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Spring Technology Exploration

January 14, 2019

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Thursday, January 17, 2019
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Queens Campus, DAC 416ABC
 

9:30-9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks (DAC 416)

10:00-10:45 Breakout Session I

  1. H5P: Creating Interactive Content - DAC 408
    Joseph Trainor and Cynthia Phillips, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
    H5P is a free and open-source content collaboration framework which aims to make it easy for everyone to create, share, and reuse interactive Internet content. H5P is being used on more than 17,000 websites and integrates seamlessly with Blackboard. Using H5P, faculty are able to easily create interactive materials to engage students in both traditional and online courses. We will highlight some of the features of H5P, demonstrate H5P integrated into Blackboard, and discuss potential application for this technology in your courses.
     
  2. Using Gamification in Your Course (Panel Discussion) - DAC 406
    Moderator: Gary Young, eStudio
    Panelists: Eric Alvarado, Information Technology, Sandra Abrams, The School of Education, Timm Woods 

    Gamification uses proven techniques from game design to satisfy your students and engage them with your content.  There are numerous ways to bring games and game-playing into the classroom to promote learning and deepen student understanding. Join our panel of faculty that will share their experiences and answer their questions.
     
  3. Creating Portfolio Assignments - DAC 409
    Jim Swike, eStudio
    Some students are not good test-takers and portfolios offer them an alternative to demonstrate mastery of content. The Blackboard Portfolio is designed to help students maintain documentation of their education, samples of their work, and evidence of their skills, to tell a carefully crafted story about who they are and what they can do.  This discussion will focus on using portfolio assignments to improve the student's work.


11:00-11:45 Breakout Session II

  1. Introduction to Blackboard Ultra - DAC 408 
    Louise McKenzie, eStudio
    Come and see the transformation of the user interface in an overview of Blackboard Ultra. With the responsive design, the interface adjusts to fit on any computer, tablet, or smartphone. You won’t miss any action in your courses because the activity stream will display an organized list events in all your courses. All you need do is to select an item to start working. Join us as we explore this new interface.
     
  2. Using VoiceThread Discussions in Your Courses (Panel Discussion) - DAC 406
    Moderator: Gary Young, eStudio
    Panelists: Caroline Fuchs, University Libraries, Amy Gansell, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Tara King, Online Learning and Services

    VoiceThread allows video and audio engaging discussions for your courses. Join our panel of faculty that will share their experiences and answer your questions.
     
  3. Universal Design and ADA Accessibility - DAC 409
    Kathryn Shaughnessy, University Libraries 
    As faculty, we are always thinking how to make course materials effective for learning, and as a University, we want to break down "barriers to information" that every student needs for success.  This discussion focuses on some easy-to-learn tips for optimizing ADA-accessibility in our widely-used digital platforms, that make course related information easier to find and use.
     

12:00-1:00 Technology Roundtables (3 rounds; 15 minutes each) (DAC 416)

  • WebEx - Learn about virtual office hours and how students can learn remotely.
  • Panopto - Are students watching your videos? Try interactive video quizzing.
  • Polling - Learn how to increase student engagement and discussion with the Poll Everywhere software.
  • Virtual Reality - Learn how you can use this technology in your courses.
  • New Library Apps - Find out about the Research, Library and Beacon apps.
  • SJU Mobile App - Explore the new SJU Mobile App and its features for faculty.

1:00-2:00 Lunch/Plenary (DAC 416)

     Technology Update: Blackboard Ultra, Security Updates, Office 365, MAD Lab, Tech Commons, Bb Portfolio, 3-D printing, VR