Faculty Technology Showcase

Faculty Technology Showcase events provide faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about new, innovative teaching technologies from their peers.  FTS presentations are informal, interactive forums for instructors to learn practical applications, tips and techniques from colleagues.  The duration of each technology showcase is approximately one-hour and is held in either the CIT conference room or training lab.

Engaging with Social Media

Abigail DeSoto, Prescott Memorial Library Government Documents Librarian, discusses how to use social media in higher education to promote your department and incorporate various forms of social media into teaching and learning. She provides best practices and tips for using social media. Ms. DeSoto also gives examples of how social media is used by government agencies. Click here to log in and watch the presentation.

Desktop Capture and Video Upload Using the Mediasite Desktop Recorder

Mr. Darrell Eddy, the Coordinator of Information Technology and Network Administrator for the College of Business, demonstrates how to use the Mediasite Desktop Recorder.  Desktop-based screen casting is a new instructional technology tool that empowers faculty to share lectures and presentations with their students.  This presentation will provide instructors with what they need to  create and publish rich media from their desktop PC.  In order to view this presentation, you must first log in using your Louisiana Tech Moodle credentials.  Click Here to log in and watch the presentation.

Screen Resolution for Mediasite Desktop Recorder

The best practices say that the maximum recommended screen resolution for recording your desktop using the Mediasite desktop recorder is 1280 x 720.  To adjust your screen resolution, right click on the computer desktop, and select “screen resolution”.  From the “resolution” drop down menu, choose any size between 320 x 240, and 1280 x 720 resolution.

Turnitin for Higher Education

Dr. David Anderson, from the Department of History, explains the merits of using Moodle’s Turnitin feature in order to grade student papers.  In this presentation, Dr. Anderson compares using Turnitin to conventional paper grading.  He also demonstrates how to successfully create a Turnitin assignment on Moodle, how to use Turnitin to check for plagiarism, and how to grade and leave comments on a paper through Turnitin.  In order to view this presentation, you must first log in using your Louisiana Tech Moodle credentials.  Click Here to log in and watch the presentation.

Understanding Instructional Technologies for Students with Blindness or Visual Impairments

Dr. Edward Bell, the director for the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness, gives a presentation to help explain the most common methods and technologies employed at the university level by students who are blind or visually impaired.  It also covers what non-visual access looks like, how it works, and the challenges associated with adapting educational materials to help you become a more effective instructor.  In order to view this presentation, you must first log in using your Louisiana Tech Moodle credentials.  Click here to log in and watch the presentation.

Testing Contracts: Using Technology to Bridge the ADA Accommodations Gap

Mr. Stacy Lolley and Mr. Andy Butterfield provide an overview of the Department of Testing and Disability Services (TDS) in ensuring university compliance with federal mandates.  The presentation will focus on the strengths of the new online accommodation letters and testing contract system, such as the use of technology to improve communications between TDS, students, and TECH faculty; to reduce paperwork for faculty; and, to better document how student accommodations are met by the University.  In order to view the presentation, you must first log in using your Louisiana Tech Moodle credentials.  Click here to log in and watch the presentation.

Learning Ecosystems: Social Media and Education

Rhonda Ragsdale, Associate Professor of History from Lone Star College, presents information to suggest that today, students learn in an ever-expanding network of information and experiences. This network includes traditional classrooms, online classes, libraries, television, social media, and much more. Students experience these overlapping, occasionally conflicting, spaces in what may be thought of as a learning ecosystem. As instructors, we can interact within this ecosystem in a variety of ways that can personalize our teaching styles and engage students in profound ways.  Click here to watch the presentation.

Using e-Portfolios

The use of e-Portfolios as an assessment tool is valuable. It allows for the collection of digitized artifacts that represent a variety of ideas and accomplishments. This workshop will present a variety of ways to develop e-Portfolios as well as different venues for presentation along with methods to manage and organize work. Dr. Pamela Morgan, Director of the e-Learning Research Institute, will present this potential practice that has the ability to enhance teaching, learning, and assessment practices. Click here to watch the presentation.