Instructional Technology Update
We have had a record-breaking amount of faculty and staff utilizing Sakai during the fall 2010 semester. We expect even more using the interface in the spring 2011 semester. For those who are not familiar with the system, Sakai is a learning management tool that can store your syllabus and allow for testing, quizzing, discussions, wikis, chats and so much more. The interface is a wonderful addition to teaching and learning. Here are some faculty comments from the fall 2010 semester:
“I don’t know what I would do without Sakai!”
“I just love to put my materials and content into Sakai so that if a student looses a document handed out earlier in the semester, I could just tell them to go retrieve it in Sakai.”
“I love the gradebook feature in Sakai. I can put in the grades and Sakai does the rest; no more trying to figure out the math.”
“I have many sections that I teach. So, I use Sakai for my tests and quizzes. Once I set it up, Sakai will grade the tests and quizzes for me.”
For faculty wanting assistance making Sakai a part of your pedagogy, we would be delighted to help you. What you will need to do is prepare your learning content and then save it on a USB drive, CD, or on your M drive. Once the material is stored, we will be able to successfully move the information to the Sakai interface. We can also provide one-on-one support.
We’ve just hired a Java Programmer! Jun Yin has her Master’s in Computer Science and will be working with us at the Center for Teaching and Learning in 155 Library. She will be assisting us with the Sakai interface and other projects such as the Shepherd University iTunes integration. We are looking forward to working with her. Welcome aboard, Jun!
Teaching Classes Online
Some of you may be conducting an online course for the first time. For some of you, this also entails a bit of worry and apprehension. Never fear! We can help alleviate these concerns. We have several tips and processes that will help you create an effective online learning experience. Be sure and catch our FOSL’s next semester as these will be dedicated to online teaching and learning. You can always contact our office for one-on-one assistance as well.
CTL Techshop Series
The Center for Teaching, Learning and Instructional Resources has continued the Techshop series during fall 2010 and will continue the series in the spring 2011. These Techshops are designed to train faculty and staff in various technologies in a one-hour format. These take place every other Tuesday and Wednesday. This program is tied with the university’s strategic plan to implement 21st century technologies across campus. Techshops topics, thus far, have included the Sakai learning management system, Microsoft Office, SMART Technologies, and webpage design. We plan to continue these workshops in the spring 2011 semester.
Once again, we are here to help you succeed in your classroom and work environment. We provide training sessions that best suit your needs – either one-on-one or in a group. Please let us know how we can assist you in your journey to integrate technology into your pedagogy or workspace.