaluate LMS options and provide feedback. This committee will give regular updates on the selection process at the Faculty Business Meeting and make the final recommendation to the CIO.

LMS Selection Committee Members:

  • Jeremy Botts, M.F.A. | Art
  • Daniel Burden, Ph.D. | Chemistry
  • Nancy Falciani-White, M.L.S., Ed.D. | Buswell Memorial Library
  • John Holmes | Student Government EVP of Finance & Technology
  • Terry Huttenlock, M.L.S., Ed.D. | Buswell Memorial Library
  • Matthew Lundin, Ph.D. | History
  • Tracy McKenzie, Ph.D. | History
  • Sarah Miglio, Ph.D. | Provost's Office, Director of Core Curriculum Studies
  • Scott Moreau, M.Div., D.Miss. | Intercultural Studies & Graduate School
  • Tony Payne, D.M. | Conservatory of Music
  • Sandra Richter, Ph.D. | Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Wendy Woodward | Chief Information Officer

Initial RFP Respondents:

  • Blackboard's latest environment
  • Blackboard and Moodlerooms
  • Desire 2 Learn's Brightspace
  • Instructure's Canvas
  • Schoology

Target Timeline:

  • July 29 - August 21 | Review RFP responses from vendors
  • September 23 - October 1 | Semifinalist Vendor Demonstrations
  • October 20 - November 20 | LMS Test Environments for Evaluation
  • December 1 | Recommendation Made
  • December 31 | New LMS Selected
  • Spring Semester B-Quad 2016 | Two Course per Division Pilot for Early Adopters
  • Summer 2016 | Summer Courses Use New LMS
  • July 15 2016 | Launch and Full Implementation
  • Fall Semester 2016 | Fall Courses Use New LMS
  • December 15 2016 | Blackboard Fully Retired

Once the LMS is selected, TIR, AIT, and Student Government will create a transition strategy that includes automated transfer of courses from Blackboard and in person and online training opportunities for faculty.

Our New Learning Management System

The Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Teaching and Information Resources Subcommittee, the Student Technology Advisory Committee, Purchasing, and Academic and Institutional Technology are proud to announce that Schoology has been selected as Wheaton College's new learning management system.

You can see answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the selection process here (sign in to access from off-campus).

You can read about the transition to Schoology here.

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