May 2013 Member Update


MOREnet: Making Possible Technology that Touches Lives

MOREnet, in conjunction with the Missouri Telehealth Network and the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital ,recently launched its new Telehealth Love and Care Program. This free service will offer two-way videoconferencing for families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive care Unit at the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

An article regarding this new service and why it is so exciting for MOREnet was recently featured in the Quilt Circle 2013. The Quilt Circle is a collection of stories showcasing the important initiatives enabled by Quilt member networks and organizations. The Quilt is the national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education representing 31 networks across the country.

View the Quilt Circle 2013 Publication

Your Feedback is Important: Don't forget to fill the FY13 Member Satisfaction Survey

If you have not completed the FY13 Member Satisfaction Survey, please take a few moments to finish it before Friday, May 24.

Survey Link

K-12 District Research Project Solicitation

MOREnet is looking to partner with a visionary K-12 member district to improve student performance through the adoption of technology-enabled, student-centered learning. The partnership will work to remove technical barriers and adopt, adapt and create a set of services to support the changing pedagogy and resources adopted or created by the district.

MOREnet has budgeted up to $400,000 over a three-year period to support the research project with the school district selected for the partnership. Our goal at the end of the project will be to demonstrate the ability to enable districts to measurably improve student performance in a sustainable environment through the development of practical approaches to transforming and supporting school districts engaged in student-centered learning practices.

For more information visit MOREnet’s K-12 District Research Project webpage.

Library Research Project Solicitation

MOREnet has an exciting and game-changing partnership opportunity for a visionary public library member to explore what the future of library services will be and to define and implement the technologies that will support those services. The partnership will work to remove technical barriers and adopt, adapt and create a set of services to support these future library services.

With the endorsement of the MOREnet Council and the Missouri State Library, MOREnet has budgeted up to $330,000 over a three-year period to support a research project with a public library selected for partnership. Our envisioned goal at the end of the project is to improve community library support in a sustainable environment by developing a practical approach to transforming and supporting public libraries engaged in 21st-century library services.

For more information visit MOREnet’s Library Research Project webpage.

Call for Presentations is Open: Submit your proposal before June 15!

We will begin round one selections beginning June 15 for the M3 2013: MOREnet’s Annual Conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to earn a free registration to one of the two conferences being held Oct. 14-17 at Tan-tar-a in Osage Beach, Missouri!

After round one selections are complete, other proposals may be approved based on content and available session slots.

MOREnet is looking for presentation proposals that will broaden attendees' knowledge on today's hot topics and tools in information technology, security and instructional technology.

For a list of this year's conference tracks and related topics, or to submit your presentation proposal’s title and description, visit MOREnet Conferences.

Registration for the M3 2013: MOREnet’s Annual Conference is also now open!


Learning Management System (LMS) Hosting

MOREnet’s Learning Management System (LMS) Hosting service provides subscribers a maintained and secure LMS instance to use in their digital learning environments. MOREnet uses Moodle as the application platform to deliver the LMS.

Subscribers can control their e-learning classes and materials without the complexity and expense of managing and maintaining servers, hardware or the application itself. Local management of the content and access are all controlled by the subscriber.

MOREnet will be hosting a Web Seminar on Wednesday, May 22, from 2-3 p.m. to talk about our LMS Hosting Service and to answer any questions members may have.

Help us drive this Web Seminar by submitting questions or topics regarding LMS or Moodle to before Tuesday, May, 21.

Register for the Web Seminar - LMS Hosting with Moodle: What it can do for your classroom.


May 22, 2013, from 2-3 p.m. - LMS Hosting with Moodle: What it can do for your classroom

An introduction into the Hosted LMS service and a brief look into the LMS platform powered by Moodle. Tips and tricks, upcoming functionality and open discussion for the participants to drive the seminar!

May 29, 2013, from 2-3 p.m. – New E-book Options for Libraries

Patron demand for e-books is both vocal and growing. Libraries' options for providing patron access to e-books has been limited to annual licensing agreements. A new model has been developed that allows libraries to purchase rather than license e-books.

Join David Drum to discuss a new model for library ownership of ebooks and its impact on your library.

Oct. 14-17 - M3 2013: MOREnet Annual Conference Registration is now open!

MOREnet is excited to announce two of our headliners for this year’s M3 Annual Conference at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Chris Lehmann will be kicking off our Instructional Technology portion of the M3 Conference on Monday, Oct. 14 with his keynote, Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need.

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. The school was recognized by Ladies Home Journal as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools in the US, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School in 2009 and 2010 and has been written about in many publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tim Gard will present on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Technical portion of the M3 Conference.

During the last decade, Tim has delivered his entertaining, informative presentations nationally and internationally, speaking to government groups, professional associations, and corporations of every kind. Through his work he expands the understanding of humor skills as stress reduction tools. His development of easy-to-implement techniques has inspired action from publishers, television, and radio talk shows around the world. His methods and techniques are an effective way to deal with, diffuse, and even avoid intensely stressful encounters that can—and often do—occur every day.