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CIT Quarterly Newsletter - Fall 2012

Wrap-up of the iPad3 Innovative Teaching Program

iPad Study 2012This summer, 18 USF faculty completed the first Innovative Teaching Program. The participants met several times over the summer months (for a total of 12 hours) to learn how to use the iPad, share productivity and instructional apps, and discuss ideas for how the iPad can be used in the classroom. Participants will reunite at the end of the semester to share their use of the iPad in their courses during the fall semester. [View Gallery]

New USF iPad Study Underway

BioTechnology and CIT explore iPad uses in the Sciences - Associate Professor, Jen Dever (Biology) and John Bansavich launched an iPad study this semester in the new BioTechnology graduate program. Students and faculty were given new iPads to explore their potential uses with first-year students. Ken Yoshioka introduced students to iPad apps during an orientation at the start of the semester.

iPad Users Group Forming

Join us for a new lunchtime iPad users group beginning October 17th, 12-1pm, in the CIT. The purpose of the users group is to provide faculty and staff with a forum for sharing and learning about the many uses of the iPad in academia. Learn and share new tips, apps, and innovative uses of the iPad in higher education. The user's group will meet every third Wednesday of the month. RSVP to if you'd like to join or have questions. 

CIT Tech Certificate

Tech Certificate Program GraduatesCongratulations to the first nine
USF faculty and staff to complete the certificate program. Recipients presented their final projects at a gathering held in August. The presentations included online learning technologies for the classroom, department websites  supporting alumni and student outreach, and presentation files to inspire potential USF students. 

New Features Blackboard – Respondus LockDown Browser!

RespondusRespondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into the LockDown Browser until they submit their test / quiz for grading.
Instructors can easily enable Respondus LockDown Browser for a Blackboard test or quiz from the course Control Panel, once a test/quiz has been added to a Content Area. 

Click here for more information about Respondus LockDown Browser.

A New Face to Creativity - Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative CloudAdobe Creative Cloud is a new service that allows users to download and install new Adobe Creative Suite 6 apps using a subscription model of $29.99 monthly for students and educators, including 20GB of cloud-based storage.  It is a file management, file sharing community, and is useful for those who use multiple Adobe applications. 

Members can download and install the applications on their computers or tablets as well as sync files to a PC, Mac, and mobile devices. One can store essentials like custom swatches, actions, and presets of projects for a more efficient workflow.

Projects can be shared easily by email to invitees only, keeping your portfolio either public or private. With Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, members can publish their work to the iPad or to their websites using Adobe's hosting service. Read more on Adobe's Website.
Blackboard Exemplary Course Program

Blackboard Exemplary CourseJoin us in the CIT on Tuesday October 16th, 12-1pm, to enjoy presentations from the winning submissions for the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program. Monika Hudson (SOM) and Brad Washington (ESL) will guide attendees through their exemplary courses. Lunch provided. Signup online at:

Director's Note

FacebookCreate, Innovate, and Accelerate your skills this fall. View the CIT's Fall Tech Training schedule for new classes including Social Media and EducationThe Flipped Classroom, and Practical uses of Google Sites in the Classroom. Signup online at:

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- John Bansavich

Twitter @usfcit

Twitter_t_logo_100If you like learning about different educational technologies, and would like to keep up with the trends, follow us on Twitter @usfcit

Online Training with
University members can now improve their technology skills by accessing the hundreds of high-quality technology tutorials, including Microsoft Office, Adobe,Blackboard, SPSS, and many more. Access this service through USFconnect, under the Learning Technologies tab. 

CIT Calendar

Training Calendar and register online. Our training calendar is updated quarterly. Customized group and individual training are available.