March/April 2018 Issue



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Open Educational Resources: Give & Get, Free!


Are you finding that students aren't purchasing textbooks for various reasons, including high cost? Are you having a hard time finding the right course materials because publisher's content is just not adequately tailored to the right time and place? Are you frustrated about not being able to use images and other materials in your course because of conventional copyright restrictions?


Then Open Educational Resources (OERs) might be the solution for you!

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What are OERs?


OERs are FREE high-quality teaching, learning, and research resources that can be found online and used by anyone, including professors and students, without the traditional copyright restrictions. They are user-generated and can include single units of material such as videos, photos, illustrations, or even small blocks of text. They can also be full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, faculty-created content, tests, software, and any other tools used to support access to knowledge. OERs reside in the public domain or their creator has released them under an intellectual property license, such as a Creative Commons license, which allows anyone else to use them freely and even modify them without having to ask permission, while simply giving written attribution to the original owner.


Apart from ease of use and high quality, there are plenty of good reasons to explore the OER possibilities for your class. This video illustrates an ethical viewpoint of OER: giving access to educational materials to those who could not otherwise afford it. 



How can professors use OERs?

Professors can use OERs in any way that works for their class. For example, they might:

  • adopt a whole OER textbook and make their own modifications to it, or even take bits and pieces of several OER textbooks 
  • weave one or more OER videos or images into their face-to-face or online lessons

In the sharing spirit of OER, professors can also put a Creative Commons license on their own original materials and make them available to the world!



Where can professors find OERs?


If you would like to be added to a mailing list to find out more about OER and upcoming training possibilities, please contact Stella at





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eLTI Approved


Unless you have permission, it is illegal to use others' copyrighted music in your video productions, even for educational purposes. However, you might be able to legally use your favourite copyrighted songs in the videos you upload specifically to YouTube. The YouTube Audio Library allows uploaders who use copyrighted music to see exactly what will happen to their videos before they upload them. (Wondering how this is possible? It's because YouTube has negotiated with record companies to monetize any videos that contain their music through banner ads!) You can also always freely use any music that has a Creative Commons license on it, such as anything on -- browse around and have a listen for pieces to add to your work and remember to adhere to all CC license requirements.





Tech Tips


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How to create weighted column


The Different Types of Calculated Columns in the Grade Center

There are four different types of calculated columns that can be created in the Grade Center, all of which can be found in the “Create Calculated Column” tab. The types that can be created are Average Columns, Minimum/Maximum Columns, Total Columns, and Weighted Columns. 


To add a column:

In the left list box ‘Columns to Select’, select the column(s) à Click on the right arrow. The selected columns is added to the right list box and assign percentages for each column or category.


Weighted Column

A Weighted Column is used to calculate and display a grade for the chosen columns based on each column’s worth of the total grade. The total of weighted column must equate to 100%.


For Example

(Tests (Points Possible Value=15) = 40%) + (Assignments (Points Possible Value=45) = 40%) + (Participation (Points Possible Value=35) = 20%) = (Quarter Final Grade)


You can create more than one weighted grade and each could be assigned to individual Quarter or period and combine all the quarter to get Final Weighted Grade.


For Example:

(Quarter 1 = 15%) + (Quarter 2 = 20%) + (Quarter 3 = 15%) + (Quarter 4 = 20%) + (2 Semester Tests = 30%) = (Year Final Grade)


Running Total Options:

Select to Calculate Weighted column as a running total. Selecting to calculate the Weighted as a running total will only include the Grade Columns that have been graded. Select Yes or No.


Contact eLTI for help setting up your Grade Centre







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