WordPress MU (Multi-User) is installed on my hosted server space at Bluehost.com. All student blogs as well as the aggregator blog (the "motherblog") are running in this environment at courseblogs.gardnercampbell.net. WordPress Multi-User is free, open-source software. The hosted server space costs $7.95 a month. This server space also hosts my personal blog ("Gardner Writes," at www.gardnercampbell.net), wikis, and other "sandbox" Web 2.0-style applications (technically, "scripts").
Baylor University Academy for Teaching and Learning
Gardner Campbell - Academy for Teaching and Learning
The Baylor Academy for Teaching and Learning, begun in the fall of 2008, seeks to support and inspire a flourishing community of learning at Baylor University. Through shared inquiry and transformative conversations, the ATL serves Baylor's commitment to an education that is truly integrative.
From strategies for active and inquiry-based learning, to learning space design, to the effective integration of information/communication technologies into teaching and learning - and many more areas of inquiry – the Baylor ATL supports faculty development and academic excellence through the University community.
David Taylor - Electronic Library, Online Teaching and Learning Services
BearSpace is a network file storage system provided by the Electronic Library Client Services and Information Technology Services (ITS) to students, faculty and staff. BearSpace provides 1 gigabyte of storage space per person and allows an individual to store copies of important documents such as homework, notes, papers and graphics on a system that is accessible from anywhere on the internet.
John D. Lowe - Electronic Library, Online Teaching and Learning Services
Blackboard 9 is the latest release of the Blackboard Academic Suite and is the first stage of a multi-year, multi-release rollout of the merged Blackboard and WebCT course management systems called Project NG. This release builds on the student engagement tools in earlier releases, improves the performance of the software, enhances the entire user interface to make it easier to use, and brings new features such as extended group tools, multiple attempt assignments, new instructor and student dashbaords, and a new blog tool.
Casting Your Net Beyond the Office: Using a Podcast to Connect with Students 24/7
Amy Ames & Aaron Baggett - Career Counseling, Paul L. Foster Success Center
The reality of working on a university campus is that faculty and staff members have to be wise in how financial and human resources are used to provide a quality education to students. Time to spend working with students individually is usually at a premium, as well. The Department of Career Counseling uses a podcast to disseminate information on Baylor undergraduate majors and related career possibilities. This has increased the number of students reached by offering information that is on-demand, portable, and specific to the programs at our university. Career Counseling collaborated with faculty members, staff, the Digital Media Studio, and the Internet Communications group to cast the net wide and connect with students beyond those who meet with us face-to-face. The result is information that is accessible to students any time of day, which translates into an increase in students served, at no additional cost to the Department.
Developing Supplemental Summer Courses for Students in the Field: Using Lessonbuilder and Powerpoint
Susan Power Bratton & Heidi Marcum - Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science has students enrolled in internship, field research or off-campus research options during the summer. Each summer a small number of these students need additional upper division course credit as well. This project is developing a Natural Resouces course based on a mix of Lessonbuilder and Powerpoint exercises which students may access when not on campus. While requiring an on-campus introduction and examinations, the course can continue while the students are traveling or resident outside Waco. (Demo will be Powerpoint and Lessonbuilder modules.)
Echo 360 Support of Organic Chemistry
Paul Primrose - Chemistry and Biochemistry
After one year of availabilty to my organic chemistry students the lecture/discussion captures obtained through Echo 360 seem almost indispensible. This educational support has been very well recieved by students. In just the past few months new recordings have allowed us to drastically change the way in which the organic chemistry lab at Baylor University is taught. These changes and the benefits of these changes are the focus of this presentation.
Ben Kelley & Rhett Rigby - Engineering and Computer Science
With support from the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) and in partnership with the Hanoi University of Technology (HUT), Baylor is contributing to the advancement of biomedical engineering in Vietnam. Through a VEF grant, Dr. Benjamin S. Kelley, professor and dean of Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science, is teaching an Engineering Biomechanics course to HUT students during the spring 2009 semester. The first and last two weeks of the course are taught onsite at HUT, while the middle 11 weeks are taught from Baylor using Elluminate Live. Course interactions have been robust during both phases of the course and language challenges are easily manageable. The course is centered around the design of an orthopedic bone plate. Customized course materials were developed by Dr. Kelley and graduate student Rhett Rigby. PowerPoint slides are imported into Elluminate Live sessions, and Dr. Kelley uses a web cam, microphone and earphones to communicate with the HUT students during the lectures from his Baylor office. Mr. Rigby assists by answering questions the students enter into the chat box and receiving other communications from the students.
Fabric printing with nano ink technology
Jayne Fader - Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
The Fashion Design program recently purchased a new fabric inkjet printer from Korea that we have implemented in our apparel design courses. The printer uses environmentally friendly nano inks and can print on any type of fabric. It does not require the user to buy special pre-treated fabrics and the fabric does not require a backing as all other similar printers. Students can go through the complete design process of sketching a garment on the computer, creating the fabric on the computer, printing the fabric on the printer (64\" wide), making the patterns on the computer, and then constructing the garment in our apparel production lab. We are one of two universities in the world that have this particular printer.
We also recently implemented WebPDM, which is a new software program for product data management. WebPDM allows apparel companies to create, organize, and communicate all of their style (garment) information, data, sketches, and images to their employees, vendors, and contractors scattered around the world using the Internet. Our students are learning to use this new technology in their Fashion Design and Merchandising courses.
Fashioning a Class Project via Blackboard
Jaylie Beckenhauer - Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
BlackBoard has streamlined and enhanced the fashion show production process for the Visual Merchandising and Promotion class in the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences. Producing a fashion show involves coordinating two visual merchandising classes, seven fashion design classes, five fashion professors, and several entities throughout campus.
The production process has been facilitated by putting everything on an electronic basis. Students can share and download necessary documents without having to make multiple copies of everything. Committees receive and give information via Blackboard. It also enhances timing and the quality of work among the various participants. BlackBoard is a great tool for organizing class projects!
Hey, Advisors! Your Life Just Got Easier!
Laura M. Scott - Academic Advisement
To improve academic advising across campus, Baylor recently developed a new Unified Advising System (UAS). The stated goal of the system is "to bring the advising community together to one central web-based location, creating a more consistent and uniform experience for student advisement." If you are involved in academic advising and you are not currently using the new UAS then you need to stop by and let us show you how it can make your work easier. If you currently use only certain features of the UAS and you want to know how to really get the most out of the system we urge you to come by and take a look. This comprehensive system gives faculty and professional advisors access to secure, real-time information about their advisees including an academic profile, contact information, advising history, registration information, permits and waivers, degree audits, and transcripts.
Lecture Capture Version 2.0
Dennis Campbell - Electronic Library, Classroom Technology Services
Showcasing the advantages of lecture capture through the Echo360 Capture appliance and versatility of lecture capture through a portable laptop with Echo360 software.
Library Research Guides 2.0
Ellen Hampton - University Libraries
In today's Web 2.0 world, it is important to provide students with useful, dynamic research tools that provide information in a variety of formats. Thanks to a software product called LibGuides from Springshare, the Baylor Libraries are doing just that. We are in the process of updating our current research guides from .pdf files with hyperlinks to guides that have the capability of providing embedded RSS feeds, podcasts, videos, Del.icio.us Tag clouds and user feedback. The Libraries are interested in getting content to our users, and with LibGuides, we can connect on Facebook, Del.icio.us, Twitter, other websites, blogs and courseware systems. We can be where the students are!
Online Resources Promote NCLEX-RN' Success
Cheryl Tucker & Lisa Otto - Louise Herrington School of Nursing
In the Fall of 2007 Nursing 4338 Human Needs IV implemented the Evolve Reach HESI Exit Exam(E²)', a computerized exit exam that indicates readiness for the NCLEX-RN' exam for licensure as a registered nurse. Students who receive a probability score greater than 900 on the Evolve Reach HESI Exit Exam(E²)' are predicted to pass the NCLEX-RN' exam, while students who score less than 900 require remediation in order to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN' exam. After the HESI Exit Exam(E²)' each student receives their score as well as information about her/his nursing knowledge, critical thinking, test taking abilities, areas of strength, and areas that need further development and mastery for NCLEX-RN' success. The student receives an individualized report that identifies specific areas of weaknesses and includes links to electronic textbooks for remediation. Since implementation of the Evolve Reach HESI Exit Exam(E²)' remediation, the Nursing 4338 Human Needs IV students have significantly improved their success on the NCLEX-RN' exam.
Peace, Love and Open Access: Liberating Your Research from the Publishing Establishment
Billie Peterson-Lugo, Eric Ames, Sandy Bennett, Jennifer Borderud, Eileen Bentsen, & Beth Tice - University Libraries
Peer-reviewed open access journals provide faculty with a viable alternative to traditional publishing outlets. Presenters will provide a general overview of the open access movement; highlight major online open access journals; and equip faculty with further information on how to utilize open access publications in their research.
Save a tree, grade faster and help students learn
Amanda Sturgill - Journalism
This poster presents my experiences with a paper-free semester last fall. I had students submit all work electronically over e-mail and then graded papers using the annotations feature in Microsoft Word. I found that because I type faster than I write, grading time was reduced. I was also able to do exemplary rewrites on sections of papers that the students could then use the technology to compare before and after versions. I also didn't have to haul as much paper around.
The Digitization Projects Group: Digitizing the Past, Access for the Future
Darryl Stuhr, Eric Ames, & Anthony Tadey - Electronic Library, Digitization
The Digitization Projects Group provides digitization services for rare, fragile, and uniquely formatted objects. The group creates high-resolution preservation files and access files for presentation online at http://contentdm.baylor.edu. The DPG will present information on its digitization projects, its specialized scanners, and its presentation of materials as part of the Baylor University Digital Collections.
The Future Direction of Educational Technology from the Horizon Report
Sandy Bennett - Electronic Library, Online Teaching and Learning Services
This poster will present information from the 2009 Horizon Report. The Horizon report is published annual as a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Each year, the report identifies and describes six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years. For 2009 the areas of Mobiles (i.e., mobile devices), Cloud computing, Geo-everything (i.e., geo-tagging), the personal web, semantic-aware applications and smart objects were identified. Come and find out more about these areas.
Use of Electronic Listening Guides in teaching music appreciation
Robin Wallace - School of Music
I would like to demonstrate the novel interactive listening guides that are being developed for my textbook Take Note: An Introduction to Music Through Listening, which will be published next year by Oxford University Press. These are designed to go well beyond the animated listening guides offered with other books, allowing students not just to control their listening experience, but to see every element of the music in real time as they listen. Thus, the guides are accessible whether or not a student can read music, making them ideal for a non-major appreciation course (like Baylor's MUS 1220).
I have two prototypes that I have developed in conjunction with Robert Bleeker of Cadre, a software development firm based in Australia. They illustrate the first movement of Beethoven\'s 5th symphony and the trio from the 3rd act of Verdi\'s Otello, and can be demonstrated on any computer. I would like to accompany the demonstration with a poster explaining the concept behind the listening guides.
Using Facebook to Create an Open Forum For Student Discussion
Juli Rosenbaum - Information Systems, Hankamer School of Business
There is just not enough time in class for all students to speak up and share what's on their minds. So my interactive Managerial Communication Class (BUS-3303) meets regularly at their Facebook Cafe to share what they think about guest speakers; assigned readings; service leadership; how they're learning to be leaders themselves; and instances of excellent communication they've seen demonstrated on campus, at home, in politics, and in the classroom. They argue, agree, disagree, and cheer each other on. I'm only around to keep things rated PG-13. They can post videos, photos, and links, and they love it. The cafe just opened 2/13/09, and it always has interested customers. Stop by on Facebook at "Baylor Managerial Communication Spring 2009 All-Night Cafe." You can even come in your jammies.
Using Respondus to Manage Surveys and Exams
Jeanne Dodd Murphy - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Respondus is a tool used by faculty to create quizzes, exams, surveys, and other assessments which can be published to Blackboard or to other course management systems. This software is relatively new to Baylor and does not yet enjoy widespread use across campus. The presenter will describe her experiences using Respondus to manage question sets for online quizzes. Practical features of Respondus will be explained, and the advantages of using Respondus to manage course assessments will be highlighted. Instructions for publishing Respondus files to Blackboard for online assessments will be provided.
Lance Grigsby - Electronic Library, Online Teaching and Learning Services
Baylor's newest solution for personal home pages for faculty, staff, and graduate students supports blogging and other "Web 2.0" features--but it's also an elegant solution for those who only want a basic web presence that's easy to update.