This week’s Truman Tech Break features Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere is an application that lets you engage your audience or class anywhere in real time! Learn how to create polls that you can use in your next staff meeting or class to keep your participants engaged. Watch the brief video below to learn more!
In honor of the tradition of University Conference Day and its plethora of development options, our Truman Techbreak today is a full access pass to the 2015 PASSHE Virtual Conference: Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment.
By following the link below, you will find a huge listing of the recorded sessions from this week’s conference AND the live sessions going on today and tomorrow. Sessions include topics such as “Digital Engagement for Student Success”, “Flip Classes & Lectures: We Know Why – But How?” and “Designing Authentic Assignments to Engage Students”.
Conference Session Listing:
To view the archives (recorded sessions) or to join a live session, you will be prompted to install the Blackboard Collaborate plug-in, this is quick download and install. We encourage you to also run the audio set-up wizard for the best results. For more detailed help/tips see the “Collaborate Instructions” on the left-hand menu on the Session List page.
We have access to the PASSHE Virtual Conference sessions not just this week, but through the end of March. That way, you can pick and choose the sessions you’d like to review, when you’d like to!
In next week’s Truman Techbreak, Instructional Designer, Susan Thomas will be back to discuss the just-in-time-teaching tool – Poll Everywhere – for those of you interested in getting feedback from your students or staff in the spur of the moment WITHOUT the use of dedicated clicker devices.
Your Learning Technologies Team
–Diane & Susan
Please join Susan Thomas, Instructional Designer in the Learning Technologies Office, as she explains how to use Google Docs for file sharing and storing of information. This is the first in our Spring Series of video Tech Breaks intended to help you better understand some of the technology available here at Truman and how you might use it to your benefit. If you have a topic you would like to see explained, please contact the Learning Technologies Office at 660-785-7750 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
Truman State University, in order to maintain a safe campus environment, has an emergency notification system. You can sign up to receive Truman emergency alert text notifications in TruView, under the My Personal Information tab.
In addition to emergency alert text messages ITS is implementing an emergency alert notification system for Truman computers called Alertus. When an emergency alert text message is sent the alert message will now also be displayed on Truman computer systems.
For more information on Truman’s emergency notification policy please see: http://its.truman.edu/documentation/index.asp?docId=330
The software that’s available for use in the campus computer labs is now also available for you to use from your computer’s web browser. In your browser go to: https://virtualdesktop.truman.edu/, login with your Truman userid and password and you will have access to a virtual desktop where you can use all computer lab software just like being physically present in the lab.
This is available from any web browser (PC, Mac, tablet etc) and if you are off campus a VPN connection is not required.
If you have any questions please contact the IT Service Center at x4544.
Originally scheduled for Wed. Nov. 19th, we are postponing this exciting workshop to the Spring 2015 Semester. Watch the Truman Today or the ITS Blog for an updated date!
Flipped/SCALE-UP Classrooms – This session will include discussion regarding strategies that can be implemented for combining technology, group work, and discussion to increase student participation and foster improved learning. Participants will be introduced to the options and strategies that would work in specific Truman classrooms. For background information – see the following links!
(Virginia Tech: SCALE-UP Classroom)
This is a reminder that academic classroom VCR support ends at winter break, approximately eight weeks from now. Any remaining classroom VCRs will be removed at that time. If you have not already updated your VCR/VHS based materials to a newer format, you need to do so right away.
In our previous communications (March, October and December 2013), we shared that the Pickler Media Library has been replacing many of the educational and feature film VHS titles with DVD format media. If you have VCR/VHS based materials that you still need to replace please contact Sharon Hackney at 785-7366 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
The ITS Service Center and the Learning Technologies staff can also provide guidance to anyone needing to make their VCR based academic materials available in DVD format. There are many issues present when dealing with copyrighted materials; copyright law, the TEACH Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act etc., and we will work with you to help you find the best legal solution for your existing VCR based materials.
We do recognize that there may be some instances where a VCR player is still needed on occasion, and the Pickler Library classroom (PL103) will be available as a group media viewing room (i.e., if needed, you can reserve this room to play VHS tapes).
If you have any questions please contact the ITS Service Center at x4544.
The Learning Technologies Team has now rescheduled our lynda.com workshop! It will be held next Wednesday, September 24th at 12:30 pm in the Multimedia Lab – PML204, right next to the IT Services Help Desk Area. We hope you can join us for a brief introduction to lynda.com and the many useful tutorials you can find on this website! We look forward to seeing you there!
Diane Richmond & Susan Thomas
Due to the variety of Events scheduled for today, the Learning Technologies Team has decided to postpone the lynda.com workshop. It will be rescheduled for a later date, to be announced in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding lynda.com, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 660-785-7750 to ask any questions you may have. We encourage you to attend Constitution Day Events on campus today!
The Learning Technologies Team is pleased to announce a Fall 2014 Semester lineup of workshops for faculty focused on a variety of teaching with technology topics. These workshops will primarily take place every other Wednesday throughout the Semester at 12:30pm, with an occasional workshop occurring at a different time. Please see the schedule below for a full list of topics, dates, and times! The LTT Team will also be joining Dana Vazzana for her Magna Series Monday Morning Mentor Program. These sessions offer brief 20 minute presentations from faculty all over the United States on a wide variety of topics. Feel free to bring your lunch and join us! There’s plenty of time to watch and still have time for lunch and good conversation. We are also glad to schedule an individual consult following following any topic of special interest. Thank you, Dana, and the APD committee for sponsoring this lecture series!
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE MANY EVENTS SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS TODAY, THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE! The first scheduled workshop held by the Learning Technologies Team will be on Wednesday,
September 17th on lynda.com, at 12:30 in the Multimedia Lab – PML204. lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. With a lynda.com subscription, members such as Truman State University receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. You are free to join us in the Multimedia Lab for a brief demonstration on the power of lynda.com, then we strongly encourage you to attend Constitution Day festivities, including the guest speaker at 1:30!
On Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 pm in SUB Georgian Room A, we will be watching the Magna Online Seminar Getting Started With Classroom Assessment Techniques with Dana Vazzana. This is an interactive online seminar that we will be watching live on the large screen. You can read more about the seminar and its content here: Classroom Assessment Techniques seminar. A late lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, September 19 via the following form: RSVP form.
On Wednesday, October 1st, at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will host a workshop on Assessment Techniques you can Employ in Blackboard. Following the Magna Presentation, are you considering your assessment strategies? If so, you might find this workshop particularly helpful. We will be demonstrating ways in which exams and problem sets can be designed to best support student learning and understanding. In this workshop, participants learn more about creating effective problem sets and questions using the Blackboard Tests and Pools functions for a class of their choosing.
On Thursday, October 2nd, at 3:30pm (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will host a workshop designed specifically for New Faculty on Lecture Capture. This session will include a discussion regarding lecture capture for both face to face and online classes – another resource for professors to increase student participation and foster improved learning. Participants will be given resources and links to several lecture capture options, including Panopto and Screencast-O-Matic.
On Tuesday, October 14th at 10:30 am in VH1304, the Learning Technologies Team will hold a special session on Google Drive. Whether it’s collaborative group projects or just an easy way to store or share your projects with others, Google Drive has you covered! Learn more about using Google Docs, Presentations, and Calendars – all features found in Google Drive that can enhance your personal and professional life!
On Wednesday, October 15th, at 12:30 pm via Zoom Cloud Meeting, we’ll take a look at Zoom, an awesome platform that combines cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings and mobile collaboration. Feel free to sit at your desk, eat your lunch and join the Learning Technologies Team to learn more about one of the hottest topics in educational technology. To join the meeting via computer, please go to: https://zoom.us/j/803727492
To join by phone only: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 US Toll Meeting ID: 803 727 492 A video tutorial regarding Zoom:
On Wednesday, October 29th, at 12:30 pm in PML103 the Learning Technologies Team will cover the topic of Lecture Capture, specifically how to use Screencast-O-Matic. This session will include a discussion regarding screen recording for flipped or online classes, another resource for professors to increase student participation and foster improved learning. Participants will be given resources and links to include this recorder within a class.
On Wednesday December 3rd, the Learning Technologies Team would like to invite you to swing by their office in PML205 sometime between 10am and 3pm for refreshments. This is an opportunity for you to visit with the Learning Technologies Team about anything technology related you desire, and share ideas regarding future workshop topics.
On Dec. 9th, 10th, and 11th, the Learning Technologies Team will be hosting “Open Office Hours” for New Faculty in PML205. Now that you have survived the semester, we have some things to share with you! Please stop in for Apple Cider, and ask any questions you may have as you reflect on your semester and begin to think about the Spring!