Tag

oit Archives - News and Events

Music Across Campus broadcasts first note

By | Community, President | No Comments

Delta State University is striking a new note campus-wide thanks to a project coined “Music Across Campus: Connecting the Delta State University Family and Campus with Music.”

Music Across Campus features the installation of 28 speakers strategically placed around campus that will feed music, programming and announcements from the university’s radio station, WDSW-LP 88.1 FM.

President William N. LaForge, who envisioned the project, turned on the speakers for the first time at the university’s annual Spring Fest festivities on April 12. Fittingly, the first song played was “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones. As LaForge officially turned the speakers on, he was joined on stage by student, faculty, staff and community members involved with the music scene at Delta State.

The speakers are realistic recreations of rocks that blend in with campus surroundings. The goal is to provide musical enjoyment for everyone walking Delta State’s campus.

President LaForge and First lady Nancy LaForge graciously donated funding to pay for the speakers to help cement Delta State’s identity as a music-centric institution.

“Nancy and I think that the Music Across Campus concept is a great way to underscore and highlight our music-centric nature at Delta State,” said LaForge. “So we are personally supporting this project as something that will be available for all to enjoy.”

LaForge’s initial idea for the project stemmed from his experience teaching as a Fulbright Fellow at Perm State University in Perm, Russia. Perm State broadcasts music from the campus radio station to locations throughout the grounds of the campus, much like the musical presence heard throughout malls and theme parks across America.

LaForge has helped boost Delta State’s musical identity by enhancing signature programs like the Delta Music Institute, Department of Music, Bologna Performing Arts Center, International Conference on the Blues — and in addition, hosting GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi on campus, which tributes Mississippi as the birthplace of American Music.

Delta State’s Office of Information Technology and Facilities Management helped install the speakers in various locations so the sounds can be heard by a wide campus audience.

Edwin Craft, Chief Information Officer for OIT, said the concept of a campus-wide system was intriguing because deploying and interfacing the speakers on a large scale required an innovative design to meet the needs of the university.

“Each speaker is specially designed to be controlled from our wireless network, making this the first IoT —Internet of Things — in our area,” said Craft. “The system is very unique, in that it was designed to operate wirelessly for both the audio and control of each device. The only wire needed for the speakers was power, and we are thankful to have a great Facilities department on campus that was able to provide the power at each location.”

Ashley Griffin, Student Government Association president at Delta State, said the music would make walking across campus more enjoyable for everyone.

“I think that we can all associate with music,” said Griffin. “For each of us, there is probably a special song that makes us smile each day. I think as students, faculty, staff and guests pass by, it will make their day brighter and more fulfilling. Besides food, music is the key to the soul, especially in the Mississippi Delta.”

“These speakers will definitely liven the campus,” she added. “Students will sit outside during the day and enjoy each other. Delta State has signature music programs, and through the addition of Music Across Campus, it gives another outlet for artists on campus to broadcast their music.”

In addition to playing music, the speakers will also broadcast occasional announcements, keeping people informed of campus events and programming. In emergency situations, they will also be able to provide emergency notices.

“I hope Music Across Campus is a fun addition to our Delta State culture and family,” added LaForge.

Follow all Delta State news at www.deltastate.edu.

 

Faculty certify in screencasting

By | Faculty/Staff, Office of Information Technology | No Comments
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

By | Faculty/Staff, Office of Information Technology | No Comments
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.

Connected Educator awards announced

By | Academics, Faculty/Staff, Office of Information Technology | No Comments

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.

By | Office of Information Technology | No Comments

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.