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Inside this issue: Emerging Technologies


Student Tech Talk


Faculty Spotlight


Teaching and Learning Online


Community Outreach


Introducing John Stabile


Workshop Calendar


Online Course Development Initiative


Fall 2007

Emerging Technologies Virtual worlds as teaching tools Interest in virtual worlds has grown considerably in the last year. Campuses and businesses are establishing locations in these worlds much as they were creating websites a decade ago.


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People enter virtual worlds via an avatar which is their representation in that space, and they move that avatar as if they were physically walking. The most popular virtual worlds combine elements such as social networking, the ability to share rich media, a feeling of presence, and a connection to the community. Because virtual worlds “offer flexible spaces for learning and exploration,” educational use of these spaces is already underway and growing, according to

the 2007 Horizon Report. They are being used to create very effective learning spaces. Locations can be created for any subject; artifacts can be as realistic as necessary; students can role-play to take on the responsibilities of an astronaut, public health nurse, or engineer without real world consequences. Ethnographers have created avatars in order to study virtual world inhabitants. And new art forms are emerging, including machinima, filmmaking using virtual settings and avatar actors. At the University of California, Berkeley, the Journalism and Architecture schools are collaborating on a project that recreates a local music scene (

projects/jazzclubs/). A bioterrorism simulation called Play2Train teaches preparedness through role-playing ( And a communications class at the University of Minnesota uses a simulation based on the game Neverwinter Nights to practice investigative journalism ( Feature_Stories/ 22Neverwinter_Nights22_ in_the_classroom.html). To learn more about the educational applications of virtual worlds, take a look at the full Horizon Report at 2007_Horizon_Report.pdf. ♦ By Christine Malmsten

Student Tech Talk Office 2007 is coming...will you be ready? Well, it’s that time again. Time for a new and improved version of the vital software suite we use nearly every day: Microsoft Office. In January, Microsoft released Office 2007 to the general public. And by this time next year, it will be on every computer on the Marygrove College campus. To anyone already familiar with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, initial reaction to the 2007 version will likely be the same: “Wow! This really looks different!”

The user interface has changed dramatically, but fortunately, for the better. In fact, Office 2007 delivers more improvements to this set of applications than any previous upgrade. The most obvious change to the appearance of the Office 2007 programs is the switch from toolbars and drop-down menus to what is called the Ribbon—a brand new device that organizes sets of commands into tabs, and then further into groups and buttons. Another new element of the Office 2007 environment is the Microsoft Office Button. The Office menu that appears when

you click this button provides easy access to commands related to opening, saving, and printing a document. The Office menu is much like the File menu that appeared in past versions of Microsoft Office. And so, if you’re ready to explore the more efficient and intuitive structure of Microsoft Office 2007, the staff of Educational Technology Services are here to get you started. Our hope is to ease the entire Marygrove community into Office 2007 with hands-on training and plenty of time to practice before the big changeover. (Continued on page 4)

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Faculty Spotlight The Faculty Spotlight of The Marygrove Monitor is a place to highlight the innovative ways in which Marygrove faculty are using technology in their courses.

I find that some students who might not engage in classroom discussions are totally involved in Blackboard discussions.

In this issue, the Faculty Spotlight will focus on Dr. Vivian Johnson, Associate Professor of Education. This semester Dr. Johnson is conducting two student teaching courses (EDU 499 and 699). We are pleased that she has taken the time to share her perspective on the importance of technology for Marygrove students and in their lives after graduation. Dr. Johnson, describe for our readers the ways in which you have integrated technology into your courses. Students post assignments to Digital Dropbox, e-mail contacts, syllabi must be downloaded from Blackboard, and students have to

participate in Discussion Boards. At least one class session is held in a virtual classroom. Students are assigned a topic or a chapter and will lead a discussion on this. What did your students think of these experiences? Students with limited or no technology experience are intimidated by using some of these tools. Many students find this challenging, but they are required to do it. Sometimes, it's as simple as doing a PowerPoint presentation. (Well, for students who have never done PowerPoint, it isn't simple.) My students tend to partner with a classmate, or go to the STIC to get support. It is interesting that many nontraditional students get support from their children. Another issue I hear from students is that they do not have access to computers at home, or they don't have

internet capability at home. Of course, that's when I make provisions during class time for familiarizing themselves with technology. Since I'm on a roll here... I often find interesting articles online that I believe will support the learning process. I'm a Mac user, and sometimes there are some problems transmitting information (definitely not a Mac problem) in a readable format. Which of these experiences had the most positive impact on learning outcomes? One of the objectives for my courses is that students will be able to integrate technology in their pedagogical practices. When students have to demonstrate an understanding of content material in their virtual classroom or Blackboard discussions, the objective is met. They are able to synthesize the information in (Continued on page 3)

Teaching and Learning Online During the summer of 2006 the newly formed Online Learning Standards Committee at Marygrove College was charged with the task of developing a set of online course standards to help ensure course quality, as well as assist faculty in streamlining the development process. To develop these standards, the committee spent the summer consulting with colleagues at other institutions, reviewing the literature, and reflecting on their own experiences as online instructors. Ultimately the committee decided upon six standards,

which are described in full at the Educational Technology Services website ( online_course_development. asp). The first standard focuses on “Organization and Structure,” and describes well-developed syllabi, learning objectives, content structure, and course assignments and activities. The second standard focuses on “Content,” and specifically on the accuracy and clarity of content, the encouragement of critical thinking, and the provision of educational resources.

The third standard focuses on “Usability” in terms of course navigation, technical issues, technology requirements, course elements and tools, and the media utilized within a course. The fourth standard focuses on “Communication” to ensure student readiness for a course, clear and timely communication between student and instructor, proper use of the discussion board, and effective use of interactive tools between student, instructor, and course content. The fifth standard focuses on “Instructional Design” in order to maximize social

rapport, interactivity, collaborative learning,, and active learning; in order to address the look and feel of a course; and to meet ADA requirements. The sixth and final standard focuses on “Assessment/ Evaluation” to ensure internal alignment, a transparent grading system, and frequent, meaningful, and rapid feedback. For more information about the stipend available to faculty for the development and delivery of an online course, see the article on page 4. ♦ By Linda Brawner

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Faculty Spotlight (Cont.) (Continued from page 2) a short time frame. My involvement in the discussions allows me to interject comments that lead to critical analysis of information and text. I want to know that students are able to make text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. This is evident in their postings. I also find that some students

who might not engage in classroom discussions are totally involved in Blackboard discussions. I really enjoy the fact that in several virtual classroom discussions, students stay involved beyond the assigned time! What are the "lessons learned" from these experiences? There is a gap in the technology resources and skills.

If I require students to use technology, I must provide information and opportunities for them to get the support they need. The other lesson learned is that not everyone has evolved to my level of appreciation for Apple-based technology. When I send emails from the soon to be released iPhone, they will bow!

the future with regard to technology integration? Develop podcasts and profcasts, also create a stream with me demonstrating how to conduct a reading assessment, and one demonstrating Directed Listening Thinking Activities during a read-aloud. ♦ By Linda Brawner

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Community Outreach For four weeks during the month of August, the Educational Technology Services staff had the honor of conducting computer skills training for a group of 22 women from the Lifting in Faith Together (LIFT) Women’s Resource Center. The LIFT Women’s Resource Center provides life skills workshops to women in substance abuse recovery

programs, living in domestic violence shelters and/or living in homeless shelters. Topics covered during our 4week training program included Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Members of the Educational Technology Services staff took turns conducting the sessions and were very happy to help these women develop the computer skills which are so vital to securing gainful

Introducing John Stabile! Educational Technology Services is pleased to welcome John Stabile as its newest staff member. Read on to learn more about John… What’s your earliest or funniest memory of using technology? When I first used a computer in the '80s, there weren’t hard drives and we had to load the software before beginning. The monitors had black backgrounds with gold letters, numbers and simple line graphics, which was quite a change from what was usual for that time: eye-catching, fluorescent green! Hearing the “zzzt, zzzt” sound of the dot

matrix printers added additional sensory flavor to the whole process. Describe your best moment at Marygrove so far. Two individuals on campus have accepted the challenge of adding greenery to the ’Grove. My hobby of growing things will hopefully lead to avocado seedlings in various offices. Most people just roll their eyes when I offer them the opportunity to do the same. LB and BB should soon see signs of their horticultural talents. If you’d like to try, let me know. What position have you held in the past that is

employment. Jennifer Meacham said, “It’s always a pleasure to teach a group of people who want to learn something new. The women from LIFT were eager, enthusiastic, and gracious.” Gwen Little was equally inspired by the women and said, “Working with the ladies in the LIFT program was an

eye-opening experience. These ladies came ready to learn and acquire a new skill. Although some of them did not have any formal computer training or experience working with a computer, they were eager to learn. This was a rewarding experience for both me and the ladies in the program.” ♦ By Linda Brawner

most different from what you’re doing now? I worked the night shift in a tool & die shop during college. It was the most physical job I ever had, drilling and sawing through chunks of metal, fabricating and packing auto parts and occasionally moving heavy supplies and equipment. Thankfully, that didn’t last long! What do you like best about the position you’re in now? I enjoy sharing knowledge. Teaching has always been part of every position I’ve had. Since I’m from a large family, I remember helping younger brothers & sisters with homework. My background is in education and I have lots of

experience working with adults. I was chosen as Lead Trainer in a previous position as the organization converted from manual to automated data processing. While working overseas, I even taught English classes. So my current position as Technical Trainer in the STIC utilizes my many years of teaching experience. ♦ By Christine Malmsten


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Fall 2007 Student Workshops Introduction to Computers Monday, Sept 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Tuesday, Sept 25, 6 - 8 pm

Introduction to Windows Linda Brawner Director

Gwen Little Technical Training Specialist

Christine Malmsten Adjunct Reference and Information Technology Librarian

Jennifer Meacham Reference and Instructional Technology Librarian II

John Stabile Technical Training Specialist

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Monday, Oct 8, 10 am - 12 pm Tuesday, Oct 9, 6 - 8 pm

Basic Word 2003

Tuesday, Oct 16, 10 am - 12 pm Wednesday, Oct 17, 6 - 8 pm

Basic Excel 2003

Tuesday, Oct 30, 10 am - 12 pm Wednesday, Oct 31, 6 pm - 8 pm

Introduction to Blackboard Tuesday, Sept 18, 1 - 2:30 pm Saturday, Sept 22, 10 - 11:30 am

Computer Ethics

Intermediate Word 2003

Tuesday, Oct 23, 10 am - 12 pm Wednesday, Oct 24, 6 - 8 pm

What’s New in 2007?

Monday, Oct 1, 10 - 11 am Tuesday, Oct 2, 6 - 7 pm

Thursday, Sept 27, 10 am - 12 pm Thursday, Oct 18, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Introduction to Forms (Staff only) Friday, Sept 28, 1 - 3 pm

Basic Word 2007

Monday, Oct 15, 10 am - 12 pm Monday, Oct 22, 6 - 8 pm

Introduction to Email

Tuesday, Sept 18, 6 - 7:30 pm Thursday, Sept 20, 10 - 11:30 am Saturday, Sept 22, 1 - 2:30 pm

Basic Excel 2007

Monday, Oct 29, 10 am - 12 pm

For more information, or to learn about the Microsoft Office Certification Program, contact Gwen Little at 313.927.1285. The full calendar of workshops can be found at

Online Course Development Initiative Continues The Marygrove Monitor is a publication of the Department of Educational Technology Services. The mission of the ETS department is to provide technology training and support to students to enable them to succeed at Marygrove and beyond, to assist faculty in successfully integrating technology to enhance the teaching and learning process, and to help staff develop and improve the technology skills necessary to increase productivity. Physical facilities are located in the lower level of the Library, and include the Faculty Technology Center (FTC) and the Student Technology Instruction Center (STIC). Services provided include access to computer workstations, numerous workshops, individualized tutorials, and useful training documents. ©2006 Marygrove College

STIC Drop-in Lab: Room L011 STIC Classroom: Room L012 FTC: Room L013

Provost Dr. Ed Thompson has approved the continuation of the Online Course Development Stipend Program, initiated last fall by Dr. Fike. Under this program, faculty are awarded $1500 for the development and delivery of a course that meets Marygrove online course standards, as well as the following criteria: The course must either be (1) a part

of the new Master's in the Art of Teaching program, (2) in high demand for our non-traditional or working adult population, or (3) in high demand for our traditional students, for whom an online course would enable them to take courses that are otherwise unavailable to them due to scheduling conflicts. Faculty interested in developing a course for Fall 2008 are

invited to attend an orientation meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd from 12 - 1 pm in the Faculty Technology Center, located in Rm. L013 of the Library. Call Linda at extension 1846 to reserve a space, or to learn more. ♦ By Linda Brawner

Student Tech Talk (Cont.) (Continued from page 1) At present, Office 2007 is only available in the STIC. Everyone is invited to stop in and take a first look at its new features. Please ask the STIC consultant on duty for help. Workshops that cover the basics of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access 2007 begin in October, with intermediate and advanced classes to follow in the first half of next year. Keep in mind that training in Office 2003 applications will still

be offered through the winter semester of 2008. However, beginning in the fall of 2008, Office 2007 will be the only version of Office available on campus. So look for the workshop schedules available in this newsletter (see p. 4), in the library, and on the Educational Technology Services web site ( Check these schedules to be certain you are signing up for the right thing. Workshops in

both Office 2003 and 2007 are running this semester. If you need help in the programs you are using right now, sign up for a 2003 workshop. If you don’t want to have to play catch-up next fall when the college upgrades to Office 2007, sign up for 2007 workshops, too. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the available training to prepare for this major conversion. Call extension 1285 to reserve your seats. ♦ By Jennifer Meacham