The OIT ROADSHOW
The Office of Instructional Technology hosts a program called "The OIT Roadshow". The purpose of the OIT Roadshow is twofold: (1) to listen to faculty and gain a greater understanding of their instructional technology needs and (2) to provide a convenient opportunity for faculty to interact with OIT staff and learn more about the services we offer. Each month the OIT takes the Roadshow setup to a different host academic area. OIT sends out invitations to all faculty in the hosting department as well as faculty in nearby departments inviting them to drop by for a snack and to visit in-person with OIT staff. Check the OIT News and Announcements page for upcoming dates and come by to see us.
Brown Bag Blast
The Brown Bag Blast is an event hosted by the Office of Instructional Technology designed to give faculty and Office of Instructional Technology staff the opportunity to discuss current topics in Instructional Technology. Faculty from several academic departments attend and bring their brown bag lunches and join their colleagues and the Office of Instructional Technology staff for a relaxed come-and-go event.
About 20 attended the 2012 event and enjoyed conversation on a variety of instructional technology topics and learned what others around campus are doing to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Topics included Desire2Learn, lecture capture solutions, email issues, web cams, student presentations, and much more.
OIT provided drinks, desserts, and door prizes. OIT usually hosts the event in the Fall semester.
In our ongoing effort to promote the highest standards of quality in online instruction, OIT is happy to sponsor for SFA, an Institutional Membership in the Sloan Corsortium, made possible in part by a discount program through Academic Partnerships.
Sloan-C is a consortium of individuals, institutions and organizations committed to quality online education. As members of Sloan-C, SFA faculty have access to a rich resource of professional development materials, activities, and communities. For more information on Sloan-C visit http://sloanconsortium.org/aboutus or create your Sloan-C account now and get started using this great resource.
Account Set-Up / Log-in Instructions
Now that SFA is a member, every person at SFA is considered a member and needs their own Sloan-C account log-in and password.
How do I create an account affiliated with my institution?
Click here to create a free user account. Once you complete your registration, you will be forwarded to your "profile" page. Please enter your name and organization in the spaces provided. (Please make sure the organization name you type in matches the one listed on the membership list.) The system will now recognize you as a member. Go to the Member Resources Ppage for details on your membership.
I already have a user account. How do I make sure I am affiliated with my institution?
Please log-in to www.sloanconsortium.org. Go to your User Account page, click on Edit Profile tab and add your organization name in the space provided. (Please make sure the organization name you type in matches the one listed on the membership list.) The system will now recognize you as a member. Go to the member resources page for details on your membership benefits such as free webinars and access to the JALN.
No doubt you have heard about "clickers", the personal response systems used at many universities to enhance the classroom experience by capturing student responses to ad hoc surveys, examinations, or even roll call.
In 2008, OIT asked Dr. Norm Markworth to chair a committee of faculty members charged with conducting a study of clickers and recommending a standard "clicker" for SFA. After much research, the committee selected the Turning Technology company as the SFA standard. The current clicker product is their ResponseCard NXT.
OIT and the Teaching Excellence Center co-sponsor workshops and presentations for faculty who would like more information about how "clickers" may be used to enhance the classroom experience. For more information contact Randy Watson by phone at x2774 or by email at email@example.com.
Inform the bookstore in advance that you would like to use Turning Technology's Response Card NXT.
turnitinTurnitin is SFA's licensed plagiarism prevention and detection software. TurnitIn can compare your student's paper to thousands of other previously submitted papers to detect similarities and potential plagiarism. This tool can be used to encourage academic honesty. Visit OIT's Workshop Schedule and Registration Form to sign up for a Turnitin account or register for a one-hour workshop on using Turnitin. For more information, call Laura at 936-468-1452.
QualtricsSFA has an unlimited license to an online survey tool named Qualtrics available to all SFA employees and students. The system has great online tutorials, daily training sessions, and live technical support provided by the Qualtrics company. Please watch the orientation videos at http://www.qualtrics.com/university/researchsuite/
To get started with your own survey, visit http://sfasu.qualtrics.com.
For help, once you are logged in, click the Help & Tutorials button at the top of the page. For live technical support phone 801.374.6682 ext. 6800 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.