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Faculty Collaborations by Service

Educational Technology Services (ETS) works with faculty across campus in all disciplines to enhance learning and the student experience through the targeted and thoughtful use of technology. More details on individual faculty's collaboration with ETS on a given technology is available.

Electronic Lab Notebook

Professor Kim Albizati of Chemistry & Biochemistry worked with ETS to implement a pilot project to bring electronic lab notebooks to his Chemistry Honors 143A course. His previous efforts to get electronic lab notebook programs off the ground running the software on students' own laptops encountered compatibility issues. Professor Albizati worked with the Computing Infrastructure team to use netbooks that accessed virtualized desktops to access the electronic lab notebook software. Student satisfaction with electronic lab notebooks was markedly higher than in his previous efforts. “The satisfaction level was edging into two thirds to three quarters, whereas it was more like a little less than half prior to this,” Professor Alibzati said.

Flexible Furniture

Professor Lilly Irani of Communication collaborated with ETS to outfit Mandeville B150 with "flexible furniture," which consists of tables and chairs on wheels that can be easily moved and rearranged. This furniture helps facilitate group-based collaborative work in class. "The movable and pairable tables and chairs in Mandeville are crucial to enabling engaged, project-oriented pedagogy," Professor Irani said. "These sorts of projects are all about thinking through debating with your team, trying things out, sketching possibilities, and tossing out old ideas. How are you going to have that kind of debate, deliberation, and exploration when everyone is sitting in their individual desk chairs, barely able to move?"

Instructional Videos

  • Professor Kate Antonovics, Economics
  • Professor Keith Pezzoli, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Professor Ella Tour, Division of Biological Sciences
  • Professor Joel Watson, Economics

ETS helps faculty create instructional videos for use in courses. Some of these videos were created for the University of California's Innovative Learning Technology Initiative, which encourages the development of online and hybrid courses. ETS provided:

  • Script editing services
  • Professional camera operation
  • Sound and lighting quality control
  • Video production in green screen, the new Learning Glass technique, and screen capture
  • Video editing and postproduction
  • Instructional design
  • Interface design and integration with Ted
  • Upload and hosting of finished videos
  • User data analytics

Professor Pezzoli reflected on his experience in a video interview.

iPads

  • Professor Michael Anderson, Physics
  • Professor Carl Hoeger, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Professor Sue Peerson, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Professor Ella Tour, Division of Biological Sciences

In Spring Quarter 2013, ACMS hosted an iPad pilot program. Faculty from across different disciplines participated in the pilot to explore how iPads could enhance their teaching. Faculty found benefits including:

  • Higher test scores
  • Increased student engagement
  • Increased student attendance
  • Increased questions from students during lecture
  • Saved anotations on lecture slides for student review

Learning Glass

  • Professor Joel Watson, Economics
  • Professor Kate Antonovics, Economics
  • Associate Teaching Professor Lakshmi Chilukuri, Molecular Biology

The Learning Glass technique enhances online education by adding an element beyond the standard PowerPoint slide video. It allows faculty to perform work traditionally done on a whiteboard or blackboard while still looking at the camera. The Learning Glass uses skills that faculty are familiar with as a result of teaching in a classroom using a whiteboard or blackboard. This lets students see their professors in the same way that they see them in class while also seeing notes and problem solving in real time. This creates a video experience that feels engaging, natural, relaxed, and friendly.

Watch the Learning Glass in action:

Overflow

Professor Bill Hodgkiss teaches a popular course and wanted a way to support more students than would fit in his room during the first few weeks of his course until enrollment stabilized. ETS helped Professor Hodgkiss to find a technology solution that allowed audio and projected video from his lecture to be sent to a remote location where overflow seating was provided for students. A microphone at this remote site allowed students to ask questions or for a TA to collect questions to present to Professor Hodgkiss at the appropriate time during the lecture.

Faculty Collaborations