Faculty Focus: Technology in the Classroom

Dr. Ginny Miori is piloting a project through ATDL, using the ipad to present mobile dashboards in her six sigma class.  Dashboards are a big topic area within the Decision & System Sciences field because of the immense contribution they make to management communications.  Ginny attaches the ipad to the projector and works with students in generating appropriate dashboards.  She states that, “It would be even better if they all had mobile devices, but it’s still an important part of the curriculum because it does show the current state of the field.”

Ginny is using IBM Cognos for this assignment. The software is available for students to download onto their laptops because of our academic partnership with IBM. This exposure to Cognos is also valuable to students, as it is a software commonly used in the industry.

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.

Members of the Academic Technology & Distributed Learning team will present this program to HSB faculty on Thursday, April 18 at Free Period in MV 313. This workshop will demonstrate how incorporating the QM Rubric into online course development can enhance students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of online learning. Please mark your calendars! More details to follow.

‘Tis the Season…

http://icons.iconarchive.com/icons/iconfactory/sketchcons-christmas/48/Holly-icon.png  It’s that time of year again!  Here are some suggestions for the Christmas “techies” on your list:

Checked Twice.comhttp://www.checkedtwice.com/about.php

  • This is a website that allows families and friends to share their Christmas wish lists – especially helpful when recipients are spread far and wide!

RT USB Cufflinks: https://www.tateossian.com/category/1009/cufflinks.html

  • For the man who has everything – here is something he probably doesn’t have!  These innovative cufflinks incorporate a 4GB flash drive into their design. Available in Rhodium and Gun Metal – $225.

Eye fi: http://www.eye.fi/

  • A memory card to automatically upload photos and videos from your camera to your computer using a wireless network – $39.99 – $99.99

Virtual Keyboard: http://www.brookstone.com/laser-projection-virtual-keyboard?bkiid=redirect_796246p&_requestid=39412&bkeid=cj|cj|3682082|10373017|Brookstone+Product+Catalog – $99.99

  • Revolutionary laser technology projects a keyboard on any flat surface, for use with your mobile devices.

Bluetooth Gloves: http://www.firebox.com/product/5611/Bluetooth-Gloves?via=chart – $80.19

  • Not only are these gloves comfy and warm, but they will wirelessly sync with your smartphone, turning your hand into a phone.  Just pull them on and press the ‘answer’ button!

U Socket USB Wall Plug: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e81a/?cpg=cj&CJURL=&CJID=3363563&cpg=cj&ref=&CJURL

  • Replace your existing outlet cover with this unit, which gives you access to both outlets and two USB ports. – $29.99