Greetings from DCS. As the fall semester is in full swing, we've got plenty of news to share.
Active Learning Community Open House
Undergraduate Academic Affairs invites you to an Open House where we will share our current plans for active learning spaces as well as our ideas for a community to help those teaching in these rooms reap the full benefits of these exciting new spaces. Most importantly, we welcome you to join us, hear how other faculty use active learning, and share your feedback on what your ideal active learning room would look like and what support you need to use active teaching methods. Following the presentation, instructors will be invited to sign up to use new active learning rooms next fall and be a part of the community. For more info and to register, view our Spotlight Article.
Introducing the Flip
This fall we introduced a brand new DCS system - the Digital Classroom Flip-Top, also known as the "DCF" or "Flip." The Flip is a spin off of our standard classroom podium - the Digital Classroom Podium - designed for use in small classrooms and seminar rooms. The Flip utilizes the same user interface as our podium, but is built into the instructor table, to maintain the feel of an intimate room. In addition to enabling instructors to present from a built-in Mac computer and their own portable device, the Flip includes wireless display technology. Using this new feature, instructors and students can send images from laptops, phones, or tablets to the room's monitor without needing to connect with cables. For more info on the Flip, visit our Digital Classroom Flip-Top page.
Interested in trying cutting edge classroom technology? DCS is launching a new program to help put exciting new technologies in the hands of faculty who want to try them in their class. Through DCS Pilots, we are inviting faculty to partner with us to learn about the viability of instructional technologies we have researched and tested for Rutgers classrooms. We will meet with you to discuss whether one of our pilot technologies is right for you, develop a plan to incorporate it into your class, and help you use it during the semester. This year's pilots are video conferencing, wireless projection, Nearpod polling, and remote podium control. To learn more about these technologies and sign up try to them out, visit our new DCS Pilots page.
Honors College and More Upgrades for the Fall
Over the summer, DCS's TS&O staff installed new technology in eighteen classrooms. On Livingston Campus, Lucy Stone Hall Rooms B105, B110, and B205 were all upgraded with Digital Classroom Podiums. School of Communication & Information 212, Ruth Adams Building 001, and Hickman Hall 202 and 211 were outfitted with DCPs. Brand new Flip systems were installed in the new Honors College seminar rooms, as well as Hickman Hall Room 206. We also swapped out older Digital Classroom Podiums in Murray Hall Rooms 210, 211, 212, and 213 with the newest version of our podium, which include document camera lifts. Finally, we replaced aging systems in Campbell Hall with Crestron Touchscreen Systems that were removed from new DCP rooms. Read more in our Spotlight Article.
Important Changes Coming to RUWired
Beginning on October 16th, the Office of Information Technology will begin introducing improvements to RUWired that will change the way users log in. This will effect the way instructors in DCS rooms connect their laptops to the Ethernet ports provided in systems and wall jacks. Before connecting to RUWired, users will need to install RUWireless Secure on their laptop and change network settings. The new service will result in a faster and more secure Internet experience. For help preparing your laptop, view our step-by-step instructions for using RUWired.
iWorks Now Available on Digital Classroom Systems
Mac users, rejoice! The iWorks suite is now installed on all Digital Classroom Podiums and Flip-Tops. iWorks includes three popular applications. Keynote is the Apple version of PowerPoint, used to create and give slide-based presentations. Numbers is a spreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft's Excel. Finally, Pages is a word-processing document. These applications may be accessed in the blue applications folder located in the dock on Digital Classroom Systems. The programs will automatically open if you select a Keynote, Numbers, or Pages file from your USB drive or an online location. For more info, read on.
Fall Workshop Schedule
Join us in Tillett Hall Room 118 this semester for workshops on a variety of topics relating to classroom technology. All workshops are for faculty, staff, and students. Please RSVP on our registration page.
Getting Started with Keynote
Wednesday 10/14 at 10am
Now that Keynote is available for use in DCS rooms, attend this introductionory 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.
All About Web Apps: Productivity
Friday 10/30 at 1pm
In this web apps workshop, we will highlight tools available on the web that can be used to help teach your class, create presentations, organize notes, and more.
All About Web Apps: Collaboration
Wednesday 11/11 at 10am
In this workshop, we provide an overview of web apps designed to facilitate group work. Our staff will discuss tools that can be used to help facilitate brainstorming, bolster instructor presentations, and encourage student participation and collaboration.
Creative Media in the Classroom
Wednesday 12/2 at 10am
Video, images, web content, and audio are all great ways to enrich classroom presentations. However, having to close and open programs to access media can take away from valuable classroom time and interrupt the flow of the discussion. This workshop focuses on how to best identify and incorporate relevant media. DCS staff will review how to embed multi-media into presentations and technical tips for how to quickly switch between presentations and other media.
DCS Technology Training
Friday 1/15/16 at 1pm, Wednesday 1/20 at 9am
As you get your syllabus and materials together for spring 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 a laptop, DVDs, or documents – that you would like to test with the equipment.
Intro to Macs
Friday 1/15/16 at 2:30pm, Wednesday 1/20 at 10:30am
This workshop is tailored towards instructors using the Digital Classroom Podium and anyone who would like an introduction to using Macs. 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.
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