The 2010 Faculty Technology Showcase was held on Friday, November 12th from 10:00am - 2:00pm in Pearlstein Room 102. This annual event was an opportunity for faculty members to show their peers some of the unique ways they are using technology in their courses. We would like to thank all of our presenters for their time and expertise.
Clicking on one of the links below will launch the recording for that session.
Using Smartphones, Wikis and Games for Teaching Presentation (PDF) - This presentation will outline some examples of using technology in teaching, with a focus on chemistry applications. Most recently, smartphones have enabled more flexibility for delivering content and interacting with students, and in some cases represent the most convenient alternative. Applications will include recorded lectures, easily constructed games with Flickr (such as ChemTiles), other games using Open Public Databases (such as the Spectral Game) and wikis for writing intensive class projects. Experience with using free and hosted services such as Wikispaces and Google Spreadsheets to mentor students in the laboratory in real time will be shared.
Phantoms, Swirlers, Melt...Oh My!: Understanding the Importance of Online and Blended Program Data & Developing Best Practices Presentation (PDF) - The Online Learning Council brings together faculty, program directors, instructional designers, and administrators across Drexel University's colleges and schools to collaboratively discuss and develop best practices relating to online and blended education on both the graduate and graduate level. One of they key focuses of AY 2010-11 is to develop data dashboards for online and blended programs so that program directors, faculty, and academic advisors are able to proactively engage and retain students, particularly students who are at a higher risk of attrition. This session is divided into three sessions. Part I will provide a brief overview of the Online Learning Council and and data relating to online and blended education growth in the United States and at Drexel University. Part II will provide critical information relating to online and blended data: key terminology, metrics, assessments, and examples dashboards. Part III will provide best practices from across Drexel University for using technology to increase student engagement and retention in online and blended programs.
Using Clickers to Improve Engagement and Outcomes Presentation (PDF) - To improve the overall engagement and learning outcomes of a hybrid course in a blended program. The course was redesigned to use Turning Point Clickers on the Philadelphia Campus and Turning Point Anywhere, a web-based clicker, on the Sacramento campus. This showcase will illustrate the features of each type of clickers and shows video captures of students using these on both campuses. Also, the showcase will have a live demonstration of each type of clickers during the session.
How to Increase Student Engagement: Asking the Right Questions Presentation (PDF) - Will demonstrate some simple feedback forms that have been developed (for use on paper or with Blackboard, for example) to get information from students - information that can then be used to figure out how to get each student more fully engaged in the course. The forms are varied: one focuses on why they're in the course, another how they study, a third on factors preventing some of them from participating in online discussions, and a fourth on the kinds of homework they find most motivating.