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September 2009

Upcoming events in teaching and learning with technology

"Including Quality in Your Online Courses:  The 'Quality Matters' Program."

TIME: Friday, September 25, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

PLACE: 105 Natural Science Building.

Online learning and the LMS

On 9/21/2009, The State News published an article about online learning, reaching out to not only students but also LearnDAT's Brendan Guenther, and instructors Dr. Stephen Thomas, Dr. Ethan Watrall and Dr. Yong Zhao. The article can be read here and offers a glimpse into students' views of online learning, as well as what some instructors do to keep their students engaged. As an additional point, the article was written by a student, in a student's voice and focuses on what this student found newsworthy and/or interesting.

ANGEL is up and running

The ANGEL administrators replaced the old database server with a new one, which has twice the capacity for load and use. This should improve ANGEL's performance and reliability. The administrators continue to monitor the system. If you encounter issues, please notify Distance Learning Services at 5-2345 or 1-800-500-1554, so the problem can be diagnosed ASAP.

ANGEL Issues - Memorandum

The following memo was sent to the Deans, Directors and Chairs this afternoon by ATS director Tom Davis, in response to the issues seen on the ANGEL system September 8 and 9, 2009:

ANGEL 7.4 Update

The following was posted to http://servicestatus.msu.edu this morning:

Additional database tuning was performed at both the application and database layer, in an attempt to stabilize the system. ANGEL has remained stable throughout the night, and we are continuing to closely monitor the system. The ANGEL vendor is still engaged and working closely with the Service Sponsors.

Some tips from Distance Learning Services:

ANGEL Performance Issues Update

The following information on today's ANGEL outage was just posted on MSU Service Status(http://servicestatus.msu.edu) by the ANGEL service sponsors"

September Breakfast Series Announcement

MSU Learning Design and Technology (LearnDAT) invites you to attend the next session in our ongoing Breakfast Series: Conversations on Online Pedagogy and Best Practices

DATE: Wednesday, September 9, 2009
PLACE: MSU Main Library, North Conference Room, 4th floor, west wing
TIME: 8:45am - 10:00am (8:30am for refreshments)

TOPIC:
MSU-Created Online Teaching Aides

PRESENTERS:
Representatives from MSU's Learning Design and Technology