As I did last fall, I am writing a post about Technology innovations for the new school year.
- Orientation – This year, 1Ls were provided with online access to narrated PowerPoint slide shows. These shows contained important information on issues related to Administrative Services, Human Resources, Career Center, Diversity Office and ITS. Students were able to view these at their leisure and save them for future use. Their posting also enabled shortening the length of the face-to-face orientation sessions.
- ITS Office – Office space has been renovated and reconfigured. These improvements included better access to in-person helpdesk support services and a larger, more efficient server-room within the ITS office space.
- Classroom Renovations – The last two classrooms have been updated. U343 follows the media link controller model and is exactly the same set up as U200, U201, U214, EW, WW, E115, E116. Room 209 (Rochester) has a Crestron Touchpanel and is similar to room 200 and Dean Alexander. All the directions for using classroom equipment were updated, laminated and posted on the side of each lectern to facilitate use by faculty.
- WestLaw – WestLaw Next, Westlaw’s new legal database is now available for all staff, faculty and students. Training will be provided. More info – here.
TWEN has a new Gradebook with increased functionality. More info – here.
- LexisNexis – LMO (Lexis for Microsoft Office) is available for download by students. Training will be provided. The same is available for any interested faculty member.
Lexis Web courses also have enhancements such as the addition of a wiki. More info – here.
- Examsoft – The Mac version of SofTest will be available for the first time this semester. Bootcamp and a copy of windows will NOT be required in order to install SofTest Mac. In other words, all students will be able to take their final exams on their own laptop.
- New Classcaster site – we will be switching from classcaster.org to classcaster.net. Career Center will have their own site. More info – here
- Instructional Technology Goals –
- Greater than 75% of classes setup online CMS, in Fall semester
- Of those who faculty use TWEN, 50% or more use site to promote interaction using online tools (wikis, assignment dropbox, forums, signup sheets, etc…), in Spring semester
- Update distance learning report to include Government Ethics Online course experience
- Assess technology use by faculty individually, and suggest new and better ways of utilizing technology (pre-semester survey, visit classes, meet with 70% of faculty, offer workshops…)
- Web Portal Project – In order to enhance the efficiency of communication with targeted user groups, simplify access to personal productivity tools, deliver vital institutional information and calendars, improve access to key business performance indicators and streamline web content management processes to decrease opportunities for creating redundant data, an instruction-wide portal will be created. The first phase in the Web Portal Project included extensive discussions with a diverse representation of the Albany Law community to help identify and confirm current processes for communication and productivity. Updates on the progress of the portal will be provided on the ITS blog.