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Academic Technologies - Rays of the Future

Mission

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:

  • Assist in the delivery and support of the learning management system that best fits the needs of faculty and students, as directed by the Faculty Technology Advisory Group (FTAG).
  • Provide comprehensive support of enterprise-wide academic and administrative applications throughout the entire Ohio University system, inclusive of eLearning OHIO, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and all regional campuses and centers.
  • Provide opportunities to experiment with, and develop, new technologies for teaching and research. 

The experience, skills and talent provided by the staff of Academic Technology are vital to the success of the core mission of Ohio University.  

 Where to Find Us

018 Haning Hall
AT@ohio.edu

Upcoming Faculty Events 

Turnitin Informational Sessions

Please join Academic Technologies as Professor Aaron Wright discusses the benefits of using Turnitin during two sessions. Turnitin is a cloud-based tool that includes plagiarism detection, online grading, peer reviews, and other features.

Wednesday, March 18 in the Friends of the Library Room (319 Alden) from 11am-12pm

       This session is primarily for faculty with no previous Turnitin experience, but who are interested in learning more about its features.

Wednesday, March 18 in the Friends of the Library Room (319 Alden) from 1pm-2:30pm

        This session is primarily for faculty with previous Turnitin experience. A laptop is recommended for the session since it is a hands-on demonstration. The demonstration will include the following:

   *  Creating Turnitin assignments in Blackboard
   *  Using the Turnitin online grading (Grademark) feature
   *  Creating rubrics in Turnitin
   *  Creating peer review assignments
   *  Tips and tricks for using online grading (Grademark) & peer review

Turnitin is currently available to Ohio University faculty and is integrated with Blackboard.

Registration is required for both sessions, please register using the following link:
https://ohio.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eyDeSyHBz1gPuGp.

 

The Flipped Classroom Studio – Spring 2015

Interested in an innovative teaching strategy for your course?

This five-week Studio will provide participants with assistance and collegial support to begin flipping a course starting with one class session. The studio meets face-to-face four times over a five-week period as listed below: March 13, 20, 27, April 10 on Friday mornings 9:00am – 12:00 noon on the Athens campus. The fourth week (April 3) we will NOT meet as a group. This time is set aside for participants to work independently on their course. The studio is facilitated by Academic Technologies – AT, from the Office of Information Technology.

The Flipped Classroom is a teaching model that inverts traditional teaching methods. Course “lectures” may be published as video podcasts or learning modules that students view online before class. This allows class time to be spent on activities such as problem-based work that focuses on higher order thinking, improves student engagement and increases meaningful interaction between students and teachers. It is called the flipped classroom  because what used to be homework is now done in class and delivering content is now done at home via teacher-created videos.

Academic Technologies will admit fifteen participant’s courses in this Studio in an attempt to include various colleges, course levels and course sizes. Preference will be given to registrants who are able to commit to all four sessions and willing to dedicate time outside of the event to the development process. Participants should plan to spend 3-4 hours per week on homework and preparations.

To apply for the Spring 2015 Flipped Classroom Studio, click on the following link: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1XiTMOGAmgWvYxL

If you would like further information please contact Academic Technologies (at@ohio.edu).