Missouri State will be honoring veterans November 11. Veterans and their guests may enjoy a FREE breakfast served 8-9:30am. A guest speaker, musical entertainment and taps are also scheduled. Make plans to attend now!
Last week Dr. Gary Rader concluded his virtual service-learning course PLS 101 American Democracy. What made this course unique was the collaboration with a counter-part course and professor, Dr. Mariana Gonzalez, at IDES (Institute for Advanced Learning) in Rio Tercero, Argentina.
This collaboration between the two professors and two institutions (MSU and IDES) has been developing since 2012. The MSU course was also part of a pilot program to test out Collaborate from Blackboard which is a new web-conferencing software.
The two sets of students in the two institutions studied the levels of political efficacy and civic engagement among their fellow students. Synchronous meetings were held between the Rotary Club leaders in Springfield as well as Rio Tercero.
The final session presented the survey data in a synchronous session between the students of both classes and the Mayor of Springfield and the Secretary of Education in Rio Tercero. So far the reaction among students in both countries, their instructors and the invited guests has been positive.
Further collaboration and expansion of collaboration between the two institutions is in the works. Dr. Rader has been invited to present the findings of the project to an International Conference on Education in Argentina in 2015. Dr. Gonzalez and other officials involved in the project in Rio Tercero may visit campus in spring 2015.
These are exciting times in which to teach with technology designed to enhance MSU’s mission to expand cultural competence and community engagement.
Missouri State Outreach’s Marketing and Promotions office has been working with Lebanon’s new interim site coordinator, Gib Adkins, to promote changes happening on the OTC Lebanon campus.
Missouri State Outreach is expanding it’s student support services to include extended office hours, one-on-one academic advisement, registration and financial aid assistance provided by Jonathan Talley every other Wednesday. Additional seated classes, delivered by educators in the community, have been added. In addition, Gary Iman has brought the communications program to Lebanon this fall.
The 8.5 x 11 double-sided flyer below was developed to be handed out in the community introducing prospective students to the new faculty (teaching seated and/or blended classes) and to the new communications program available. This flyer also outlined the expanded student services available.
Four table tents were developed for the common area at the OTC Lebanon Center. One side features Gib Adkins and the other side features each of the new faculty members. An example is below:
Front side of table tent (below)
Back side of table tent (below)
The following artwork below can be seen on the monitors in the common area at the OTC Lebanon Center as well.
A YouTube video, shared on the Lebanon site, was developed by Gary Iman announcing the changes.
Also under development / consideration is:
Pole banners and outdoor/indoor signage
Availability of Bear Wear, bumper stickers for Lebanon students
The four winners of the Master Online Course Recognition Award presented at the 29th Showcase for Teaching and Learning August 13, 2014. They discussed how the award impacted their awareness of best practices in various teaching disciplines.
The past winners of the Master Online Recognition Award:
Eric Nelson 2010 (far right) – CHPA — History
Caryn Saxon 2013 (next on right) – CHPA — Criminology
Stan Leasure 2012 (next to Caryn) – COB – Finance and General Business
Missouri State Outreach’s Distance Learning Media Production staff, Dan Rowland and Rich Schuldt developed the following trailer promoting Missouri State University’s first ever MOOCs. This trailer will be featured at local events such as Wilder Days and Ozarks Celebration Festival in September 2014.
Working collaboratively with Missouri State Open Course Coordinator, Lacey Geiger, Missouri State Outreach Marketing and Promotions recently created a number of promotional items announcing the University’s first ever MOOCs.
30,000 postcards, printed front and back, measuring 4×6 were produced and will be distributed to the following events:
Wilder Days to be held September 20, 2014 at Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri.
700 of these postcards will be combined with posters of each event (below) and mailed to senior centers (activity directors) within Missouri.
11×14 posters, representing each MOOC, were given to the Greene County Public Libraries for display. 700 8.5 x 11 flyers will be mailed, with postcards above, to senior centers (for activity directors) within Missouri.
Email marketing was completed August 21st, with messages going out to recent Missouri State graduates, all majors, for the last three years. Screenshots of the layout/artwork is provided below:
We want to hear about your experiences! Did you grow up in the Ozarks or visit for vacation? What do you remember as your favorite things about the Ozarks? Are you a lifelong resident? Join us and share your views on a variety of Ozarks topics, from the first populations of the region to modern concerns! We encourage you to join the online conversation leading up to and during the course by posting on Facebook and Twitter and tagging your posts with the official course hashtag #OzarksHistory
Make your post social media savvy
Tag the post with the course hashtag #OzarksHistory
What: A Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC); A short, not-for-credit, online course for free. Open to the public – participants do not have to be a registered Missouri State student.
When: Starts September 22, 2014; runs for eight weeks. Participants can enroll in the course at any point during the eight weeks. Participants will need access to several of Wilder’s books (listed on our site at: http://outreach.missouristate.edu/wilderbooks.htm)
We want to hear about your experiences! Do you have a personal connection to Wilder? Did you read her novels or watch the television show when you were growing up? Let us know how excited you are about learning more about this amazing local author! We encourage you to join the online conversation leading up to and during the course by posting on Facebook or Twitter and tagging your posts with the official course hashtag #LauraIngallsWilder.
Make your post social media savvy
Tag the post with the course hashtag #LauraIngallsWilder