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In case you missed it, the new Learning Management System has been announced. The current system, Blackboard Vista, known as “eLearning”, will be used through the Fall 2012 semester. Beginning Spring 2013, all courses will be offered on Blackboard Learn (which will also be called “eLearning”). There will be several courses used in a pilot of the new system during the Summer and Fall 2012 semesters, so some students will get a preview. You can expect a more modern look and feel with more functionality. The new system will have a mobile app and the ability to push notifications to SMS, email, and Facebook. You can follow our progress on the migration to the new system on the UT Dallas eLearning Blog: http://utdelearning.wordpress.com/category/lms-transition/.
Last semester I asked a potentially loaded question about the 24/7 eLearning Support Help Desk. I was pleasantly surprised with the results from 180 respondents.
When asked, ”On a 1-10 scale, I would rate my satisfaction with the eLearning Support Help Desk (1 being worst, 10 being best),” you answered:
A couple of observations:
68% (122) out of the 180 respondents haven’t had to contact the Help Desk. This is good, as you taking an online course without needing assistance is the ultimate goal.
If we parse out the 58 respondents who reported using the Help Desk into Good, Average and Poor, your experiences have been favorable.
We didn’t receive many responses (6) to the question, “Compared to other help desks I have experienced, the eLearning Help Desk is”:
When asked if a short class on how to use eLearning would be beneficial to students, we received a pretty low response rate. 4 out of 6 respondents said a 30 minute training class would be helpful.
Thank you VERY much to the 180 students who took the time to provide us feedback!
This semester’s survey focuses on mobile devices and online coursework. Please take a moment to complete this exceptionally short survey:
Thank you and have a great semester!
-Darren Crone, Ed.D., eLearning Director
The eLearning Team invites you to meet our students by viewing a different profile each newsletter. This semester's featured student is Saskia Walden.
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Online MBA Program
Announcement for new fall online course.
BPS 6311 Strategy Implementation will be offered online in the fall of 2012. BPS 6311 is a follow-on course to BPS 6310 and focuses on how to effectively implement the concepts learned in BPS 6310. The main objective is to use innovation techniques to analyze and solve business problems. The course will use the popular and low cost Harvard Press book “The Innovator’s Solution” by Clayton Christensen plus a reprint of two innovation chapters from the Dess strategy textbook.
The course will be taught by Professor Larry Chasteen. Professor Chasteen was a program manager at Texas Instruments for 20 years before becoming a professor at UT Dallas and uses this practical business experience in this course. He also taught as a Fulbright Professor in Germany so he brings international issues into the course. He is now the director of the UT Dallas Online MBA Program.
For more information, contact Professor Chasteen at [email protected]. Hope to see some of you in the course.
Announcement about International Study Trips
Online MBA students can use International Study Trips as an elective for this program. UT Dallas offers 3 trips each year which occur during the spring break week, the week after the spring semester ends, and the week before the fall semester begins. The August 2012 trip is to Peru - Doing Business in South America - details are shown below.
For additional information click here: Foreign Study Trips.
Larry Chasteen, [email protected], Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the UT Dallas Online MBA Program
Meet Our Faculty
O. Elmer Polk has been actively involved in the study, practice, research and teaching of criminal justice since 1969. Prior to coming to The University of Texas at Dallas as a Clinical Professor three years ago, Dr. Polk held faculty appointments at The University of Texas at Arlington, Coppin State University in Baltimore, and Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. He also served as Visiting Professor with The University of North Texas. His specialty areas include juvenile justice systems, criminal justice career paths, community and institutional corrections, violent crime, and criminological theory. He completed his B.A. in Criminal Justice at the University of South Florida, his M.S. in Criminal Justice at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Prior to entering academe, Dr. Polk served for seventeen years in numerous staff, supervisory, administrative and research capacities in adult and juvenile corrections in Florida and Texas. He wrote and administered a grant establishing community reintegration programming for the Navajo Tribe and served as Director of a residential halfway house for Native American youth on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. He was one of the pioneers of intensive probation supervision in Florida’s Community Control Program and in the Bexar County, Texas Juvenile ISP Project. He has served on Boards of Directors and Citizen’s Advisory Boards, received several teaching awards, published one coauthored book on juvenile justice, and has written several articles in his specialty areas. He has received U.S. Department of Justice funding to study various aspects of violent and gang-related crime in the Northern District of Texas and has written a variety of book reviews, instructor’s manuals, and technical reports. Dr. Polk is an advocate of online education and has taught online and distance education courses for over a decade. He helped develop an undergraduate degree completion program in criminology and criminal justice through UT Telecampus and commencing fall 2012, he will be actively involved in teaching online graduate criminology classes in the UTD Criminology Program’s new Online Master’s Degree detailed below.
Online Master of Science in Criminology
The fully accredited online Master of Science (MS) in Criminology has been developed with working professionals in mind. The degree offers students the convenience of completing course work on their own schedules. The online degree parallels UTD's traditional M.S., but without the requirement that students attend on campus. For students who can take up to four classes per semester, the degree can be completed in as little as one year. The Online Master’s Degree curriculum consists of 30 hours of coursework with an additional 6 hours of graduate electives or an independent study project. This degree plan is one of the most innovative in the United States and permits students completing the program to transfer many of the courses to the traditional doctoral degree plan if the student desires. It is particularly helpful to working criminal justice personnel who are unable to make it to a traditional campus due to geographic assignment location or rotating shifts. Details about the online degree course requirements can be viewed at http://www.utdallas.edu/epps/criminology/degrees.html. The Online MS officially launches in fall 2012. Students wishing further information may contact the Program Director, John Worrall, for additional details. He can be reached at [email protected] or (972)883-4893.
Newsletter edited by Rita Cubie, Administrative Assistant, UT Dallas eLearning Team