April 2016

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We are pleased to bring you this special edition of the DCS Newsletter to invite you to two exciting upcoming events.

2016 DCS Showcase

Tuesday May 3 from 10am to 12pm in Tillett Hall

Showcase logoThe DCS Showcase is your chance to check out the latest and greatest in classroom technology. Our Instructional Technologists spend the year researching and testing new teaching tools. At our annual showcase, we demonstrate these exciting technologies and invite faculty to try them in their classes. This year, we will demonstrate Kaltura - a new lecture capture solution that will be available to use in DCS classrooms. We will also show off Poll Everywhere, a fun web-based response system that can be used to conduct install polls, team competitions, and brainstorming. We will throw around our new Catchboxes, cushioned cube microphones that can be passed to students who wish to speak in class. Finally, you can come try out the Digital Classroom Flip-Top, our new system designed for use in seminar rooms that includes wireless display sharing. For more info, visit our Showcase event page. Sign up on our registration page before April 26th.

Active Learning Boot Camp

Tuesday May 17 from 9am to 3pm in Tillett Hall

Showcase logoJoin us for a day of talks, presentations, panels, demonstrations, and workshops tailor made for Rutgers faculty and staff who are interested in active learning. The day will kick off with a keynote presentation by Dr. Robert J. Beichner, pioneer of the SCALE-UP project, an approach to active learning that has sparked changes in teaching around the world. The Boot Camp will also feature a course design workshop for active learning classes, discussion panels made up of Rutgers faculty using active learning, technology demonstrations, and information tables from units available to support your active learning endeavors. The Boot Camp is a great way to connect with faculty and staff engaged in active learning and walk away prepared to tackle active learning in your course. For more info, visit our Boot Camp page. If you would like to attend, register by May 10th.

Upcoming Workshops

The Spring workshops series is in full swing. Sign up today for one of our remaining sessions. All workshops are held in the DCS Training Center located at Tillett Hall Room 118.

Getting Started with Keynote
Friday April 29 at 1pm

Now that Keynote is available for use on DCS computers, attend this introductory session so you can try it out for yourself. Many users find Keynote to be an intuitive and easy way to create and present slides in class. Our Instructional Technologists will cover how to begin making a presentation, how to import or export slides from PowerPoint and other sources, and ways to use iCloud to access presentations anywhere.

DCS Technology Training
Friday May 27 at 9am
Wednesday June 1 at 9am

As you get your syllabus and materials together for upcoming classes, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the technology you will be using during the semester. To best afford faculty the opportunity to learn about and test their classroom’s technology, DCS holds workshops during the weeks before and after classes begin. These workshops are held near classrooms that have one of the four main types of DCS technology you may find in your classroom: the Digital Classroom Podium, Crestron Touchscreen System, SP Push Button System, and Pixie Push Button System. If you are teaching in one of these rooms, attend a workshop and have a chance to learn how to use our equipment. We also encourage faculty to bring any media – such as laptops, presentation, DVDs, or documents – that you would like to test with the equipment.

Intro to Macs
Friday May 27 at 10am
Wednesday June 1 at 10am

This workshop is tailored towards instructors using the Digital Classroom Podium and anyone who would like to learn the basics of using a Mac. We will introduce you to the basics of Mac's operating system, including the dock, desktop, and finder. We will also discuss how to use popular applications that you may have used in Windows but not on Macs, such as Word, and PowerPoint. Finally, we will show you different ways you can access your presentation material via a USB drive or over the web. We will provide you with a Mac laptop so that you can follow along and try out your new skills.

Do you have a colleague that would benefit from receiving updates about classroom technology at Rutgers-New Brunswick? Invite them to sign up for future editions of the DCS Newsletter.