We began our 1st meeting of the semester welcoming our new committee members:
- Stella Ye
- Tim Ferret
- Tim Knapp
- Moses Kavishe
Members of Learning Technology Services presented on the work accomplished over the summer. Each of the following items were well received by the committee.
- Computer Labs (Frey 145, 166, Boyer 337, and Library 012) have a new QR Code posted by their door. Scan the code to view lab schedules and call the number on the sign to reserve the room.
- A copyright web page is under development.
- All classrooms have new computers, but they are really small and you may not see them. Our blog article shows just how small they are. The article also reminds faculty that laptops still provide the fastest and reliable method for projecting your presentations.
- Work continues on Capital projects funded at the end of the spring semester including work with the digital humanities, Computer and Information Sciences department renovation, mock counseling video upgrade, and TurnItIn software to support academic integrity efforts.
Tim Knapp presented an overview of three new products available to the campus this fall, TurnItIn, Canvas Commons, and Office 365.
- TurnItIn is a tool to support student writing efforts and support faculty members in their instruction of proper citations and originality of student work. Best practices for the use of TurnItIn include allowing re-submission of assignments so students can address highlighted concerns in report before submitting for final grade.
- Canvas Commons, a feature of Canvas, is accessible from the top blue navigation bar. By selecting shared with Messiah College faculty members and students with the TA role can import modules like the popular Academic Integrity Module into their courses. This module was the result of collaborative efforts from faculty, Learning Technology Services, and the Library.
- Office 365 – Two themes are emerging from the Office 365 sessions held across campus:
- What is Office 365/OneDrive? What can it do for me?
- What is this syncing option? Is it right for me?
Simply put, Microsoft’s Office 365 offers space for collaboration on documents that are accessible from multiple devices. Our communications sent to employees and students through mass email cover these basic elements as well as considerations for security and access controls for Messiah’s data from the Institutional Data Storage Standard (see note 2). Thinking about the content we place in Office 365 and adhering to our Institutional Data Storage Standard is imperative.
The syncing option requires consideration as well. Learning Technology Services works with individuals and groups to determine best practices according to desired outcome. This will be an exciting conversation that will continue over the course of the year. There is much for all of us to learn. Working together we uncover new methods for accomplishing our work. These are fun times!