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Faculty certify in screencasting

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Pictured (left to right): Kelly Kirkland, Office of Information Technology; Dr. Nicole House, Office of Information Technology; Dr. Timothy Watkins, College of Education and Human Sciences; April Mondy, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Karen Bell, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Tomeka Harbin, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Sharon Hamilton, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Conrad Puozaa, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost.

 

Five Delta State University faculty members recently earned Student Engagement Master I status in Screencasting, and one member earned Student Engagement Master II status in Screencasting and Coaching from the Office of Information Technology. OIT presented each faculty member with a pro license for Screencast-o-matic and a certificate of graduation for their hard work and commitment to increasing student engagement with course content.

“Whether for formative feedback or flipped learning, screencasts are proven to increase student engagement and learning,” said Dr. Nicole House, director of instructional technology. “Our goal with this class was to equip our faculty with the pedagogical framework, technical skills and relevant tools to produce screencasts that promote student engagement and academic success.”

OIT’s instructional technology staff facilitated the Engagement Master I in Screencasting class Sept. 12-15. Over the course of four days, participants explored educational applications, multimedia learning theory, ADA compliance and scripting. During the sessions, class members got hands-on with creating screencasts, aligning Canvas outcomes with screencast activities, and integrating the Screencast-o-matic app in Canvas. In addition to the class meetings, participants also completed homework assignments in curriculum alignment and storyboarding.

“The engagement class has helped me think creatively about all the ways faculty can engage their students,” said graduate Dr. Sharon Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry. “It’s important that we, as faculty, utilize tools that will engage our student learners based on their various learning styles. Often, simply posting an assignment or grade on Canvas doesn’t really help the student make the connections between what they are learning in the classroom and what they see in the course Canvas shell. Screencasting is a great way to help bridge that gap.”

In addition to Hamilton, other faculty members graduating with honors included: Dr. Karen Bell, associate professor of German; Dr. Tomeka Harbin, assistant professor of management; April Mondy, instructor in management; and Dr. Conrad Puozaa, assistant professor of management.

“Participating in the engagement class helped me realize there are so many different ways to engage with students, and it is particularly important to do so on a platform they are familiar with, which is technology,” said Mondy. “I plan to use the information to create engagement activities which will supplement and enhance the content being covered in class.”

Dr. Timothy Watkins, assistant professor in teacher education, was the first Delta State faculty member to earn OIT certification in Screencasting a little more than a year ago. Watkins received his Engagement Master II certification Sept. 14 after completing additional training in advanced editing with Pro Tools, performing Screencast-o-matic integration with Canvas, and developing an innovation plan. Watkins also led the first day of the Master I class with a session in educational applications to complete the level II coaching requirement.

Staff members complete P.A.T.H.S. program

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Pictured (left to right): Mallory Shemwell (history), Cornelia S. Thomas (HPER), Dr. Edwin Craft, (CIO of OIT), Waukesha Pates (Student Success Center) and Rhonda Boyd (DMI).

Five Delta State staff members recently completed the P.A.T.H.S. (Partnership for Applying Technology to Help Students) program sponsored by the Office of Information Technology.

The second cohort of the 2016-17 academic year graduated Thursday after participating in the professional development program over a three-day period.

“My participation in the P.A.T.H.S. program gave me the opportunity to meet the members of the OIT department,” said Cornelia Thomas, senior secretary of Health and Physical Education and Recreation. “I knew a little about technology, but this training has given me a better understanding of many of the different programs being used, how the Internet works, how Canvas works and more. This training will help me be better at my position in my department.”

On the first day, participants received a welcome and an overview of OIT services by Dr. Edwin Craft, CIO of Information Technology. Over the course of three days, participants had hands-on experiences and workshops on OIT supported technologies including Canvas LMS, AV online services, cybersecurity and Sway.

OIT presenters included: Kelly Kirkland, senior instructional designer; Dr. Nicole House, director of instructional technology; Murat Gur, manager of network services; and Dawn Carver, technical support specialist.

Graduates included: Mallory Shemwell, senior secretary in history; Cornelia S. Thomas, senior secretary in HPER; Waukesha Pates, academic support clerk in the Student Success Center; and Rhonda Boyd, secretary in the DMI. Not pictured is Chris D. Smith, program manager in the GIT Center.

Student panel focuses on technology

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The Office of Information Technology hosted a Connected Learner Panel on Wednesday in celebration of Connected Educator Month.

Five Delta State students participated in the discussion moderated by Dr. Carolyn Casale, assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The topic was “Connected Learners: Perspectives in Learning with Technology from Millennials and Gen Z.”

The discussion explored how students representing these generations respond to technologies used in online and face-to-face class environments. Panelists shared their motivations in learning with technology, expectations for using technologies in class, and gave insight as to what the future of technology should look like to prepare them for the future.

“It was very interesting to learn how students see things,” said Casale. “Sometimes, as instructors, we aren’t aware of the positive impact we are having. This was very useful information.”

Casale posed several questions to uncover ways instructors are using technology to improve student participation and performance. Students mirrored recent research by indicating that they would benefit from more technology training tutorials, intermittent social media activity, and tools to develop their online research skills. Panelists agreed that campus instructors were moving in the right direction for engaging learners, technology diversity and interaction.

“I am shy and sometimes afraid to speak in class,” said social work major Garyanna Simmons, “But working online in discussions improved my confidence to speak up and participate.”

“Blended formats work best for me because we like the convenience of online, but we need that occasional face-to-face,”said MBA and accounting graduate student Hafsa Alharoon. “Interaction with the professor is very important.”

Dr. Nicole House, director of instructional technology, said understanding the current technological needs is imperative.

“Gen Z consists of digital natives born between the mid-1990s and 2010, and they are becoming the majority in our college classrooms,” said House. “So if we understand their needs and expectations, we can develop new teaching strategies to challenge them as well as prepare them to work in a world that requires technical proficiency.”

Learn more about Connected Educator Month at http://www.connectededucators.org.

Connected Educator awards announced

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The Office of Information Technology hosted the third annual Connected Educator Luncheon on Oct. 18. The annual event is sponsored by Delta State University and Ellucian.

The event is held in celebration of Connected Educator month each October. The lunch also served to acknowledge the 39 Delta State instructors who students nominated for the annual Connected Educator Awards. Instructors were nominated based on specific criteria for efficiency, support and engagement.

“In line with Connected Educator Month, we wanted to identify actions and strategies that have measurable impact derived from using technology to teach, as well as support students,” said Dr. Nicole House, director of instructional technology. “We can harness that information from the nominations to collaborate resources and promote instructional innovation that facilitates holistic student success.”

Recipients of the 2016 Connected Educator Awards were Dr. Donna Koestler, assistant professor of nursing, and Todd Davis, instructor in health, physical education and recreation. In addition, Dr. Catherine Putnam, instructor and director of instructional support for the College of Education & Human Sciences, was recognized with a Canvas Choice Award for instructional innovation in Canvas LMS.

“The Connected Educator lunch is also an avenue for us to recognize all of the honorees and acknowledge their many contributions to academic excellence and student success at Delta State,” said Edwin Craft, CIO of Information Technology. “We have some very accomplished instructors and we aim to provide ongoing support to enhance and strengthen their instruction with technology in the traditional classroom, as well as online.”

This year’s honorees included: Amber Hendricks, Betty Sylvest, Bret Pimentel, Bryon Pickens, Carolyn Casale, Catherine Putnam, Chelsea Pugh, Corlis Snow, David Baylis, David Hebert, Dianne Thomas, Donna Koestler, Emily Newman, Glendscene Williams, Gwen Meador, Jacinda Roach, Jacqueline Craven, Janet Parker, Kevin Tharp, Kirk Mansell, Lee Virden, Leslie Green-Pimentel, Liza Cope, Mary Bess Pannel, Matt Jones, Merideth Van Namen, Michael McNeece, Michaela Merryday, Miller Maddox-Mandolini, Neil Conner, Randy Grierson, Sally Paulson, Sharon Hamilton, Stephanie Bell, Tanya McKinney, Thomas Laub, Todd Davis, Tomeka Harbin and Vicki Jean Hartley.

Luncheon special guests included Ellucian general manager Beverly Fratesi and college deans Dr. Billy Moore, Dr. David Breaux, Dr. Leslie Griffin and Dr. Vicki Bingham. Dr. Charles McAdams, provost of Delta State, provided opening remarks and received special recognition for his support of instructional innovation.

Honorees were presented with a certificate or recognition at the lunch and will receive a commendation letter for his/her tenure portfolios.

 

Staff members complete P.A.T.H.S.

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Five Delta State staff members recently completed the P.A.T.H.S. (Partnership for Applying Technology to Help Students) Program sponsored by the Office of Information Technology.

The first cohort of the 2016 academic year graduated Thursday after participating in the professional development program over a three-day period.

“As a new employee at DSU, this training introduced me to the OIT staff, their responsibilities and an overview of the resources available to make my job a little easier,” said Shander Gund, senior secretary in the Department of Social Work. “These tools will also allow me to be more resourceful to my team.”

Over the course of three days, participants had hands-on experiences and workshops on OIT supported technologies including Canvas LMS, Banner XE, DSU network services, cybersecurity and Sway.

OIT presenters included Kelly Kirkland, senior instructional designer; Dr. Nicole House, director of instructional technology; Chris Giger, director of enterprise services; and Murat Gur, manager of network services.

“All the information was so useful and the instructors were great,” said Phyllis Thornton, senior secretary in Health Services. “I look forward to using what we learned in my department this year.”

P.A.T.H.S. was designed to empower staff with resources to contribute to student success with campus technologies and services. At the conclusion of the program, participants received a certificate of completion with recognition as OIT Certified Strategic Partners in promoting student success with technology on campus.

Along with Gund and Thorton, fellow graduates included: Judy Haney, senior secretary for RESSON; Elizabeth Ogle, senior secretary in Language & Literature; and Amanda Robinson, senior secretary in Family & Consumer Sciences.