Deadline for Technology Innovation Fund Grant Applications Extended to June 6, 2014

David Lees from Academic Technology & Distributed Learning recently announced an extension of the deadline for Technology Innovation Fund Grant applications to June 6, 2014.

The Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) was established by the Office of Information Technology and Academic Technology & Distributed Learning to encourage and support our faculty in their use of new and innovative instructional technologies to advance teaching and learning.

The purpose of TIF is to:

  • Promote innovation and experimentation with new techniques, tools, and technologies
  • Support exploration of new trends for technology use within a field of study or course delivery format
  • Develop new approaches to teaching, learning, service, or scholarship by applying emerging technologies and tools

Prospective applicants are encouraged to develop proposals which support their own professional development while strengthening student learning outcomes through the innovative use of new technology or through finding new ways to apply existing technology.

To complete the application, you’ll need to provide the following information:

  1. Description of teaching innovation and technology needed (250 words)
  2. List of technology (hardware/software) and services that are being requested and estimated budget
  3. Description of learning objectives to be addressed through the grant (100 words)
  4. Description of assessment plan for learning objectives (100 words)
  5. An optional literature review or research supporting the methodology and technology approach to be applied through the grant

You can read about the six previous grant-funded initiatives and view their video presentations at ATDL’s Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) web page.

Faculty Resources and Support: April Technology Workshops

The new version of Blackboard is coming this May! It’s new and improved, and we’re here to teach you anything you’d like to learn! Academic Technology and Distributed Learning (ATDL) continues to offer workshops to help you prepare for the launch.

Below you will find a brief description of each workshop along with the dates and times each is offered. Each workshop is 50 minutes long, and you can register at mySJU under “School Services,” “Employee Training”. All online workshops are held via Collaborate, and after registration can be accessed by visiting the “Faculty Resources and Support” organization in learn.sju.edu and clicking on “Workshops”. More details about each workshop and a current calendar can be found on the ATDL website.

If you’d like to schedule a tailored workshop for your department or group, or the times below just don’t work for you, please contact us at atdl@sju.edu and we’ll work to accommodate your needs.

Workshops and Times

What’s New in Blackboard:
Getting Social

SJU and Blackboard have taken a whole new approach to development and management of the learning management system. From hardware, support, and environments, it’s a new ball game.

In Person Training
4/3, 1pm
4/11, 3pm
4/16, 10am
4/25, 3pm
4/30, 9am

Online Training
4/4, 4pm
4/9, 5pm
4/22, 9:30am
4/25, 5pm
5/1, 9:30am

Blackboard Content Management:
Manage Less, Develop More

The Blackboard Content Management system lets you focus more time on developing your content, and less time managing it.

In Person Training
4/3, 3pm
4/10, 10am
4/17, 9:30am
4/23, 2pm
4/30, 1:30pm

Online Training
4/4, 4pm
4/9, 4pm
4/14, 1pm
4/22, 4pm
4/28, 5pm

Countdown to Collaborate!

This workshop is designed to educate faculty on Blackboard’s newest web-conferencing tool, Collaborate. Attendees will learn how to add Collaborate to their course space, create a Collaborate session, and use the interactive features of Collaborate to create a strong community of learning in the virtual classroom.

In Person Training
4/3, 11am
4/9, 10am
4/14, 4pm
4/22, 9:30am
4/28, 2pm

Online Training
4/2, 4pm
4/9, 5pm
4/15, 2pm
4/24, 9:30am
4/29, 2pm

Effective Online Presentations:
Let You Shine Through!

Are your students yawning through your presentations? Do you have the itch to wow them? In this workshop, we’ll cover the principles of good presentation design and delivery. We’ll also cover how to add audio to your slides, and give an overview of Camtasia, a screen capture software tool.

In Person Training
4/4, 10am
4/9, 9am
4/16, 1:30pm
4/22, 9am
4/28, 11am

Online Training
4/8, 5pm
4/15, 4pm
4/21, 12pm
4/29, 11am

Strategic Communication:
Building a Strong Community of Learners

Learn about Blackboard tools and communication strategies that can be used to create a truly collaborative learning environment.

In Person Training
4/2, 2pm
4/8, 1pm
4/17, 11am
4/21, 1:30pm
4/30, 9:30pm

Online Training
4/3, 5pm
4/10, 5pm
4/16, 5pm
4/22, 5pm
4/29, 9:30am

Learning Outcomes Assessment:
The Route to Continuous Improvement of Teaching & Learning

This workshop will focus on using learning goals, assignments, and rubrics to support continuous improvement of teaching and student learning.

In Person Training
4/11, 9am
4/22, 2:30pm
4/29, 2pm

Online Training
4/2, 3pm
4/3, 2pm
4/10, 5pm
4/17, 4pm
4/24, 5pm
4/29, 9:30am

Rubrics:
Effective Use and Implementation

This workshop will introduce SJU faculty, administrators, and staff to the creation and use of rubrics. In addition, this workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss previous experiences with the use of rubrics and why rubrics are used in evaluating learning activities.

In Person Training
TBD

Online Training
TBD

Blackboard Grade Center

The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. 
The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. 
In the new release of Bb you can now grade a papers directly in the Grade Center.

In Person Training
TBD

Online Training
TBD

Permission to post this article was received from Al Labonis on April 3, 2014.

Planning for the End of Support for Windows XP and Upgrading to Windows 7

Did you happen to see this pop-up notification earlier this month?

Screen capture of Windows XP End of Support pop-up notification

Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on support for Windows XP and encouraging users to upgrade to a current operating system.

While your computer won’t necessarily self-destruct on April 8th, 2014, it will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft and will become increasingly vulnerable to malicious software or other types of attacks. Microsoft has a support article explaining the situation in a bit more detail (although the helpful recommendations for general consumers don’t really apply to faculty and staff computers on our campus). Also there is a web page that can detect and display your computer’s Windows operating system version.

CA&S Academic Computing Services and the Office of Information Technology are working together to identify all CA&S computers still running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system and to schedule upgrades to Microsoft Windows 7. If you know your SJU-issued computer is still running Windows XP, contact Anne Szewczyk at szewczyk@sju.edu to make sure you are on the list of planned Windows 7 upgrades.

The upgrade process generally can be performed in one day depending on the availability of I.T. technicians and whether you have any non-standard applications installed on your computer. Computers that are hosting scientific instruments or other specialty hardware will need to be evaluated for compatibility on an individual basis.

Viewing, Saving and Printing PDF Files from your Web Browser

SJU computers are now being configured with the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in to make in-browser behavior of PDF documents more consistent.Icon art for Adobe PDF document Regardless of your computer’s platform or whether you use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari, you will be able to accurately preview PDF documents in a browser window or tab without having to download and open the PDF in a separate application.

Clicking the link to a PDF file in your web browser opens a new browser tab or window with the content of the PDF document. To properly save or print the PDF, you must use the tool buttons provided by the Adobe Reader plug-in rather than your web browser’s menu commands.

The appearance and behavior of the tool bar will vary a bit depending on the version of your software, but the concepts remain consistent. You’ll see controls for navigating a multi-page document, downloading and saving, and printing are represented by buttons in an anchored tool bar at the top of your PDF window, or a floating tool bar in the lower quarter of your PDF window.

Image of Adobe Reader Browser Plug-In Anchored Tool Bar

Tool Bar buttons in the dark gray row from left to right: Toggle Side Bar (to show page thumbnails and document outline), Previous Page, Next Page, View Page, Zoom Out, Zoom In, Zoom presets menu, Presentation Mode (full screen), Print, Download (save to your computer), Current View, and finally a pop-up list with commands to jump to first or last page, and to rotate the document in your window.

If you do not see the row of buttons anchored to the top of your PDF browser window, move your cursor over the content in the PDF window and the floating tool bar will become visible.

Image of Adobe Reader Browser Plug-In Floating Tool Bar

Floating Tool Bar buttons from left to right: Download (save to your computer), Print, Previous Page, Next Page, View Page, Zoom Out, Zoom In, Hide Tool Bar.

Enhancing Teaching & Learning with Mobile Technology

The Academic Technology Leadership Committee sponsored their second annual Teaching and Learning Forum at the Cardinal Foley Campus Center on June 7th. The theme for this year’s Forum was “Building Learning Communities” and the faculty-led program committee prepared a full-day agenda of presentations and discussions. New for this year’s forum were poster sessions and discussions from several of our technology vendors such as Apple and Extron.

TPACK Diagram

Reproduced by permission of the publisher.
© 2012 tpack.org

Dr. Megan Raymond, a Development Executive with Apple, Inc. led one of the afternoon break-out sessions. Dr. Raymond discussed how mobile technologies such as Apple’s iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone mark a fundamental shift in the traditional classroom. She emphasized TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge), which is a framework to understand and describe the kinds of knowledge needed by an educator for effective pedagogical practice in a technology-enhanced learning environment. This framework is illustrated by a Venn diagram with three foci: Pedagogy, Content and 21st Century Technology. The convergence of these spheres, representing a masterful 21st century classroom focused on essential learning with the application of sound learning theory and efficient technological support, is the target of Apple’s mobile solutions for education.

Dr. Raymond highlighted a suite of apps that, while intended for the Apple iPad and iPhone demographic, are also indicative of the functional role of a tablet computing device in a modern teaching and learning ecosystem:

FaceTime — an Apple-developed video telephony application for supported mobile devices running iOS, as well as current Mac OS computers.

Evernote — a free productivity and information organization app that supports notes, photo capture, to-do lists, and voice reminders, across all of your devices.

Penultimate — supports natural, hand-written note-taking and sketching with integration with Evernote.

Explain Everything — a very flexible annotation and presentation tool that allows manipulation of a variety of presentation and document file formats.

GoodReader – a robust PDF reader with enhanced annotation and file format support.

Dragon Dictation — a voice recognition application supporting voice-to-text transcription in email, messaging and document creation applications and integration with popular social networking services.

ITunes U — a free service hosted by Apple for the distribution of audio and video podcasts and other course materials by educational institutions.

2nd Annual Teaching and Learning Forum

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Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to attend the second annual Teaching and Learning Forum which will be held on Friday, June 7 from 9:00am – 5:30pm in the Cardinal Foley Campus Center. Last year, more than 120 faculty, administrators and guests attended the Forum and 85% of the attendees rated the Forum as Excellent or Good. We expect this year’s Forum to be equally valuable. The theme for this year’s Forum is “Building Learning Communities” and the faculty-led program committee has developed an agenda to promote discussion and engagement among our faculty. Given your expertise as teachers and educators, your involvement is vital to the success of the forum. I hope you’re able to attend and fully engage in the conversation. To register for the event, please visit the forum registration site.

The agenda on the 7th is:

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome by the President & Provost
9:15 – 9:45 Video: Seniors Reflect on their Learning Experiences at SJU
9:45 – 10:45 Faculty Panel:  Discussion & Reflection on the Student VideoPanel:  Jim Caccamo, Janine Firmender, Ginny Miori, Tim Swift
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Faculty Led Breakout Sessions — Focus on Course Design and PedagogyLeaders: Jim Caccamo, Janine Firmender, Ginny Miori, Tim Swift
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Faculty Poster SessionsTanya Brezovski: Teaching with a Smart BoardKristin Burr: Working with Video in Class

Kevin Clapano: Online Course Development

Jonathan Fingerut: iPad Author

Allen Kerkeslager: Google Earth

Christine Schwartz: Use of Blogs to Promote In-Class Discussion

Elaine Shenk: Learning Through Interaction: On- and Offline

Sam Slike, JoAnn Thierfelder:  Using Collaborate for Online Collaboration

Ken Weidner: Integrating Film, Comedy and Social Justice in First Year Seminar

2:00 – 3:00 Vendor PresentationsIncludes presentations by Apple, Extron, TideBreak and others
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 Closing Session: Addressing the Needs of Future Students
4:30 – 5:30 Reception

It is only in partnership with our faculty that the University can advance this discussion and continue to refine our academic plans for the future so I hope you’ll plan to join us on June 7.

Brice Wachterhauser
Provost

Permission to post was granted by the Office of Academic Affairs 05/24/13.

TurningPoint (A.K.A. Clicker) Integration with Blackboard

TurningPoint ResponseCardTurningPoint ResponseCards (A.K.A. Clickers) are one of the coolest and most interactive instructional technology items we have at SJU. The clickers work in conjunction with a USB receiver and the TurningPoint Anywhere v.3 instant polling application that is installed on most podium computers across the campus. There are 35 clickers in a set, and they pack into a convenient carrying case.

Instant polling adds significant interactivity to your lecture and can really help increase student engagement. Polling may be performed anonymously when surveying the audience generally, or the unique identification number of each response unit can be entered for each student in a managed Participant List integrated with your Blackboard course.

TurningPoint Anywhere provides two actions that are integrated with Blackboard:

  • Import a Participant List from your Blackboard course
  • Export session Grades to your Blackboard course

To Import a TurningPoint Participant List from Blackboard (Mac OS):

  1. Launch TurningPoint Anywhere
  2. From the Window menu, select LMS Integrations
  3. Enter the Server Address: blackboard9.sju.edu
  4. Click Continue
  5. Enter your SJU Username and Password
  6. Select the option to Remember this information and click Continue (only your server address and user name will be remembered)
  7. Select Import Participant List and click Continue
  8. Select the appropriate Blackboard course and click Continue
  9. Specify the TurningPoint participant list file name and destination (the default location is your Documents/TurningPoint Anywhere/Participants folder) and click Save
  10. Click Done

After a session has been completed and saved, the grades can be exported to Blackboard. We’ll review those steps in the next post.

Cool Gifts for Techies — by Duane Glover

It’s that time again! What gift to buy your techie for the holidays?

Here is my list of cool gifts for the techie or semi-techie in your life… each with a price tag under $100:

Stanley DPS109 Digital Portable Power Station

Stanley DPS109 Digital Portable Power Station
The Stanley Digital Power Station will help jump start your car and so much more. It offers road-trip-friendly features such as a 350-amp battery jump starter with 700 peak battery amps, a 3 LED emergency light and a built-in digital tire inflator with automatic set and auto shut-off — but it will also power or recharge practically all of your portable electronic gear with a 200 watt/120 volt power inverter, USB outlet for your cell phone or MP3 device, and DC outlet — all in form factor of just 10″ x 7″ x 11″ and 11 lbs.

 

Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote

Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote
Universal remote controls have one thing almost universally in common: they are universally bad. Well, that’s what I believed before someone brought the Harmony 650 to my attention. This intuitive remote control has a color screen to display shortcuts, available commands and helpful information and will control up to five different multimedia devices. Its one-click programmable buttons can be set up with either a Windows or Mac OS computer and it is capable of a lot more than just changing channels and adjusting the volume. This is a remote control with a brain, a memory and a constantly-updated database of over 5000 devices. It is sure to be a welcome gift for any home theater owner.

 

Altec Lansing Octiv Duo iPhone Dock

Altec Lansing Octiv Duo iPhone Dock
The attention to details and striking wedge-like design really make me like this iPhone speaker dock. Two side-by-side docking stations allow for simultaneous charging. The remote control magnetically attaches to the back of the dock to keep it from getting lost. Then there is the free accompanying mobile app, which allows the dock to shuffle songs from each of the two docked devices — and lets you pick what percentage of songs pop up from each of your music sources.

 

Griffin Helo TC Assault
Griffin Helo TC Assault
When you need a break from those business presentations, try taking this 8″ missile-equipped flying machine for a spin. Using the included USB charging cable, it takes about 35 minutes to recharge the chopper and you’ll get about 10 minutes of flight time. With the appropriate iOS or Android app and audio output from the phone, your phone becomes the copter’s remote control system and rocket launcher using either an on-screen touch controlled joy stick or by tilting your phone to steer. You can expect to go through at least two or three battery cycles before getting the hang of things, and if you have a serious crash along the way, replacement parts kits are just $10.

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

New Features in Blackboard (Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9)
This Spring we will be upgrading Bb to Service Pack 9. In this workshop you will learn about all of the new features in Bb9.1 Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
*Thursday Dec. 13, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Online)
*Tuesday Dec. 18, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (Online)

Creating Rich Media for Online Use
This workshop will provide an overview of various tools useful in the creation of audio and video elements for use in your Blackboard courses. Topics will include web-based creation tools, desktop applications, and mobile applications, along with best practices and recommended equipment for various types of media creation.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Quality Matters (QM) On-line Courses
Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that promotes the use of research-based best practices in the design and development of online courses. The Quality Matters Rubric, based on scholarly research, is a must-have for any online course developer’s toolbox. The QM rubric focuses on 8 key components of online course development, and includes 41 specific guidelines to achieve maximum effectiveness in your online classroom. In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating the QM Rubric into your online course development can enhance your students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of your course.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
*Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Online)

Blackboard Collaborate
This workshop will demonstrate how Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create an engaging learning experience in both the online and traditional classroom. Attendees will learn how to initiate a Collaborate session, use the audio and visual conferencing tool, experiment with the interactive whiteboard, share a desktop, and more!
Wednesday, Dec. 5,  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
*Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Online)

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center
The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.
*Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Online)

To register for these workshops:

  • Log into MySJU (https://my.sju.edu/cp/home/loginf ).
  • Click on the “School Services” tab.
  • In the “Employee Training” section, locate the “ATDL Workshops” heading.
  • Click on the plus sign next toBlackboardto view the available workshops.
  • Click “Register”

Bb Workshops for November 2012

Five new Bb Workshops have been scheduled for November 2012.

To register for these workshops:

  1. Log into MySJU (https://my.sju.edu/cp/home/loginf )
  2. Click on the School Services Tab
  3. In the “Employee Training” area locate “ATDL Workshops”
  4. Click on the plus sign ( + ) next to “Blackboard” to view the available workshops
  5. Click “Register”

New Features in Blackboard (Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9)
This Spring we will be upgrading Bb to Service Pack 9. In this workshop you will learn about all of the new features in Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 29, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   New Features in Bb Service Pack 9

Creating Rich Media for Online Use
This workshop will provide an overview of various tools useful in the creation of audio and video elements for use in your Blackboard courses. Topics will include web-based creation tools, desktop applications, and mobile applications, along with best practices and recommended equipment for various types of media creation.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM   Creating Rich Media
Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Creating Rich Media
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1:00 PM – 2:30   Creating Rich Media
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Creating Rich Media

Quality Matters (QM) On-line Courses
Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that promotes the use of research-based best practices in the design and development of online courses. The Quality Matters Rubric, based on scholarly research, is a must-have for any online course developer’s toolbox. The QM rubric focuses on 8 key components of online course development, and includes 41 specific guidelines to achieve maximum effectiveness in your online classroom. In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating the QM Rubric into your online course development can enhance your students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of your course.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Monday, Nov. 19, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Thursday, Nov. 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)

Blackboard Collaborate
This workshop will demonstrate how Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create an engaging learning experience in both the online and traditional classroom. Attendees will learn how to initiate a Collaborate session, use the audio and visual conferencing tool, experiment with the interactive whiteboard, share a desktop, and more!
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM   Bb Collaborate
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Bb Collaborate

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center
The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   Grade Center
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM   Grade Center