Technology continues to play an increasing role in the lives of students; therefore, their needs surrounding academic technologies inside and outside of the classroom continue to expand. To assist instructors with incorporating new tools and modern pedagogies into their courses, ITS hired two Case Western Reserve faculty members as faculty support and academic technology leaders in spring 2012. From helping instructors choose the right technologies for their classes to providing personalized support throughout a semester, the co-leaders enabled faculty to move their teaching, learning and research beyond their usual boundaries during fiscal year 2013.
Throughout the academic year, creative solutions for specific courses were employed using the university’s existing academic technologies, such as MediaVision Courseware, Blackboard Learn, Google Apps for Education and Adobe Connect. The co-leaders also worked with faculty members on incorporating new and developing academic technologies into their courses. From Prezi, an online presentation builder, to Understoodit, a real-time classroom polling app, faculty members were supported as they searched for new tools through which to expand their teaching. In addition to course instructors, the co-leaders worked directly with deans, chief technology officers and ancillary personnel to develop discipline-specific support plans.
The Google Apps for Education suite of services, available to faculty, staff and students, is more than just email, a calendar and other Web applications. To demonstrate how these services can be expanded for use in the classroom, ITS sponsored the Google Fall Harvest event for faculty. Workshops demonstrated how apps, such as Google Sites, Docs, YouTube, Blogger and others, can be used by faculty for collaboration and course facilitation.
Not all learning occurs in the classroom. As technology continues to evolve, the places where students learn and the ways in which they digest information have changed. To meet their needs, ITS invested in new digital tools and environments that further the university’s mission and push the traditional boundaries of teaching and learning.
Through the use of Web design, digital media design, and graphic and motion graphic design tools, the team produced new learning objects for the Case Western Reserve and global communities. From interactive apps depicting medical school research to high-definition video capture of Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs), more people were able to share in the Case Western Reserve educational experience.
The MediaVision video production team leveraged its studio space in the Cedar Avenue Service Center in new and expanded ways, which directly impacted how students at Case Western Reserve and scholars around the globe learn. During fiscal year 2013, the team utilized studio improvements, such as an expanded control center that can monitor up to 128 video sources at eight locations throughout the facility, to create high-definition videos for instruction and communication, as well as facilitate the production of online classes. The facility also joined the VYVX Broadcast Fiber Network, which enables Case Western Reserve to broadcast live interviews of research experts and executives in the studio to global broadcast networks. This connection ensures learning objects created on campus, such as MOOCs, are able to be shared with learners around the globe.
With these tools, the MediaVision team completed many projects for Case Western Reserve and kept the institution at the cutting-edge of digital learning tools. See the graphic below to learn more about how the MediaVision team spent its time to create premier productions for the Case Western Reserve and global communities.
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Dr. Richard Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior, about his experience with the MediaVision team
Dr. Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, about his experience with the MediaVision team