Archive for September, 2013
Mark in your Calendar!!! The October Disability Awareness Week is around the corner. October 7 to 11. See complete time and dates in the flyer attached.
Quality Matters (QM) is a critical component to insure quality for online education. It provides a faculty-driven process around student learning that is collaborative, collegial, continuous, and centered. It provides instructors the tools and training for quality assurance of online courses (www.qualitymatters.org).
NMSU Alamogordo understands the need for more consistency in course quality and delivery and has committed human and financial resources for the solid implementation of Quality Matters (QM) for its online course delivery and online student support services.
There has been a dramatic increase in online course offerings at NMSU-A since spring 2007. As a result, NMSU-A has reassigned full-time faculty member, Sherrell Wheeler, to oversee the quality of all online courses, applying QM standards and online teaching protocols in order to ensure academic integrity, as well as consistency of presentation and expectation. This new position, Director of Online Quality Assurance, serves as the plan manager for the Quality Matters Program, directing the internal review process, training faculty on QM standards, and preparing and teaching the mandatory pedagogical training for online faculty. Also, the Online Course Quality Assurance Team of faculty members, made up of QM certified peer reviewers, includes Sherrell Wheeler, Gary Bond, Rob Klinger, John Adams, Kathy Roark-Diehl, and Christine Trapp.
As NMSU-A moves forward with this endeavor, the future will include a number of major changes to the online and hybrid courses offered. These changes will include: 1) become a QM campus and require all existing courses undergo an internal peer review process based on QM Standards within a 3-year period. Existing courses will be scheduled for review at the rate of at least 1/3 of existing courses each year, with assurance that all online courses at NMSU-A by the end of year three will be reviewed and taught according to QM standards; 2) provide and require training in QM standards, online pedagogy, and the NMSU-A learning management system (currently CANVAS) for all faculty who teach online or hybrid/blended courses; 3) establish and implement external QM peer review certification processes by which several courses a year become certified QM courses; 4) require all new online courses to undergo an internal QM standards review and approval before being offered, beginning Spring 2014; 5) design and require the use of a mandatory template for all online courses; and 6) design and provide an Online Instructor Inventory to determine whether the faculty member has the skill sets to teach online classes.
During this first year of implementation, the first group of classes will be selected for conversion to QM Standards alignment from volunteer faculty members who have taken at least the first level of QM training (Approximately 60 faculty took the QM training in face-to-face sessions in April 2013, while 20 are currently enrolled in an online section of the training, and 20 more will begin the training on September 3.).
The second and third groups of courses must meet the QM standards by summer 2015 and summer 2016, respectively.
Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has once again named New Mexico State University Alamogordo to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows NMSU-A commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.
The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools, and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities, and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.
The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.
A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.
The Student Veterans of America-Alamogordo (SVAA), an NMSU-A student organization, is sponsoring a “POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony” on Thursday September 19, 2013 from 12:15-1:00 pm on the Patio.
In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September to honor those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. This day was established by an Act of Congress with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. Everyone is invited to this solemn ceremony.
Free! Resume and Cover Letter Workshop (“Getting the Job” Series)
A free “Resume and Cover Letter Workshop” is scheduled on Thursday, September 19, from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Student Services Building. This is sponsored by Career Services as part of the “Getting the Job” Series.
Students should contact Community Education at 575.439.3842 to register. Space is limited. Please see the attached flyer.
Constitution Day Celebration, September 17, 12:15 pm on Patio
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 12:15 – 12:45 on the CB patio, students of the GOVT 100G: American National Government class, will present a debate on whether or not the federal government should collect email and text communication data inside the United States in order to prevent terrorist acts.
Decide for yourself if surveillance of email and text communication inside the U.S. by the National Security Agency protects you from terror threats or violates your rights under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Everyone is invited to attend and support the students at this event.
For background information, check out Google News for stories about “NSA Surveillance.”
Townsend Library invites you to read a passage from a banned or challenged book in recognition of Banned Book Week—September 22-28, 2013. I want to compile a series of audio recordings to be available from the library website. [We can videotape your performance if you like!] You may read from the work itself or you may just read a statement about why the work was challenged or banned in the first place! We have prepared statements for most works on the lists.
I am including a link to lists of Banned and Challenged Books.http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/freedownloads#lists
You may also visit the Banned Books website http://www.ala.org/bbooks/banned, which is maintained by the American Library Association (www.ala.org) in partnership with the Office for Intellectual Freedom (http://www.ala.org/offices/oif ).
We’d like to do the recording in our media studio, but if you can’t make it, call us and we can make other arrangements to get your dulcet tones recorded for posterity. Don’t be shy, step up to the mic – you may even remain anonymous if you like. Just you – in a room – with a book – and recording equipment! What could be easier???
To get you started I am including this quote directly from the Banned Books website (http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics):
“According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.
The titles below represent banned or challenged books on that list ( see the entire list here). For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week Web site.
The titles not included may have been banned or challenged, but we have not received any reports on them. If you have information about the banning or challenging of these (or any) titles, please contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom.“ These are the first 5.
1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
The following NMSU-A Student Organizations have scheduled their meetings for the new semester. If you are a member or are interested in joining one or more of the student organizations, please plan to attend.
Advocates for Children and Education
Campus Christian Fellowship
League of United Latin American Citizens-Young Adult
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Club
Social Science Club
Student Veterans Association – Alamogordo
For more information, please see attached list of advisor contacts.
Download HERE (PDF)
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