Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: January 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education Article: Could Video Replace the Red Pen?

The emerging of new educational technologies is changing the way instructors and students communicate, including instructor feedback on student submissions. With the development of online video recording technology software, instructors now have the option to leave students video feedback about their performance on assignments and tests rather than the traditional written markups. Instructors who have employed the video feedback method have found that the majority of students prefer the videos to written feedback, stating that it seemed more authentic and honest. To read the full article “Could Video Replace the Red Pen?” on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website, click the following link:

If you’re interested in trying the video feedback method, all instructors at DeSales have video recording software like Panopto, ApprenNet, and Video Everywhere in Blackboard available to them. Panopto and Video Everywhere are even directly integrated into Blackboard, making it easy for instructors to record and send the recordings to students through the learning management system. ApprenNet, a new video student response tool piloting with the Nursing program, not only allows students to provide video feedback to a case study, but also allows the instructor to respond to the student video submission with their own video feedback. More information about ApprenNet can be found here: .

DEIT is happy to help instructors learn these video software tools and any of our other instructional technologies in the form of monthly workshops, custom workshops, or just by emailing ( for more information. In February 2015, DEIT has a workshop for Panopto, one of our asynchronous video recording tools, either online on 1/18/2015 from 7 – 8 PM or in person on 1/21/2015 at Trexler Library PC2 from 10 – 11 AM. Sign up for these or any of our other monthly workshops by registering using the following link:

If you want to learn more and meet with a member of DEIT but are unable to attend one of our scheduled monthly workshops, you can request a custom workshop on a date and time that works for your schedule. To schedule a custom workshop with a member of DEIT, click here: .



Happy Spring?

It’s a little difficult to think Spring when it’s in the single digits outside, but the academic calendar says it’s Spring Semester. Even if the flower buds won’t be evident for a while, every new academic term provides the opportunity for a fresh start for students, faculty, and staff.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”
— St. Francis de Sales

If you are thinking about using technology in new ways in your teaching, DEIT can help. Visit for a list of upcoming workshops on topics such as Blackboard Fundamentals, Blackboard Collaborate (for live online sessions), the Panopto lecture recording system, and classroom clickers. You can also request a custom workshop using our Workshop Request Form. Or schedule a one-on-one collaboration session with a member of the DEIT staff by contacting us at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

If you have an idea but don’t know whether there’s a technology to meet your need, let us know and we’ll do the research. We are always eager to help you execute on your creative ideas for classroom or online teaching.

Here are a few technologies we are evaluating and looking for faculty to try:

  • Swivl. A robotic turret that pairs with a recording device like an iPad or smartphone to record lectures or presentations in a very easy-to-use manner. Let us know if you’d like to give our Swivl a test drive.
  • ApprenNet. A Web-based system for creating and managing real-life video challenge exercises. The instructor creates a video challenge, the students submit video responses performing a skill, other students provide peer feedback, and finally the instructor provides an expert response and feedback to the students. ApprenNet can provide a highly engaging alternative to the standard Blackboard discussion board. Nursing is already piloting the system – let us know if you want in.
  • Respondus Monitor. Monitor provides an enhanced level of cheating deterrence for Blackboard online exams by recording the student’s exam session using the student’s Web cam and microphone. If you have a need for this level of security, contact us and we’ll help you set up your exam accordingly.

Peace and blessings,

Eric J. Hagan, Ed.D.
Director, Distance Education and Instructional Technology

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