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Fall 2015 DEIT Updates: Message from Dr. Eric Hagan

Faculty colleagues:

As the Fall Semester gets underway, I wanted to communicate to you about several items that may impact your teaching. To follow-up or get more information, contact DEIT at deit@desales.edu or 610-282-1100 x2290. In addition, my personal contact information appears at the bottom of this message.fallupdatesleaf2015

  1. Blackboard course template change

As you know, all DeSales University courses are associated with a Blackboard “course shell.” This course shell has a template applied to it that results in a default course structure. After testing a new template in the ACCESS program during the second half of last year with positive feedback from faculty and students, a new template is now being applied to all courses in all programs. This instructor-customizable template is intended to incorporate best practices in technology-enhanced learning and provide students with a better and more consistent navigation experience. The functionality of Blackboard is unchanged. Some of the cosmetic changes you will immediately notice are the addition of a “Start Here” section and the relabeling of “Content” to “Weekly Units”.

It is NOT mandatory to use all elements of the template nor is the intent to change the way you teach. Indeed, although application of the template can benefit many courses, aspects of the template may be inappropriate for some courses and teaching strategies. Instructors are free to hide or delete content elements that they do not wish to use (in fact, many items are already hidden by default). If you need assistance in configuring your course or in using (or not using) the new course template, contact DEIT. You are also invited to attend one of the upcoming evening online workshops on the new template (see http://www.desales.edu/workshops).

  1. Classroom tech upgrades

Under the leadership of Instructional Media Engineer Mike Yorgey, each summer DEIT takes the opportunity to perform various classroom technology upgrades. Here is a quick run-down of this summer’s activity:

Dooling Hall – 1st Floor Classrooms:

The 1st floor classrooms (104-109) have gone digital. Instructors that teach in these classrooms need to know that the DOOLING HALL 1ST FLOOR CLASSROOMS NO LONGER HAVE VHS VIDEOTAPE PLAYERS. The DVD/VHS players formerly in the Dooling 1st floor classrooms have been replaced with BluRay players (these players play both BluRay and DVD disks). The 1st floor classrooms also have new screens and projectors and digital HDMI connections for newer laptops. Instructors that rely on VHS tapes have several options, including replacing tapes with DVDs or BluRay disks or having DEIT digitize (free of charge) content from the tapes so it can be played from a DVD or streamed from our media server. If you anticipate the need to digitize VHS tape content, please contact DEIT as soon as possible for assistance as the conversion process takes time.

Dooling Hall lower level, New Social Sciences and TV/Film labs:

As part of larger projects involving Campus Environment and IT, Mike Yorgey did the instructional media work on the new Social Sciences lab and refitted the Academic Computing Center classroom, Dooling Hall Room 14-D, for use by TV/Film students.

Dooling Hall Room 227:

Replacement of SMART Board, addition of ultra-short throw projector.

Hurd Science Center:

Work to allow display of digital imaging microscopes, work in process to add projector to 2nd floor conference room.

  1. New faculty support (any faculty, for that matter!)

DEIT has a variety of support resources available for new faculty members or experienced faculty members that want to try something new. Our instructional designers, Jim Holton, Chris Hewatt, and May Truong-Merritt (new as of this summer), are here to help you use technology effectively in your teaching. Contact DEIT to schedule a one-on-one collaboration session or access http://www.desales.edu/workshops to register for a scheduled workshop. DEIT staff are also available for hands-on technology walk-throughs in the classroom where you will be teaching. We also have a variety of self-service resources available in the faculty community in Blackboard as well as on the DEIT Web site http://deit.desales.edu.

DEIT is here to support the faculty. Let us know how we can help!

Peace and blessings,

Eric

Eric J. Hagan, Ed.D.

Director, Distance Education and Instructional Technology DeSales University

Faculty Focus Article: More Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing

reflectioniconMaryellen Weimer of the blog Faculty Focus, discusses the strengths of active learning over lecturing in her article Move Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing. Weimer refers to a study conducted of 225 STEM class students whose exam scores showed an average improvement of 6% on exam scores when taught using active learning practices versus traditional lecturing.

Weimer attributes the increased improvement in student retention with active learning to the fact that students are able to better mimic more life-like situations when they are actively learning as opposed to lecturing. Lecturing may instill students with a sense of what the correct information and actions are for learning process, but having students actively participate in the learning process is more engaging and enables students to put their knowledge to use.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/more-evidence-that-active-learning-trumps-lecturing/

Creating Instructor Presence: Instructor Module in Blackboard

Creating instructor presence in your Blackboard course, especially in a hybrid or online course, is a great way to engage students and provide an introduction to you and your background as the instructor of the course. One way to achieve instructor presence in your course is to add an Instructor Module containing your photo and some background information about yourself. Here is an example Instructor Module (show module). The Instructor Module can be added to the “Course Home” page of all your courses.

To request an instructor module, log in to Blackboard and enter the “DEIT Faculty Community” Organization found under the “My Organizations” module. Once inside the DEIT Faculty Community, click on the “Instructor Presence” link on the left navigation menu. See image below for a screenshot:

 

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In the Instructor Presence section, you will see an explanation of the Instructor Course Module and an example of what an Instructor Module looks like. You can use this example module to help generate ideas for the content of your instructor module. To request the creation of an instructor module, click on the “Instructor Module Creation Request” link below the module explanation and example. You will need to submit a 150 x 150 pixel photo of yourself in JPG format and a short biographical text about yourself in the form of a Word document. See image below for a screenshot:

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Once your request has been submitted, a member of DEIT will use the photo and text you have provided to create your own personal instructor module. This module can be added to any number of your courses on the “Course Home” page.

if you have any questions, please contact DEIT at deit@desales.edu

Panopto: Is the Flipped Classroom the New Norm?

The staff at Panopto, a lecture capture application which allows instructors to capture video, audio, screencasts, and/or PowerPoint in a recorded format to share to students, has found that since the dawn of the concept of the “flipped classroom” in 2007, there has been a radical shift towards the idea of the flipped classroom becoming more and more common in classrooms.

According to Panopto’s article:

  • One in three instructors have flipped their classroom
  • One in three instructors are planning to flip their classroom
  • Two in five instructors have not tried flipping their classroom

Panopto projects that by next year at least half of all instructors will have tried flipping their classroom.

To learn more about Panopto and the flipped classroom, read the full article here:

http://panopto.com/blog/has-the-flipped-classroom-already-become-the-norm/

 

DEIT is happy to work with instructors on learning how to flip their classroom with Panopto. Schedule a personal workshop with a member of DEIT through our Workshop Session Request Form found here: http://deit.desales.edu/deit/public/workshoprequest .

Call DEIT at 610-282-110 x2290 or email us at deit@desales.edu to learn more!

 

 

Eating My Own Dog Food

Dr. Eric Hagan

Dr. Eric Hagan

According to no less an authority than Wikipedia, “Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, is a slang term used to reference a scenario in which a company uses its own product to validate the quality and capabilities of the product.”

I’m the Director of the Distance Education and Instructional Technology department. DEIT’s main job is to support faculty members’ use of instructional technology. This spring, I had the privilege of teaching a hybrid online/classroom section of MG 350 Introduction to Project Management for the ACCESS program at the Easton Area Campus. This gave me the opportunity to, yes, eat the DEIT dog food and more broadly to experience what it’s like to be a new adjunct instructor at DeSales.

I had previous university teaching experience, but this was my first time teaching for DeSales and I was teaching a brand new course. The first thing I recognized was that new faculty members, by necessity, get a lot of information thrown at them from the university in general, from their academic unit, and from DEIT. It’s the proverbial fire hose effect. It’s really impossible to assimilate everything – the best you can hope for is to keep track of what you have received so you can reference it later when you need it. The second thing I was reminded of is how much work it is to prepare a course with an online component. To do a good job preparing your course, you have to put in a lot of time.

I thought the DEIT dog food tasted pretty good. Between regularly scheduled group training sessions, online reference material, and opportunities for one-on-one consultation with DEIT’s instructional designers and technologists, faculty have a lot of support. However, I could see that all the support that DEIT provides could itself be overwhelming. To add structure to its support for new faculty, DEIT has established a more formal faculty onboarding process to help present support resources in a more logical, organized, and hopefully less overwhelming way. We are also going to experiment with bringing new faculty members together after they’ve taught their first course to share experiences with each other and to ask questions that may not have occurred to them earlier.

Finally, the big day arrived – my first live class – Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Would I be able to fill three hours without boring the students to death? What were these ACCESS students going to be like? What if I had a problem with the technology in the classroom – wouldn’t that be ironic? Spitballs, paper airplanes, who knew what I was in for?

My dog food did have one nasty bit, and it was my worst fear – a problem with the technology! In my classroom, the “Laptop” button on the podium didn’t work. There was a workaround, and my DEIT colleagues ultimately corrected the problem, but I got a sense of what it is like to be in front of students, to have a technical glitch, and to be stared at while you fumble around trying to figure out what is going on.

As those of you who teach in ACCESS know, interacting with the students was the best part of the experience. I started off each class with a Direction of Intention, which had to help. I found the students to be smart, inquisitive, respectful, and possessing a lot of personality. They also had a wealth of life experience relevant to my class. One student shared with the class real-life project plans for a software development project his company was working on. Another described the challenges of a project to assimilate a small financial institution into a larger one. I am proud to say that for two of the students, my class completed their Bachelor’s degree program. Congratulations, Jack and Shawn!

The most important lesson I learned by eating my own dog food is that teaching with technology is still teaching, and teaching at DeSales is about people putting DeSales’ Christian humanist philosophy into action. It’s about the leadership of the programs and DEIT supporting the faculty. It’s about the faculty helping students meet learning objectives. It’s about everyone helping their faculty, staff, and student colleagues to “be what we are and be that well, in order to bring honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork we are” (St. Francis de Sales).

I will close with a big thank you to some of the people that helped me in my first course experience: Dean of Lifelong Learning Deborah Booros and Easton Area Campus Director Linda Bell, Dr. Gregg Jeffries in the Division of Business, and, of course, my DEIT colleagues. I’m looking forward to my next teaching assignment!

– Dr. Eric Hagan

Director of DEIT

NMC Horizon Report 2015: Higher Education Edition

The NMC (New Media Consortium) Horizon Report for 2015 in Higher Education studies the projected upcoming short-term, mid-term, and long-term trends for educational practices and technology. Technologies which are near-term, mid-term, and far-term for implementation in education are also discussed. This report also addresses the challenges that instructors will face in upcoming years, broken into three groups: solvable, difficult, and wicked.

To read the full report, click here: NMC Horizon 2015 Report: Higher Education Ed

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: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/could-video-feedback-replace-the-red-pen/55587

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: http://info.apprennet.com/higher-education/ .

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 (deit@desales.edu) 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: http://desales.edu/workshops

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: http://deit.desales.edu/deit/public/workshoprequest .

Questions? deit@desales.edu

 

“8 tips for creating video in online learning” – eCampus News Article

Videos are an excellent way to engage and connect with students, especially in a hybrid or online environment. Meris Stansbury of eCampus News describes eight tips which will help instructors create effective videos. Here is an outline of the eight tips Meris describes:

  • Know your video vocab
  • Seek out the video tech available
  • Make sure the video has basic technical quality standards
  • Get prepped
  • Know your audience
  • Know when to use video and when not to
  • Edit like a pro
  • Check to see if students have access

To read the full article with more details for each tip, click the following link: 8 tips for creating video in online learning

Leveraging the available video capturing technology at DeSales, such as Panopto, makes the process of creating and posting your video directly into your course simple. DEIT is happy to assist instructors with utilizing our video capture resources. To request a session with a member of DEIT to learn more about using Panopto in your course, click the following link: Workshop Session Request Form .

Questions? Contact deit@desales.edu!

NEW: DEIT Two Minute Tips (YouTube Video Series)

DEIT would like to present their new “Two Minute Tip” video series on YouTube! New videos will be posted to DEIT’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/desalesdeit, every other Wednesday. Links to the videos can also be accessed through the DEIT Faculty Community organization in Blackboard by clicking “Wednesday Tips” left navigation link, then clicking the “Two Minute Tips (Videos)” Learning Module.

This week’s Two Minute Tip shows instructors how to enable subscriptions to Discussion Boards, then subscribe to either the Discussion Forum or a thread. View this Two Minute Tip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQkaH70uiv8&list=UUWw1NRChg3mcKOEtyFnKTcA.

Questions? deit@desales.edu

Respondus Lockdown Browser/Respondus Monitor Tests

If you would like to add security to your online tests using either Respondus Lockdown Browser or Respondus Monitor, do NOT create and distribute a Password for the test under “Edit the Test Options”. When students input the test password, they are able to bypass both Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor to take the test in a normal browser without additional security.

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Questions? deit@desales.edu

 

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