April 2015

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Enjoy a special edition of the DCS Newsletter with info about our upcoming showcase and other exciting news.

Announcing the DCS Showcase: Unplugging from the Podium

A projector controlled by a tabletJoin us for our 2nd annual DCS Showcase on May 6th. This year's showcase will focus on instructional technology that can be used to help faculty get out from behind the podium to better engage with their students. We will demonstrate ways that wireless projection can be used by faculty and students to present from anywhere in the room and to collaborate. Our staff will show you hand-held devices available through our Help Desk that can be used to control presentations. Our Instructional Technologists will highlight how Nearpod can be used to stream class materials to students and poll the class using tablets. Finally, we will share how Rutgers faculty have used video conferencing to teach class remotely and connect their classes with international guest lecturers. In the second half of our showcase, you can try out any of the tools that you are interested in using in your class. The showcase will kick off at 10am in Tillett Hall Room 253. Continental breakfast will be provided. For more information and to register, visit our Showcase page.

The New Livingston Learning Center

Artist rendering of the new LLCOur Undergraduate Academic Affairs colleagues and neighbors at the Livingston Learning Center have big plans in store for their Tillett Hall home. The LLC is getting a major renovation for the Fall 2015 semester. This new flexible, student-driven space will have writeable surfaces, reconfigurable furniture, a study lounge and quiet area. Retractable whiteboard walls will enable collaborative rooms to accommodate groups of varying sizes, from three rooms that sit eighteen per room to one large space that accommodates fifty-four. Read more and view a virtual fly-through of the space on the Rutgers Learning Centers page.

Two New DCPs in Lucy Stone Hall

Lucy Stone Hall B117Over Spring Break, DCS's Technical Services & Operations team rolled out two new Digital Classroom Podiums. Lucy Stone Hall Rooms B115 and B117 join our 125 other classrooms that have been upgraded as part of our podium project. These small lecture halls are well suited for DCPs. Tiered seating and large screens provide great viewing for computer presentations, video screenings, and more. Following these two additions, over half of our classrooms now have DCPs with more rooms scheduled to be upgraded over the summer. Learn more about these spaces by visiting B115 and B117's classroom pages.

Upcoming Workshops

There are five workshops remaining in our spring series, including opportunities to receive training on using classroom technology before summer classes begin. All sessions will be held in Tillett Hall Room 118. Visit our registration page to sign up.

Video Chat in the Classroom
Friday April 24 at 1pm

This workshop focuses on ways that you can use video chat applications to connect with guest lecturers and students remotely. We will focus on three video chat options available in DCS classrooms: Skype, Google Hangouts, and Adobe Connect.

Intro to Macs
Friday May 22 at 11am & Friday May 29 at 2:30pm

These workshops are great for faculty using the Digital Classroom Podium who are new to Macs and anyone else who would like an intro to using Mac desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. We will focus on the essential skills needed to navigate the desktop, open files, go online, and run presentations.

DCS Technology Training
Friday May 22 at 9:30am & Friday May 29 at 1pm

At these sessions, DCS staff will train you on how to use the technology in your classroom. After a brief overview in Tillett 118, we will take you to a nearby classroom that has the type of system you will be using in your classroom where we give you step-by-step instruction and let you become familiar with the equipment while testing any class material you bring. Training sessions are a great way to get ready for the upcoming semester.

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