The Center for Teaching and Learning, Instructional Technology, Institutional Technology are providing three different kinds of support in our opening sessions.

  1. We have a variety of PDF and video tutorials on how to use E-Racer (our course management system), Microsoft 365 (which is provided to all our students at no additional cost, Zoom (a virtual meeting software), MS Teams, and multiple other applications.

 

  1. Classroom Equipment Exploration Support - Classroom equipment overview: webcam | document cameras |Zoom: Video | PDF

 

  1. Training Sessions

 

  1. As the semester continues, we will provide additional programming including the Blended/Online Short Course (Begins in October). More to come!

If you are having difficulty finding what you need, please don’t hesitate to reach out to IT, Rodrick Shao, Drucilla Owenby, or Chris Bollinger. The quickest way to do this is by emailing ishelp@tlu.edu.

About Zoom

Conference sessions will make use of Zoom, a virtual meeting platform. If you are new to zoom, please consult the following video on getting started with zoom: Getting Started with Zoom. In this document, the zoom links to join the zoom meetings are built into the titles. So for example, if you click on the training session “Zoom I”, it will take you to the zoom room if you already have a zoom account or prompt you to add one. The free version of the account works quite well but has some time and use limitations. If you are teaching a course and need a zoom account, contact IT through ishelp@tlu.edu for assistance.

NOTES Responding to faculty questions/concerns:

1. Students should use the free accounts. When in your classes, the limitations are guided by the account you are using, not those of your students.

2. If you plan to teach remotely from your office and need a webcam, contact ishelp@tlu.edu.

3. If you have other equipment needs to teach effectively, contact ishelp@tlu.edu. No guarantees, but it is worth asking. 

Monday-Tuesday, August 17-18 - CLASSROOM EXPLORATION

For folks teaching face to face or face to face split, Monday and Tuesday have been blocked out so you can practice with your classroom equipment. The day will be structured (with some exceptions noted below), so you can follow your normal Monday/Tuesday schedule and try out the equipment in the classroom. There will be some IT staff around the buildings helping folks out, particularly in larger rooms not as frequently used faculty in the past. We are going to do our best to help you adapt to the new challenges, but we are limited in staffing support and how many places we can be at one time, so we are suggesting a process to help facilitate our support.

  • Step 1: Please review the instructional videos below focused on using classroom specific equipment.
  • Step 2: Go to your classrooms at the designated times (see exceptions below) and try the equipment.
  • Step 3: If you run into trouble, briefly look around your building to see if IT folks are around to help you out.
  • Step 4: If no one is around, send a help request to ishelp@tlu.edu with your contact information. Either someone will connect with you quickly and come out or they will contact you later to set up an individual time to help you.

IF you find you have needs that are not being met, please contact us and we can work the problem together. The most efficient way to make that happen is by emailing ishelp@tlu.edu.

 

* Exceptions to using these rooms for our practice 8-17 and 8-18, all rooms are available once the semester actually starts.

Centennial Rm 122 will not be available for 10:30 and 11:30 Monday classes or 1 and 2:30 classes on Tuesday. 

Fitness Center is 101 will not be available for 10:30 classes on Tuesday.

Jackson will not be available for practice sessions until mid Tuesday morning.

I'll be emailing impacted folks with alternative options. Thanks to Denise McAskill for working through the many nuances of the scheduling.

 

Classroom equipment overview: webcam | document cameras |Zoom: Video | PDF

Wednesday-Thursday, August 19-20 – TRAINING SESSIONS VIA ZOOM

All of the following sessions will take place in Zoom, a virtual meeting platform. If you are new to zoom, please consult the following video on getting started with zoom: Getting Started with Zoom. Each of the Session titles below (e.g. “Zoom I”) are also links to the respective zoom rooms. Click on the link, just like you would the link in the meeting invitation referenced in the video.

Links are all updated - Click on Title to Attend Session

 

Topic

Thursday Times

Facilitator

Zoom I

12:30-1, 1:30-2

John Sieben

Zoom II

12:30-1, 1-1:30,

1:30-2, 2-2:30

Drucilla Owenby

Engaging our Students in E-racer

12:30-1, 1-1:30

Rodrick Shao

TLU Support Resources

 

12:30-1, 1:30-2

Chris Bollinger

MS 365: 1-1:30

 

MS 365: 2-2:30

1-1:30

 

2-2:30

Sam Hijazi

A Discussion on Testing Remotely

 

2-2:30

Chris Bollinger

General Questions on E-racer

1:30-2

Rodrick Shao

An Introduction to MS Teams

2-2:30

Calvin Berggren & Philip Grace

A Discussion on the Implications and Ethics of Recording Classes

1-1:30

Chris Bollinger

 

Session Descriptions

 

Zoom I

This session is designed to introduce you to Zoom (a virtual meeting space). We will discuss some basic operations like scheduling, meeting settings, security features, and inviting people to meetings. Please review the following video tutorials prior to the session:

Facilitated by John Sieben                 

Zoom II

This session focuses on the screen sharing, virtual white board, break-out room, and recording features. Please review the following video tutorials prior to the session:

Facilitated by Drucilla Owenby

Engaging our Students in E-racer

This session will focus on how we can encourage and track student engagement in e-racer using functions like discussion forum, adding pages for groups, and other tools.

Facilitated by Rodrick Shao

TLU Support Resources

This session introduces you to our support infrastructure include many support PDF documents and Videos, ishelp, the Instructional Technologist, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Facilitated by Chris Bollinger

MS 365

This session will introduce you to the MS 365 Office suite provided to all our faculty and students at no additional cost.              

Facilitated by Sam Hijazi

General Questions on E-racer

This session is an open forum in which you can bring your questions about using e-racer.              

Facilitated by Rodrick Shao    

TLU Support Resources

This session introduces you to our support infrastructure include many support PDF documents and Videos, ishelp, the Instructional Technologist, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Facilitated by Chris Bollinger

An Introduction to MS Teams

This session will introduce you to the basic functions of MS Teams including using the chat, teams, and file sharing features.

Facilitated by Philip Grace and Calving Berggren

A Discussion on the Implications and Ethics of Recording Zoom Classes

Recording Zoom sessions presents pedagogical benefits but also raises privacy concerns. Join us for a discussion on navigating the concerns.

Facilitated by Chris Bollinger

 

 

 

Blended/Online Short Course - Begins October

We will run the blended/online short course this fall, beginning in October. Please send cbollinger@tlu.edu by September 21 if you wish to participate.

 

The blended/online short course focuses on two areas: learning how to use e-racer (the online interface) and using design and pedagogy theory to develop your course. The course is online, mostly asynchronous, and provides remote instruction over a six-week period. The course is not all day, every day for six weeks. You choose when you are working on the material. For most folks this means a few hours per week, though this varies depending on your familiarity with the interface and what you are trying to build in your course.

 

In line with the first area, you would practice using the interface tools and build components for your online course. You will build these components in either an online template you will be provided to practice within the course or through the e-racer site of a course you will be teaching. In doing all this, you will demonstrate your understanding and ability to build and use the structures in ways that are accessible to students. 

In line with the second area, you would participate in a discussion forum with the full cohort and Rodrick, through which guidance on using the tools and pedagogical strategies will be shared. Our hope is that the diversity of approaches and understanding of most recommended practices helps you build and facilitate your course in ways that achieve your preferred learning outcomes. 

 

You would be able to get help as you move through the course via the discussion forum or the instructor, typically Dr. Rodrick Shao. At the end of the experience, you will submit template or course site for review for which you will receive feedback, then CTL will provide you with the authorization to teach online courses in accordance with our Distance Education Policy.