Montana State University

Center for Faculty Excellence


Marilyn Lockhart

Director of Faculty Excellence
105 Montana Hall
(406) 994-4555
lockhart@montana.edu

Anne Angermeyr

Program Coordinator
212 Montana Hall
(406) 994-7136
annea@montana.edu

Ritchie Boyd

Academic Technology Specialist
310 Culbertson Hall
(406) 994-4660
jrboyd@montana.edu

 

Learning Technology Workshop Descriptions

Flipping and Blending your courses

“Flipping/Blending the Classroom” with Lecture Capture – Opportunities for Exploration
One of the most valuable things that lecture capture and podcasting allows you to do is to take some of what you do during lecture and make it available to students outside of class, often before they come to class. Then you can build upon that knowledge, facilitate engaging discussions, and evaluate scenarios and case studies in more detail. This has been described as “flipping” or the classroom, or blended learning – where what you once did during lecture is done by students online, and then they come to class prepared to engage with you and their peers.
This session is an opportunity to examine strategies for flipping/blending and the kinds of activities you might consider for use both in and outside the classroom.
NOTE: This workshop is designed for those instructors who are already using lecture capture with Camtasia Relay or a similar tool, or interested in discussing strategies for creating more engaging classroom sessions. The basics of using Camtasia Relay are not covered in this session.

A Quick Look at using Gaming Elements in your Course
This workshop presents a look at strategies and techniques for adding gaming elements to your course. This informal session will discuss some simple ways you can make you class more engaging through game-like activities and assessments.

Student Polling With iClickers

Getting started with the iClicker student response system - version 6
iClickers have been the Bozeman campus standard for over 5 years, the base stations are in most classrooms, and a large number of students own the clickers. Find out how easy it is to make your classroom more engaging with polling and in-class quizzes.
More information is at: http://www.montana.edu/teachlearn/TLResources/i-clicker.htm

Writing Engaging Questions for Clickers in the Classroom
- Going beyond the Basics
We see clicker technology all around campus today, and many students now have their own response units. Sure, we can use them to take attendance and provide simple in-class quizzes, but what is the next step? How do you write challenging, authentic questions that help students learn?   What kinds of questions engage students in discussion?  What makes a “good” question? 
This session is for those instructors who want to think about formulating and presenting polling questions and scenarios that provoke deeper thought and discussion.
NOTE: This workshop is designed for those instructors who are already using iClickers, or interested in formulating questions for classroom peer discussion. The basics of using clickers are not covered in this session.

Special Polling Features in iClicker and iGrader version 6.1
Faculty who are feeling comfortable with the basic functions of the new iClicker and iGrader software are invited to join this workshop for a look at some of the new polling features in version 6, such as demographic questions and self paced polling. The new layout and search tools in iGrader will also be explored in more detail.
NOTE: This workshop will also be most helpful for faculty who have been using iClickers and are interested in the version 6 iClicker and iGrader software's newer features.

Tips and Tricks for Optimizing Clicker Use in the Classroom
This workshop will examine a number of tips and techniques you can use to make your use of clickers more engaging, streamline your setting up courses and utilizing of clicker scores, and increase student participation and satisfaction with them.
NOTE: This workshop will be most helpful for faculty who have been using iClickers for a while, but will also be of interest to those who have not yet tried them. It is not an introduction to the technical aspects of how to get started using the software and hardware. 

Lecture Capture and Podcasting with Camtasia Relay

Lecture Capture from A to Z with Camtasia Relay
From 50 minute lectures to 3 minute "how-to's", Camtasia Relay lets you capture whatever is on your screen and make it available as a video on the web for your students - in 5 easy steps. If you are looking for ways to provide richer review materials and resources for your students, Camtasia Relay may be part of the solution.
More information is at: http://www.montana.edu/teachlearn/TLResources/MSULectCaptAbout.html

Tips and Tricks for getting the most (both you and your students) from your Lecture Capture experience
So if you know how the nuts and bolts of Camtasia Relay work, maybe it’s time to optimize your time with the tools and improve the experience. This workshop will look at a number of simple tips and procedures to help make it easier for you to record high quality presentations - either in the classroom or your office - and for students to get the most from them!

Using digitizing tablets and webcams with Camtasia Relay
Here’s an opportunity to explore the things you can do with inexpensive accessories for your computer. Digitizing tablets can now be purchased for under $50, and will let you capture your own handwriting on top of whatever is on the screen. Webcams and digital cameras let you capture live demos or whatever you choose to point the camera at – and we’ll talk about how to get them into Camtasia Relay.
Got ideas for other tools to explore and use with Relay? Bring them along!

Creating Camtasia Relay videos for Mobile devices and Accessibility
This workshop takes a look at a few simple yet important formatting steps you can take to make your videos more easily viewed on mobile devices with “smaller than normal” screens, such as smart phones and tablets. In addition, we’ll take a look at the built-in captioning feature that you can use to make your videos more accessible to hearing impaired students

Desire2Learn Related

Handy Tips for using Desire2Learn with Clickers and Lecture Capture
If you've been working with clickers or lecture capture, you now have resources and grade information that you want to make available to students, and perhaps other colleagues. This workshop looks at the many ways that you can provide D2L links and download options to videos, and some tips for exporting and editing clicker data and importing it into the D2L gradebook.
NOTE: This workshop will also be most helpful for faculty who have been using iClickers and Camtasia Relay, but all are welcome.

TurnItIn Plagiarism Software

TurnItIn Plagiarism Software - First Look
TurnItIn allows faculty to have students submit their work and have them preview the “originality reports” of their writing that are generated by the software. The students can then make corrections and edits prior to submitting the final draft to the instructor. After submission, the instructor can review the originality reports which may assist in determining if and to what extent plagiarism has taken place. This workshop will examine how to enable plagiarism detection in the D2L learning environment, and include an introduction on how to interpret originality reports.

Smart Pens

Smart Pens - Creating web-based Pencasts to assist your students
Sometimes there is no substitute for doing things longhand, and smart pens let you capture your handwriting plus audio, and then make the "pencast" materials available to your students.
More information is at: http://www.montana.edu/teachlearn/TLResources/AboutSmartPens.html

Technology Trends and Issues Workshops

What’s Coming up? - Highlights from the ELI/NMC Horizon report
Every year, the folks at the New Media Centers consortium and Educause Learning Initiative gather a panel of ed tech prognosticators to assess the state of technology in higher education teaching and learning. The result is the internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report, a  part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe. Come and discuss the coming trends and their implications for higher education.


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