February 1st, 2013
Thanks to all who attended our tech lunch on Friday, February 1st. The purpose of the gathering was to solicit some feedback from instructors on their technology use and preferences in the center. Following pizza, attendees shared their thoughts on answers to questions such as “What are the benefits of using Starboard?” or “What do you think that students expect in terms of your technology use?”. This generated some great suggestions – here are some points that were raised:
- Having a rubric on the iPads for scoring presentations easily.
- Having the calendar of events available for students on Blackboard to connect to the wider OSU community and ability to post additional events.
- The size of the Starboard is perceived to be a drawback for some instructors.
- In some classrooms the Starboards need to be calibrated regularly.
- The majority of those present would like to check out iPads for a month.
- All instructors present had a tech-savy person in their office to help with quick questions.
- The majority of those present allow students to use phone dictionaries in the classroom.
- One instructor uses Polleverywhere in class for student feedback.
- The general feeling was that students expect instructors to post assignments and information on Blackboard.
- Katie and Michelle will make sure that instructors can post a link to the Student Tech survey on Blackboard and remind them to do it.
- A demo class using Starboard was suggested and the idea of peer coaching for Starboard use was discussed.
- The legality of posting student presentations on YouTube unlisted was discussed and mention made of the task force in place who are looking into this problem of video sharing.
- A question was asked about students posting in-class work related to INTO classes on YouTube. Is there a branding problem?