November DEC Newsletter

In this edition: Intersession LOTI Application, Meet the DEC, Quick Tip
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Intersession LOTI
Did you think you had to wait until Spring to take LOTI?  You do not have to wait, LOTI Intersession is now accepting applications for the Intersession term. The course will begin on December 16th and run for 8 weeks. Please find the application form here.
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Meet the DEC

Please take some time to read a few bits about us. We’d love to meet you too.

See our pictures here.

Dr. Juliette Mersiowsky is the Director of Distance Learning and the Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) for Longwood. She manages the University’s online support and professional development for online content and instructional technology.  Julie is a certified Quality Matters reviewer and Master Online Instructor and Designer. She enjoys working with faculty members to improve and enhance their courses no matter whether they are online, hybrid or face-to-face. She also teaches Education courses for Graduate and Professional Studies. Julie loves to spend time horseback riding with friends, and hiking around the Commonwealth with her husband, Scott, and their Labrador Ranger. Their children are Rebecca, who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, and Jonathan who lives in Ladysmith, just north of Richmond with his growing menagerie of animals.

Ashley Leslie is an Instructional Designer in the Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) at Longwood University. As an instructional designer, Ashley enjoys collaborating with faculty to design, develop and enhance courses. Ashley is a certified Quality Matters reviewer, Quality Matters facilitator, and manages the Quality Matters course evaluation process at Longwood. She also co-facilitates LOTI training, Course Enhancement sessions, and leads various professional development trainings. When out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Marcus Christian is also an Instructional Designer in the Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) at Longwood University. As an instructional designer, Marcus enjoys working with faculty as they enhance and design their course content. Marcus is also a certified Quality Matters reviewer. Marcus co-facilitates LOTI training, Course Enhancement sessions, and also leads professional development trainings. Marcus also has a love for writing, has had some short stories published which you can check out here, and teaches creative writing. Marcus is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children.

Samantha Ellington is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) at Longwood University. Chiefly, Samantha serves in an administrative role with systems and technologies that the University utilizes, such as Canvas, WordPress, Panopto, Respondus 4.0 and Honorlock among others. She also serves as Inventory Manager for the DEC.

Dean Boyle is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the DEC.  As an instructional technologist, Dean develops pilot programs for new hardware and software to be considered for adoption by the Longwood community, though, his primary role is to manage the Instructional Technology Collaborator (ITC) student workers.  As manager of the ITC program, Dean oversees the ITCs as they provide assistance to faculty, staff, and students in using technology for teaching and learning at Longwood.  Previous to accepting a position in the DEC, Dean served as a high school social studies and biology teacher for the last 8 years, and enjoys approaching new professional challenges as a lifelong learner.  Dean and his wife Kristen, a faculty member in the Longwood Math department, welcomed baby Nora, their first child, in May of 2019 and can often be found hiking and spending time outside with their three dogs.

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Quick Tip: Understanding the Turnitin Similarity Report
The Turnitin Similarity Report is a powerful tool that quickly identifies unoriginal or improperly cited student writing by highlighting similarities to the world’s largest collection of internet, academic, and student paper content. The similarity report generates a percentage of matching or similar text that has been uncovered. This does not determine plagiarism but similarity to outside sources. Check out this Explainer for a few more helpful pieces of information.
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Thank you,
DEC Team

The DEC proudly supports Longwood University faculty, staff and students in the use of educational technology resources. Contact us today!

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