Aug 26, 2016


Professional Development

Do you need to update your skills in software programs such as Microsoft Office or Adobe? Would you like to know more about using the free apps available to you through Office 365 via Panthermail?

As a student, faculty or employee at EIU, you have unlimited access to, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills. With more than 4,000-plus courses taught by industry experts -- and more added every week -- is designed for all levels of learners and is available whenever you're ready to learn. You can even view it on your mobile device.

To access, go here and select "Login to" using your EIU NetID and password. (Logging in at the site will not work.)

Questions? Contact Julie Lockett at

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director, Center for Online Learning
Posted: Aug 25, 2016

Nominations for the Achievement and Contribution Award (ACA) materials must be submitted electronically (preferred by the ACA Committee) to by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Materials may also be submitted on paper to Joy Kammerling, c/o Billie Rawlings, at 1020 Old Main by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.

To be eligible for an ACA, tenured/tenure-track faculty must have completed at least one full academic year of employment in Bargaining Unit A and must not have been an ACA recipient last year. Information about the ACA is available under the Contract heading on the Vice President for Academic Affairs website.

Posted: Aug 24, 2016

The Center for Online Learning has created sample syllabus statements for some of the instructional technologies you might be using in your online or technology-enhanced courses. The COL currently has statements for Tech Support (including the new toll-free, 24/7 D2L support), Netiquette, Respondus LockDown Browser, and Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor. We will soon add a statement for Web conferencing using Blackboard Collaborate. The COL will continue to add more sample statements. If you have a request for a syllabus statement not listed on our site, contact Julie Lockett at The current sample syllabus statements can be found here. As you prepare your syllabus for fall term, consider adding or updating the statements for the technologies your students will be expected to use. You can simply copy and paste the text into your syllabus or course and edit as necessary.

Questions? Contact Julie Lockett at

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director, Center for Online Learning
Posted: Aug 08, 2016

As of Aug. 1, D2L support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! EIU faculty, staff and students can now get answers to their D2L questions any time day or night by phone or email. (Instant chat will be available beginning Aug. 8.) The toll-free phone number for D2L support, 1-877-325-7778, is posted on the D2L login page and in the "D2L Support" widget on the "My Home" page in D2L. Email and chat support options are available via links within the widget.

Technical support is still available through Campus Technology Support during regular business hours (217-581-4357). D2L and course development support services are still available from the COL (Center for Online Learning) during regular business hours (217-581-8452).

If you have questions, contact Julie Lockett at

JULIE A. LOCKETT, Director, Center for Online Learning
Posted: Aug 01, 2016

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