Leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and, once again, it is time for Denison students to register for spring classes. Along with course registration comes opportunities for students to make advising appointments with faculty members. Gone are the days when you had to email students back and forth 20 times to find a perfect time for an advising session.
As we all have been so busy dealing with quarantines, Zoom meetings, virtual classes, hybrid in-person spaces, and all the other struggles that have become normal during the last 18 months of the pandemic, it’s easy to miss the new developments to spaces on campus. Two updates that faculty and students might find especially interesting are the One Button Studio and the brand new Library Viewing Room, both located in Doane Library.
Creating interactive videos for your class offers a different learning experience for students, increases student engagement with media content, and provides a way to gauge student comprehension of content through checking in on what they understand. Let’s start with some of the basics…
What are “interactive videos” exactly?
I’m using this phrase broadly to include any type of a lesson or assignment where students watch a video and answer questions, post comments, or engage in the video in some type of way.
Back in classrooms does not mean we have to leave behind the opportunities to create meaningful asynchronous class discussion in Notebowl. This summer, ETS hosted a workshop titled “Engage Students with Meaningful Discussion Boards.” Since only a small number of faculty attended, the workshop turned into a rich discussion on how we use discussion boards with classes, and how we can get students to participate more on them.
Educational Technology Services: it is quite the fancy title, but what exactly do we do? Does ETS fix broken projectors? What can an EdTech help with exactly? Well, hopefully, this post can provide a general breakdown.
The Educational Technology Services (ETS) team is overseen by the Director of ETS, Donnie Sendelbach, and consists of two groups: Media Technology and EdTechs.
Featured Videos in the LinkedIn Learning Path: Get Up and Running with the Google Drive for Desktop App
Why Google Drive
It might seem like some of us ITS are obsessed with Google Drive. You might hear: “Is it in Google Drive?” “Can you share it as a Google Doc?” “Let’s setup a shared drive for that.”
Featured Video: Reseating Classroom Devices
Today I (Kelli) learned a new troubleshooting term: reseat. No, it does not mean to change your seat to a new computer when something does not work. It means to unplug and then plug in a peripheral device when it is not working on the computer. Basically, if you are in the classroom and the camera cuts out, or even the mouse stops working, the first thing to do is to check the USB connection and “reseat” the device.
*VIDEO COMING SOON*
While you can use two computers to teach on Zoom in a hybrid class setting, you will only be able to log in with your Denison account on one of the computers. Keep this in mind as you will need to be a guest on the other computer. Please see the instructions below.
Many Denison faculty members are already using tools like Google Docs or Google Slides as ways to collaborate with students during remote or hybrid classes, and some, like Lew Ludwig, might already be Jammin’ out with Google Jamboards (see Lew’s video here). In this post, we are going to go over some reasons you might want to consider using Jamboards with your classes and also supply some resources to get you started.
With the semester underway many students have been working on a variety of traditional projects that require several modifications in order to be possible during these strange times. One of those types of traditional projects is the classic student presentation. While it is possible to have students present in a classroom wearing masks, they can also create more visually dynamic presentations using video tools like Meet or Zoom, and students on campus can take advantage of the One Button Studio located in the library.