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Teaching with Technology Updates 2010


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Presentation for NIU Council of Deans by
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center , July 14, 2010

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  • 1. Teaching with Technology Updates
    Presentation for Council of Deans
    Faculty Development and Instructional Design CenterJuly 14, 2010
  • 2. Presentation Goals
    Share information on supported instructional technologies
    Highlight new features now available in Blackboard and Wimba Classroom
    Explore emerging “cloud” technologies that are becoming increasingly popular in higher education today
    Discuss implications for use of “cloud” technologies in teaching
  • 3. Supported Technologies
  • 4. Blackboard
    Learning management system available campus-wide for teaching since 2002
    Used for posting electronic materials, grades, communications, etc.
    94% of NIU students and 73% of faculty use Blackboard
    More details:
  • 5. Use of Blackboard by (individual) Students
    Usage % for spring ‘10 with 22,705 enrolled is 94.46% of total number of students
  • 6. Use of Blackboard by (individual) Faculty/Staff/TAs to Teach
    Usage % for spring ‘10 with 1,661* faculty/instructors/TA/teaching staff is 72.45%*1,661 includes only those providing direct instruction
  • 7. Number of Course Sections in Blackboard
    Usage % for spring ‘10 with 5,378* sections is 42.2%*No. of course sections including thesis, dissertation, and independent studies is 5,378
  • 8. Number of Enrollments in Blackboard
    Students enrolled in several courses in a semester that use Blackboard
  • 9. Blackboard Portfolio Tool
    Bundled with current Blackboard Content System that NIU has licensed (no additional cost)
    Limited customization
    At the recommendation of NIU Computing Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), faculty input is being sought for implementation
    Faculty pilot this summer and fall
  • 10. Blackboard Portfolio Tool
  • 11. Portfolio Features
    Store portfolio artifacts in the Blackboard Content Collection
    Create portfolio for either personal (student, faculty, staff) accomplishments or course requirements
    Link to coursework artifacts in Blackboard
    Use pre-configured portfolio templates
  • 12. Portfolio Features (cont.)
    Share portfolio with faculty for comments
    Share portfolio with other classmates as well as non-NIU users
    Control access to who can view portfolio and for what duration of time
    Export portfolio for offline access outside Blackboard or archive to CD
  • 13. Upgrade to Blackboard 9.1
    Major upgrade planned for May 2011
    Redesigned interface
    Many new requested features added
    Testing beginning this summer, support materials and training to be developed this fall
    Faculty pilot of Blackboard 9.1 during Spring 2011
    More details coming this fall
  • 14. Wimba Classroom
    Live collaboration with students
    Fully-integrated with Blackboard but also available for access without Blackboard login
    Archives available for online or on-demand offline or mobile viewing
  • 15. CPS (e-Instruction Clickers)
    Student response system allowing faculty to receive feedback from students wirelessly
    Can be used in conjunction with Blackboard with results from class assessments automatically uploaded to Blackboard Grade Center
  • 16. New Blackboard Features Now Available
  • 17. Blackboard Mobile Learn
    More details:
  • 18. Mobile Learn (iPad) Demo
  • 19. Blackboard Mobile Learn
    Through a partnership with Sprint, Blackboard currently only offers the free Mobile Learn app on Android and BlackBerry devices on the Sprint network in addition to iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch over Wi-Fi
    Additional apps and access on other networks available for licensing
    More details:
  • 20. New Wimba Classroom Features Now Available
  • 21. Increased Video Device Support
    While Wimba previously only recognized specific USB web cameras, existing video hardware and infrastructure can now be leveraged.
    If your computer supports the video camera, so does Wimba Classroom!
    Data cameras and video equipment used for other specialized lab procedures, such as those used in the physical and health sciences, can now be used with Wimba Classroom.
  • 22. Higher Quality Video
    Default window size and video window encoding size have been doubled
    The default video encoding bit rate has also been doubled
  • 23. Archive Reminder
    Presenter is reminded to start archive at beginning of session
  • 24. Hand Raised Chime
    Chime is now played when a hand is raised to alert presenters when students raise their hand
  • 25. Shortened Guest Access Link
    Shortened link for easier distribution to guests via email
  • 26. MP3 and MP4 Download Links
    Easier for students to now download either the audio (.mp3) or video (.mp4) archives directly from the list of archives for the room
  • 27. Teaching in the “Cloud”
  • 28.
  • 29. What is Cloud Computing?
    IT Perspective: delivery of scalable IT resources of the Internet, as opposed to hosting and operating resources locally on a college or university network
    User Perspective: accessing, creating, and consuming content using web-based software services available from any Internet-connected computer; content and even software is hosted completely online
  • 30. Teaching with Technology Institute
  • 31. Teaching with Technology Institute
    Collaborating in the Cloud (Google Wave)
    Creating Tutorials in the Cloud (Screenr, Screencast-o-Matic)
    Writing in the Cloud (Wikis, Blogs)
    Presenting in the Cloud (Prezi, Slideshare)
  • 32. Technology Showcase
    Featured hands-on opportunity with new technologies, including: Tablet PC, Kindle, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, clickers, netbook
  • 33. Google Wave
    Web-based application representing a rethinking of electronic communication
    Rather than sending separate copies of multiple messages to different people, content resides in a single space
    Part conversation, part document creation, combining features of both synchronous and asynchronous communications
  • 34. Google Wave Demo
  • 35. Screencast
    Digital recording of computer screen output, often containing audio narration
    Why use a screencast?
    Demonstrate and teach software features
    Demonstrate technology steps or processes
    Providing “virtual tour” of Blackboard course
  • 36. Screencasting Demo
  • 37. Blog
    Online chronological collection of personal commentary and links
    Easy to create and use from anywhere with an Internet connection, including mobile devices
    Educational Applications
    Journal development of ideas
    Interact outside the “walls” of Blackboard
  • 38. Sample Blog
  • 39. Wiki
    Web page that can be viewed and modified by anyone with access to the Internet
    Collaborative documentconstruction
    Educational Applications
    Class or topic web site
    Group project presentation alternative
    Collaborative data collection / analysis
    Peer editing and review
  • 40. Sample Wiki
  • 41. Presentation Tools
  • 42. Implications for Use of “Cloud” Technologies in Teaching
  • 43. Realities
    Instructional technologies continue to advance rapidly
    Technology use varies
    Students are using these technologies and expecting to use them in learning
    Faculty are experimenting with new technologies that may not be officially supported by the institution
    New faculty may bring different technology expectations
  • 44. Questions for Consideration
    How does the institution support emerging technologies?
    Are “free” tools available from Google and others truly free?
    How are openness and opportunities for inter-institutional collaboration managed?
    How is student data protected?
    When “walls” are removed, what must be considered?
  • 45. Summary
    Faculty Development’s focus:
    Promote technology for enhancing teaching and learning, and not just for the sake of using new technology
    Recommend technology that can be learned quickly and easily, and is free or affordable
    Emerging Trends in Learning Technologies
    Increase in the use of mobile and “cloud” technologies
    Increase in more platform-independent learning tools
    Blurring lines between the use of institutional and non-institutional technology (e.g. email)