Thank you to those who joined us at Tech It Out Day 2021! The website has been updated with session recordings and presenter resources. We hope you enjoyed “kicking the tires” on the latest and greatest educational technology. It’s always a pleasure to connect with colleagues who are driving innovative teaching! Tech It Out Day.
Here is a fun idea to consider in order to encourage your students to strive for the highest outcome. The idea is to effectively integrate “exceeds proficiency” into your Laulima rubrics without including extra credit points. Also learn about a modern twist to a traditional bulletin board by creating a simple Google Doc sticker board that will motivate students to strive for excellence.
For a number of years Leeward CC has maintained a type of technology classroom known as Smart Classrooms. Leeward Smart Classrooms are classrooms that have been enhanced with college supported teaching technologies such as an internet connected computer (Macintosh with the option to load virtual Windows operating system), computer projector with screen, amplified speakers and a laser pointer. The college has begun phasing out Smart Classrooms and shifting to Technology Enhanced Classrooms (TECs) which are built upon a sustainable infrastructure.
The TECs include a college supported, internet connected computer (Macintosh with the option to load virtual Windows operating system), a laser video projector with screen, amplified speakers and a laser pointer. What you may not see on the surface is the behind the scenes infrastructure (cabling, software and controllers) that enable future replacement and upgrades to individual components over a longer period of time.
Speaking of time, as you are probably aware at this moment much of our college courses are being delivered online. In planning for a future in which we will return to mix of online and in-person we may also experience growth in the hybrid delivery modality. In support of hybrid delivery the college has assembled “Hybrid Kits” and integrated them into the TECs. A TEC + Hybrid Kit is comprise of the TEC technologies with the addition of document camera, HDMI (input) capture card, a second web camera, a graphics tablet and a wireless lanyard microphone.
Learn more about these Hybrid Kit technologies and how they can integrated into your hybrid teaching below.
Looking for a way to capture an object or a simple demonstration to share online through Zoom or through a classroom projector in a socially distanced classroom, consider using the Elmo document camera. Document camera devices are a part of the Hybrid Kit installed in TECs, in addition a limited amount that are available for loan through EMC AV Services.
Are flexible, high resolution, easy to use.
Can be used with Zoom online conferencing.
Can zoom in and to show small details of three dimensional objects.
Have a high quality camera for capturing printed text.
Capture handwriting and diagrams written on paper (analogous to using an overhead).
Expand your presentation possibilities, incorporate video from auxiliary devices. Share content from a connected external video source through your Zoom session. The Hybrid Kit includes an HDMI (input) capture card that will allow you to accomplish this. In addition to this a limited number of capture cards available for loan through EMC AV Services.
Step away from the lectern computer and be seen! Learn about our latest addition to the Hybrid TECs, a tripod mounted camera and microphone. Great for capturing wide shots (with audio) of your in-room audience or of yourself teaching with Zoom. In addition to this a limited number of field kits with these Zoom video recorders are available as well as a few auto tracking OBSbot web cameras, available for loan through EMC AV Services.
Tripod mounted camera:
Can be used with Zoom for online conferencing.
Can be re-positioned to capture different perspectives.
Hybrid TECs are now equipped with a Wacom One graphics tablet. Experience writing, drawing diagrams or annotating on the Zoom whiteboard using a tablet and stylus (Tablet is approximately 6″ x 3.7″, not wireless). In addition to this a limited number of larger wireless graphics tablets available for loan through EMC AV Services.
One reason you may have for using the new Gradebook tool in Laulima is its ability to pair with the new Rubrics tool. (Note: Laulima Rubrics can only be paired with the new Gradebook tool and not the Gradebook Classic tool.) Furthermore, the Rubrics tool integrates with other tools such as Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, and Forums, allowing you to provide transparency and feedback to students about how they are graded.
However, we would like to share about an issue regarding using a rubric (Laulima Rubrics) associated with a forum topic (Laulima Forums) and the Gradebook tool. When you are grading via Forums using an associated rubric, the graded rubric criterion (i.e. individual score for each criterion) and criterion comments (i.e. individual comments for each criterion) you may input do not transfer to the Gradebook (although the overall grade and general comments do). Thus, students are unable to see how they are graded for each criterion and any criterion comments you make using the rubric.
We have come up with a suggestion to circumvent this issue until the developers can provide a permanent solution. The purpose behind this suggestion is to still provide students with a visible rubric using the Rubrics tool when accessing the forum activity in the Forums tool.
First, add the Forums and Gradebook tools if you don’t already have them added to your Laulima course site. Importantly, hide the Rubrics tool from student’s view under Site Info > Tool Order. (We discovered a bug that sometimes allows students have the ability to edit unlocked rubrics.)
Second, associate the rubric in both the Forums and Gradebook tools.
Create the rubric in the Rubrics tool.
Add a new gradebook item in the Gradebook tool and associate it to the rubric. (See screenshot below, left.)
Associate the forum activity in the Forums tool to the Gradebook item in the forum topic settings. This will then allow you to associate it to the rubric. (See screenshot below, right.)
Third, when you grade the forum activity using the rubric, grade via the rubric you associated with the Gradebook tool and not the Forums tool if you are providing a score for each criterion and/or criterion comments. (Remember, grading using the rubric via the Forums tool will not transfer the graded rubric criterion and criterion comments you make to the Gradebook tool. Only the total score and general comments transfer.)
Unfortunately, grading forum posts via the Gradebook tool may create a disconnected experience for you as the instructor, so we recommend opening two windows when grading – one for Forums and the other for Gradebook. This way you can read the students’ posts via Forums in one window as you grade and provide comments in the associated rubric via the Gradebook in the second window.
Note: UH ITS has been made aware of this issue so it may get fixed in the near future.
Have you heard of or been using Padlet in your online course? Padlet is a flexible, visual bulletin board service that can be easily shared or embedded into your online course. If you are not familiar with Padlet please take a moment to view this spring 2020 Tech Fun Friday presentation on Padlet to promote active learning (DE Guidelines 5.6) presented by the DE Committee and Donna Matsumoto. The presentation has a table of contents so you can jump around based on your interest.
Typically instructors use Padlet.com free service or seek out division funds for a paid plan, for this calendar year 2021 Leeward CC has a subscription to an Institutional Backpack paid version of Padlet. This will allow instructors an option go beyond the limit of 3 active Padlet boards as well as grow beyond the 10 MB memory limit to 250 MB. Another difference is that on the Leeward service students do not have accounts so their posts will show as anonymous, if a name is helpful, they could type their names into their posts.