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Packback Questions: Wednesday May 18


Packback is a very Chicago company. They started out as a student-run startup operating out of college apartments (and later 1871), but quickly attracted interest with their e-texbook rental service. In 2014 they were featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where Mark Cuban agreed to invest $250,000 in exchange for 20 percent equity in the company. Seed investors included The 20 Million Minds Foundation, Howard Tullman, Mark Achler, Mark Tebbe, and Rishi Shah.

Beyond their e-textbook rental service, Packback now offers Packback Questions - designed to increase students' intellectual confidence and curiosity, while alleviating administrative work for professors.

The Packback Platform has been used by over 10,000 students at 50 universities, with over 230,000 questions and answers posted to date.


"Packback has exceeded my expectations in every way. It’s intuitive for the students to use and it’s easy to peruse and participate in discussions…[and] hasn’t added to my workload, which I appreciate. What has surprised me the most are the quality of the questions the students are submitting. I’ve used LMS discussion boards but never with the level of success afforded by Packback."



- Jodi Hallsten-Lyzack, Communications Instructor at Illinois State University

At this special Tech Tuesday (Wednesday) session Packback will demonstrate their services, answer your questions, and show you how entrepreneurial students are attempting to improve learning and collaboration.

Please note this session is on a Wednesday and will take place in the new Coleman Entrepreneurship Center (DPC 7900).

Date: Wednesday May 18
Time: 10 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: DPC 7900 Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

You can RSVP here.
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Introduction to Collaboratory Technology: C101

C101 - The Collaboratory

DePaul’s new
Collaboratory (C101 on the Concourse level of the DePaul Center) is shared space where DePaul faculty can creatively collaborate - on research, teaching, course design, and more. In this exciting Technology Tuesday session we will focus on ways on which the Collaboratory can be leveraged by faculty, which particular focus on the technology in C101 supports collaboration.

Inside the Collaboratory

To get to C101, take the escalators or stairs down from the ground floor of the DePaul Center (1 East Jackson Blvd.). The Collaboratory is the room directly at the bottom of the escalators.

Outside the Collaboratory

For more information, and to RSVP, please visit the
Technology Tuesdays Page

  • Date: Tuesday, January 12th
  • Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: C101 on the Concourse level of the DePaul Center (1 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604)

Collaboratory


A dedicated space from the Academic Affairs on the Loop campus for collaborative activities. Part of this space will be reserved for recipients of internal grants, while the remainder of the space will be designed as a collaborative space available to all faculty members.

Innovation Through Collaboration


At the request of Faculty Council in the Spring 2014, Academic Affairs launched the Innovation through Collaboration Initiative to accelerate and enhance the current culture of innovative and collaborative research and instruction, to foster synergies and develop working relationships across departments, disciplines, and colleges, and to build and strengthen collaborations with industry and community partners.
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Tech Tuesday: D2L Integration for MyLab & Mastering

Pearson MyLabs

D2L Integration for MyLab & Mastering


Next week, we have an exciting Technology Tuesdays session. Jason Wiedenhoeft and Dave Lee of Pearson will guest present:


Looking for an easy way to add enhanced content to your D2L courses? Pearson provides D2L integration giving institutions, instructors, and students easy access to MyLab and Mastering content. Using Pearson’s MyLab & Mastering Course Widget, our integration delivers streamlined access to customizable content, personalized study paths, responsive learning tools, and real-time evaluation and diagnostics in the D2L environment. D2L integration services give you easy access to MyLab and Mastering from your existing course and allows you to sync gradebook content. From a single course section to delivery across an entire institution, we offer the integration, support, and training you need.



Eventbrite - D2L Integration for MyLab & Mastering

More information can be found on the Technology Tuesdays page.

Date: Tuesday August 25
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Executive boardroom DPC 5800 (5th floor of the DePaul Center)

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Tech Tuesday: MakerBot and 3D Printing

On July 29th (originally scheduled for the 29th April), we have a very exciting Tech Tuesday focused on 3D Printing, with a live demonstration:

MakerBot 3d printer


3D Printing is the process of creating a solid object from a digital model. With the right equipment and designs, you can print virtually anything. The technology has been around since the 1980s, but in recent years the price of a 3D printer has dropped dramatically. Consumer units can be purchased for as little as $3,000. These printers are affordable, personal fabrication tools, compact enough to sit on any desktop, and can allow anyone at any skill level to become producers, inventors and artists.

3D printers, in an academic setting, could allow students to participate in project-based learning that is experiential in nature with real-world applications. 3D printing engages students in the world around them, kindles a curiosity about how machines work, how objects fit together, and how the designers, architects, and inventors who build the products, spaces and technology in their lives have found solutions to a variety of design problems.

Mike Pritchard, Enterprise Account Executive at MakerBot, will demonstrate 3D printing, how Innovation Centers are transforming education, how 3D printing turbocharges rapid prototyping, and answer your questions.


MakerBot Industries is a Brooklyn, New York-based company founded in January 2009 producing 3D printers. They have distributed about 45, 000 3D printers worldwide.

To register, please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.

The session will take place in DPC 5800 (Executive Boardroom) on July 29, 2014 from 10-11AM.

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Tech Tuesday: 3D Printing Moved to July 29

Please note that the Tech Tuesday on 3D printing has been moved from April 29 to July 29. There will be no Tech Tuesday on July 29.
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Technology Tuesdays: 3D Printing

We have a very exciting Tech Tuesday scheduled for the 29th April, 2014. The session will focus on 3D Printing, with a live demonstration:

MakerBot 3d printer



3D Printing is the process of creating a solid object from a digital model. With the right equipment and designs, you can print virtually anything. The technology has been around since the 1980s, but in recent years the price of a 3D printer has dropped dramatically. Consumer units can be purchased for as little as $3,000.  These printers are affordable, personal fabrication tools, compact enough to sit on any desktop, and can allow anyone at any skill level to become producers, inventors and artists.


3D printers, in an academic setting, could allow students to participate in project-based learning that is experiential in nature with real-world applications. 3D printing engages students in the world around them, kindles a curiosity about how machines work, how objects fit together, and how the designers, architects, and inventors who build the products, spaces and technology in their lives have found solutions to a variety of design problems.


Mike Pritchard, Enterprise Account Executive at MakerBot, will demonstrate 3D printing, how Innovation Centers are transforming education, how 3D printing turbocharges rapid prototyping, and answer your questions.


MakerBot Industries is a Brooklyn, New York-based company founded in January 2009 producing 3D printers. They have distributed about 45, 000 3D printers worldwide.


3D Printing in the news:




To register, please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.

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Preparing for Spring Quarter

DePaul’s Spring Quarter starts soon (March 29 for Saturday class, March 31 for day and evening classes). FITS and IS have loaded Spring Quarter classes into Desire2Learn (D2L), these classes are ready to be activated by faculty (students will not see the class in D2L unless activated). Later, I will explain how you can do this.

D2L Training
We have scheduled several D2L training sessions specifically for College of Business faculty. The purpose behind these sessions is to provide Business faculty with just the basics, in a way that just makes life easier. We also cover the recent changes to D2L, and show you the improvements that matter to faculty. D2L is a great tool for emailing your students, sharing your syllabus, and more.

The next session takes place Tuesday March 25th from 10-11AM, and is followed by an optional open workshop.

Two more sessions are scheduled for 2014:

  • May 27, 2014
  • September 30, 2014

Desire2Learn for the Busy Professor
You’ve heard about Desire2Learn and all the exciting things it can do- but not everyone has the time to dive in and do all of them! This workshop is designed to get you up and running with a minimum of time and absolutely no fuss. In less than an hour you will learn how to introduce yourself, share documents, and communicate with your students through D2L. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the support and training opportunities available to you through DePaul’s Faculty Instructional Technology Services department.

Josh Lund will present these sessions. Josh is the FITS department’s Senior Instructional Technology Consultant for the Driehaus College of Business and the School of Music. He provides support for online course development, leads workshops, and researches best practices in teaching and learning to bring directly to faculty.

  • Date: March 25, 2014
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Location: Lewis 1266

Lewis 1266 has both Mac and PC computers; there is no need to bring a laptop unless you want to. Lewis 1266 is in the area marked “FITS - Faculty Instructional Technology Services” on the 12th floor of the Lewis Center.

To RSVP, please visit:

http://condor.depaul.edu/jmoore/tech/


We also have a Technology Tuesday session next week on Google Glass:

Google Glass Demonstration
Google Glass is a combination of wearable computing and Augmented Reality. It is a computing device worn like a pair of reading glasses, which provides optical and audio information to the user. Rather than having to get out a cellphone, you could instantly see directions, photos, emails, alerts, etc. in your immediate field of view. Google Glasses allow the wearer to take pictures and to record video. You can even videoconference with them, or chat on the ‘phone. Some privacy proponents believe that this device crosses a line, allowing the wearer to record video and audio surreptitiously, or use face-recognition apps to identify strangers.

In this hands-on session, discover what exactly Google Glass is, and potential uses within the classroom for both educators and students.

Next year, your students may be wearing Google Glasses to class…

  • Date: February 25, 2014
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Location: DPC 5114 (Dean's Meeting Room)

To RSVP, please visit:

http://condor.depaul.edu/jmoore/tech/


Activating Your D2L Course

  1. Go http://D2L.depaul.edu
  2. Click on the course you want to activate.
  3. Click “Edit Course” on the far right side of the course navbar.
  4. Click “Course Offering Information” under the “Site Setup” heading.
  5. Check “Course is Active.”
  6. Click “Save” at the bottom. Your course is now activated. Students will see your course listed in their “My Courses” widget when they log in to D2L.

You can print out a QuickGuide with this information here:
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Course%20Activation%20Quickguide.pdf


Emailing Students Via D2L
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Email%20Quickguide.pdf

Course Copies
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Course%20Copy.pdf

Additional Resources

I hope you have a pleasant and productive Spring Quarter. Please get in contact if there is anything we can do to help you use online services more effectively in your classes.
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Technology Tuesdays: Google Glass

Google Glass


Next week, I will be providing a Technology Tuesdays session on Google Glass:

Google Glass is a combination of wearable computing and Augmented Reality. It is a computing device worn like a pair of reading glasses, which provides optical and audio information to the user. Rather than having to get out a cellphone, you could instantly see directions, photos, emails, alerts, etc. in your immediate field of view. Google Glasses allow the wearer to take pictures and to record video. You can even videoconference with them, or chat on the ‘phone. Some privacy proponents believe that this device crosses a line, allowing the wearer to record video and audio surreptitiously, or use face-recognition apps to identify strangers.

In this hands-on session, discover what exactly Google Glass is, and potential uses within the classroom for both educators and students.

Next year, your students may be wearing Google Glasses to class…

  • Date: February 25, 2014
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Location: Dean’s Conference Room (5114 DPC)

For more information, and to RSVP, please visit the Technology Tuesday page.

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Educational Uses of Microsoft Windows Surface Pro



On the 23rd July, 2013, I gave a one-hour session on "Educational Uses of Microsoft Windows Surface Pro" as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays.

I have posted the accompanying video and resources here.

The Surface Pro is, as Microsoft describes it, a "laptop in tablet form." This combination of tablet (pen and touchscreen) and laptop functionality lends itself to pedagogical use. The Surface Pro can be the ideal teaching tool for some faculty.
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Technology Tuesdays: Lecture Capture From The iPad


On the 25th July, 2013, I gave a one-hour session on "iPad Lecture Capture" as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. Above is an abbreviated video that shares some of the essentials of the presentation, outlining five strategies to capture and share lecture material on and with the Apple iPad.

Presentation Resources


Sansa Clip
Guerilla Lecture Capture

Five Methods of iPad Lecture Capture


1: Jailbreak and Display Recorder
2: Screencasting Apps
3: Epiphan VGA2USB converter and Camtasia/ScreenFlow
4: AirPlay Approach
5: AVerMedia - C875 LGP

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Technology Tuesdays: MOOCs



I have posted my video and handouts from the March Technology Tuesdays presentation on MOOCs. Video and materials can be found here.
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Desire2Learn for the Busy Professor

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You've heard about
Desire2Learn (D2L) and all the exciting things it can do- but not everyone has the time to dive in and do all of them! This workshop is designed to get you up and running with a minimum of time and absolutely no fuss. In less than an hour you will learn how to introduce yourself, share documents, and communicate with your students through D2L. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the support and training opportunities available to you through DePaul's Faculty Instructional Technology Services department.

Josh Lund is the FITS department's Senior Instructional Technology Consultant for the Driehaus College of Business and the School of Music. He provides support for online course development, leads workshops, and researches best practices in teaching and learning to bring directly to faculty.

Optional workshop follows immediately (11 a.m. - Noon).

Please note that this will take place in the FITS Training Room on the 12th floor of the Lewis Building (Lewis 1266). The room is equipped with laptops.

Date: October 23, 2012
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Lewis 1266

RSVP and more information on the
Technology Tuesdays page.

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Tech Tuesday: Social Media Guide For Educators

social media for educators

The next Technology Tuesdays session will take place on the 25th September. This session focuses on:

Social Media Guide For Educators
Social media can be a useful tool for outreach, research, and student interaction. Learn what you can do (and what to avoid).

In this dynamic session we will cover:

  • Definitions and history of social media
  • Best practice
  • Social dashboards
  • Educational activities
  • New apps and social media tools to look out for

Date: September 25
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: DC 7406 (7th floor of the DePaul Center, adjacent to the Department of Marketing)

You can RSVP here.

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Tech Tuesdays: iPads and Mobile Devices In The Classroom

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Love them or hate them, mobile devices are either being used overtly or surreptitiously in your classroom. Learn some strategies to actually put these devices to good use in the classroom.

This session will cover:

  • Brief overview of current mobile devices – what you and your students are likely to encounter over the next twelve months.
  • Five strategies for effective use of mobile devices in the classroom.
  • Five essential accessories for the Apple iPad.
  • Five essential applications for the Apple iPad (and a longer list of recommendations).

Date: Tuesday, 31st July
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: DPC 7406 (7th Floor of the DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Blvd.)

For more information and to RSVP please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.

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Blogging For Faculty iBook

Blogging For Faculty

On the 26th June, 2012, I gave a one-hour session on "Blogging for Faculty" as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. I turned this presentation into an Apple iBook, which you can download to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and read on the iBook App. The iBook contains both text and video. The video is not quite as good as it could be - I used a different microphone to make the recording, rather than my usual one. However, I think I get the message across.

From this point on, I will attempt to use iBooks for more of my handouts. The handouts will continue to be available as PDFs as well.

You can download the iBook from the Technology Tuesday page, or direct from here. You will need the iBooks App to view the file.

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Tech Tuesdays: Blogging For Faculty

blogging-for-faculty

Blogging is a powerful and efficient way of facilitating communication. It can be an effective means for your students demonstrate literacy, to engage with media, to opine, to cite, and to remix.

In this dynamic session, you will learn:

  • Which blogging software to recommend to your students.
  • How to avoid FERPA violations.
  • How rubrics can guide your students towards best practice.
  • Social media recommendations.
  • How to monitor student postings.

Location: DPC 7406
Date: Tuesday, June 26th
Time: 10-11 a.m.

To RSVP or for more information, please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.

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Technology Tuesdays: Ebooks and Etextbooks

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Electronic text has the potential to be a huge disrupter to the educational environment (and the effects are already visible). In this Technology Tuesdays session learn what ebook options are available for your and your students to use. You will also discover how you can create your own ebooks and etextbooks, Providers/options that will be covered include:



You can RSVP for the upcoming session here.

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Loop Campus Plans for G-8/NATO Summits

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DePaul University has announced plans for the G-8/NATO Summits:

Because of the traffic congestion and disruptions anticipated in and around the Loop during the G-8/NATO summits, DePaul will close the Loop Campus from Friday, May 18, through Monday, May 21. There will be no access to Loop offices or classrooms. The Loop Campus will reopen on Tuesday, May 22.

Faculty scheduled to teach in the Loop on any of those days should watch their email for information on making alternative arrangements for affected class periods. Your options will include relocating Friday or Saturday classes to designated classrooms in Lincoln Park, rescheduling Monday classes for a weekend, creating an alternative assignment for students to pursue on their own in place of class or delivering instruction online for any of these days.

You will find information about online instruction, relocating and rescheduling classes on The Teaching Commons (
http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/Teaching_DePaul/nato_g8_information.html), DePaul's central online teaching resource. As you prepare syllabi for spring quarter courses, please keep these options in mind. Classes at our Lincoln Park, O'Hare and suburban campuses will follow their normal schedules.

For the latest updates, including FAQs, from DePaul on how the summits will affect the university, visit Newsline Online's G-8/NATO summits information page:
http://newsline.depaul.edu/Info/Pages/g8.aspx.

We encourage everyone to update their contact information for DPU Alert, our emergency notification system. To do so, log into Campus Connection, click Demographic Portfolio on the left menu bar and select the DPU Alert option.

A number of exciting educational opportunities for DePaul will arise from these global summits, and they will be covered in Newsline and Newsline Online (
http://newsline.depaul.edu/Pages/defaultnew.aspx) in the coming months. Faculty are including lessons related to this unprecedented, back-to-back gathering of world leaders in Chicago into some of their courses.

What does this mean for Commerce faculty?
There are two recommended options that you may choose to employ, that will allow you to cover material that your students would otherwise miss:

1: Pre-recorded Content
Your presentation can be recorded beforehand, and then made available to your students via Desire2Learn. Please contact James Moore or Josh Lund if this is something you would like to do.

2: Live (Synchronous)Webinar
You can teach your class at a distance, using the Wimba Classroom (or Blackboard Collaborate - the successor to Wimba Classroom) and Desire2Learn. Please contact James Moore or Josh Lund if this is something you would like to do.

A dedicated webinar training session will be offered to Commerce faculty on April 24th from 10-11 a.m. as part of Technology Tuesdays. You can register for this training here:

Online documentation and training for using Wimba can be found here. FITS and Teaching Commons are working on Blackboard Collaborate faculty resources.

Contact Information


James Moore
Director of Online Learning, College of Commerce
jmoore@depaul.edu
Telephone: +1 (312) 362-5701

Josh Lund
FITS Consultant to The College of Commerce
jlund2@depaul.edu
Telephone: +1 (312) 362-6689
Cellphone: +1 (630) 962-9764

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Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty: Updated Handout

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I have updated the handout for “Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty” - This document is intended to provide advice and suggestions to College of Commerce faculty creating web enhanced, online and hybrid courses using the university’s Desire2Learn Learning Management System. The document is not intended to replace the extremely helpful videos and handouts that FITS and Teaching Commons have provided here.

Instead, this is a simple guide for assembling a D2L course in less than fifteen minutes. I hope this is use to you.

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Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty

Three dedicated D2L training sessions are offered for Commerce faculty this month, as an extension of the regular Technology Tuesdays. The three sessions are designed to help Commerce faculty quickly create a Desire2Learn course from scratch in less than 15 minutes, and to highlight how DePaul supports faculty using technology. You will also have an opportunity to add the Commerce template to any of your courses during the session. The Commerce D2L template provides dedicated technology resources for your students.

These hand-on sessions will cover:

  • How to create a course in less than 15 minutes, including:
    • Uploading all your handouts and resources
    • Creating a news announcement
    • Creating a D2L user profile
    • Creating a D2L discussion board
    • Creating a D2L dropbox
    • Emailing your students
    • Activating your course
  • Copying a D2L course
  • Adding guest presenters and teaching assistants
  • Deactivating a course
  • Embedding a YouTube Video
  • Linking to online resources
  • Commerce course templates
  • D2L resources and training.

The three D2L sessions will be held in DPC 6306 (the trading room on the 6th floor of the DePaul Center) on these dates and times:

  • Wednesday, February 15th. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 16th. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m
  • Tuesday, February 28th. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m

DPC 6306 is a PC-equipped room. You will be able to update or create your D2L course during the session.


You can RSP for the sessions here.

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Next Tech Tuesday Session: i>clickers

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Many professors are using classroom response systems for instant polling and assessment in the classes that they teach. These systems provide a productive way to ask questions on the fly, as well as to ask questions anonymously, or to create graded assessments that can be taken in class. This Tech Tuesday session will focus on using the i>clicker system at DePaul. Even if you have used i>clickers in your classes before, this will be a worthwhile session to attend. The session will cover:

  • Basic system setup and usage
  • Strategies for creating assessments
  • Troubleshooting
  • Student registration
  • Integrating i>clicker results with Desire2Learn

This will be a guest presentation by Josh Lund of FITS. Josh is the dedicated FITS Consultant to the College of Commerce. You may have met him already, or listened to his voice on the Desire2Learn video tutorials on the Teaching Commons website.

To RSVP, please visit the Technology Tuesdays webpage. When registering, please use the “Notes” field to pose specific questions or user scenarios that you would like answered during the session.

Details:


Date: Tuesday November 29
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: DPC 7406 (seventh floor of the DePaul Center)

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Video Posted for Essential Technology Tools for Teaching



On the 29th October, 2011, I gave a one-hour session on “Essential Technology Tools for Teaching” as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. Above is an abbreviated video (about 19 minutes in duration) that shares some of the essentials of what was covered. Move information (and a PDF handout) can be found on the Technology Tools page.

The upcoming Technology Tuesdays session will be on iClickers.
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Learning with iPad Follow-Up

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There have been two Technology Tuesdays presentations on the iPad in the classroom: One given by me on the 31st August, 2010, and then a guest presentation given by Keith Mountin and Jack McLaughlin earlier today (6th October, 2011). I have combined resources from both presentations on here.

Keith provides some very useful teaching resources on his website, that I think will be of use to DePaul faculty and staff.

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Reminder: iPad2 Tech Tuesday Session

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This is a quick reminder that the upcoming “Learning with iPad” presentation by Apple, Inc. will take place on October 6th from 10-11 a.m. in room DPC 8010 (somewhat confusingly on a Thursday, rather than a Tuesday)

See how the iPad is making learning more engaging and accessible than ever. Please join us for ‘Learning with the iPad’, a session to discuss Apple's mobile strategy with the iPad and how it is beginning to change education. With numerous education applications, as well as strategies for textbooks, research and integration, the iPad is becoming a tremendous tool for 21st Century Learning.

Agenda:

  • • Update on educational apps available for the iPad
    • Overview of the iBook app and store, ePub and other Textbook / eBook readers
    • Video Mirroring with the iPad2.
    • Paperless workflows for Education
    • Device management and deployment best practices


    For more information, and to RSVP, please visit the Technology Tuesday page.
  • Date: Thursday October 6, 2011
  • Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Location: DPC 8010 (8th floor of the DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Blvd.)

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Learning with iPad (Technology Tuesday will actually be a Thursday)

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The upcoming “Learning with iPad” presentation by Apple, Inc. will now take place on October 6th from 10-11 a.m. in room DPC 8010

See how the iPad is making learning more engaging and accessible than ever. Please join us for ‘Learning with the iPad’, a session to discuss Apple's mobile strategy with the iPad and how it is beginning to change education. With numerous education applications, as well as strategies for textbooks, research and integration, the iPad is becoming a tremendous tool for 21st Century Learning.

Agenda:

  • • Update on educational apps available for the iPad
    • Overview of the iBook app and store, ePub and other Textbook / eBook readers
    • Video Mirroring with the iPad2.
    • Paperless workflows for Education
    • Device management and deployment best practices


    For more information, and to RSVP, please visit the Technology Tuesday page.

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Tech Tuesdays: How Students Cheat with Technology

Tech Tuesday

The next Technology Tuesdays session will take place on the 30th August from 10-11 a.m. in DPC 7406 (seventh floor of the DePaul Center)

Technology can be a boon to educators, extending the reach and productivity of effective professors. However, there are various technological solutions that can be abused by students to cheat on assignments and high-stakes testing. In this engaging and hands-on session you will be introduced to some of the gadgets, websites and software that can be used by the less-than-ethical students. Methods that professors can use to protect the integrity of their teaching will be presented.

Some of the examples presented include:

  • “Spy” pens and wristwatches with hidden cameras and microphones
  • Software and website that creates corrupt Office documents
  • Sites where students pay others to write papers
  • How Desire2Learn can highlight examples of plagiarism.
  • How online exams can be secured

For more information, and to RSVP please visit this page.

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Updated D2L Tips and Tricks

D2L Tips and Tricks

I updated the Desire2Learn Tips and Tricks PDF that I shared at last year’s Technology Tuesday session. I will continue to update this document periodically.

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Apple iPads in the Classroom - Video and handouts posted

I have posted a short (15-minute) video with links and handouts to accompany the recent Technology Tuesday presentation on iPads in the Classroom.
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Technology Tuesdays: Apple iPads in the Classroom

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The next Technology Tuesdays presentation will take place on the 31st August. The focus this month is:

Apple iPads in the Classroom

The Apple iPad has been flying off the shelves in recent months. An estimated three million iPads were purchased in the first eighty days since the tablet computer launched in April. In this exciting session you will have the opportunity to discover how the iPad can be used at DePaul and in the classroom. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Wifi vs 3G
  • Presenting on an iPad using classroom projectors
  • DePaul e-mail integration
  • Connecting to DePaul’s wireless network
  • Educational applications
  • eBooks and eTextbooks
  • What works (and what does not work)
  • Remote connectivity (VNC)
  • Suggested accessories

To RSVP please visit this page.

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Technology Tuesday: D2L Training

Desire2Learn

There is a change to the previously published description for the July 20th Technology Tuesdays session - the updated session will be a repeat of the July 6th session. No new material will be covered. You are free to attend on the 20th again if you attended on the 6th July (which may work as a useful review).

Melissa Koenig of FITS has very kindly agreed to provide this specialized D2L (Desire2Learn) training. Please RSVP as soon as possible to save your spot.

  • July 20th - D2L: How It Works
    Location: CNA 405 (computer lab – bring your DePaul ID for building access)
    Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
    Description: Desire2Learn (D2L) is the new Learning Management System (LMS) that DePaul will be adopting. This session will provide you will a thorough understanding of how the various elements in D2L operate. You will see how existing courses have been successfully copied from Blackboard to D2L.

This session will take place in CNA 405. CNA 405 is a computer lab – you will have the opportunity to test out the new system. Refreshments will be served.

D2L is the new learning management system that is scheduled to replace Blackboard at DePaul in January of 2011. D2L has been rigorously tested, and provides a better system to support Commerce’s mission and strategy. However, it is a new system and some training is required to capitalize on the improved functionality and features.

Commerce is by far the largest user of Blackboard at DePaul – over 84% of Commerce courses use Blackboard in some respect. These sessions (and future training) will be of use to all faculty and staff in Commerce. Space is limited at this session – to ensure your place please RSVP at:

http://www.depaul.edu/~jmoore/tech/

Or you can register for one of the many “fundamentals” sessions offered through FITS at http://fits.depaul.edu Click on the “see other events/dates” to get the full list of training sessions. You are welcome to join any. (FITS is the new IDD. The acronym stands for Faculty Instructional Technology Support).

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Technology Tuesdays: Guest Presentation on Copyright

Mary Devona (DePaul University's Associate General Counsel) will be making a guest presentation on Copyright at the next Technology Tuesday on April 27th from 10-11 a.m. She will discuss a variety of IP issues related to online learning and posting material on the web. Topics will include:

• The TEACH Act
• Fair use
• e-reserves
• Multimedia course material

This promises to be a great presentation - Mary knows what she is talking about, and an understanding of copyright is vital when teaching online and hybrid courses.

Please RSVP if you wish to attend.
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