Instructional Design Newsletter – December 2016

2016 December

2016 December | Instructional Design Newsletter (pdf)


New Electronic Survey Tool is Coming to SHU

Qualtrics, an electronic survey tool, will be available to the Seton Hall Community in January. Qualtrics Research Suite software simplifies the process of collecting and analyzing data. It also supports collaboration, making it easy to build and share surveys with peers within Seton Hall. More information will be shared within the next two weeks.

Qualtrics will replace ASSET, a survey tool developed at Seton Hall, that has been in existence since 2002. All ASSET users will need to download any important data sets and not create any new surveys within this system. Please contact the Technology Service Desk at 973-275-2222 with any questions.


Online Courses Pilot Online Identification and Exam Proctoring Service

Verification of one’s identity in an online course is quickly becoming a mandate for the accreditation of on many programs. The Higher Education Act Reauthorization (HEA) also states that as technology advances institutions are required to use technologically available solutions to verify students’ identities in distance education courses/programs. In an effort to comply with these mandates and ensure the validity of online courses, 8 online courses piloted Examity over the 2016 Summer and Fall semesters.

Examity offers various levels of proctoring which range from the verification of one’s identity against a government issued document (e.g. driver’s licenses) to also include a live proctor via webcam during an exam delivered through Blackboard. This was a new experience for students involved in the pilot and the Online Learning Committee of the TLTR has administered a survey to assess their overall satisfaction with the process. Additional information about the Examity pilot is available in a recent Setonian article.

Software Secure, an alternative online identity verification and exam proctoring solution will be piloted this Spring semester. If you are interested in piloting this software in your online course please contact Renee Cicchino at by December 15, 2016.





Workshops and Special Events

Faculty and Student Tech Bytes 

Faculty and Student Tech Bytes sessions will be continuing in the Spring 2017 semester!

Session descriptions and registration links are currently available at and a print friendly calendar for the full semester will be available in January.

Faculty Tech Bytes (Webinar Sessions)

Blackboard Inline Grading
Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:00 PM | click here to register

Course Redesign
Thursday, December 8 @ 12:00 PM | click here to register

Data Management
Wednesday, December 14 @ 7:00 PM | click here to register


Faculty Tech Bytes Series (Classroom Sessions)

Blackboard Collaborate 
Monday, December 5 @ 11:00 AM | click here to register

Conducting Effective Webinars
Tuesday, December 6  @ 12:00 PM | click here to register

Data Management
Thursday, December 8 @ 3:00 PM | click here to register

Entering Final Grades
Monday, December 12 @ 11:00 AM | click here to register
Tuesday, December 13 @ 12:00 PM | click here to register

Special Topics

MakerSpace: Raspberry Pi / Arduino’s – Internet of Things (IoT) Integration 
Friday, December 2 @ 10:00 AM | click here to register

Zotero Citation Management
Wednesday, December 7 @ 2:00 PM | click here to register


Student Tech Bytes Sessions

File Management / Backing Up Your Data
Wednesday, December 7 @ 3:30 PM | click here to register



Instructional Design Team


Danielle Mirliss, Ed.D.
Director for Instructional Design and Computer Training, TLT Center
(973) 313-6021
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Renee M. Cicchino, M.A.
Senior Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6249
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  • Online Course Development Project Manager
  • Special Projects
  • School of Diplomacy
  • University Library


Amy Phillips, M.Ed.
Learning Systems Manager
(973) 275-2933
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  • Blackboard Support


Bill Otskey
Computer Training Services, Manager
(973) 275-2161


Shayle Adrian, M.S., M.Ed. 
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6189
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  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • College of Communication & The Arts
  • School of Health & Medical Sciences


Veronica Armour, M.A.T.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2930
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  • College of Education & Human Services
  • Department of English
  • Freshman Studies
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Language, Literature & Culture


Heidi Trotta, M.A., Ed.M.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2882
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  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Political Science & Public Affairs
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • School of Theology
  • Department of Religion


Riad Twal, Ed.S.
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6043
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  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Math & Computer Science
  • Stillman School of Business


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