The purpose of the Tech Time program is to allow faculty to share with other faculty the pedagogical advantages of particular computer applications. The Tech Time program does not concentrate on actually teaching the computer application in question; rather it focuses on showing how specific applications can be used to advantage in classrooms. Tech Time presentations are often followed up by training sessions offered by Information Technology Services to those faculty who show interest in learning the applications presented. The Center for Teaching and Learning has sponsored the following
Tech Time sessions:
Discussion of the Merlot website and how to do RSS feeds. Merlot is a wonderful warehouse of educational website addresses.
Took a closer look at Word 2007. This Tech Time session provided some tips that made the learning time shorter and less painful.
Greg Crow talked about how to advise in the age of electronic (rather than printed) college catalogs. He showed how to make the advising process as efficient as possible using the current electronic means at our disposal as well as some time-saving summaries that were easy to construct. Kim Bogan, Director of Academic Advising, shared some excellent insights on advising, especially on how to use the computer to facilitate the advising of large numbers of students. She also had some interesting materials on how to help students prepare well for an advising session.
Jim Johnson discussed running online discussions. The focus of the session was less on the actual technology than on the pedagogical advantages, disadvantages and implications of online discussions.
Greg Crow from the Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences Department shared techniques for providing students with directions for computer projects and creating classroom instructional materials by pulling items from the web.
Powerpoint or Power-pointless: the pedagogical benefits and pitfall point
Using Mail Merge in Excel to send out individual grade updates to students
SPSS and SASS
Grading with Grade Machine or Excel
Internet Search Tools
Blackboard Jungle : Advanced Skills in E-Class
PowerPoint Presentations: Do’s and Don’ts