Motivation is so important in any class.At this faculty showcase event, Dr. Michelle Read provided strategies for improving undergraduate student motivation in online and hybrid courses.Read is an Instructional Designer in Instructional Technologies Support, and teaches at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX.
Oppression. Racism, sexism, homophobia. Does it exist in your world? What do you do about it?
You may recognize the problem of oppression, but feel frustrated or powerless about having the ability to change it.
A new film titled Parrhesia, by two professors at Texas State University, produced through Instructional Technologies Support, focuses on eight people committed to anti-oppressive living and what they do to combat oppression on a daily basis. Dr. Shawn Patrick and Dr. John Beckenbach, professors in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology (CLAS) wrote and directed Parrhesia with Dr. Salwa Khan from Instructional Technologies Support (ITS), who produced, shot and edited the film over a period of a year and a half. The film was funded through an ITS CREATE grant which covered the costs of production.
In the film, eight ordinary people confront the reality of oppression in their lives and take viewers through the difficult journey from discomfort and silence to boldly speaking out.
Parrhesia which runs 66-minutes, was shown as part of the university’s Common Experience topic Exploring Democracy's Promise: From Segregation to Integration.
Both ITS and ETC collaborate throughout the year with faculty in the planning and development of various instructional and technology related projects. An innovative recent project involved the use of a virtual world where pre-service teachers could try out techniques to manage student behavior.
Instructor Julia Meritt collaborated with Instructional Technologies Support (ITS) to create a second grade classroom in Second Life where her real-life students could practice classroom management in the virtual world. Meritt worked with Emin Saglamer, the technical lead on the project and Salwa Khan, who assisted with conceptualizing the project.
Meritt says the experience was a new one for her students who found both advantages and disadvantages as they played their parts in the virtual classroom.