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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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Get up to speed with TRACS Gradebook

Join us and explore options for using TRACS Gradebook tool, including automatic drop and extra credit. Register today.
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Faculty Showcase - Evaluating Student Performance Using Video & ePortfolio

In this Faculty Showcase, Dr. Farzan Irani shares his experience in using the university ePortfolio system to evaluate his student's clinical skills through the use of videotaped role-playing sessions and a rubric. Dr. Irani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders where he teaches courses in the area of stuttering, research methods, and neuromotor speech disorders.

Whitten Smart, Senior User Services Consultant in Instructional Technologies Support (ITS), demonstrates the grading and commenting process in ePortfolio, which allows instructors to give students feedback on their videotaped performance through annotations and notes that are attached to the video.

Contact information on the ePortfolio system is provided 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parrhesia