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- Digication ePortfolio (new class)
- Nvivo for Mac and PC
- Photoshop Elements (new class)
- InDesign Digital Publishing Suite
Join us for our Tech Talks!
October 15th - 28th
We have invited various speakers to come to present at our Tech Talks Program this fall: Guillaume Decugis from Scoop.it; Eugene Kim, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing and Assistant Director of the Law+Plus Program, School of Law on Flipping a Law Writing Classroom; Judy Einstein, Courseload on The Benefits of eTextbooks and Digital Course Materials for Students and Faculty; and Jeff Yan on ePortfolios using Digication: Implementing an Electronic Portfolio in your Program to Document Learning.
Signup today. All workshops are located in CIT and lunch is provided.
E-portfolios allow students to collect and store work online that includes reflections on learning, projects, courses or entire programs. Portfolios are an authentic form of assessment that can be used to document student learning and growth, or to share student work to prospective employers.
Qualtrics: Online Surveys
Attend a class in the CIT this semester to get up to speed quickly with the robust and powerful survey development tool designed for research, assessment, and evaluation. Select from a wide variety of question-types and survey distribution options to maximize your response rate. View survey results as they are collected in real-time using the highly effective reporting tools.
Nvivo 10 for Mac and Win
The leading qualitative research software is available free to USF employees. Download a copy in USF Connect, under Employee, Personal Software Purchases. NVivo supports the collection, organization and analysis of data from interviews, focus groups, observations and literature. You can work with content from documents, PDFs, audio and video, enabling you to evaluate, interpret and uncover social phenomena. Save time with NVivo’s powerful querying and automation tools. Training is available in the CIT in late October.
Teach, Learn and Connect with Canvas
Design your next course in Canvas. Make an appointment with a CIT Instructional Designer for an individual consultation today, and visit our One-Stop Canvas Page for helpful resources on Canvas.
Instructure, the makers of Canvas constantly work to make Canvas better and more useful for teaching and learning. For a full list improvements, see the Canvas release notes
Course List Update
In the Courses drop-down menu, users can customize and view all courses in the same location. On the My Courses page, courses with yellow stars indicate a favorite course and are included in the Courses menu. Current courses are starred by default. Users can toggle the stars to "favorite" or "unfavorite" a course and control its display in the Courses drop-down menu.
Course Imports-Remove Dates
In the Course Import Tool, instructors can remove all dates from an imported course. This feature removes the date fields and allows you to import a course without any associated dates as it saves time in removing old dates.
Gradebook- Total Column to Front
Instructors can move the Total column to the front of the Gradebook to quickly see an overview of student progress in the course. The Total column can be moved back to the end of the Gradebook at any time.
More on the Gradebook
Speaking of the Gradebook, did you know that you can:
Whiteboarding on the iPad
This month we will take a look at choices for using the iPad as a digital whiteboard for use in class as well as in recorded content. Use of most of these apps in the classroom will require an iPad to VGA adapter to connect to the classroom projector. The first set of apps will allow you to record your voice as well as all of the actions on the whiteboard. Ranging from free (Knowmia Teach, Educreations) to paid apps (Explain Everything $2.99) all will allow you to prepare pages before class and then annotate on them in sequence in class. If recording is enabled through the iPad’s microphone your voice and actions are captured as video.
If it is the visual content that needs to be captured, two free apps (Penultimate, BaiBoard) work well to act as the digital version of the physical whiteboard. There are a variety of tools for drawing and inserting shapes or images and the pages of sketches that can be saved and distributed as PDF or image files.
Finally, if you do not have an iPad to VGA adapter, you can still project a digital whiteboard through a web browser on the classroom computer through Air Sketch ($6.99). Opening the whiteboard in Air Sketch allows you to set a web address you type into the web browser on the classroom computer to mirror the iPad whiteboard on the projected screen. Air Sketch can save the finished “sheet” as an image so you can wipe it clean to begin the next “sheet”. For more information and demos, please feel free to contact us at the CIT at email@example.com.
Want to know more about iPad?
If you are a new or experienced user of the iPad, please review our iPad Resources, which is full of tips and tricks. Every now and then, we will also share with you different apps our staff recommends.
Training Resource - lynda.com
lynda.com is available free to all faculty, staff and students as a robust web-based technology training service. There are hundreds of high-quality video tutorials ranging from Microsoft Office to Adobe design and media, Blackboard, SPSS, and more. Login through USF Connect, choose the Learning Technologies tab, and then choose lynda.com to access your free subscription.
Classroom Resources - Tech Tools-To-Go!
Visit our new Tech Tools page to find all kinds of tools you can experiment with in your classroom. These tools are recommended by our staff, and are usually freeware that you can download. We have categorized them into the areas of Design and Media, Communications, Office Productivity, teaching and Learning, and Wikis. If you would like to recommend a new tool to share with our community, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LAB RESERVATION POLICY: The CIT's classrooms are designed to provide instructors and their students with access to technology that is an integral part of the course. If your course format does not require students to use computer technology during class time, we recommend that you reserve a standard USF Smart Classroom. Room requests have to be made at least 24 hours in advance. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
If you wish to reserve a lab for non-academic lectures or trainings, please login to http://ems.usfca.edu/Virtualems for your request. To reserve a lab for academic course, please contact the Program Assistant of your Department. Learn more about the CIT labs »