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Learning@Richmond April 2012 Issue

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April 2012 Issue

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Jan French was among the first University of Richmond faculty to redesign a course around the Apple iPad2.  The iPad was used in Dr. French’s 200 level Ethnographic Field Methods course in which eight students worked together to research, understand, and produce a presentation of how UR students use, feel, and think about the library.   The iPads served as an “all-in-one” tool – the students used it to photograph, record and video interviews and focus groups, take notes, read articles, and draw maps.

Did you know that ‘Prezi Meeting’ is included with all Prezi licenses? This feature allows you to edit, create, and show prezis with others in real time. We’ll help you can get started using ‘Prezi Meeting.’

Plus a word from CTLT Director Kevin J. T. Creamer, the remaning Spring CTLT Calendar, and which mobile apps your CTLT liaison uses the most.

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If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future issues, please contact the Learning@Richmond editor, Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith.

Links featured in this issue:

CTLT Liaison Blog
CTLT Spring 2012 Workshop Schedule
CTLT Training & Classes
Pizza & Pedagogy Schedule

March Issue: Learning@Richmond

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February/March 2012 Issue

The Technology Learning Center (TLC) is a staffed technology learning space within the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the University of Richmond. With the guidance of the CTLT Labs Manager Mark Nichols, and TLC manager Melissa Foster, the TLC serves the University community in a number of ways.

The Technology Learning Center provides a wide variety of facilities and services for UR students and faculty. A variety of software applications are available in the TLC’s computer labs and private studios, and service staff provide assistance to lab users.

Plus the Spring CTLT Calendar, announcing the CTLT Faculty Academy, and what your CTLT liaison thinks the “next big thing” in academic technology will be.

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If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future issues, please contact the Learning@Richmond editor, Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith.

Links featured in this issue:

CTLT Liaison Blog
CTLT Spring 2012 Workshop Schedule
CTLT Training & Classes
Pizza & Pedagogy Schedule

Faculty Academy, May 2012

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The University of Richmond’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is currently accepting applications for its 2012 Faculty Academy

When: Monday, May 7, 2012 to Thursday, May 10, 2012

Where: Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Boatwright Library 320

According to the literature that describes the educational and lifestyle experiences of “digital natives”, students enter Universities with significant expectations of how technology should be used and integrated to support their learning. A few of these expectations include the opportunity to access and interact with course information online, collaborate and connect with others through the social web, and communicate with a variety of tools that can digitally express their ideas. In order to meet these expectations, faculty must be cognizant of modern tools and pedagogies that allow them to use technology innovatively and effectively (Roberts, 2005). Moreover, faculty must continue expanding their comprehension of instructional technologies so that they are able to apply them in creative, meaningful and influential ways.

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is holding a Faculty Academy that will help prepare faculty to utilize emerging technologies and teaching strategies to enhance the learning experience for Richmond students. This four day professional development opportunity immerses participants in a variety of hands-on workshops, training sessions and thought-provoking discussions.

Two themes will be offered: Technology-Facilitated Course Design & Digital Media Production:

The learning objectives of the Technology-Facilitated Course Design track will allow faculty to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of instructional design principles as they relate to technology-facilitated learning environments.
  • Develop effective student assessments for technology-facilitated learning environments.
  • Create a Blackboard course that includes rich media, assignments and web-based discussions

The learning objectives of the Digital Media Production track will allow faculty to:

  • Design multimedia learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student reflection and creativity.
  • Advocate and teach legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright and media attribution.
  • Create a digital story that adheres to the 7 elements of digital storytelling and incorporates audio, image and video production.

On Monday 5/7/12, an introductory session will explore emerging technologies in education, social media and instructional design. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 5/8/12 and 5/9/12, participants will break out to their selected theme and engage in hands on activities. By Thursday, 5/10/12, participants must complete a capstone project (design a technology-facilitated course or produce a digital story) to share with their peers for a culminating discussion.

Additionally, an evaluation survey and brief summary of how they intend to enhance their Fall 2012 course from the lessons learned must also be completed. The technology applications covered in the Faculty Academy include Blackboard, WordPress, Google Docs, iMovie, Audacity, and other social media tools. Participants will also review issues related to copyright, ethical use of media and resources available in the Creative Commons. A total of 10 faculty (5 in each theme) will be selected to participate.

A $1000 stipend will be provided to each participant, providing they attend all session and complete the capstone.  Lunches and refreshments will also be provided.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must be a University of Richmond faculty member actively teaching courses. The following application must be submitted by February 20th, 2012. Selected participants will be notified by March 1, 2012.

Application available here (for UR Faculty Only): http://goo.gl/AuXoa

Finalizing Fall Teaching

December 13, 2011 Class, Faculty, Lead Story, Productivity Comments Off

It’s been a great semester! Your students were at the top of their game, and you were at the top of yours. Now for the winter break.

Now is the perfect time to consider the role of technology in your courses. The first question you might consider is how are you using technology currently? Do you use Blackboard, email, netfiles or PowerPoint? If so, how are you using those technologies?
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December Issue of Learning@Richmond

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December 2011 Issue

Professor of Art, Tanja Softic’s teaching methods are rooted in hands-on, experiential studio learning that is informed by the history and contemporary practice of the media she teaches, principally printmaking and drawing.

In printmaking, some very old print technologies (etching, silk screening, etc.) interface with digital means of image production and printing.  When working on a photo-etching, for example, her students begin with a digital photo image that is then exposed onto a plate, etched and hand-inked, wiped and finally printed manually on an etching press.  “Printmaking demands that one considers  the meaning of the medium itself.”

Plus a preview of the Spring CTLT Calendar, a note from our director, how to archive your Blackboard course, and what your CTLT liaison plans to do this winter break.

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If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future issues, please contact the Learning@Richmond editor, Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith.

Links featured in this issue:

CTLT Liaison Blog
CTLT Fall 2011 Workshop Schedule
CTLT Training & Classes
Pizza & Pedagogy Schedule

Learning@Richmond November 2011 Issue

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future issues, please contact the Learning@Richmond editor, Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith.

November 2011 Issue

Faculty and staff from across the University of Richmond were invited to participate in an informative networking event sponsored by Boatwright Library and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology that aimed to highlight innovative strategies in teaching, learning, and creativity.
Erika Damer (Classical Studies), Joe Essid (The Writing Center), Suzanne Jones (English), Jeannine Keefer (Art), and Melissa Ooten (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies) discussed their experiences using tools such as iPods, Digital Stories, Google Maps, and WordPress blogs, and how these various technologies have encouraged student collaboration, active engagement, and stronger research and writing skills.

Plus the Fall CTLT Calendar, Pizza and Pedagogy Announcements, and what resources on enhancing teaching effectiveness has inspired your CTLT liaisons.

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Links featured in this issue:

CTLT Liaison Blog
Boatwright Memorial Library
Old Medium, New Media Presentation
Americans in Paris Blog
Americans in Paris Interactive Map
Richmond Architecture Blog
Without Sanctuary Website
Tomorrows Professor Listserv
New Media Consortium
What the Best College Teachers Do
Quality Matters Rubric
CTLT Fall 2011 Workshop Schedule
CTLT Training & Classes

PETE After Hours

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Faculty and staff from across the University of Richmond are invited to participate in an informative networking event sponsored by Boatwright Library and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology that aims to highlight innovative strategies in teaching, learning, and creativity.

Erika Damer (Classical Studies), Joe Essid (The Writing Center), Suzanne Jones (English), Jeannine Keefer (Art), Walt Stevenson (Classical Studies) and Melissa Ooten (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies) will discuss their experiences using tools such as iPods, Google Maps, and WordPress blogs, and how these various technologies encourage student collaboration, active engagement, and stronger research and writing skills.

The event will take place Thursday, October 27th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in Keller Hall.  A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.

New Faculty Learning Community Forming

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Faculty and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) are both highly engaged in remaining current in higher education technologies, and both are responsible for anticipating the impact of remaining current in a highly developing environment.  However, the venues for formally researching technology dynamics, predicting the impact locally, and recommending particular paths is modestly invested by the faculty as a whole, has a relatively short-term lens, and there is little cross-talk between faculty and staff that would result in the fullest picture well in advance of critical decision points.  This year the CTLT is establishing a pilot faculty learning community (FLC) that can study such areas as those highlighted in the annual NMC Horizon Report and that will make recommendations based on those pieces.  The Center will facilitate for the FLC, with outcomes for each participant as well as for the overall group.

Activities:

The FLC will meet a total of 5 times between the end of October 2011 and the end of April 2012. The community will meet October 26, 2011 at Noon for introductions, receiving equipment and planning FLC meetings. This meeting is required of all participants.

Specifics:

Each member chosen to participate in the FLC will receive an iPad 2 and a stipend of $500. The FLC will use the iPad for calendaring of meetings , sharing of documents, note taking and other tasks to eliminate the use of printed materials as well as create an efficient group workflow.

Each member of the community also will submit a report for what they learned through the FLC approach. This will be discussed further at the opening meeting in October.

The FLC also will prepare a way to share with the University community about the FLC process as well as what was learned through the FLC study.

Proposal:

Please complete the proposal to be considered for membership in the emerging technologies faculty learning community.

Link to the proposal form (this is an online form): http://tinyurl.com/FLCproposal

October Issue of Learning@Richmond

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October 2011 Issue 

Professor of Law, Christopher Cotropia has used blogs in all of his courses for the past four years. He has found course blogs to be “an easy way to serve up course documents and get discussions going outside of class on student posts, my posts, and current events” in a way that Blackboard cannot.

This months’ “Tech Tip” will help you with your first WordPress blog post at http://blog.richmond.edu/

Plus the Fall Workshop Calendar, Pizza and Pedagogy Announcement, PETE After Hours scheduled, and what your CTLT liaisons think about blogging.

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Links featured in this issue:

CTLT Liaison Blog

Professor Christopher Cotropia’s Course Blogs: Copyright Law & Intellectual Property & Policy Seminar

Will Richardson’s Blog

Chronicle of Higher Education Blogs

Hil Scot’s Blog

Matt Trevett-Smith’s Blog

CTLT Fall 2011 Workshop Schedule

CTLT Training & Classes

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future issues, please contact the Learning@Richmond editor, Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith.

September Issue of Learning@Richmond

September 12, 2011 Lead Story, Learning@Richmond, Teaching and Learning Comments Off

September 2011 Issue

Professors Dewey Brown and Ann Marie Morgan describe DST as “the ideal instrument to help students narrow the persuasive argument embedded in their scientific topic.  With DST, students are forced to learn to economize their ideas and identify salient information.” … Continue Reading

The CTLT liaisons are the bridge between teaching and technology. The liaison group collaborates primarily with University of Richmond faculty to effectively incorporate technology into the teaching and learning processes. We deal with diverse technologies, and are happy to work with any skill level.

Jon Messer Corrina Waxman