The Engaging Learners with Powerful Technology Tools Series

The Engaging Learners Series, co-sponsored by the Art and Science Technology Committee and the Faculty Development Committee, ran over a three month period during the Spring 2012 semester. The purpose of the series was for faculty and staff to share, with each other, the many ways they use technology tools to engage learners.

The first installment, facilitated by William Weaver (ISBT) and Margaret Mc Coey (MS CIS) on January 24, 2012, focused on building dynamic presentations with Prezi. Entitled “Are You Fighting Fragmentation? Organize Your Presentations with Prezi,” the session brought forty-one faculty and staff together to discuss the ways in which the tool can be used to share course information with students.

February 23, 2012 brought the second installment of the series which featured two presentations:  “Emerging Trends in Decision Support Systems: From Excel to D-code and D-cide” facilitated by Madjid Tavana (Management) and “Technology Tools Showcase: An Online Gallery of Student Exemplars” facilitated by Patricia Bicknell and Kathleen Czekanski (Nursing). Twenty-one members of the faculty and staff participated in these sessions.

On March 13, 2012, Jeanne Welsh (Accounting), Greer Richardson (Education) and Sherri Place (Instructional Design) facilitated the final installment of the series with “Are Your Students Asking You..What Were We Supposed to Do?”.  This session showcased Tegrity’s lecture-capture capabilities to twenty-one faculty and staff.

This three part series was an overwhelming success, attracting a total of eighty-three attendees, including faculty and staff members from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing, the Instructional Technology division, Connelly Library, the Student Counseling Center, Administrative Services and Programs, Academic & Learning Support Services, Human Resources, the Multicultural & International Center, and the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Center.

Due to the positive response of the series, the planners have decided to develop a one-day summer technology institute on May 23, 2012 with the following co-sponsors:  Faculty Development Committee, A & S Technology Committee, Academic Computing’s Instructional Design Team, Connelly Library, Online Learning, and Teaching and Learning Center.

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