Andrew Wright, Ph.D.Blackboard
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Using the Latest Instructional Tools in Teaching


Workshop for the School of Public Health & Information Sciences from March 25, 2011

Description: This session will introduce four instructional technology tools now available in Blackboard that may be used to enhance teaching and learning:

  1. SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service that assists in detecting unoriginal content in student papers submitted using Blackboard.
  2. Tegrity is the university’s lecture capture system that can be used to record the instructor’s computer screen and voice, providing students with an opportunity to replay class content online or on mobile devices, such as iPods.
  3. Blogs and wikis are tools popularized in social networking sites, now available in Blackboard.
  4. A blog is an online journal with entries listed in reverse chronological order. This tool can be used to foster self-expression, organization of thought, and creativity. A wiki is a tool that allows members of a group to collaborate online when creating web pages, documents, or other types of media – think Wikipedia for your own classes!

The presentation will include brief demonstrations of each tool and suggestions on how they might be used to improve teaching and learning.

**SPECIAL NOTE: Please bring your smartphone with texting capability so that we may use Twitter during the session.**

Objectives: Participants will

  • be introduced to the use of Twitter in education
  • be introduced to the use of 4 Blackboard tools: SafeAssign, Tegrity, blogs, and wikis
  • learn how to create and deploy a SafeAssignment compare supplemental uses of the basic Tegrity recording
  • compare/contrast blogs (as reflective tools to encourage metacognition) and wikis (as useful tools in group writing projects) and discuss ways to use both tools for assignments

As we go through the presentation, I will ask those of you who have used each tool to identify yourselves so that your colleagues may seek you out for assistance and support after today's session.

During our session, I’ll ask you to be thinking about how you might want to use each technique in your teaching. At the end of the session, I will ask you to share your thoughts with the group via Twitter.

Presentation File:

PowerPoint 2010 File - Last updated March 24, 2011