OIT helps faculty engage students with technology
Faculty Commons event draws participants from multiple campuses
November 20, 2008
By Joyice Childs
On November 5 and 6, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Faculty Commons hosted “Engaging Students with Technology” for faculty on the Athens and regional campuses. The half day event, presented at different times each day to accommodate faculty schedules, took a detailed look at technology resources available to faculty, with a focus on Blackboard 7.3.
The event began with an introduction to new features of Blackboard 7.3, a discussion of OIT's implementation plans for Blackboard 7.3, and an overview of support available for the transition from version 6.3 to version 7.3. After associate professor and OIT interim director of academic technologies David Matthews' introduction, participants had the option of attending discussions and demonstrations on videoconferencing, Web 2.0, classroom technology, clickers, blogs, wikis, and plagiarism detection tools. Student volunteers also were on hand to discuss how they use devices like iPods and social networking tools like Facebook in their day to day lives.
Response to the event was positive, with many participants indicating a desire to incorporate the new tools into their work. "I am determined to learn how to use a blog," said Sandra Haggerty, associate professor of Journalism.
OIT currently offers the following workshops for faculty interested in learning more about the tools available in Blackboard 7.3:
- Introducing the New Features of Blackboard 7.3
- Blackboard 7.3 Collaboration and Online Assessments
- Blackboard 7.3 Content Areas and the Gradebook
- Transferring Course Content from Blackboard 6.3 to Blackboard 7.3
To register for any of these workshops, visit the Ohio University Seminar/Workshop Registration System.