E-Learning and Instructional Support (ELIS)
E-Learning and Instructional Support (ELIS) Address
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Thursday, July 23 2009

Oakland University, one of Michigan's leaders in instructional technology, will be hosting the e-Cornucopia Conference on July 23, 2009. This conference will discuss the complete suite of software needed to offer high quality online programs and courses. This all-day event will feature both an administrative track and a e-Learning tool track. The administrative track will discuss the technical setup of an open source learning management system (Moodle) as well as online course evaluation, faculty support, and program development. The e-Learning tool track will appeal to faculty and staff by offering hands-on workshops of the latest instructional tools and pedagogical methods, including Moodle, open source e-Portfolio systems (based on Moodle), Elluminate, Camtasia and Second Life.

Session Schedule Thursday, July 23rd 2009 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session Time
eLearning Tools Track

Administrative Track
9:00 - 10:00 AM Welcome - coffee and finger food provided
10:00 - 10:40 AM Elluminate Implementation of Moodle
11:00 - 11:40 AM Moodle/e-Portfolio Online Course Evaluations
12:00 - 1:30 PM Complimentary lunch provided
1:30 - 2:10 PM Second Life Faculty Support Services
2:30 - 3:10 PM Camtasia Initiating Online Programs
3:30 - 4:00 PM Conclusion/survey/open forum



Breakout Session Descriptions:

Implementation of Moodle - Eric Merrill, Learning Management Programmer
Moodle is an open source Learning Management System (LMS). Eric will be discussing open source technologies, and its upkeep. Programming integration scripts, customizing and adding modules to the basic program, trouble-shooting, server support, testing, and upgrades will all be considered.

Moodle/e-Portfolio - Cathy Cheal, Assistant Vice President of eLearning & Instructional Support
A short introduction to the multi-functionality of Moodle will allow participants to create a course with files, forums, quizzes, and email.

Elluminate - Shaun Moore, Manager of Support Services
Elluminate is synchronous web-conferencing software for teaching. It offers audio, video, text chat, and presentation space. An instructor typically talks into a microphone and demonstrates any types of files or webpages on their own computer to students at a distance. This workshop will teach you how to use Elluminate's controls.

Online Course Evaluations - John Coughlin, Lead Web Application Developer
Oakland University has been running home-grown online course evaluation systems for about 5 years. This seminar will look at the variety of systems Oakland University uses. Topics will include authentication issues, confidentiality, survey construction, reporting, notification, and response rates.

Second Life - Nic Bongers, Instructional Graphic Designer
Second Life is a virtual three-dimensional world where people meet by means of an avatar. Virtual classes and participating in interactive events, such as simulations, role-playing, and 3-D webquests are activities commonly used for class participation, research, and assignments. This workshop will introduce Second Life, join everyone to the OU group, and demonstrate OU's island. Appearance changing and building with avatars will also be demonstrated as well as OU's island, avatar movement, and avatar communication.

Faculty Support Services - Shaun Moore, Manager of Support Services
Learn how e-LIS supports its students, faculty and staff on the various technology products it has to offer. We use a ticketing system to track calls, thereby reducing our need for larger staff. We’ll take a look at our custom ticketing system and manager system.

Camtasia - Nic Bongers, Instructional Graphic Designer
Camtasia helps you make short videos (flash files) of screen shots with voiceover. These narrated lectures or demonstrations are then embedded into a webpage or uploaded to Moodle for instructional purposes.

Initiating Online Programs – Cathy Cheal, Assistant Vice President of eLearning & Instructional Support
Teaching with technology is an optional activity at most US public universities. We'll discuss how we help encourage faculty to teach individual online courses and develop online programs.


Additional Details

Cost & Registration: Registration is done online by clicking on the link at the top or bottom of this page. Early bird registration is $75. Please register by June 30th. Registration after June 30th will be $85. If you are OU faculty, please contact us before registering or if you would like to access this virtually through Elluminate for a much reduced fee.

Computers: A computer lab will be available. Laptops will not have OU internet access.

Food: A continental breakfast & lunch will be provided.

Parking: Campus parking is free in most areas. Please visit http://www2.oakland.edu/map/ for a map of campus and parking. The event will take place on the fourth floor of the Kresge Library, which is located in the middle of the online map. If you have any questions on location, parking, or the event in general please call eLearning & Instructional Support at (248) 370-4566.

• Hotel Information:

Royal Park Hotel, Rochester (about 5 miles away)
600 E University Dr
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 652-2600
Royal Park's OU rate is $125 per night.

Homestead Studio on University in Auburn Hills, (within walking distance of OU)
3315 University Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 340-8888
Homestead Studio's OU rate is $62 per night.

Wingate by Wyndham, Auburn Hills (approx 2 miles from OU)
2200 Featherstone Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 334-3324
Wingate's OU rate is $89 per night.

*There are also several hotel chains on Featherstone Road in Auburn Hills, which is approximately two miles from campus.


• Transportation Options:
If you are flying to the Detroit Metro Airport, available transportation to a hotel or Oakland University is listed below.
Transportation and phone numbers:
Rochester Limo (586) 685-0000
Metro Cars (734) 674-3350
All Star Transportation (888) 885-5466