In accordance with Ohio University's Vision Statement, the mission of Academic Technology is to provide resources and services that enhance the teaching and learning environment at Ohio University. There is no doubt that technology will play an integral part of being "the nation's best transformative learning community." We work collaboratively with the Faculty Technology Advisory Group (FTAG), Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC), and Office of Information Technology (OIT) colleagues to advance technology best practices for faculty, staff, and students on all campuses.
The Environmental Scan (10/18/10) notes "the techno/info-centric divide" between students, and faculty and staff. The core purpose of Academic Technology is to bridge that gap by providing the best strategies to adopt new technology tools across the university community.
The primary goal of Academic Technology is to support faculty and staff in their efforts to enhance the learning experience of students. To fulfill this goal, we will:
The experience, skills and talent provided by the staff of Academic Technology are vital to the success of the core mission of Ohio University.
Interactive Video Workshop
Interested in increasing student engagement in your courses? Join Academic Technologies’ Larry Hess and Audra Hilterbran on Wednesday, October 1 from 1pm-2pm in Alden 319 to learn about free tools for developing interactive content for face to face, blended, and online pedagogical approaches. This workshop will cover technical aspects as well as best practices for creating and implementing these types of tools into your course, feel free to bring your own device to access different applications during the session. If you would like to join us virtually, we will be streaming this event through Adobe Connect: https://adobeconnect.oit.ohio.edu/at/
Online & Blended Course Studio
Interested in teaching in a hybrid of online format? Join Academic Technologies for a four-week studio supporting faculty in the transition from face to face or hybrid to an online course format. These collaborative sessions will introduce faculty to the opportunities, challenges, best practices and available resources in regards to online course design. This studio meets 4 consecutive Wednesdays beginning on October 8 until October 29. Studio meets from 1pm-5pm in the Friends of the Library Room (Alden 319). The maximum size for this course is 12 faculty. No previous experience necessary.
Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. The program features faculty-centered, continuous improvement models for assuring the quality of online courses through peer review, professional development workshops and certification courses for instructors and online learning professionals, and rubrics for applying quality standards to course design.
Elearning and Academic Technologies will be hosting a Quality Matters informational session this Fall. Deb Gearhart, Vice Provost for E-Learning and Strategic Partnerships and QM Master Reviewer will discuss best practices/strategies when incorporating QM standards into your course, as well as changes with the new 2014 rubric. This session will be held in Alden Library, 319 on Thursday, October 9 from 1pm-3pm. If you are a faculty member who would like to attend a session, please register by Thursday, October 2 (limit of 50 participants): https://ohio.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3gd5h9QFs0H1Z0F
If you would like to join us virtually, we will be streaming this event through Adobe Connect: https://adobeconnect.oit.ohio.edu/at/
October 14, 2014 (1-1:45) Dingo vs Butler: Audio Showdown, Putnam 227 (CoFA Tech Talks)
October 24, 2014 (10am-12pm) Team Based Learning (TBL), Alden319
October 29, 2014 (1-1:45) PowerPoint: Turning the Maligned Medium into Effective Medium, Putnam 227 (CoFA Tech Talks)
October 30, 2014 (2pm-3pm) Narratives & Online Design, Alden 301U
November 7, 2014 (1:30-2:30) Free Digital Resources: A PechaKucha, Putnam 227 (CoFA Tech Talks)