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Academic Technologies - Rays of the Future

Scheduled Consultations

We have predefined consultations available to instructors on the following topics:

Contact us by email to have a 90 minute consultation scheduled or if you would like a consultation on a topic not listed.

Capture and Manage Video Clips

This session will teach you everything that you need to know in order to take video clips from DVDs or VHS tapes and use them to aid in instruction. You will learn how to get and convert clips from DVDs and VHS tapes into useful digital formats. You will also learn how to put those clips online without violating copyright laws. This will allow you to add engaging content in both online and traditional classrooms.

Create Online Lectures with Built-in Quizzes

This session will teach you how to use Camtasia Studio to create online lectures that can include quizzes with Blackboard Gradebook integration. These lectures can be used in a flipped classroom to pull out content that can be discussed in class. They can be used in online courses to create a more engaging way for student to access content and can even be used as supplementary materials in a traditional classroom.

Add Narration to Slides

This session will show you how adding narration to your slides can help to create more engaging online materials for your students. Your students will be able to hear and see you present your PowerPoint presentation. This can help to clear up any confusion that they may have had from the reading materials and it also adds a lot of interest for the student who can watch instead of having to read even more material.

Use Your New Mac Laptop

This session will show you the basics of how to use a Macintosh computer. You will be able to customize and configure your new computer to suit your personal preferences. You will learn about the software that came with your mac and how to use it. You will also learn how to get organized with your Mac so that you will be ready to use your new computer to aid in the work that you do.

Use Clickers to Poll Students During Lectures

Assess your students' mastery of course content as it is taught during a lecture. You can pose a question or two after covering each new concept to clear up misconceptions and to verify that students understand before moving on to another topic. Scattering questions throughout your presentation can reinforce new concepts and maintain student attention. In this session we will cover software and equipment and will demonstrate everything you need to know to start using clickers in your class.

Learn from Professionals at Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. In this 90-minute consultation we will introduce you to unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials. Some of the topics available include: Blackboard, PowerPoint, Word, Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs, Cloud Computing, Using an iPad or iPhone, How to Conduct Effective Meetings, Negotiation, Switching from Windows to Mac, Scanning Photographs, and many, many more.

Photo Presentation using FotoMagico

Create smooth movie-style slideshows using this photography presentation software. This is a great option if you want to show a series of photos or slides. We will show you how to add transitions, use pan and zoom techniques to bring a still image to life, and selectively add video and motion directly inside a still image. You'll also see how to incorporate music and voiceover to your slideshow.

Blackboard Course Design

This consultation is geared towards the faculty member that has little or no experience using Blackboard. You will learn how to organize and set up your Blackboard course including: adding content, creating assignments, basic course gradecenter, making the course available to students, and other basic Blackboard functions.  Please bring a course syllabus and any course content/documents you wish to upload into Blackboard.

Engage Students Using Blackboard Collaboration Tools

This consultation will present the differences between Blackboard's Blogs, Wikis, and Discussion Boards. Based on discussion of your course and assignment objectives, we will help you implement the Blackboard collaborative tool that will best meet your objectives.

Brainstorm Session

Do you have a technology related idea you would like to implement in your course to improve teaching and learning? Not sure how to get started? Come meet with the Academic Technologies staff to discuss your idea and discover if we have resources to assist you.