Campus Report ∙ University of Wisconsin-Stout ∙ Spring 2011

Learning Technology Services

Elluminate Roll Out

Rich Berg, Web-based instructional designer, completed six face-to-face Elluminate trainings on May 25, 2011. A total of 22 faculty participated. In addition, Rich has two online sessions planned as well – one at the end of May and the other at the beginning of June. A total of eight faculty will participate in the trainings.

Free Learning Objects Wiki

Rich Berg developed a new wiki that is intended to be a place where educators can find free, public domain and Creative Commons-licensed materials. The materials can be used in the traditional, face-to-face classroom and the ever-growing online classroom.

Although there are many other, free resources available on the Internet, this wiki focuses primarily on rich media, including photos, videos, animations, and music files. Many instructors may not be aware of the free resources that are available to them through the public domain, Creative Commons licensing, and other “open” mediums. By listing resources on the wiki, instructors may find resources that are of value to them and they may enhance their courses through the use of these materials.

Since different sites have different rules for usage, citations, and giving credit, instructors are strongly encouraged to read the terms of use in regards to each site and adhere to them. The wiki is intended to be share freely among educational users. We encourage others to link to the sites and submit suggestions for additional sites to be added. Since its release in March, the wiki has already been listed as a resource at Penn State University, Black Hawk College, The Center for Online Learning Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield, Harper College, and Edu.Co.Wiki. Details about the wiki are found at: http://freelearningobjects.wikispaces.com/.

Move

Learning Technology Services (LTS) and the Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center (NTLC) have moved to the third floor of Millennium Hall. LTS is now located on the West side of the building in Room 322, whereas the NTLC is now located in Room 301 on the South-East side.

Online Teaching Course

Jamison Olson (LTS), Rich Berg (LTS), and Renee Howarton (NTLC), are currently developing an eight-week, blended training course for University of Wisconsin-Stout Online for adjunct faculty who are new to teaching online. The course will cover the basics of an online environment (e.g., course design, student engagement, collaborative learning, teaching and learning synchronously, assessment). They plan to pilot the course at the end of summer, 2011. The course’s official launch date will be at the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year.

Tegrity Roll Out

UW-Stout has recently moved forward in its quest for a more comprehensive lecture capture system. Having used place-based Echo 360 (formerly “Apreso”), Stout’s Learning and Information Technology department decided to purchase Tegrity because of its robust and cloud-based system. It allows instructors to record their video, audio, computer screen, and various peripherals from their own computes. On the other end, the viewing options are very flexible, allowing viewers/students to search and bookmark the recordings and download them in various formats.

Initially, Tegrity administrators and the help desk personnel were trained in the tool’s management and use. Several instructors were then chosen to receive instructor training, test the new system based on the training, and provide feedback. Following some fine-tuning and customizing, the system was rolled-out to instructors teaching customized instructor courses, at the start of the summer semester, 2011. Prior to being issued Tegrity accounts, instructors are required to attend a brief training, which helps them to download the recorder and utilize various aspects of their recording options. Training sessions and online help also includes recommended peripherals, such as webcams, doc-cams, microphones, and headsets.

Tegrity recordings begin locally at the instructor’s own computer when online or offline. Once the instructor’s computer is connected to the Internet, the completed and saved recording automatically uploads to the Tegrity “cloud.”

Learning Technology Development Council

2011-12 Curricular Redesign Grant

Two grant proposals from UW-Stout were accepted for this year’s 2011-12 Curricular Redesign Grant “Leveraging Technology to Meet Classroom Challenges” program. The first, titled, “Interactive Physics Game to Enhance Students’ Problem Solving Skils,” was submitted by Dr. Dianne Christie and Dr. Yuan-jia Hong. The Second, titled, “Using Calibrated Peer Review to Develop Writing within the Discipline” was submitted by Dr. Todd Zimmerman and Rich Berg.

Kaltura

Learning Technology Services’ Ed Jakober is the lead person for the Kaltura Pilot at UW-Stout, since spring semester, 2011. Ed is currently working with four instructor-participants in the pilot. One instructor, Jim Tenorio, is using Kaltura to host a video demonstration of the screen printing process—from start to finish—for his students, where they can revisit the screen printing video at their convenience, if desired. Tami Weiss, another pilot participant, is having her Art Education students document their individual teaching philosophies through video in addition to the methodology behind their teaching. Kaltura, again, is used to host the videos for the peer-learners to view. 

Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center

2011 NMC Summer Conference

Ed Jakober, Senior Media Specialist, was presented a professional development award of $495 dollars to attend the New Media Consortium Summer Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, June 15-17, 2011.

MayDay Presentations Celebration

The NTLC will host an event that highlights presentations by faculty on research, creative outcomes, in addition to “inspired” teaching at UW-Stout on May 23, 2011. Details about the celebration are found on the NTLC website at: http://www.uwstout.edu/ntlc/index.cfm.

Universal Design Summer Institute

The NTLC and UW-Stout Online is hosting a Universal Design institute on August 8 and 9, 2011, for Stout faculty who currently teach online, or plan to teach online courses in the near future. This institute is for faculty that wants to learn more about effectively implementing universal design concepts into their courses. Details about the institute are found on the NTLC website: http://www.uwstout.edu/ntlc/index.cfm.

LTS at UW Stout

Learning Technology Services (LTS), the overseeing body of the Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, recently hired a new director to replace Dan Riordan – Riordan retired at the end of August, 2010. More information on Howarton is found in the fall 2010 Learning and Information Technology newsletter at: http://www3.uwstout.edu/lit/upload/LIT-Newsletter-2010Fall.pdf.

 In addition, LTS is offering its triannual installment of workshops for faculty and academic staff. For more information on the workshops, which include the likes of Digital Storytelling, YouTube Download and Conversion, and Social Bookmarking, please visit: http://www3.uwstout.edu/lit/lts/workshops.cfm.

UW-Stout Workshops Inspired by 2009 Tech Conference

Faculty and academic staff from the University of Wisconsin-Stout- Jamison Olson (Learning Technology Services), Kevin Pontuti (Art and Design), Susan Staggs (Psychology), and Bill Wikrent (Learning Technology Services)-hosted a series of four, 55-minute long Sharing Community sessions at UW-Stout during the spring, 2010, to communicate their newly acquired knowledge on educational technologies to other Stout faculty and academic staff after attending the Learning Technology Development Council’s 2009 Tech Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, last October. Their sessions titled “Building Content Templates for Student Learning; Using Social Media and Micro-Blogging to Build Educational Networks Both Within and Outside of the Classroom; Modularizing Content to Promote Just-In-Time, Competency-Based Education for Working Professionals;” and “Making It Work: Assembling and Delivering Media for Web-Enhanced and Fully Online Courses,” respectively, were designed to share what they took away from the conference in addition to providing distinct tips on improving one’s web-enhanced, blended, or fully online course through reliable, pedagogical approaches. Approximately 20 faculty and academic staff, total, participated in the four sessions.

Submitted by Jamison Olson

Updates from UW – Stout

Learning Technology Services (LTS) at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is currently exploring several new lecture capture system options. At present, LTS uses ECHO 360; however, LTS is seeking a scalable solution to replace ECHO 360 to meeting the expanding needs of distance education faculty and students.

UW-Stout is also investigating and piloting the use of video for student assignments. This investigation has sparked a number of new workshops designed to assist faculty with the exploration and experimentation of student-created videos. In addition, Adobe Premiere Pro was added to all Stout student laptop images for fall 2010. The Multimedia Team in LTS, as a result, is reviewing practices that are FERPA compliant and easy to use for hosting the student videos.

Lastly, several summer institutes will be offered to Stout faculty in August to aid them in the enhancement of their teaching practice. Institutes include two Assessment Institutes, facilitated by Dr. Barbara Walvoord, and an Applied Humanities Institute, facilitated by Dr. Svetlana Nikitina. Additionally, a New Instructor Workshop will be offered to welcome and prepare all new instructors to the Stout campus in August.

Submitted by Jamison Olson

News from UW Stout

Learning Technology Services
Learning Technology Services (LTS) at UW-Stout hosted several professional development sessions for faculty and instructional staff in January, 2010. This year, LTS offered the following sessions:

  • D2L Short Course for New Instructors
  • D2L Open Lab
  • Instructional Strategies and the Content Factor – A Multimedia Response
  • Technology Gala: Using Creative Commons, Digital Storytelling, Echo360, Google Docs, Jing, Skype, and Turnitin

In addition, a Multimedia Open House was presented to faculty and instructional staff in January as well. The following information was exhibited:

  • Digital photography and an overview of Multimedia Lab use
  • Availability of computers and computer applications
  • Multimedia Sharing Group sign up
  • Consultation information
  • Opportunity for questions and answers

Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center
The Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center (NTLC), which is under the LTS umbrella, will be hosting two Sharing Communities this spring that are noteworthy of mention. The first Community is titled: “Uses and Best Practices of Multi‐media in ‘Face‐to‐Face’ and Online Classes.” The Second is: “Approaches to Student Learning Using Educational Technologies” – this is a follow up to the LTDC 2009 Tech Conference. The topics to be discussed for the second Community are:

  • Building ‘content templates’ into D2L to improve the course for all learners. Facilitator: Jamison Olson
  • Leveraging rich media and social networks to blend learning, research and “fun.” Facilitator: Kevin Pontuti
  • Developing modularized online instruction with a model that educators can use for their own courses. Facilitator: Susan Staggs
  • Creating course materials using PowerPoint, Acrobat, Word, video and/or Flash (via Jing or Camtasia). Facilitator: Bill Wikrent

Additionally, the NTLC has posted several new instructor videos that highlight individual strategies to enhance student learning.
Instructor Stories: http://www3.uwstout.edu/ntlc/Strategies/instructor-stories.cfm

Other News
The School of Education at UW-Stout is offering a new Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program to meet the increasing demands for qualified professionals in the field of instructional design.

The four, eight-week courses focus on real-world projects to build an e-portfolio and aid in job searches. Credits may be applied as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program.
 
Visit http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/instructionaldesigncert.shtml to find out more about the new certificate program.

Submitted by Jamison Olson