Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) works with faculty across campus in all disciplines to enhance learning and the student experience through the targeted and thoughtful use of technology.
Professor Anderson participated in ACMS's Spring 2013 iPad Pilot Program. One of the greatest benefits that Professor Anderson discovered as a member of the program was the ability for the iPad to untether him from his lectern. This enabled him to be more interactive with his students. Professor Anderson also used his iPad to take pictures of student work for the purpose of showing it to the entire class during lecture, which has increased engagement with students. As a result, students put more effort into their work because they knew that they could have it shown to the entire class. Without the iPad, this would have been impossible.
Though Professor Anderson usually has a high level of engagement with his students, he found that using the iPad improved student engagement dramatically. The results even went beyond engagement. On topics where Professor Anderson used his iPad as part of his lecture he saw 10% improvement in those sections on his final exam. Even more impressively, Professor Anderson said that his class attendance was 20% higher when he started using his iPad as part of his lecture. His Vice Chair even attended one lecture where the iPad was used and commented, "I have not been in a classroom that was that full before."
Professor Hoeger has been a pioneer in utilizing ACMS's screencasting service to provide students with a resource to review information covered in lecture from the comfort of their own home. Professor Hoeger has proven that student attendance does not drop off when utilizing ACMS's screencasting or podcasting services. Students clearly use screencasts and podcasts as a supplement to lecture, not as a replacement. Additionally, Professor Hoeger participated in ACMS's Spring 2013 iPad Pilot Program. During the program, Professor Hoeger used his iPad as a replacement for the document camera, which allowed him to include his handwritten notes in his screencasts. Had these notes been written on the blackboard during lecture they would not have been captured by the screencast.
Professor Peerson participated in ACMS's Spring 2013 iPad Pilot Program where she found that the visual nature of Urban Studies and Planning made it a discipline that was well-suited to take advantage of the iPad's annotation abilites. Using a stylus to draw on top of images in a way that students could follow helped increase student understanding immensely. Unlike a laser pointer that is only momentary, Professor Peerson's work on an iPad was more like drawing on a chalkboard, but immeasurably better since she was working on top of images relevant to the topic of discussion in a given class. Professor Peerson even used the iPad to replace an assignment where her students would have to verbally describe a mixed use project. With the iPad they were able to show an image of the project and notate in a way that other students could understand.
As a result of his participation in the Summer 2013 Workshop on Online Education, Professor Pezzoli worked with ACMS to create video content for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning's practicum course, "Doing Civically-Engaged Research: Theory, Tools, Method, and Ethics." ACMS created 11 videos for Professor Pezzoli that were posted to the course's website as part of a hybrid, or "flipped," learning model. Communicating basic information to his students through online videos allowed Professor Pezzoli to focus his class time on assisting his students with applying their knowledge. ACMS provided Dr. Pezzoli with a complete suite of services to help him create these videos. This included:
Professor Tour has worked with ACMS on a number of different technologies. As a member of the Spring 2013 iPad Pilot Program, Professor Tour pioneered the use of an iPad as a way of electronically collecting student questions during lecture. This allowed her to not only improve the flow of her lecture by determining when to answer her students' questions. She was also able to see when large numbers of students had questions on the same topic, alerting her to the need to address that topic immediately. Professor Tour also worked with ACMS to create videos as part of the Summer 2013 Workshop on Online Education as part of creating a hybrid course that delivered some lecture content through online videos. She took advantage of instructional design support from Instructional Technology Services to help transition her content from a classroom setting into a format suited for delivery over the Internet. Professor Tour used ACMS's professional video production services to create four short online lecture videos. This included professional script editing services, filming in ACMS's greenscreen studio, and having her video edited to create a smooth finished product. Professor Tour is also a dedicated Ted user. In particular, she utilizes its gradebook function to make grading not only easier for her, but also transparent for students who can check their grades at any time.