Educational Technology Showcase Presentations from 2007

Academic and Research Computing Services
Mike Hutcheson - Electronic Library - Academic and Research Computing Services
Academic and Research Computing Services (ARCS) provides high performance computing resources, programming support, and Unix and VMS systems support for University researchers.

Asynchronous On-line Discussion to Enhance Learning
T. Laine Scales, Joyce Hull and Shemethia Webb - School of Social Work and School of Education
Instructors may develop and enhance learning communities by using asynchronous online discussion between class meetings. Drawing from the work of Brookfield and Preskill (2005), teacher ( Laine Scales) graduate student ( Joyce Hull) and undergraduate student ( Shemethia Webb) will use laptop computers to present an electronic poster session on their experiences with this format introduced in Fall 2006. The two courses are social work courses Individuals, Families and Social Networks, a class of 40 graduate students, and Human Behavior and the Social Environment, a class of 18 undergraduate students. Presenters will address the following: creating conditions for the online discussion, participation of students and instructor, maintaining disciplined discussion, bringing the on-line discussion into the face to face meeting, anticipated outcome: enhanced learning 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 disk 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.

Cell Phones in the Classroom: Making the Most of a New Technology
Blaine McCormick & David Grubbs - Hankamer School of Business
With 95+% of students claiming to own one, cell phones are a fact of life in almost all college classrooms. This presentation seeks to move beyond "turn off your cell phones" or "do not send or receive text messages during class" to demonstrate how cell phones can used as an educational technology in the college classroom. The presenters will demonstrate two basic classroom tools: basic Likert-style polling via cell phones and opinion polling via cell phones.

Classroom Performance Systems
Chad Owens - Electronic Library - Classroom Technology Services
Classroom Performance System (CPS) is a student response system using wireless radio frequency connectivity. It gives instructors and students immediate feedback from the entire class and automates routine classroom activities like taking attendance and grading student work. CPS uses response pads and a receiver to capture instant data from your students. This system is portable and easy to integrate into any classroom.

Creating a Flexible and Technology-rich Learning Space for Class Meetings
David Burns - Electronic Library - Information Commons Services
Traditional computer classroom design often fails to encourage face-to-face interactions among students, primarily due to limitations of the physical layout: immovable workstations arranged in forward-facing rows or outward facing perimeter seating. The Electronic Library is considering the transformation of a traditional computer classroom into a flexible, technology-rich learning space that supports interaction among students. The presentation will present existing ideas and encourage participants to provide feedback about the proposal.

Developing Online Content for Podcasting
Dick Campbell, Carolyn Skurla, Steve Eisenbarth - Engineering and Computer Science
The School of Engineering and Computer Science is developing online content to present engineering courses in a distance learning application. Once the content is available online, many applications become possible beyond the initial intent. One such application is the conversion of course material for podcasting. Podcasting allows a user (student) to subscribe to a service which automatically polls and retrieves the desired content. The content is then available to the student on their PC or transferable to their personal portable player. This presentation will discuss the lessons learned in the development of this material and how it can be applied to the active classroom.

Digital Media Studio Services
Scott Myers - Electronic Library - Online Teaching and Learning Services
The mission of the Digital Media Studio is to provide high-quality multimedia resources and technical assistance to our faculty and staff. The underlying goal of all the projects that come out of the Digital Media Studio is to enhance learning, teaching, and research here at Baylor. We strive to provide a friendly environment where patrons can get the support they need for all their digital projects.

Digitization Projects
Darryl Stuhr, Eric Ames - Electronic Library - Resource and Collections Management
The Digital Projects Unit of the Electronic Library is responsible for digitizing, cataloging and digitally preserving rare and fragile materials to limit handling while providing greater access to the materials online. Using CONTENTdm-a digital object collection management and delivery system for images, PDFs, audio and video files-scholars can access the library's virtual collections through a customizable user interface.

Displaying Web Pages in Microsoft Powerpoint
Dr. Mark Devan Jonklaas - Dept. Chemistry and Biochemistry
This is done using a Powerpoint add-in created by Mr. Shyam Pillai called Live-Web. It allows the playing of web pages directly in Powerpoint and has been very useful in my teaching of biochemistry- especially in showing web based flash animations that describe important biochemical principles (like enzyme mechanisms or protein structure) directly and seamlessly through my Powerpoint presentation (there is no need to have to open the desired web-page separately in a web browser). LiveWeb does need installing the plug-in on the system it will be used in, so takes a little time for initial setup.

Electronic Resource Solutions to Copyright Questions
Eileen Bentsen, Carol Schuetz, Janet Sheets, Sha Towers, Sinai Wood - University Libraries
Come learn about new resources the University Libraries have made available to incorporate visual, audio, and textual materials in your classroom instruction, Blackboard site, and course assignments without violating copyright restrictions.

Heidi Hornik - College of Arts & Sciences
This presentation will discuss the use of Adobe's Flash product to help Art History students with learning the basic visual vocabulary for art history classes. Like the necessary vocabulary to communicate in a foreign language course, an art history student needs to memorize the essential vocabulary in order to discuss a work of art. Hyperart allows a student to see a full color image of the work of art while interactively learning the artist, title, date, and style of the work. Hyperart is delivered to the students within Baylor's Blackboard that allows them a place to access easily the materials for practice in preparations for the identification quiz section of art history exams. Come and try Hyperart out yourself. This presentation will be a combination poster and web demonstration.

Implementing Apparel CAD Technology
Jaynie Fader - Family and Consumer Sciences
FCS 3360 is a computer-aided graphics course in apparel illustration, design and product development using Fashion Studio software. Emphasis placed on generating flat sketches, palettes, multiple colorways in textile prints, weaves, knits, the development of presentation boards and catalogs for product lines based upon target customer research and trends. Students acquire the skills in using computer graphics to illustrate apparel and present product lines.

Interior Design Presentation
Michelle R. Brown, IDEC, IALD & Dr. Adair Bowen, IDEC, ASID - Family and Consumer Sciences
The poster presentation will show the use of PowerPoint and Photoshop as digital presentation tools in Interior Design. These techniques could be implemented by other discipline in creating presentation. Interior Design students are using PowerPoint, Photoshop or both to create traditional and digital portfolios of their design work. These technology tools also allow students to create graphic presentations such as boards for studio projects. The use of images from websites and other digital resources allow students to incorporate materials that might not be available locally or could not be obtained in a timely manner. The slick graphic/adverting format is a presentation trend that is being used more and more by students and professional designers. The poster presentation will give examples of how these software programs are being utilized in the interior design field. Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in Photoshop and PowerPoint as well as the basic computer aided drafting (CAD) skills.

Interior Design Rendering with PhotoShop
Michelle R. Brown, IDEC, IALD - Family and Consumer Sciences
This poster presentation will demonstrate the use of PhotoShop as a rendering tool for Interior Design. Baylor Interior Design Students are using skills in Photoshop learned in internships or through self-taught initiatives to render drawings with a new technique. These skills are being used in upper level studios. Rendering with Photoshop is a new method of adding color to traditional line drawings, whether they have been drawn by hand or created on the computer. Photoshop is not just for editing pictures any more. This digital technology allows more than adding a color to the drawing it allows you to create shadow, shading, and pattern and to give a realistic feel for materials. The presentation will give examples of rendering done by students and explain some of the tools use to create these renderings. Potential employers are looking for graduates with these skills.

David Taylor - Electronic Library - Online Teaching and Learning Services
Internet2 is a consortium of over 200 universities working together to deploy advanced networks and networking applications. As part of our participation in Internet2, Baylor University is connected to other participating universities via a high-speed network. Internet2 provides Baylor with leading edge network capability to the national research community, enabling revolutionary Internet applications and ensuring the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community.

Scholarly Communication
Eric Ames, Sandy Bennett, Eileen Bentsen, Jennifer Borderud, Billie Peterson-Lugo, Beth Tice - Electronic Library and University Libraries
Have you ever questioned whether or not you should sign publishers' agreements when you publish; do you wish there was an alternative? Is it okay for you to use your publications in your courses or share them with colleagues? Are you interested in storing research articles and data in an online environment where they are accessible and preserved for the long term? Visit with staff from the Electronic Library and University Libraries about new publishing alternatives and models and the BEARdocs repository.

Cheyenne Kelly - Electronic Library - Information Commons Services
Moody Garden Level Computer Facility offers a way for groups to collaborate electronically. TeamSpot allows group members to edit papers, create PowerPoint presentations, search the internet, and much more from personal laptops while being able to view and edit their shared work on a 42-inch display.

The Art of Discussion
Helen Harris - School of Social Work
It is true that you can get students engaged in class materials with technology. This poster presentation will show how Blackboard's discussion boards have enhanced the learning experience of social work students both in content classes and in seminars.

The Library Wiki Project: Developing Collegiality in the 21st Century
Doriss Hambrick - Academic Support Programs
The Library Wiki Project is a library research, cultural literacy exercise that culminates in the sharing of information using the Blackboard wiki tool.

Using a Classroom Performance System
Dr. Mark Devan Jonklaas - Dept. Chemistry and Biochemistry
This presentation will discuss my experience with eInstruction's CPS Rf classroom performance system and will cover areas where the system was not successful for the purpose for which I intended to use it. Topics covered include: Difficulty of student log-ins resulting in lost classroom time; when used for attendance, students signing in for their peers even when their peers were not present; the potential for students to cheat on CPS based quizzes in this manner as well, etc.

Using Remote Access As an Instructional Tool
Terry Roller, Virginia Green - College of Arts & Sciences
We are using remote access as a method of monitoring our students while they work and to do demonstrations for individuals on their desk tops and for the entire class on their individual monitors. This seems to work much better than projecting on a screen. Students are then unable to mouse around as opposed to listening and we have their undivided attention. It also keeps everyone on the same page. The program runs much more slowly than we would like but it has proven to be a good teaching tool.

Virtual Field Trip
Michelle Toon, Tammie Kramolis, Janna Herridge, and William Shiu - ITS/School of Education
At the end of class on Thursday, February 9, 2006, I told the six students and three coaches of my SeniorNet Learning Center of Waco "SeniorNet Introduction to Computers" class that next week they should bring their permission slips, passports, snacks, and to be sure to use the bathroom before they got to class because we were going on a field trip. The excitement already in the air, I prepared to take these over-50 "kids" on a trip around the world.