Educational Technology Showcase Presentations from 2008

Incorporating New Fashion Technology

Jaynie Fader - Family & Consumer Sciences

This presentation will incorporate processes and pricinples taught in two Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses for Fashion Design and Merchandising students. It will also incorporate a new fabric printer that allows students to print their new designs on silk and cotton textiles.

The Value of Knowlege for Market Choices and for Voting: A Classroom Experimental Activity

John Pisciotta - Economics - Hankamer School of Business

One of the major building blocks of the economics analysis of government is the proposition that knowledge has more value for consumers in private markets that for voters in the political process. This classroom experimental activity is designed to reveal this reality through student active participation. Students, participating in small groups, interact for two rounds of the experiment. The experiment is followed by debriefing and discussion. An edited video of the experiment carried out in a Principles of Microeconomics class on February 15, 2008, will be shown.

Elluminate Live!

John D. Lowe - Electronic Library - Online Teaching and Learning Services

Elluminate Live! is a web-conferencing system fully integrated it into Blackboard. It provides basic chat and whiteboard functionality, but also offers Voice-over-IP, Video using any standard web cam, interactive whiteboards from PowerPoint presentation, polling, quizzing, multimedia, application sharing, remote desktop control, and much more. Elluminate also allows you to invite through email external participants that are not in the Blackboard course to participate in the sessions.

Academic Podcasting with Blackboard

John D. Lowe - Electronic Library - Online Teaching and Learning Services

Baylor University has developed an academic podcasting building block designed to easily allow faculty to upload recorded MP3 files to a Blackboard server. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the functionality of this building block and to share the experiences we have encountered so far while using it.

Trombone Studio Podcasting/Blogging

Brent Phillips - Instrumental Studies - School of Music

The Baylor Trombone Studio has designed a web site that features podcasts of performances, studio classes, guest artists and weekly rehearsals. Current students are required to "check in" and listen before the next week's rehearsal. I record the rehearsals and performances, edit them in Garage Band and podcast this to the world. Many younger High School students subscribe to the podcasts and blog.

Future Baylor Trombone Studio members can listen to the exciting performances and get a strong sense of the quality of our studio. The blog is particularly useful to both prospective and current studio members and serves as a good pedagogical teaching reference.

Under the teaching portion of our web site, I have begun placing the entire contents of the Low Brass Methods course on line(PDF). Students are able to visit the site, download and print the materials and view the course outline, expectations and syllabus.

Glitz for the Gigabyte Generation

Renee Michalski - Psychology & Neuroscience

Geared for today's student, on-line materials should engage and entertain as well as teach. This session will cover some characteristics of "Net-Gen" and beyond students, relate Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences to these students and provide examples of self-paced learning materials that can be used in an on-line class or posted on Blackboard as supplemental materials. Specific examples include a Jeopardy review game and voice over interactive PowerPoint presentations.

WordPress MU

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.

Promises and Practices of Teaching with Second Life

Sandy Bennett - Electronic Library - Manager, Online Teaching and Learning Services

Second Life is an Internet virtual world. There has been much buzz about using Second Life for teaching the educational practices of constructivism and connectivism. Come and investigate the promise that Second Life holds for teaching with technology and come take a walk around with this virtual reality.

Letting the Light Shine: Elluminate Live Seminars

Helen Harris - School of Social Work

Field education and research comprise the heart of social work education. Students seeking field internships in distant sites across the country have in the past had a limited integrative seminar experience particular with regard to presenting to and interacting with their colleagues. This impacts as well the research projects they are completing in their internships.

With increasing opportunities for learning experiences in distant sites including international field opportunities, Elluminate Live provides a virtual classroom with all of the technology needed for students to process experiences, make case presentations, and provide feedback for one another. Additionally, students engaged in research in their field internship sites are able to interact with the professor and colleagues in the research development and completion process. Elluminate Live allows students from Washington D.C. to Amarillo, Texas, to attend class each week in Waco. The technology allows students to make PowerPoint presentations, share their learning contracts and field and research documents, talk with each other and use instant messaging to interject questions. Several times this semester students were required to be at conferences away from their field placements. Normally that would mean an absence, but students are able with their laptops and wireless internet to be able to "attend" class from any place with internet access. When inclement weather made it impossible to get to the office, students connected to class from home. And in the rare instances where students were not able to "attend" during the session, Elluminate Live provided an alternative through recording the session and making it available to the student at a later time.

We are engaged in research to evaluate both student satisfaction and educational outcome equivalency. The data is not in. But the consensus at this point is that Elluminate Live makes the world a smaller place and makes integrative seminar possible from around that small world.

Technology Use in Academic Advising

Laura M. Scott - Academic Advisement Department

This presentation will feature material and information regarding the new uses of technology in the academic advising process. A student may now log into Bear Web to see where he or she is assigned to go for advising. Students may also access the online appointment-making system for setting an appointment if they are seeing an adviser in BIC, Academic Advisement, CASA (or even Career Counseling), and in the advising session we use an electronic "adviser's slip" now instead of the paper form we used for many years.

Using a Rubber Band to teach the Management of Quality

Pedro M. Reyes - Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

This article describes the use of a simple two-phase hands-on gage of repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R) study to illustrate the three stages of quality management (QM) described by Hanna and Newman (2001): detection, prevention, and ongoing improvement. The overall objective is to simply help students understand measurement system analysis and its effects on process improvements. While it can be argued that the link between the measurement system analysis and process improvement is indirect, the variability of a process can significantly impact quality. Understanding the processes provides the framework for determining the effects of variation and proper management decisions (Evans & Lindsay, 2005).

SketchUp - Interior Design Presentation Tool

Michelle R. Brown - Family & Consumer Sciences

This poster presentation will demonstrate how Baylor interior design Students are using SketchUp, a 3D modeling software package, to create 3D models and walk-throughs of proposed spaces to give clients a feel for what the space would be like. The software allows students to work in a 3D environment, but also creates 2 and 3D presentations. SketchUp has been incorporated into the Interior Design 3D CAD class this semester and is another technology tool that allows designers to visually sell their design concept.

Facing Facebook in instruction: How Facebook can help you teach, keep up with alumni and keep up with today's student

Dr. Amanda Sturgill with graduate students Julie Copenhaver & Charis Chapman - Journalism

Even if you are not sure what Facebook is, your students are and you can learn a lot about them through membership. This presentation will cover undergraduate views and uses of Facebook as well as offer suggestions for how to use social network to understand, reach and serve students.

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.

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.

Instant Messaging and the Baylor Libraries

Baylor Reference Librarians

In the fall of 2007, the reference librarians and staff in Jones Library and in Crouch Fine Arts Library began an instant message reference service. This service allows students, faculty and staff to quickly contact the library online, via a number of commercial instant messaging clients, as well as through chat widgets placed on the library's website. This service has grown rapidly since it was launched and library patrons are using it for a wide variety of information needs.

Online Audio Reserves and AudioReserves2Go

Sha Towers & Stephen Bolech - Baylor Fine Arts Librarians

The Crouch Fine Arts Library provides access to students and faculty for course reserves listening. Any courses using audio (music or spoken word) can take advantage of this service. The library provides streaming audio access through Blackboard as well as through circulating, library-owned iPods.

Library Resources into Blackboard Course Pages

Ellen Hampton - E-Learning Librarian, Reference and Library Instruction, Baylor Libraries

There are a vast number of resources that can be found in the Baylor Libraries and accessed through the library's website and for students, finding the resources relevant to their papers, projects and coursework can sometimes be a daunting task. Studies have shown that library instruction which is connected to a specific course task or goal has the benefit of providing both the skills and the motivation for student success. Linking to relevant library resources within the context of a course in Blackboard provides that same direct connection between class goals and library research. With this in mind, the reference and instruction librarians at Baylor have begun creating library resource "course pages" for individual classes at Baylor. These are websites embedded within Blackboard which link to relevant reference sources, Library of Congress subject headings in BearCat, article databases, journals, data sources, tutorials, guides and contact information for the subject librarian. The response from both students and faculty has been very positive, and the librarians look forward to creating more pages.

Classroom Management Made Easier Via BlackBoard

Jaylie Beckenhauer - Family & Consumer Sciences

Using Blackboard facilitates collaborative classroom management from the perspective of both instructor and students. Assignment sign-ups can be done at students' leisure when they have access to their calendars and other commitments, and partnerships are formed via process rather than acquaintance. Students also have an opportunity to "sell themselves" when competing for committee positions and discuss pros/cons before voting on class projects. Posting student papers adds meaning to and/or substitutes for repetitive class presentations. Collaborative class research projects are simplified when posting individual portions to Blackboard for use in assembling the whole. When the professor has an out-of-town conference, online assignments create the virtual classroom. Keeping track of Extra-Credit Assignments is easy when the student has to post a critique to the Discussion Board. These are just a few of the ways Blackboard aids classroom management.


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.