Instructional Technology Newsletter 24 – Instructional Technology Seminar 2017

Instructional Technology Seminar 2017
George Guba, Instructional Designer

On May 17th, 2017, we held the second annual Instructional Technology Seminar in Francis Auditorium and the Pearce Science Center. The seminar was offered by Instructional Design, the Office of the Provost, Academic Affairs and with the support of the Instructional Technology Committee, and OIT.

The keynote for 2017 was on the topic of Tools for Lecture Capture. A group of various faculty and staff discussed their approaches to recording and providing lecture content to their students in both face-to-face and online courses. They discussed a variety of tools for both live lecture capture as well as the pedagogy and best practices for creating and sharing materials. Available campus resources were also discussed. There were also several sessions on related topics, which included two roundtable discussions: one in which students shared their experiences with using Blackboard and its tools both in residential courses and online courses, and a second where faculty and staff shared their experiences with using Blackboard Collaborate and ULTRA which were made available to all faculty last Fall. The other sessions included: incorporating Digital Humanities into courses, and additional video tools for sharing and interacting with your students.

Through the magic of technology, we are sharing some of the files from the presentations as well as recordings of the roundtables. Please consider joining us next year and possibly being a presenter.

The Instructional Technology Seminar offers the Mary Baldwin community the opportunity to share and explore new ideas for using technology in our teaching and work. This includes in the classroom, supplemented courses, hybrid courses, and fully online courses.

Keynote: Tools for Lecture Capture

Rachel Potter – Pedagogical Considerations for Video Lectures in Asynchronous Online Courses.

Thinking about incorporating pre-recorded content into your online (or in person) courses? Rachel Potter shared some tips to make the experience student-friendly and engaging, while making the instructor’s role easier in the long run. This session focused more on the “how to make it effective” in terms of delivery, quality, and pedagogy, rather than the “how to” of actually recording lectures.

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Panopto — Pam Dressler, Jennifer Hancock, Keith Bishop

Panopto is used at Murphy Demming College of Health Sciences in both the traditional programs and the online RN to BSN program. It is a software solution that allows for instructor video and presentation. It can be used for both live lecture capture as well as for creating prerecorded content.

Link to recording of Keith Bishop’s Presentation

Faculty Tech Project Funds and the Production Studio — Reid Oechslin, George Guba

Creation of lecture and content can also be done in the Instructional Technology Studio in Wenger 403. It is set up for production work (capturing audio, or a lecture with a SmartBoard, or a lecture in front of graphics on a green screen), and for post-production work (capturing screen images, and audio and video editing). Also learn more about the faculty-initiated Instructional Technology capital investment projects for the current and coming years, and how they will support the University’s instruction.

The attached PowerPoint slides help to provide an overview of some of the resources available in the studio. Not only does the studio offer accessibility to software that may not be available elsewhere on campus, but it also offers full production assistance as well.

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Along with some site-specific projects, the Instructional Technology Committee supported investments in low-cost hardware (webcams, microphones, headsets) for individual faculty members to capture their lectures and interact with students away from campus. Instructors are invited to consult with Instructional Technology staff to determine whether new devices could help them unlock the potential of Panopto and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

Click to log into Symphony to download the Instructional Technology Investment Proposals report

Explain Everything on iPad — Clayton Brooks

Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard app for iPad allowing you to create and organize lecture that can be shared with your students. It allows flexibility in terms of how you record, how you organize the lectures, as well as being much more mobile in terms of work spaces.

If you want to try this app, make a checkout request for an iPad with Explain Everything installed.

Click to log into Symphony to download the Explain Everything Presentation Slides

Afternoon Sessions:

Roundtable on Using Blackboard: A Student Perspective — Virginia Trovato and a panel of students

This session consisted of a roundtable discussion with students about their perspectives using Blackboard. The panel discussed their experiences including online, hybrid, and supplemental courses.

Link to Roundtable Discussion Recording

Simple Digital Humanities Tools to Incorporate into Your Curriculum — Paula Kiser

This session will give you an overview of user-friendly, open source Digital Humanities and Social Science tools for text analysis, GIS, and exhibit creation.  Voyant, Carto, and Omeka were introduced, and examples shown of how these tools can help students work with primary sources in new ways.

Links to the Programs Discussed:

Round Table on Experiences with Blackboard Collaborate/Ultra for Synchronous Courses and Office Hours — Lew Askegaard, Rachel Potter, Anaya Jones

This session consisted of a roundtable discussion with users of Blackboard Collaborate and Ultra which was released to all courses last fall. The panel discussed their experiences.

Link to Roundtable Discussion Recording

Blackboard Collaborate and Beyond: Other Options for Video — Virginia Trovato

This session discussed the presenter’s evolution of using video in different capacities as an advisor and instructor over the past five years. In addition to Bb Collaborate, Virginia demonstrated Zoom and Google Video chat and outlined pros/cons for lecture capture, student assignments, synchronous classes, and office hours.

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About the Committee:
The Instructional Technology Committee at Mary Baldwin College is a faculty committee made up of representatives from the faculty and Instructional Technology staff at MBC. Members of the Current Committee are:

Pam Bailey
Paul Callo
Carol Creager
Doris Dodson
George Guba
Joe Johnson

Carolyn Moore 
Reid Oechslin
Beverly Riddell
Kari Salois

The charter of the committee is to:

  • Provide a forum for input to the Instructional Technology staff on the relative value of technological improvements from a pedagogical perspective.
  • Be a champion and example for technology enhanced teaching within their schools
  • Try out new technologies that seem promising
  • Develop and share best practices & rubrics for technology enhanced teaching
  • Recommend equipment and management for mixed use (instructional and non-instructional) space
  • This committee meets as necessary.