Academic Technology Services is providing greater visibility into classroom technology, enhancing collaboration and learning spaces, piloting a new content creation tool, and reaching out for speakers at next year’s TEXPO. As a reminder, ATS provides classroom technology training throughout the year.
New Classroom Website
A new View The Classrooms site, which showcases classroom technology, is now available for the Northeastern community. Many enhanced classrooms are reshaping teaching and learning through the use of innovative technology in those rooms.
Information Technology Services, along with the Registrar’s Office, are in the process of updating Northeastern’s classrooms to provide increased flexibility, supporting the new needs of educators and students. Some of the changes are physical, in the way the spaces are configured; others are technological, enabling virtual participants to be involved in the classroom.
The new site gives you full visibility into what is available in a given spaces. It replaces the old “View the Classroom” application linked on the myNEU portal, and allows you to find classroom configurations and technology that will meet your needs. You can browse by building via a map, or use the advanced search to find specific requirements. It also provides detailed instructions for using the integrated technology for those signed in with their myNEU username and password.
Discovery Lab Collaboration and Learning
The Discovery Lab, located on the first floor of Snell Library, is the ideal for space for people to come together in order to showcase, share, and demonstrate projects and ideas.
This summer, ITS updated the lab space with two new 6-foot whiteboards, adding to the two mobile whiteboard stations that are already in place. The updates make the room ideal for collaborative break-out sessions.
The space can also be utilized for lectures and presentations, and will once again be available as a classroom. Last fall the Discovery Lab hosted three classes, two of which were directed studies. The room is outfitted with Mac and Windows computers with lab images, and large-screen TVs that can serve as displays for all the computers. It also has multiple places to plug in personal devices. Contact ATS at email@example.com for assistance in booking the room with the Registrar’s Office for the term.
To learn more about everything offered in the space, visit the Discovery Lab website.
Zaption Software Pilot
Zaption is a new content creation tool that makes it easy for instructors to build interactivity into their video lessons, and the 2015 winner of LaunchEdu.
Intrigued? ATS is looking for 10-15 participants for a limited pilot this fall at Northeastern to help gauge interest and utility. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join the pilot team. To learn more about the tool, visit the Zaption site.
TEXPO 2016 Call for Panel Presentations
The next TEXPO: Technology in Teaching Expo has been announced for Tuesday, March 15, 2016. At this year’s inaugural TEXPO more than 80 faculty members were in attendance. There were six panels where faculty talked about how they use various technologies to support their teaching. Details and recorded sessions can be found on the TEXPO website.
The call for panel presentations for the 2016 conference is now open. Please contact email@example.com if you’d like to present on a technology that you use in the classroom, or in a flipped, blended, or online class. ATS will work with you to pilot new technologies and present on your experience. Share how you are leveraging the current supported technologies, and bring along stories about any of your successful technology adoptions.
Available Training From ATS
ATS offers courses on a variety of topics to help faculty learn about and use technology in their courses. In addition to the Introduction to Blackboard course, courses on other Blackboard features include the discussion board and the gradebook assessment. Other popular courses introduce you to Tegrity lecture capture, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, and TurningPoint student response system (clickers). More information can be found on the ATS training website. Customized and small-group versions are also available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about individual or group registration.