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Making a Difference in the Taylor University Learning Environment Gary Friesen Director of Academic Technology Taylor University
Overview of presentation: • Taylor University TU technology support structure 11 • Ten successful technology initiatives
Taylor University Founded 1846 TU Upland – 1900 students TU Fort Wayne – 650 students nd I na ia
Academic Technology Assoc. VP for Academic Affairs Director of Library Support Structure Director of Academic Technology Educational Tech Center Mac Lab Public PC Labs Info Resource Coordinator Campus Cable Faculty Training Classroom Technology Test Scanning Blackboard Admin. BANNER
1. “Above Israel” DVD Holy Land Fly-over
Inc. • is a non-profit organization • with a vision for preserving and presenting Biblical truth … • through photographic and video archiving of Bible Times related images • for Biblical teaching purposes
Video footage from “Above Israel” copyright © 2002 by Preserving Bible Times, Inc. All rights reserved. www. Preserving. Bible. Times. org
2. Extending the Classroom Every student has access to campus cable TV in dorm room Campus Cable Ch 27 & 28 are dedicated to professor-requested video feeds C 27 H CH 28
Ch 27 VCR 1 VCR 2 Ch 28 VCR 1 VCR 2 VCRs are controlled by computer software Academic Technology Program Assistant
Benefits … • Students watch films & videos on their own time • Class timeyou hear about in more productive ways Did can be spent the guy … ?
3. Personal Network Folders The need … PNF • Students & faculty need to be able to access their personal files from different locations • Students : \acaddc 1usersusername • Faculty : \acaddc 1facultyusername Temporary storage space for “working files”
Benefits … • No need to carry floppy or zip disk • Students in a lab always have a place to save • Faculty have access in any classroom to PPt files PNF
4. Student Wireless Laptop Initiative We wanted to assess … • student interest in wireless access • wireless performance on campus The project … • 20 students given a wireless card for their laptops • Test period: March 1 – May 21, 2003
Students required to keep a log book End of semester, option given the students to buy the card for half price ($30)
Results … Overwhelmingly positive! A few technical glitches and connectivity issues All but two opted to purchase their cards!
Adoption of Blackboard at T. U. vel I Le • Introduced summer of 2000 • Currently 50% of faculty using Bb 2003 50% • 50% of class sections using Bb • A typical student will be in 2 or 3 classes using Bb
A tremendous success story! • The technology sold itself It’s transformed my teaching! • Faculty & students like it • Very stable, few glitches I’d die if they took My Blackboard away!
Maximizing our investment m m un ity es tte Students Co mi m Co issions Adm Alumni De rtm pa Ath Portfolios en ts letic s
5. Student Portfolios • New initiative -- fall 2002 • Goal -- Blackboard portfolio for every graduating senior • Purpose -- Give TU students an edge in the job market • Strategy -- Leverage an existing software product
Bb version 5. 5
Cataloging the Portfolios
JPEG image MPEG video
How do employers access a Bb portfolio? The entire catalog One portfolio only
6. Online Support for Faculty Using Blackboard
Resources for Faculty Using Blackboard
Campus-wide Committees Academic Integrity Task Force
Search Committee … for campus chaplain MP 3 files Sample sermons
7. Campus-wide Discussions
g in rs at de E r so i D
8. New Student Orientation 8 -week program
Career planning tools
Freshman Library Orientation Using Blackboard
After completing the online tutorial students take a 10 question quiz (randomly selected from a pool of 70 questions)
Students were asked to complete a survey
9. Using Respondus For Online Bb Testing The problem: Creating online assessments within Bb is too tedious
Enter text using any word processor: 1. Who discovered America? *A. Christopher Columbus B. Isaac Newton C. Paul Revere D. George Washington t file ex T 2. When was the War of 1812? A. 1612 B. 1712 *C. 1812 D. 1912 3. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. *1. T 2. F
10. Other Bb “brainstorms”
Computer Lab Management
11. “Over the Top” PC Workshop What are the computer skills of our faculty? How do we address the needs?
March 2000: Computer Skills Inventory
Average users Willing but wanting “Leave me alone” Need more Typical workshops are effective Comfortable & confident High flyers
Target group: “Beginner” to “intermediate” users who lack confidence with computer technology The challenge: How do you give them enough computer lab experience to get them “over the hump”?
Three days of computer instruction & activities Strategy: • 18 hours of immersion & repetition • Perform essential tasks repeatedly, in different ways and in different contexts server driv d har e flo pp y zip rive etwork d n
• 34 page manual • 16 interwoven topics each with activities (approx. one hour each) • Sample files diskette
Response … • Third summer to teach the workshop • 42 faculty & staff • Excellent feedback!
Wrap-up • Questions • Feedback • Share your successes grfriesen@tayloru. edu THE END