April 2014 Newsletter

It's hard to believe, but the year is drawing to a close!  This will be the last newsletter of the 2013-2014 academic year.

We have two more exciting events planned for the year through the Academic Professional Development Center: a tour of the Special Collections at Pickler Memorial Library and a drop-in Advising Fair.  The Learning Technologies Team will also continue their Wednesday lunches through the end of April.  Details on all of this can be found below.

Please email me with any comments, questions or suggestions at dvazzana@Truman.edu.

Upcoming Events

On Wednesday, April 2nd at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will host a workshop on Constructing Effective Assignments, Problem Sets & Exam Questions.  This session highlights ways in which exams, problem sets, and homework assignments can be designed to best support student learning and understanding.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will spend time creating effective problem sets and questions using the Blackboard Tests and Pools functions for a class of their choosing.

On Thursday, April 3 from 3-4 p.m., there will be a tour of the Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections.  Amanda Langendoerfer, Head of Special Collections, will discuss the following exhibits in the Special Collections and Archives department:

o   Rare Books, including A Teaching Collection of Medieval Manuscript Leaves and a 15th Century Book of Hours

o   French and Spanish documents

o   Civil War diary

o   WWI Posters & Artifacts

o   Binford Collection

o   Harry H. Laughlin Eugenics Collection

Come discover how to incorporate these artifacts and research collections into your curriculum to enhance the student learning experience.  Special Collections has assisted with numerous capstone projects and offers the opportunity for independent research as well as class presentations.  Learn how we make collections accessible and how you can enrich your classes with these unique materials. 

A tour of the department’s conservation lab and digitization lab will be included.  Refreshments will follow. Please RSVP here:RSVP form to receive a reminder before the event.

On Wednesday, April 16th at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will present Analog to Digital - How to Transform your Materials into 21st Century Learning Objects (VHS to DVD).  At the end of 2014, all VHS players will be removed from the classroom.  Do you have course materials still on VHS that you just can't bear to part with?  If so, this workshop is for you!  Join the Learning Technologies Team for a hands-on tutorial on how to transform your analog VHS recordings into a digital format, and learn about potential issues with copyright you may need to consider before making the switch.  

Come to the Advising Fair!  Are you a faculty advisor or staff member who is involved with academic advising in your department?  Are you a faculty member who expects to be assigned advisees at some point?  If you said yes to either of these questions, then the Advising Fair is for you.  The fair will take place on Thursday, April 24 from 11am until 2pm in the Georgian Rooms B and C.  Feel free to stop by between classes and stay as long as you want!  Short demonstrations of the advising capabilities of TruView and DegreeWorks will be presented, and representatives from many important advising resources on campus will be available to answer your questions.  Snacks, drinks, and sub sandwiches will be provided.  Sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence and the Academic Professional Development Center.

On Wednesday, April 30th at 12:30 (PML103), join the Learning Technologies Team for their final Lunch-n-Learn of the semester on the topic of Conducting Effective Online Meetings.  Would you like to facilitate web-conferences with colleagues, group meetings with students, or hold office hours online?  Are you interested in the many options available to facilitate web-based, real-time collaborative experiences?  In this workshop, the Learning Technologies Team discusses web conferencing options, how to set up a meeting space, the meeting space layout, and the many options available to you.  Specifically explore Zoom and Big Blue Button.  By the end of the workshop, you will know how to set up the meeting space with Zoom and Big Blue Button, facilitate an online meeting, and take away a few best practices concerning online real-time collaboration.