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Instructional Technologies Support

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Simple Game Elements Hook Big Results

Instructional Designer Patrick Smith partnered with Dr. Alexander Nagurney in developing an award winning course using TRACS (Sakai). Learn more about the process and results.
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Moving a course online using the TRACS Lesson tool

See how Dr. Ray Niekamp converted a face-to-face course to an online course in TRACS utilizing the Lessons tool.
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Using video to paint a clearer picture

Sara Lee Hughes from the Theatre Department was looking for a way to improve student techniques. Working with the media production team was the answer.
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Enhance the classroom experience with TurningPoint

Join us May 29, for a live demo of TurningPoint audience response systems. Sessions include information for new users and a forum for experienced users feedback. Register today.
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Faculty Showcase - Motivating the Undergraduate in an Online or Hybrid Course

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.

To see the entire presentation, click here.

ITS CREATE Grant funds production of documentary

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.

For more about Parrhesia*, go to  http://parrhesiafilm.wordpress.com/
*Parrhesia means to speak the truth boldly while taking some risk.  http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parrhasia

Classroom Management in Second Life

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.