For the past six years, OIT’s Language Resource Center has offered a Video on Demand service that permits faculty to integrate film into their teaching.
The service permits faculty to submit requests for full films or clips. Once the films are located or purchased, OIT digitizes them and stores the digitized video files on a streaming server. Students can gain access to the video material at any time from a number of select locations. Students can find the links to the films and clips within the University’s Blackboard Course Management System. Every course that uses the service will have the links within a Course Materials folder (the location that contains copyrighted materials). Students simply click on the link and the film will appear.
Use of the service has grown considerably, from just 27 courses and 137 titles in 2001 to more than 300 courses and nearly 1,800 titles in 2006. Faculty continue to request approximately 300 new titles each semester.
At the April 25 Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, Marianne Crusius, manager of the Language Resource Center, described the service. She explained how to request a film, how to link the digitized videos to Blackboard course page, and how to use virtual film clips within the classroom. Faculty can make all of the films available to students, or reserve some films or clips only for classroom use.
She noted that the Video on Demand service is popular throughout Humanities and language courses and in Politics, Psychology, and the Woodrow Wilson School. Some courses make just a single film available. At the other extreme, one film studies course offers 35 films.
When approached by their teaching assistants with the dilemma of overly large precepts, two co-instructors decided to be creative with the technology tools available to them. Rather than scheduling office hours to advise students one-on-one, Drs. Karen Malatesta and Phil Felton of Molecular Biology have discovered the usefulness of Blackboard’s virtual classroom for conducting online meetings in their MOL214-EEB214: Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Students log on at regularly scheduled Blackboard sessions to ask and answer questions and to share a white board space. Professors Malatesta and Fenton pre-prepare images to insert in the whiteboard. Students could be asked to comment upon or complete the images.
A camera icon permits the instructor to capture a snapshot of the whiteboard.
Many of you are well aware that the Blackboard Course Management System provides easy access to a syllabus, a facebook, a gradebook, a sectioning tool, e-mail lists, links to reserve reading, and other course documents. At OIT’s February 8 Lunch ‘n Learn, faculty members Keiko Kuriyama, Antonio Calvo, Ana Figueroa, Rena Lederman, Lee Mitchell and Lee Silver and Technical Staff member Laurel Goodell proved you can also use Blackboard to enhance the learning experience for students.
For example, you can now create reusable, automatically graded exams. With self-correcting questions, you can make sure that students keep up with the reading and lectures. And by using Blackboard’s discussion boards, you can extend the classroom discussion and sustain interest in key topics throughout the semester.
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Newly developed tool promises to ease the
assignment of students to precepts and drills.
Faculty and staff will find the tedious job of sorting students into sections for each course has gotten a whole lot easier this semester. A new Sectioning Tool available through Blackboard will now automatically create Blackboard groups based on precepts, drills or ear training sections.