Academic Technology Services is pleased to announce that two finalists for the Learning Technology Coordinator position will be on campus for their interviews during the week of Aug. 5. Jennifer Hendryx is an instructional designer and D2L site administrator for UW Colleges Online. Heather Pokorsky is an instructional technologist with the Adult Degree program here at UW-Green Bay. The finalists will deliver a presentation in an open forum setting and all are welcome to attend. Hendryx will present at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. Pokorsky will present at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9. Both sessions will be held in MAC Hall room 104.
UW-Green Bay’s Leif Nelson and Scott Furlong talked about ways in which the University discourages and detects plagiarism and other cheating in an NBC 26 story that aired Monday (Feb. 18). The story looks at a sketchy website that offers to take tests and complete assignments for a student, for a fee. One way to prevent students from using such a service, LAS Dean Furlong said, is to create unique class assignments that require analysis instead of strictly recitation of facts. Nelson, manager of the Learning Technology Center, demonstrated Turnitin software, which some faculty members use to check for plagiarism, and discussed technological solutions to the problem. Reporter Heather Burke also spoke to a student, who gave her take on the importance of academic honesty. Full story.
Exciting changes are coming your way as Information Services reshapes instructional technology support. Telecommunications, Engineering and Media Services and the Learning Technology Center are joining forces to create Academic Technology Services. This group will provide end-to-end support of instructional technology from design and development through implementation and presentation in the classroom or online. Media Services and the LTC currently collaborate on many projects. The same great people and services our faculty and staff use and appreciate today will be available in a newly remodeled space in the Instructional Services Building. The ATS staff will be able to work together even more effectively to support our campus instructional needs. This fall, you will be greeted with a fresh new area in IS 1010. Watch your email for more details as the project unfolds. For the summer months, to accommodate remodeling, Media Services will temporarily move to IS 1020 while the LTC staff will relocate to IS 1004. Phone numbers will remain the same.
UW-Green Bay will host a teaching-with-technology showcase conference for the “central” region of UW campuses including Green Bay, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, Marinette, Fox Valley, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Marathon County. Organized by the UW System Learning Technology Development Council, the conference will have as its theme “Solving Problems, Saving Time.” Participants will learn tips, tricks, and strategies for using technology for efficiencies and solutions in their teaching and learning.
• March 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., University Union
• Keynote speaker is Prof. Karyn Biasca of UW-Stevens Point
Full schedule and registration information will be available soon. Contact Leif Nelson for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 465-2933.
Our friends in the Learning Technology Center are pleased to share that Dan Schrickel has accepted the instructional technologist position in the LTC, which became vacant when Leif Nelson accepted the LTC manager position. Schrickel is an alumnus of UW-Green Bay; he graduated in 2007 with a bachelor of science in Information Sciences and a minor in Computer Science. Schrickel has supported technology in various roles at UW-Green Bay with Web Services, the Residential Computer Service Center, the LTC, and most recently as an electronic technician and media specialist for Media Services. His skills and background will make him a great asset to the LTC and the UW-Green Bay campus community. Schrickel will begin his new role Thursday (Dec. 1).
Congrats to Learning Technology Center manager Leif Nelson, who has been awarded a $2,000 Jane N. Ryland Fellowship to attend the Educause Learning Technology Leadership Program in Atlanta in June. Recipients of Ryland Fellowships are selected annually on a competitive basis, with awards made to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to higher education and information technology. The Fellowship Advisory Committee was “impressed with the well-focused, practical commitment reflected in [Leif’s] application.” According to the Educause website, the Learning Technology Leadership Program is “designed to broaden perspectives and develop leadership abilities, enabling the participants to assume leadership roles in applying learning technology to improve teaching and learning within their institutions.”
Do you ever feel like PowerPoint is just a little… square? Overly familiar? Don’t get them wrong, it’s a great product, but the Learning Technology Center is introducing a new web-based tool, called Prezi, available free to anyone with a uwgb.edu account. Prezi presentations can incorporate pans, zooms, swirls, and swoops throughout your content in non-linear fashion. The LTC is hosting an informational demonstration from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the LTC lab, IS 1004. There will be a demo, a tutorial on how to set up an account and get started, and advice from faculty and staff already using the application. No RSVP necessary. If you’d like, you can get started now, learn more, and see examples at prezi.com.
Sorry we didn’t get this reminder out earlier, but there’s still value in knowing this name: Bo Rott. He’s a senior in Computer Science who works in the Learning Technology Center, where he is described as an absolute guru in the Qualtrics online survey software. He led a pair of one-hour Qualtrics workshops at the LTC earlier this week for those interested in learning more about creating, editing, distributing, and report generation/manipulation; the sessions also touched on question validation, survey flow, survey design, and various other survey options. If you missed these workshops but would like to learn more, contact Rott or, better yet, LTC manager Leif Nelson.
The campus community is invited to attend presentations given by candidates applying for the Instructional Technologist position in the Learning Technology Center. The presentation topic is to give an informational demonstration about an instructional technology of the candidate’s choice. The presentation is to be 30 minutes with 15 minutes allotted for questions.
The candidates, with dates, times, and room numbers:
• Dan Schrickel, Monday (Oct. 17), 9 to 9:45 a.m., IS 1004
• Ling Zhao, Wednesday (Oct. 19), 9 to 9:45 a.m., MAC 229
The Learning Technology Center is holding workshops about a new web-conferencing tool called BB Collaborate. The workshops will be held in IS 1004 from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday this week (Oct. 5 and 6). BB Collaborate has video conferencing, text chat, desktop, file, and application sharing, and a shared whiteboard for PowerPoints and other presentations, all in one easy-to-use software application. It is freely available to all University staff and instructors for meetings, instruction, and other uses.