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Mar 31 2010

Course Evaluation Period Extended through March 31

Dear Students:

We have fallen short of the 70% response rate on the 3rd term student course evaluations.  Seventy percent is a figure we have used for determining whether we will make the results of the evaluations available on the portal.  Our present response rate is below 65%.

We are going to extend the time for you to submit your course evaluations until midnight, March 31st.

We urge you to please complete the course evaluations.  Much of public health work depends on survey results -- in your future careers, you might be writing letters such as this, urging people to respond to your surveys. Please consider it part of your professional responsibility to complete your course evaluations.

Sincerely,

Steve Teret
Associate Dean for Faculty & Education

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:05 AM - Categories: Online Courses | CoursePlus

Mar 30 2010

CoursePlus Emergency Maintenance, Saturday April 3

CoursePlus will be unavailable on Saturday, April 3, from 8am-Noon Eastern time, for emergency maintenance. We have discovered issues with the hardware which powers CoursePlus. In order to address these issues, we have to take CoursePlus offline for a few hours. We expect that CoursePlus will be available by 1pm Eastern time, and apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:43 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 25 2010

Change in Data Storage Policies for Online Courses and CoursePlus

Given the recent, very large increase in the amount of data being stored by faculty, students, and staff on both CoursePlus and online courses, the Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology has had to revise its data storage policy. This change should only affect a small number of users each year, but will enable us to provide better service within the resources allocated to us by the School.

Effective immediately, files in the Online Library are kept for two academic years, down from three years in previous versions of this policy. The Center's current data storage policy is now as follows:

 

  • Files in the Online Library are kept for two academic years. Therefore, a file in an Online Library for a course which was offered in March, 2007, is deleted from CoursePlus on June 1, 2009, at the start of the new academic year. A file in an Online Library for a course which was offered in September, 2008, will not be deleted from CoursePlus until June 1, 2010.
  • Files submitted to a Drop Box are kept for two academic years. Therefore, student submissions to a Drop Box for a course which was offered in March, 2006, will be deleted from CoursePlus on June 1, 2008, at the start of the new academic year. Student submissions to a Drop Box for a course which was offered in September, 2008, will not be deleted from CoursePlus until June 1, 2010.
  • LiveTalk archives are kept until the next offering of the course.
  • Data collected and stored in a database, which covers all non-file-based data in CoursePlus and online courses, is kept for five years, after which time it may be permanently archived.
If you have questions about this change in policy, please contact the Center.

 

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:10 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 10 2010

New Web Events Ready for Viewing

New special events, recorded live at JHSPH, are now available for viewing:

  • We Three Deans: The Next Big Thing in Public Health: Dean Michael Klag, Dean Alfred Sommer, and Dean D. A. Henderson. Recorded live January 27, 2010.
  • Addressing and Overcoming Health Disparities: The Challenge in Urban America: Dr. David Satcher. Recorded live January 27, 2010.
  • The 2010 Anna Baetjer Lecture Presents: A Farmboy Reconsiders Farming: Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times. Recorded live February 2, 2010.
  • The 2010 Dr. Leroy E. Burney Lecture: Is Victory Ours? Fighting the Tobacco War: Dr. Gerard Dubois, Professor of Public Health, Medical School of Amiens Universite de Picardie--Jules Verne France. Recorded live February 24, 2010.

Stay tuned for more web event postings later this month.

Posted by Kathy Gresh at 2:30 PM - Categories: Web Events | Online Courses

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