OIT ServicesBlackboard Support
The OIT staff is dedicated to assisting faculty in the use of the full potential of Blackboard for online-learning. OIT staff act as mentors for professors interested in technologically enhancing their courses. Courses with online components are classified as the following:
Hybrid: At least 50% of the course content is available on the internet and students are required to access that material at their convenience. The number of face-to-face class hours are reduced.
Asynchronous: All course content and communication take place over the internet. Except for an organizational session and testing there are no face- to- face class hours.
To view an online tutorial on the use of Blackboard for instructors, go to Faculty Blackboard Tutorial
For an online on the use of Blackboard for students, go to Student Blackboard Tutorial
Faculty Technology Workshops
Each semester, the Office of Instructional Technology offers a series of technology-related workshops which are designed to provide hands–on experience with a variety of software packages that facilitate the inclusion of technology in course development or classroom presentation. A number of these were developed and are presented by OIT staff.
To see an up-to-date schedule of the workshops offered, go to Faculty Technology Workshops
Imaging and Mediated Education
The Instructional Technology Support Center has the state of the art equipment, software packages and expertise to introduce exciting media and graphics into your curricular environment.
Hardware includes a digital camera, digital video camera and scanner. Software includes Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, Director and Fireworks, and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, AfterEffects and Acrobat. Cool Edit is available for sound editing.
Impatica for PowerPoint makes it easy to add narrated presentations to your web or Blackboard site. Now you can deliver fully narrated and animated PowerPoint presentations to essentially any Internet device without plug-ins and even at normal modem speeds.
Impatica for PowerPoint simply converts the PowerPoint file into a compressed format that is optimized for streaming over the Internet. The Impatica file is typically 95% smaller than the PowerPoint HTML files.Impatica for PowerPoint supports most of the features of PowerPoint, including text, graphics, transitions, animation effects and, of course, narration.
PDA in the Classroom
The PDA (Palm ans Pocket PC) offers many significant advantages over laptop and desktop computers as a technological device which facilitates teaching and learning. Among these:
- It is a powerful device capable of performing many of the same tasks as a desktop or laptop, and with much of the same type of software available, yet it is pocket-sized and relatively inexpensive.
- Its small size allows it to be carried around the classroom and to remote sites. Data collected can be analyzed in the handheld environment or later downloaded to a computer by "synching".
- Data, quizzes and assessments can be disseminated and collected among many devices easily through wireless communication and "beaming". The activity involved in this also encourages greater classroom interaction than you would normally have with laptops or desktops.
- Scientific probes and gps devices can be interfaced with the PDA, and software is available to analyze the collected data.
The OIT staf provides support for innovative use of the PDA in all curricula. See the Projects section of this site for samples of ongoing work with the PDA.
Macromedia Captivate Support
Macromedia Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) automatically records all onscreen actions and instantly creates an interactive Flash simulation. Point and click to add text captions, narration, and e-learning interactions without any programming knowledge.