February 2018

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The latest in classroom technology from DCS.

New Synchronous Classroom


Tillett 224 is DCS's newest Synchronous Learning Space. Video conference equipment in Synchronous Classrooms can be used to teach a class of students from a second location, enable students to participate remotely, or invite guest lecturers from around the world to speak with a class. Tillett 224's video conference equipment is designed to limit the feeling of distance between participants. Screens at the front of the room enable classes to view the presenter and their shared class materials side-by-side, using sightlines that allow in-class and remote participants to look at each other. Classroom cameras are capable of identifying speaking audience members and zooming in on them as they participate to better allow for fluid back and forth.  While DCS's Immersive Synchronous Lecture Halls are designed for room-to-room connections that create an identical experience across both spaces, Tillett 224 is capable of connecting with remote participants regardless of whether they are connecting from another video conference room, a computer, or even a cell phone. Contact us if you are interested in using Tillett 224 for your class.

Art History 200 Upgraded


Art History Hall Room 200, on Cook/Douglass campus, is the latest DCS room to be upgraded with a Digital Classroom Podium. This space is one of 240 rooms that have received a new version of the Podium since the project's launch in 2012.  As a result, 86% of the general purpose classrooms we support have a Digital Classroom System, which also includes Digital Classroom Flip-TopsImmersion Lecterns, and Collaborative Instructor Hubs

Watch Active Learning in Action


A new video chronicles the exciting ways that John Kerrigan, Adjunct Faculty with Mathematics, uses various active learning techniques in his Calculus II class. In this video John details his use of think-pair-share activities and peer teaching to get his students to directly engage with class content and one another. His students, sitting in group tables, utilize tablet and wall whiteboards to work through problems individually and in teams, helping each another identify issues as they work towards solutions. John sets up concepts and analyzes solutions using Tillett 204's document camera and computer projection. Visit the spotlight article to watch for yourself.

Fall Tech Point Winners


Every semester, DCS recognizes our top Support Specialists through the Tech Point Awards Program. Support Specialists fill a variety of roles central to our daily operation. They open podiums and prepare them for classes. They respond to requests for help from faculty using DCS equipment, perform regular tests of our equipment, and fix technical issues. This past December we honored our top Support Specialists for the fall semester: Angela Bozek, Isaac Chang, Vivian Chen, Jack Deming, Alec Fray, Nick Galiatsatos, Faithe Gerol, Chantelle Glowacki, Roger Sheng, and Abi Singaram. Congratulations to our winners!

Upcoming Events

There are several spring events offered by Digital Classroom Services and the Active Learning Community. Click on a event for more information and to register.

Solstice Screen Sharing

Friday, March 2, 2-3pm in Tillett Hall Room 118

Solstice is a wireless presentation tool available in several DCS classrooms which enables you to send images from laptops, phones, and tablets to classroom projectors or monitors without having to connect via cables. It is typically used by instructors to present from anywhere in the room, students who need to share materials, and as a form of “visual brainstorming” in which multiple students share content as part of in-class exercises or discussions. In this workshop, we will teach you how to connect via Solstice and demonstrate the various ways it can be used to teach.

ALC Workshop: Common Challenges

Wednesday, March 7, 10-11:30am in Tillett Hall Room 204

The use of active learning techniques can present new challenges that do not arise in a more traditional class. In this Active Learning Community workshop, we will open the floor to faculty who have experienced some of these issues, developed solutions, or want to learn more about active learning challenges as they prepare to use active techniques in their class.

Capturing Your Class with Kaltura

Wednesday, April 4, 10-11am in Tillett Hall Room 118

Kaltura is an online tool available to all Rutgers Faculty, Staff, and students. It can be used to record presentations in the office or at home that students can watch on their own time so that class can be devoted to discussion and other work. Kaltura can also be used in the classroom to record in-class lectures for future viewing. In this workshop, we will discuss how Kaltura can be used to enhance your class and walk you through the steps of making your own video.

ALC Workshop: Alternatives for Assessment

Friday, April 6, 10:30am-12pm in Science & Engineering Resource Center Room 206

Assessing students can be one of the most challenging parts of using active learning. Traditional methods of grading, like exams, may not accurately measure the type of learning that occurs in group-based learning. Similarly, learning spaces that are designed for interaction may not function well for exams. In this workshop, we will explore various ways of assessing student performance in active learning classes.  We will be joined by Justin Kalef, who uses a variety of novel grading approaches in his philosophy classes.

ALC Workshop: Tanner's 21 Strategies

Tuesday, April 17, 1:30-3pm  in Foran Hall Room 138A

In the final Active Learning Community workshop of the spring, we will use Kimberly Tanner’s article “Structure Matters: Twenty-one Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cultivate Classroom Equity” as a jumping off point for discussion. Tanner, who will be the keynote speaker at May’s Active Learning Symposium, discusses techniques for teaching biology that focus on reaching all students and are constructed with the student perspective as their starting point. In our workshop, we will engage with these approaches, relating them to teaching in all disciplines and thinking about other ways to incorporate engagement and equity into the classroom.

Active Learning Symposium

Tuesday, May 15, 8:30am-4pm in Rutgers Academic Building 4th Floor West Wing

Save the date for a full day of presentation, workshops, panel discussions and more relating to active learning at Rutgers and beyond. Registration and session information will be posted in a few weeks.

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