Teaching & Tech - August 2017

It's time to kick off a new academic year! Teaching & Tech is a monthly newsletter published by Innovative Instructional Design. In this newsletter, we work with Information Technology Services, Libraries, and other units to do the following:

  1. Show how UNL faculty implement effective pedagogy and support it with technology
  2. Introduce tool or technology-supported practices that help faculty be more efficient in their teaching, research, or other responsibilities
  3. Increase awareness of resources for supporting teaching, whether it’s in the classroom or online
  4. Keep faculty apprised of news related to technology projects impacting teaching
  5. Let faculty know about upcoming events they may find useful

Click on the headlines to read the full articles. Please contact Sydney Brown at sbrown3@unl.edu if you have questions or comments. 


Monday, October 9, 2017 1:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.Nebraska Innovation Campus

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor invites you to learn more about creating rich classroom environments that support meaningful student learning and engagement.

For more information and to register, please go to the event page

Inaugural Fall 2017 Book Club Learning Community

Cover of bookJoin 20 of your faculty colleagues in a discussion of strategies that will help you be more efficient and effective in the classroom without overhauling your entire approach to teaching. In addition to these discussions with your faculty colleagues, you will have the opportunity to discuss the book content with the author, James Lang, via video conference on October 27th.

Updates from Academic Technologies for August 2017

Blackboard by request only

Academic Technologies would like to remind all instructors that Canvas is the default LMS beginning this Fall.

More more information:

iPad Pros for loan - There are three iPad Pro's available for checkout to faculty who wish to test them for teaching applications. This also includes an Apple Pencil.

Experimental Collaborative Spaces/Classroom - LET has remodeled some GP classrooms and we have an Experimental classroom in BL 317 and a space in Henzilk Hub.

MaxQDA USB Drives - Doing qualitative or mixed methods data analysis? MaxQDA is available at Henzlik Hub Huskertech desk for students and faculty to check out for 90 days.

For more information about iPad Pros, the experimental collaborative spaces, or the MaxQDA USB drives, please contact Brad Severa at bsevera@unl.edu.

Libraries Update for August 2017

It’s that time of the year again as Fall classes start VERY soon! If you haven’t done so already, please reach out to the Libraries’ Reserves team at LibrariesReserves@unl.edu to put items on reserve.  These items for can include many more formats than traditional print; electronic books, journal articles, DVDs/CDs, and streaming music/video are all available to be put on reserve. Please note that this process must be done every semester, even if you have taught the same class before, given possible copyright issues and/or changes to availability. So please reach out today!

Also, did you know that each of your classes has a Subject Specialist Librarian assigned to it? These librarians can help you pick out resources for your class and even help with instruction. Please go to http://libraries.unl.edu/subject-specialties and contact your assigned librarian before classes start.

Pilot: CATME SMARTER Teamwork

CATME logo

We are conducting a pilot study during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 terms to decide if UNL should purchase a license for continued use of CATME SMARTER Teamwork tools.  Invitations to participate were sent out on August 7, 2017, but faculty interested in using one or more of the tools in either or both semesters may enroll by contacting Sydney Brown at sbrown3@unl.edu.

If you would simply like to stay abreast of teamwork-related technologies and practices at UNL, please email Sydney Brown at sbrown3@unl.edu. 

 (CATME SMARTER Teamwork overview PDF)

Peer Review

Pilot: ilos - a new ADA compliant video capture service

The name of the service is ilos and that lower case "i" is no accident but it’s not the only way the company sets itself apart from others in the field. ilos is much like Techsmith Relay our current video capture and hosting service but features some very useful improvements.

With ilos users may:

  • Edit videos in their library after it has been uploaded
  • Add a “blur” effect in editing mode to hide unwanted areas
  • Replace videos with updated versions without having to change the URL or embed code
  • Resize or remove the video window even as you record
  • Choose the area of the screen they want to capture
  • Better manage permissions for specific groups
  • Full service 99% ADA compliant closed captioning completed by real people at ilos not by you

Video Capture

Give Light Board a Try

Edited 8/22/2017: Product name change. "Learning Glass" changed to "Light Board."

The Learning and Emerging Technologies team has designed and built a Light Board (formerly Learning Glass) for classroom and online use. This is a clear glass board that uses LED lights and neon markers to make a face-to-face interactive presentation platform for faculty to use for recordings and in-class lectures. The image is digitally flipped so the writing does not appear reversed.

Light Board - This is a new teaching device that allows the instructor to face the students while writing on a transparent glass board. It will be available this summer to look at and try out in the Hub OBS. You can book time on it through Brad Severa at bsevera@unl.edu or call 472-0606. http://its.unl.edu/services/learning-glass

Flipped and Blended Instructional Modes
Learning Glass