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Teaching with Technology

If you’re interested in integrating technology into your classroom, please contact Kristi Verbeke (verbekkj@wfu.edu) to schedule an appointment and discuss your options. Though this list is certainly not exhaustive, the links below will give you more information about the technologies available here at WFU. We will be happy to work with you to effectively design your courses to include any of these (or other) technologies.

Blended/Online Learning

If you’re thinking about moving part (or all) of you class online, contact Brenda Knox, Director of Online Education at knoxbl@wfu.edu. Alternatively, if you want to discuss the design of online learning activities, you can schedule a consultation with Kristi Verbeke at the TLC (verbekkj@wfu.edu). We’ll help you identify the appropriate technologies and design activities to engage your students in a blended or online learning environment.

Google at WFU

In addition to having access to Google Mail, you might find the use of other Google applications helpful for your teaching, such as Google sites (to create websites) or Google Docs (for sharing files with students and colleagues). Learn more about Google at WFU.

Instructional Technology Group

The services provided by the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) are available to faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Instructional Technologists are embedded within departments and provide discipline-focused expertise in technology tools, procedures and resources to support the teaching and research mission of the College. ITGs also provide training on hardware, classroom technology, and other technology-related issues. View ITG training.

If you are in the College, you can find your ITG here.

Sakai

Sakai is WFU’s course management system. Course management systems provide instructors with a set of online tools which allow them to post information and engage students online without having to have web design skills. An added advantage is that all of these tools are in one place and students do not have to log into multiple websites to find course information. Tools often include: student rosters, grade books, assignment submissions, discussion forums, and test/quizzes.

If you need help with Sakai, you can first start with the online help database. The College also maintains a Sakai blog with “What’s New”, “Help” and “FAQ” pages.

If you’re looking for Sakai training, workshops are often scheduled through the Professional Development Center. Faculty in the College can also request training from their ITGs by filling out an online request form.

Teaching and Learning Center Guide to Technologies

A guide to various classroom technologies organized by teaching goals: for use in traditional or e-learning environments.

Resource Guide to Technologies

VoiceThread

VoiceThread allows faculty or students to create online presentations or stories using audio, images, videos or text. It’s also interactive in that viewers can comment on the presentations using voice, video or text. Access to the presentations can be specific to your class or shared publicly. WFU has a campus license for VoiceThread and it’s a fairly simple tool to use. If you’re looking to create online presentations that you want your students to interact with (or having students create their own presentations), check out the WFU VoiceThread Help page.

If you’re interested in training on VoiceThread, visit the PDC website.

For a sample overview of how you might use VoiceThread, view this ten-minute video by Michelle Pacansky-Brock from Mt. San Jacinto College. Pacansky-Brock has also produced a series of YouTube videos on teaching with VoiceThread.

WebEx

If you’re interested in incorporating web conferencing of synchronous online meetings into your courses, WebEx is a tool available to all WFU faculty and students. WebEx includes functions such as high-quality video, file transfer, chat and voice conferencing; session recording, desktop sharing, application sharing and a virtual whiteboard. WebEx meetings can also be recorded and archived.

For more information about WebEx, visit the Help page. You may also want to consult the WebEx Support FAQ page. If you’re interested in receiving training for WebEx, visit the PDC website.