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LT Newsletter Fall 2011

Capturing Lectures for Student Learning with Tegrity

Tegrity logoThe entire University of Washington system has adopted Tegrity as its lecture capture software.

Tegrity can record audio, video and your computer screen image (such as a PowerPoint presentation) and then create a high-quality, interactive video for students to review at a later time.  It allows instructors to record easily lectures in class as they are given or in their offices to be posted online as part of a hybrid or online class. Tegrity will be available to UW Bothell faculty starting Winter quarter.

Tegrity can be used to:

  • Record in-class lectures as you give them, including audio from a microphone, video from a webcam, the classroom projector image and a document camera image all at once (if desired), so that students can return to the lecture later to study and review the content.
  • Record lectures (with the same equipment listed above) in the instructor’s office to be posted online in the course Web site as part of a hybrid or online course

Although Tegrity is currently only available to the “instructors of record” in the UW Course Time Schedule, there are plans to open the system to the wider UW community, so that all staff, faculty and students can use it as a technology for formal and informal trainings and presentations. We will announce this on this blog when it become available in this way.

Look for more information on the Learning Technologies website in the weeks to come.

Using Clickers to Enhance Student Learning

Research has shown that clickers (which can be used to for quick polling or question-and-answer sessions) are an effective way to enhance student learning in a wide variety of disciplines. For instance, this study done at the University of Alberta, Edmond showed that the majority of students strongly indicated that the use of clickers enhanced their learning experience (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bmb.20264/pdf).

Uses for clickers at UW Bothell and elsewhere have ranged from engaging students in larger classes to opening up discussions on controversial topics to checking for comprehension in classes. If you’re interested in seeing more research and articles on clickers, The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching maintains an extensive bibliography (see http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/docs/classroom-response-system-clickers-bibliography/).

At Bothell, we use the Turning Point system from Turning Technologies as our clicker system. The clickers can be used in any room with an epodium and can be done with existing or new PowerPoint presentations or other applications as well. There are a couple of options if you’re interested in using clickers for your courses.

  1. If you want to try out the clickers and/ or plan on using them only a couple times during the quarter, the IT Helpdesk has 4 total sets available for checkout, each with 48 clickers and 1 receiver. These sets are reservable on a first come, first served basis by contacting it@uwb.edu or 425-352-3456. Three sets circulate for 2 business days and 1 set can circulate for 7 days. If you check out a set, you will only be able to do anonymous polling.
  2. If you would like to use the clickers on a more regular basis, you can have your students buy clickers by requesting that the UW Bookstore order them for your class similar to a textbook order. The course instructor can check out just the receiver from the IT helpdesk for the duration of the quarter. If you have your students buy clickers, you will be able to use the clickers for quizzes since each clicker will be associated with a student. You will still be able to do anonymous polling as well. Students pay about $48 for the clicker.

You can find more information about using clickers at http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/clickers including some best practices for using clickers.

Blackboard Upgrade Coming in Spring

The campus will be moving from our current Blackboard 8 version to Blackboard 9.1 (or Blackboard Learn) for spring quarter. Courses will be copied over so that faculty and students can continue to reuse their course materials. The Leadership Development for Educators (LEDE) program will also be piloting Blackboard 9.1 during the winter quarter to help ensure that the spring transition to Blackboard 9.1 goes smoothly.

There are a number of improvements in Blackboard 9.1, not the least of which is improved navigation, making it easier to move around the course with less clicking. Other new features that can help meet online teaching and learning needs include:

  • Blogs
  • Journals
  • Wikis
  • Plagiarism detector
  • Central course file repository
  • Drag and drop functionality

There will be training sessions and online help resources available to help everyone make the switch, though a number of faculty at UWB and other institutions who have used Blackboard 9.1 have often found the changes to be fairly intuitive. More information to follow.

Learning to Go Hybrid

The Hybrid Course Development Institute (HCDI) at the University of Washington Bothell is in full swing as ten faculty members from S&T, CUSP, IAS, Business, CSS and Nursing work on developing a peer-reviewed course syllabus for a hybrid format class.

Hybrid learning is broadly defined as a course that blends online and face-to-face delivery so that face-to-face time is reduced, with 30% to 70% delivered online. So, for instance, a course that traditionally meets twice a week face-to-face would instead meet once a week face-to-face, with the rest of the course online or out of class.

The HCDI is 10 weeks long, delivered in a hybrid format with 3 to 4 face-to-face sessions, and taught by Andreas Brockhaus, David Goldstein, Rebecca Bliquez and Ian Porter. Topics covered include:

  • Benefits and challenges of hybrid learning
  • Creating effective online discussions
  • Creating online assignments
  • Using the Community of Inquiry model to determine what works best online and face-to-face
  • Assessment strategies
  • Technology tools and resources

We hope to be offering the HCDI again next year. If you’re interested in reading more about the HCDI and its effectiveness, you can read the attached conference paper written by the HCDI team and recently published by the Association for Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE Conference Proceedings paper)

Collaborate in the Learning Technologies Studio

Need a space to collaborate with a colleague on teaching or research? Need it to have computers and a projector so that you can navigate the Web, collaboratively write documents and share your computer screen image easily?

UW Bothell faculty, librarians and teaching staff can use the Learning Technologies Studio to collaborate on teaching and research projects. Located on the second floor of the Library Annex (the building across from the Library), the LT Studio houses six computers, including four laptops, a PC desktop and an iMac. In addition, the Studio has a projector that is connected to all six computers. This is the truly unique part of the Studio: since the projector is connected to all six computers, collaborators can quickly alternate among the computers to display their screen images. This is hugely useful for a number of situations. Here’s one example situation:

Say you and a colleague are working on revising syllabi for your respective classes, or you’re co-teaching a class and working on next week’s computer lab activity. You need to refer to the syllabus and other documents, the class Web site, a LibGuide that a librarian created for you, and you need access to your network U drive where all of your documents are stored. In the Studio, you can each work on your own computer, accessing needed documents and navigating the Web. No need to lug your own computer to campus for this meeting. Then, when you want to refer to a particular part of your syllabus document for discussion with your colleague, you touch the display panel and your computer screen is projected, allowing you both to refer to a common text. No cozy huddling around one screen for collaboration. What’s more, by logging in with your UWB account, your network U drive is already mapped to the computer, so you can grab what you need and get on with the task at hand.

In addition to being an amazing collaboration space, the LT Studio houses a wide range of software and hardware. For more info on the hardware and software, check out this Web page: http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/spaces/lts203/lts-equipment.

Is your interest sufficiently sparked? There are two ways to use the Studio:

  1. You can check the LT Studio calendar here: bit.ly/ltstudiocal, and if it is available, you can just drop in by swiping your Husky Card at the door to get in.
  2. You can reserve the room by checking the Studio calendar for its availability and then filling out the form on this page: http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/spaces/lts203/lts-reservation

If you have any questions, contact the Learning Technologies staff at learningtech@uwb.edu.