LMU Instructional Technology Showcase #1: CBA

Here’s a guest post from the Instructional Technologist for the College of Business Administration, Jeff Schwartz. He’s recapping the first LMU Instructional Technology Showcase, which  he recently hosted for CBA faculty and staff in Hilton. Take it away, Jeff!

On Tuesday, February 16th, several faculty and staff gathered together in Hilton 300 for the first College of Business Administration Technology Showcase. The evening was well-attended and participants experienced a thought-provoking technological “Show and Tell” while enjoying assorted appetizers and libations.

The College of Business Administration Technology Showcase was a unique event here at Loyola Marymount University. Traditionally, technology based workshops hosted by Information Technology Services are often more general in nature, designed to support faculty and staff campus wide. This event, however, was orchestrated specifically to address the needs and interests of a singular college, which required some more nuanced planning and design.

When I visit with faculty about the dynamics of instruction in higher education, I am frequently reminded of how valuable their time truly is. Between teaching classes, grading papers, holding office hours, and developing lessons, tests, and student activities, there is often little time left in the work week for professional development and the acquisition of new technological skills. While presenting some new software tools and platforms during our showcase was undoubtedly important, I also wanted to be sure that each of the tools that I shared didn’t come with a learning curve that would prohibit someone from diving right in and exploring. After a great deal of consideration and a thoughtful needs assessment, I selected the following topics and tools as they are all free (to LMU faculty and staff), easy to learn, and immediately available to everyone at our University:

  • Presentation Tools (Sway, PowToon)
  • 3D Printing at LMU
  • Polling Tools (Poll Everywhere)
  • Video Conferencing (WebEx)
  • Classroom Capture (Echo360)
  • Online Assessments in MYLMU Connect

In addition to reflecting upon the tools and teaching techniques demonstrated by many of the CBA faculty that I support, I also had the opportunity to meet individually with each of the respective Associate Deans and Program Directors here in our college (Renee Florsheim, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Bob Pettit, Associate Dean and Director of the MBA Program; Richard Stafford, Director of the EMBA Program). These conversations helped to further align the technology showcase with tools and topics that would immediately benefit the faculty, staff, and ultimately the students that make up our greater business school learning community. Many faculty and staff members in the College of Business Administration left the event inspired and excited, and I look forward to working with my colleagues as they integrate these new platforms into their courses and workflow.

Missed the technology showcase? Watch the presentation

To view the slideshow from the CBA Technology Showcase (built using Microsoft Sway, a free and cloud-based presentation tool that was shared at the event) and to access several video and web links featuring these assorted tools, see below.

This event was the first of its kind this year, but the Instructional Technology team intends to host additional college-specific technology events in the months to come. If you are interested in learning more about any of the tools or teaching techniques that appear in the CBA Technology Showcase slideshow, please feel free to contact your Instructional Technologist or visit the Faculty Innovation Center (level three of the library) between 10am-5pm Monday through Friday.

RECAP: Cool Tech Articles From The Week

Throughout each week, LMU ITS posts a variety of cool and interesting tech articles that are in the current news or on the web.

Here’s a recap of what’s hot in the tech world this week:

Microsoft Releases NEW Office for the Mac

F.C.C. Considering Hybrid Regulatory Approach to Net Neutrality

The ‘father of Android’ leaves Google for new technology hardware startups

Seeking security, American Express aims to swap card numbers with tokens

Why We Need More Women In Technology

F.C.C. Weighs Backup System for 911

Could Apple use Triboelectric Technology in Future iDevices?

Faculty and Staff Get More WiFi Mobility with eduroam

Visiting other institutions just got easier for LMU faculty and staff, thanks to eduroam! eduroam (Education Roaming) is a secure access service for the education and international research community. It is unique because researchers and staff from participating institutions can obtain internet connectivity across campuses worldwide when visiting other participating institutions.

Learn more about eduroam in this short video:

In California, you can find eduroam at 12 different institutions. In the United States, there’s around 185 active eduroam hotspots, and an additional 60+ institutions interested.

Eduroam map

To learn more visit the ITS website

Security Notice: Limit Internet Explorer Usage

Due to the severity of the latest Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited on the Internet, ITS recommends that Windows users use Internet Explorer for LMU websites only. To protect yourself from these vulnerabilities, users should use the latest versions of Firefox or Chrome for any non-LMU websites until the Internet Explorer vulnerability can be fixed. Further updates will be published here.

Users who need to use Internet Explorer for non-LMU websites are advised to turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer. This can be accomplished by opening Internet Explorer, going to the “Tools” menu and choosing “Manage Add-Ons.” Ensure the Show drop-down menu is set to “All add-ons.” Click on “Shockwave Flash Object,” and choose the “Disable” button in the lower right corner of the window. Once disabled, click on the “Close” button.

If you need assistance with downloading a new browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, or with turning off Adobe Flash, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 310-338-7777 or helpdesk@lmu.edu.

Welcome to the new ITS website!

While students and faculty were away, resting and recouping for a stellar 2013-14 Academic Year, the LMU Information Technology Services team has been working hard to bring you a more user-friendly, more up-to-date, and just plain better website. Sounds easy, right? But not when you consider that in May, ITS had FIVE separate websites. Now, there is only ONE. That’s right, no more going to the website and being shuttled over to MyLMU to find your answer. It’s all here, and it’s all easier to find!

See?

what-we-do-screenshot

Take a spin around the site and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear our users’ opinions. In fact, one of our goals is to keep in better touch this year. Watch this space (and our Twitter account!) for more information on ITS events, alerts, videos, and deeper dives into information technology topics that are important to you (or maybe that you didn’t even know were important!).