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CTAAR is pleased to continue providing a subscription to the Magna Publications library of videos and newsletters that cover a wide variety of topics related to teaching and learning. 

  • Magna Commons is a large video library of webinars and talks on higher education teaching and adminstration
  • Magna "20-Minute Mentors" are shorter videos covering many of the same topics in a more concise format
  • The Teaching Professor quarterly newsletter focuses on classroom issues
  • The Online Classroom monthly newsletter covers issues specific to online teaching.

To access the Magna publications, please log in to Sakai through our Magna Sakai Page, and click the "Magna Publications" link. 

https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal/site/magna

Sakai is unavailable Wednesday, August 23rd, for system updates and maintenance. OIT plans to have it back online by the end of the day. 

Faculty and instructors who taught Summer 2017 courses should look for email messages (dated 8/21 or 8/22) with the results of their Student Instructional Rating Surveys.

CTAAR is currently using two survey systems:

  • For surveys conducted in Sakai: results are in an ".html" file attachment included with the email.
  • For surveys conducted in EvaluationKit: results are availlable now for download through https://sirs.ctaar.rutgers.edu/pilot and an addendum (statistics page only) will be sent as an ".html" file attachment in a few days.

For surveys conducted in Sakai, department administrators can view the survey results (statistics only) now through the SIRS Archive, https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/archive/ , and the survey reports with open-ended comments will be uploaded to Sakai dropboxes over the next several days. For surveys conducted in EvaluationKit, department administrators have full access immediately through the EvaluationKit link.

Faculty who use eCollege ("Pearson LearningStudio") for their courses must migrate their courses to another system due to the discontinuation of the eCollege / Pearson LearningStudio product, as previously announced last year.

Pearson officially discontinues support for eCollege at the end of the current Fall 2017 semester. 3rd-party integrations such as Turnitin.com will cease functioning within eCollege by the end of the term.

As of January 1, 2018, eCollege will go into an extended, limited-functionality mode for Rutgers' use; this is intended to provide additional time for moving courses to other systems. The limited functionality will impact students and we strongly recommend using other systems by the start of the Spring semester. All access ends on June 1, 2018 [UPDATED, this date is earlier than previously announced]. 

Faculty may move their eCollege courses to one of four supported systems:

  • Blackboard (Newark and RBS)
  • Canvas (primarily online courses as a direct replacement for eCollege, also available university-wide)
  • Sakai (university-wide)
  • Moodle (RBHS)

The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) provides assistance to faculty in moving their courses. Please refer to the following web pages for more information:

SIRS Spring 2017 Results Published

We have posted the Spring 2017 results of the Student Instructional Rating Survey. They are now available to students and the university community. Log in to the SIRS Results web site using your NetID - https://sirs.ctaar.rutgers.edu/

The posted SIRS results include the statistical summaries of the Student Instructional Rating Surveys. We do not post the open-ended student comments, nor do we post the results for Teaching Assistants. Instructors received their own survey results previously, by email on May 15th, or (for paper-based surveys) by campus mail care-of their department chairs in July. Faculty and instructors should retain their individual survey results for future reference. 

We are changing the administration of the Student Instructional Rating Survey (SIRS) for fully-online courses that are taught through eCollege (Pearson Learning Studio). Previously, the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) ran the surveys for many of these courses directly through eCollege. Beginning with the Summer 2017 term, the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research (CTAAR) will administer all eCollege course surveys through our "evaluationKit pilot" process. This change is necessary due to the eCollege "end of life", as the underlying survey component will soon cease to work in eCollege.

The only significant change that eCollege instructors and students will notice is that eCollege will no longer issue a "pop-up" alert to students to prompt them to complete the survey. Students and instructors will instead receive multiple email reminders. Some courses may see a small drop in student participation in SIRS as a result, but experience varies from course to course. 

Instructors who prefer that students receive an in-course "pop-up" prompt to complete the survey may want to consider moving their eCollege course to either Blackboard or Canvas, which we have now configured to support this feature (please note that this is automatic with Canvas, but for Blackboard courses you must contact CTAAR to request that we enable this feature for your course). Sakai is currently unable to support "pop up" prompts for surveys.

If you are teaching a course through eCollege and have any questions, please contact us at ctaar@brokenmail.rutgers.edu please replace "brokenmail" with docs.rutgers.edu.

If you have questions about migrating your eCollege course contact help@brokenmail.rutgers.edu please replace "brokenmail" with ecollege.rutgers.edu. COHLIT has additional information about preparing for the eCollege "End of Life"

The Student Instructional Rating Survey results for Spring 2017 courses that used online surveys have been distributed. Faculty and instructors should look for email with a file attachment. Please save the file attachment for future reference. Once saved, the file can be viewed in any standard web browser on any device. Please check your "spam" or "junk" folders before contacting us to resend your file.

Paper survey results are not available yet. We will complete the paper survey scanning and processing by September. 

Departments have copies of all the  SIRS reports (except for paper surveys) through Sakai dropboxes, and through the SIRS Departmental Archive. If you are a department chair or administrative assistant and did not receive an email with a link to your dropbox or if any files are missing, please contact us at (848) 932-7466. 

Note that courses taught through Canvas, and schools that are part of the "evaluationKit" pilot project; instructors and administrators can download their SIRS reports through the evaluationKit links, instead of Sakai. 

SIRS results will be posted for students to view at the SIRS Results site by September. 

The Spring 2017 Student Instructional Rating Surveys have begun, most courses use online surveys that are available beginning April 17th with responses due by May 4th. Individual courses may have different dates, or may use paper surveys to be distributed in class.

Because we are piloting new survey software, students may find their surveys in one of several locations:

  • Sakai - https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal/site/sirs - most courses continue to use surveys hosted on Sakai
  • evaluationKit - https://sirs.ctaar.rutgers.edu/pilot- our new pilot survey tool, which currently includes the following courses:
    • All courses taught in Canvas
    • School of Social Work
    • School of Management and Labor Relations
    • School of Communication & Information
    • School of Business - Camden
  • eCollege - https://ecollege.rutgers.edu/  - only fully-online courses that are still using eCollege. This will soon be phased out.
  • Paper - departments that have chosen to continue with the old survey system will distribute paper survey forms in class. 

If you are unsure where or when your survey will be, you can look up any survey by course number or instructor name on our current surveys page. 

The Student Instructional Rating Surveys are available to faculty now, for those who wish to add additional questions. Questions must be added prior to the survey start date, April 17 for most courses.

For surveys conducted through Sakai (most courses):

  • Access your surveys through the Sakai Survey Dashboard - https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal/site/sirs
  • Follow the instructions for adding questions to surveys in Sakai - https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/sirs/addQuestions.html
  • Note that some departments have not given us instructor NetIDs, these instructors will not be able to add questions. 

For surveys in the SIRS evaluationKit Pilot (SMLR, SSW, SC&I, and SBC, plus Canvas courses):

  • Access your surveys through the evaluationKit Dashboard (or through Canvas) - https://sirs.ctaar.rutgers.edu/pilot 
  • Follow the instructions of adding questions to surveys in evaluationKit - https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/sirs/addQuestions-evalkit
  • In addition to adding questons, instructors may change their survey dates directly in evaluationKit. 

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have  canceled the "TAP: Windows Moviemaker" workshop on April 12, 2017.

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