April 2017

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Two special events warrant a special edition of the DCS Newsletter. 

DCS Showcase

Wednesday May 3, 9:30-11am in Wright Lab Auditorium & Loree 024

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At our annual showcase, we highlight the latest and greatest in classroom technology that we are offering. This year, we will demonstrate the new Synchronous Lecture Halls. Loree 024 on Cook/Douglass and Wright Labs Aud on Busch are connected via cameras and microphones to enable one instructor to teach students in both rooms. Ten courses were taught this spring in these immersive spaces, enabling students to attend class without having to travel by bus. At the Showcase, you can see these rooms in action and hear from faculty about their experience teaching in these new rooms. We will also provide updates on the pilot technologies shown at last year's Showcase, including Solstice wireless display sharing, Kaltura lecture capture, and the CatchBox throwable microphone. For more information and to register, visit the DCS Showcase page

Active Learning Boot Camp

Tuesday May 16, 8:30am-3pm in Rutgers Academic Building

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The Boot Camp is your chance to explore active learning at Rutgers and beyond. There will be workshops relating to course design, an introduction to active learning spaces and technology, faculty panels, and tables providing information on resources that can aid your use of active learning. The featured talk of the day will be a keynote presentation from Dr. Maryellen Weimer, Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning at Penn State University. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The Boot Camp is open to all members of the Rutgers community. For a detailed agenda and registration information, please visit the Boot Camp page.

Two More DCS Workshops

Finally, we have a pair of workshops remaining in our spring series. All workshops are held in Tillett Hall Room 118. Click on a session for information and registration.

DCS Technology Training

Friday May 26, 1-2p 

As you get your syllabus and materials together for summer 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 main types of DCS technology you may find in your classroom: the Digital Classroom Podium, Collaborative Instructor Hub, Digital Classroom Flip-TopCrestron Touchscreen SystemSP 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 26, 2:30-3:30p

This workshop is tailored towards instructors using our Mac-based systems 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.