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CIT Quarterly Newsletter - April 2013

Training Class Schedule for April-June

New classes:
  • Calendaring Management Training
  • Dragon Dictate for Mac
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows
  • Introduction to Prezi
  • iBooks Author
Visit the Training Calendar and register online

First Course Goes Public on iTunes U

iTunes Evolution CourseCongratulations to Jennifer Dever, Associate Professor of Biology, for posting the first USF course "Evolution" on iTunes University. It established USF's presence on the public domain on iTunes U. To locate her course, launch iTunes, and search for Evolution. We congratulate Jennifer on her success, and we encourage other USF instructors to join in this effort.

Spring Tech Talk Series - April Workshops

Tech Talk SeriesThe Spring Tech Talk Series is still open for registration. There are two more presentations in April:

Designing for Digital Publishing with Adobe Creative Suite.

Math and the Blind, Professor Art Karshmer's research in the field of computer interfaces for the handicapped.  [Learn more]

CIT Tech Intensive Program

Summer Faculty Intensive ProgramThe CIT will be offering two opportunities for faculty to earn an iPad or iPad Mini if they are selected to participate in the Tech Intensive Program. The objective of the program is to introduce faculty to 21st century teaching and learning tools in order to improve student learning. [Learn more]

What are Educational Badges

Just like Girl and Boy Scout badges, educational badges are earned for accomplishments / achievements in a course! These badges are finding their way to online resumes, on Linked-In profiles and into Human Resource departments when evaluating prospective employees for a job!

An important function of a college degree is to demonstrate knowledge, skills and completion of work for future employers. But does the employer have any way of knowing from a traditional resume, what specific knowledge and skills have been mastered? Badges can indicate specific knowledge and/or skills!

Digital Badges are starting to appear higher education courses like Carnegie Mellon’s online courses in robotics and computer science. In this course students are awarded “badges as they reach learning milestones — one for teaching robots to move and another for manipulating robot motion sensors — ultimately leading to a final badge certifying their overall robot programming skills.”

[Watch this: Passport by Purdue University: Digital Badges for Learning]

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Additional resources:

Show Me Your Badge
Digital badges show skills along with degree
Passport – Show what you know
Show me your badges NYTimes
iBooks Author Update

iBooks AuthorIf you were not interested in the first version of iBooks Author, the latest release might lure you back to take a second look.

There are newly-added templates in the categories of crafts, cooking, photography and biographies. The new portrait-only templates, which are fixed width, allow for easy navigation and a table of contents.

In addition to the existing widgets where users can include photo galleries, interactive quizzes, 3D objects, keynote presentations, and movies, there are two new widgets for improved interactivity - Scrolling Sidebar and Pop-Over buttons. Users can also embed custom fonts and enjoy better support for mathematical expressions using LaTeX and MathML notation. Media are automatically optimized when embedded, and iBooks Author now supports all media and audio formats supported by Quicktime. iBooks can be previewed on an iPad or published to the Apple Bookstore.

Watch this: Official iBooks Author app demo by Apple

Director's Note

Canvas versus Blackboard? In April, a decision will be made on the future learning management system for USF. Instructure Canvas has been piloted by faculty and students for the past two semesters and it has been well received for its ease-of-use and powerful communication and assessment tools. Stay tuned, a decision is coming soon.

As the spring semester begins to wind down, join us for the Faculty June Tech Intensive program. This year's program will continue to explore emerging technologies to improve student learning, including: flipping the classroom, MOOCs, iTunesU, tablets, and voice recognition.

Lastly, thank you for the many submissions we received for this year's CIT Innovative Teaching awards. It was difficult to select two winners from many strong submissions. The recipients will be recognized at the Merit and Service Awards on May 7th.

- John Bansavich 

iTunes University From Simply Podcasting to Course Offering

For years, Apple has provided iTunes University as a way to deliver audio (podcasts) and video (vodcasts) content for the classroom and for the university community. Now the game is changing with the iTunes U Course Manager. Creating a course shell enables the instructor to upload not only audio and video but also documents, images and web links. In iTunes on the iPad the full range of content is available to those accessing the course. In iTunes on a PC or Mac, the audio and video content is available. The instructor now can share the content of the course to the students enrolled in the course, colleagues or anyone in the world with an Apple ID. There is also an option to submit the course to be included in the iTunes U public offering open to all who desire to check out the course offerings in iTunes on an iPad or on a computer. For more information, contact us at the CIT for a demo!

Training Break             

Whether you are faculty or staff, we surely have the right class for you! Visit our Training Calendar and register online. Our training calendar is updated quarterly. Group and individual training opportunities are available.  

the CIT Facebook page during the months of April - May and your name will be submitted into a raffle to win a $100 USF Bookstore giftcard. Good Luck!
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