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1 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource (AIR) Web site Presented at the League for Innovation's Annual Conference on Information Technology by Paddy Burt Craig Edwards Mark Nelson Monday, November 12, 2007

2 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Outline 1.Introductions 2.Project Overview 3.Web Site Design 4.Site Tour 5.SCORE – The digital asset repository 6.Marketing 7.Benefits 8.The Way Ahead 9. Value Added 10. Questions/Feedback

3 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Group Brainstorming If you were going to build a website for faculty, what features would your faculty like access to on an anytime, anywhere basis? Please take a few minutes to write down specific features.

4 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Overview of AIR Web Project Funded by the Council of Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) and Red River College. Purpose: provide anytime/anywhere online accessibility and support for instructors through the use of Web- based technology Designed and developed in consultation with instructors and support staff to meet faculty needs Provides access to a comprehensive online collection of information and resources to support faculty

5 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Communication and Consultation Secured support from VP-Academic Formed AIR Web Advisory Committee - reps from both academic and support areas of RRC Conducted 2 rounds of focus groups with instructors Surveyed college staff Promoted project to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Solicited content from instructor support areas.

6 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Site Design: Who is our Audience? We conducted focus groups with instructors From these focus groups we developed personas. These personas were used to focus our design decisions.

7 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Primary Personas Secondary Personas Joe Teacher Jill Teacher Tech Teacher Traditional Teacher Site Design: Functional Personas

8 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Site Design: What instructors say they need… access to Certificate of Adult Education materials, handbook, registration collaboration tools tools to communicate with students links to external resources information on how to use Learning Content Management Systems information and tutorials about using technologies for teaching and learning Joe Teacher Jill Teacher

9 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Site Design: What instructors say they need… a shared calendar of events a newsletter or mechanism that notifies instructors of new information access to professional development workshops searchable access to college information (HR forms, org. charts, meeting minutes, etc) class management tools (such as class lists, test banks, class lists, grade books, assessment tools, tools for detecting plagiarism) Joe Teacher Jill Teacher

10 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Site Design: What instructors say they need… The site should be easy to use. We wanted to have a user-centric design The site should have a good search tool We wanted to have some password protected resources, but we needed to maintain a single sign-on, compatible with Red River College’s current login. We wanted to use ASP and SQL technology, as this was familiar to Red River College.

11 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College We Chose Sharepoint We decided that the site would use SharePoint to deliver the web pages, as well as provide a communication and collaboration medium. However, we did not want the site to look like a SharePoint site. We wanted the site to look professional and promising.a SharePoint site

12 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College AIR Web site demonstration AIR Web Site

13 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College SCORE – Shareable COmmon REsources  Software Selection and Evaluation  Metadata definition – SCORM, CanCore  28 fields  Candidate products  Round 1 – D2L, WebCT, D-space  Round 2 – 6 more from WCET EduTools report  Evaluation criteria  44 factors from EduTools prioritized for RRC  plus stand-alone capability

14 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College SCORE – Shareable COmmon REsources  And the winner is….!  The Learning Edge (the company)  Equella (the software)  SCORE (the RRC implementation)  Customization  Home page design –  Clusters

15 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College SCORE – Shareable Common REsources  Digital Assets  Any material in digital format that is:  discrete  enduring  multi-purpose  Learning Objects  Any digital asset associated with a learning outcome or set of learning outcomes.

16 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College SCORE – Shareable COmmon REsources  Forms and Policies - “now I can find them!”  “I have found SCORE quick and easy to use and to be a versatile way to share resources with other instructors as well as quickly link them to online courses.”  “It appears to have a lot of potential for the sharing of materials.”

17 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Marketing  Why marketing?  Task team  Name that site (win an iPod)  Promotions – mints, note pads, fortune cookies  Tie to events  College Day – video  Site launch – brochure, posters, demos

18 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Brochure and Posters

19 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Marketing  Ongoing  Headlines  Fresh Air  New staff  Training

20 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Benefits of the AIR Web site Provides a 24/7 self-directed “one-stop shop” for information Addresses many RRC operational plan objectives, including: –increase access to information resources –establish strategies to provide uniform support to faculty in developing and delivering courses and programs.

21 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Benefits of the AIR Web site (cont’d) Facilitates sharing of digital assets for teaching, learning, and curriculum development Promotes and facilitates communication, collaboration, and sharing among programs, departments, schools, and institutions

22 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Added Value Identified a need for focused technology training for faculty Promoted discussion of intellectual property rights and copyright of curriculum materials Raised need for IT infrastructure support specifically for innovation and experimentation Provided opportunities to collaborate with other colleges

23 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College The Way Ahead Continue to promote the AIR Web site to faculty Continue to develop resources based on RRC instructor needs - ie, Technology Tools Matrix, Glossary Integrate with new RRC portal software Provide tool for support departments to share info with faculty Consult with Manitoba colleges and other Post- Secondary institutions

24 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College The Way Ahead SHAREPOINT Continue to provide SharePoint sites as requested. Provide leadership in the ongoing evolution of SharePoint. SCORE Promote culture of sharing/collaboration. Encourage use of Creative Commons licensing. Continue to build inventory of digital assets. Explore inter-institutional collaboration.

25 AIR :: Anytime/Anywhere Instructor Resource Copyright 2007 Red River College Questions/Feedback? Visit our site:


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