September 28, 2016 

Excelsior's Nutrition course challenges students to apply their knowledge in a real-world context

The course objectives for the Excelsior College Nutrition and Wellness course include the ability to define and describe the concepts of health, nutrition, and wellness and how they relate to prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Students must demonstrate the ability to identify key components of a healthy diet and develop an individualized diet plan designed to meet healthy eating goals.

One Author-created activity in the course lets students apply their learning by placing them in a role as the head of a household taking a trip to the grocery store to buy food for the entire family. They face a number of challenges as they try to buy enough servings with a limited budget while remaining aware of family health issues and limited food preparation times.  

Author activities are featured in other Excelsior courses this fall.  More details in our next issue.


Practice Marketing sees dramatic growth and earns rave reviews 

The Practice series, created in partnership with McGraw-Hill Education, saw dramatic increases in usage this past month. Practice Marketing in particular has seen significant growth over this time last year.  The simulation, aimed at college marketing and business students, earns rave reviews from it's users. Here are a few:

"This simulation has taught me real world tactics about marketing and business." 

"I am a visual learner and this helped to put all aspects of marketing together for me."

"This simulation has given me more insight on the way I can market my business in the future."


Student testing underway for Library of Congress Kid Citizen project 

Kindergarten students in Tampa, Florida recently tested the Kid Citizen prototype created with Author. Here are some highlights noted by our team:

The children played through the complete episode, without needing prompting or encouragement. They liked and were engaged with the Ella character, and followed her comments and direction.

The collecting of image elements to the Journal was engaging and rewarding for the children - one child saying “yay!” when things were collected to the journal.

We learned about many details relating to flow, usability, and children’s interaction with the user interface.

We'll share more about this next month.  
Kid Citizen is a project for the Library of Congress. The objective is to create and deliver a series of activities for elementary grade students to explore civics and government concepts through historical sources, and connect what they find with their daily lives. Teachers can draw on the Library’s collection of digital assets and use the Muzzy Lane Author tools to create new activities. The team developing Kid Citizen includes Muzzy Lane and educators from the University of South Florida.
HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY to Muzzy Lane Author!
One year after launching Author, we're delighted to see our partners using it to build a wide variety of activities across an array of subject areas. These include business, history, math, science, public administration, management, marketing, and nutrition, among others.  

As the fall semester continues, we'll be sharing feedback from students using Author-created activities as part of their learning.  

Build better assessment and feedback with new scoring options

We've added additional scoring options to SmartChat and Smartpick. Authors can also now "pin" individual scoring categories to the activity screen giving students customizable feedback and letting them see the results of the decisions they make immediately reflected in the scoring.  

Within the editor, you now have a summary panel for the scoring categories you've created, allowing you to see all the scores you've set, results, and the feedback messages triggered by specific scoring ranges..  


Learn about the SmartChat template and play an activity

Roleplay real-world scenarios using SmartChat  

Quickly build immersive conversation-centered activities to practice subject comprehension, roleplay real-world situations, and demonstrate conceptual understanding.
Play the video to learn more
Creating an Adventure with SmartChat

Tech City Job Interview

Play this activity created with SmartChat
You're ready to start working but first you must show the boss your knowledge of the product line and your ability to speak to customers.  Demonstrate computer literacy skills and customer service expertise roleplaying a simulated job interview.

NUTN Conference  
Orlando, Florida

Connect with the NUTN Network on LinkedIn
"The NUTN Network 2016 conference will bring together innovative and emerging leaders within one of the world's most dynamic, knowledge-based industries as we network in small and large group discussions about where higher education is moving and how to succeed. Presenters will include college and university presidents, entrepreneurs, funders, the media, accrediting agencies and online providers."

VP of Design Bert Snow will be speaking at the "Game-based Learning" panel Wednesday at 2:45 pm. The session will offer a lively discussion of research and examples of how tools can be used to create game-base learning environments.

Email to connect with him at the conference.

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