Welcome to our New Faculty!

On Wednesday, we were able to meet with the new faculty on campus, and compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions, which I thought I’d share here.  Let us know if you want to add to the list!

What if I want to learn more about myWPI?

The myWPI help pages can be found here:  http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/HowTo/MyWPI/Bb9/.

If you’d like to set up a time to meet one on one, we’d be happy to get together!  Email us at atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

How do I get a course site in myWPI?

Course sites are generated using a blank shell in Blackboard 9.1 and include Banner student enrollments.  You can request to re-use content from a past course offering, the merger of multiple sections into one master course site, and/or the addition of course support staff (e.g. TA’s or PLA’s)to your site by filling out the Blackboard Course Modification Request form at http://www.wpi.edu/+myhelp/content_migration.html.

Does my room have a tablet monitor in it, and how do I use it?

To check the equipment in the classroom you are teaching, visit http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Facilities/eclassrooms.html.  For an introduction to the Sympodium, see http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/HowTo/Sympodium/.  If you are interested a quick tour, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu and we will set up a time to review the equipment (both hardware and software) with you.

How can I use clickers in my courses, and what is the procedure here at WPI for obtaining them?

For some great resources on peer-instruction and other teaching strategies for implementing clickers, see this page:  http://www.cwsei.ubc.ca/resources/clickers.htm (It’s not ours, but it’s still fantastic!).  If you are interested in using clickers in your classes, please contact Erin DeSilva (edesilva@wpi.edu) to set up a time to review the procedures and software.  We typically ask as much notice as you can give, so you if you’re planning for B, C, or even D term, let us know.

I do not really use multimedia in lecture right now…

One other possibility to consider is giving students a project to work on involving multimedia. There are some great opportunities for students to familiarize themselves with certain concepts, tools, or techniques by creating an explanation or demonstration themselves. The ATC can provide training workshops to give students the technical skills for using multimedia creation tools (video editing, image editing, web creation, etc).

What tools would students have to buy to make a video?

None at all! The ATC main office provides equipment for loan (2-day loans) including video cameras, tripods, and microphones. Every computer lab on campus has Camtasia Studio installed, which is a very easy to use screen recording and video editing program. The Multimedia Lab downstairs in the Library also has Adobe Premiere Professional and Adobe After Effects installed for full-featured moviemaking capabilities.

I am interested in recording my lectures in the classroom.  Is this an option at WPI?

AK116, AK219, Fuller Upper Perreault, FL320, Gateway 50P1226, GH227, HL116, HL218, KH116, OH107, OH109, SL104, SL115, SL305, SL411, SH106, SH202, WB228 & WB323 are fully equipped with lecture capturing capability. If your class isn’t scheduled in one of these rooms, there are other options. To learn more about the use of lecture capturing, or personal capturing options, at WPI, visit this webpage.

Can I use Web Conferencing to hold virtual office hours or lecture if I will be away from campus?

Yes!   Adobe Connect, WPI’s web conferencing tool, allows you to present content, including: files, your desktop, webcam video, and an interactive whiteboard, synchronously to a group of participants.  You can manage Adobe Connect sessions within your myWPI/Blackboard course site from the “Course Tools” area.      You can also set up Adobe Connect rooms for student teams to use to collaborate on class assignments or projects.  To learn more, visit: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/HowTo/AdobeConnect/index.html

How else might I use Adobe Connect?

In addition to using the tool to deliver lecture content while on travel, many WPI faculty are using web conferencing to host virtual office hours sessions; bring in guest speakers that are not able to travel to campus; or collaborate with colleagues, project sponsors, or guests outside of the WPI community.  If you’d like to explore a possible use for web conferencing, please contact atc-ttl@wpi.edu and we would be happy to discuss your ideas with you!

What is Qualtrics and how might I use it?

Students, Faculty and Staff can use Qualtrics Research Suite (vs. Zoomerang, Survey Monkey or Google Docs) to create and deploy online surveys.  There are limited tools for analysis, though results can also be exported to Excel and/or SPSS. WPI recommends Qualtrics for a number of reasons, including confidence in how it manages data. To log in:  http://wpi.qualtrics.com. For more information:  http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/HowTo/Qualtrics/. A reminder that any survey conducted for research purposes must be approved by the WPI Institutional Review Board. If you have questions about what projects may constitute “research”, please contact Kent Rissmiller.  If you have questions, or would like to set up a time for training, please feel free to contact me.

I have a tablet and I would like to use it for work. Any tips?

Tablets for Teaching Wiki 

So you just got a new Tablet, or are considering getting one…what next? Can you actually use it for…WORK?!

The Wiki (linked above), and the accompanying in person session, showcases apps for three common classroom themes: content preparation, presentation, and assessment. This Wiki will discuss Apps for the three main platforms (where available): iOS, Android, and Windows 8. Begin by selecting the area you would like to explore first from the options below. Each option will bring you to a new page where you can explore apps specific to that topical area.


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  1. Danny Heathers says:

    This is great, I would love to be a part of this or something similar.