Academic Technology - Florida State College at Jacksonville

Academic Technology

Videos

Innovate to Educate: Michael Turnquist and Tech in the LLC

Videos, Innovate to Educate, EdTechRobyn Reese

In the fourth episode of Innovate to Educate, Assistant Director of Educational Technology Brandi Bleak welcomes Cecil Center's Library Learning Commons Manager Michael Turnquist to discuss the use of iPads and the Educreations app to create podcasts and learning objects that are integrated into the college's Libguides system. 

Having been involved in the "business" of education for a number of years, Mr. Turnquist is interested in how to make it easier for students to create and find information in Mathematics and Science. Sensitive to the ways that information transfer and availability have changed with the advent of computer technology,  the conversation revolves around how libraries are changing in response to these phenomena. 

Join us for a common-sense look at how FSCJ's libraries are incorporating technology reach our students! 

Video Captioning Just Got Easier!

DMP, Tutorial, VideosRobyn Reese

Are you using videos in your classroom or Blackboard shell and have put off captioning them because it is too hard, or too expensive, or you just don't know how to do it? No need to admit it, because we have just the tool for you!

Introducing Katura REACH Auto-captioning, the free, easy to use tool that can help you to maintain an accessible learning environment while keeping the hassle to a minimum.  View the video below for more information, and remember: Accessibility is Everyone's Responsibility!

Blackboard Collaborate Webinars

Videos, TutorialRobyn Reese

FSCJ recently made the switch to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a very useful synchronous communication tool that is available within every Blackboard course shell. Blackboard allows individuals to collaborate (hence the name ;) ) over the web using their computer's onboard camera or microphone to give live lessons or work on group projects. 

It also allows professors to share and mark up powerpoints or word documents with students, show and demonstrate applications and screens, and record lessons for later viewing by students. It is a truly versatile and incredibly useful tool for online faculty, as well as those teaching face to face classes! 

Prior to Spring Break, the Educational Technology Team hosted a series of webinars that took a deep look at the many features of Blackboard Collaborate. All three webinars are shared below. 

This webinar is useful for proessors who are just getting started with using Collaborate. It covers setting up the camera and microphone, sharing applications and files, and the use of the digital whiteboard. 

This webinar picks up where Beyond the Basics left off, and covers breaking students into groups, recording sessions, and ideas for using the whiteboard and file sharing applications. 

This webinar reviews the features of the Collaborate mobile app, as well as best practices for its use. 

We hope that these webinars are useful for faculty and staff in providing a introduction to and a reference for Collaborate. As always, please feel free to direct any further questions to et@fscj.edu.

Join AT and TOD for Campus Solutions Web-Based Training!

VideosRobyn Reese

The Office of Training and Organizational Development teamed up with Academic Technology to produce a live web-based training for student services employees to introduce the new Campus Solutions admissions system! If you missed the training, or would like to view it again, you can do so here. The same video is also accessible at training.fscj.edu. Please direct any questions that you may have about the video's content to hrtraining@fscj.edu.

Professional Development Day: SharePoint Webinar

VideosRobyn Reese

Did you miss Training and Organizational Development's SharePoint Webinar on Professional Development Day? You're in luck! Click the image below to view the recording, which was delivered by TOD's Training and Development Specialist, Dr. Barbara Moyer. 

For those who may be unfamiliar with the topic, SharePoint is a useful file-sharing tool that is a free part of the Office365 Suite to which all FSCJ employees have access. It can be used to create departmental or organizational websites, as well as for project collaboration and document authoring. In the webinar, Dr. Moyer begins with the basics of setting up a SharePoint site, and continues with a discussion of the major features of the application.

If you are a more advanced SharePoint user, the Training and Organizational Development Office hosts face-to-face classes to help you move to the next level. Find more information about this and other TOD offerings at https://training.fscj.edu/.

In Focus LIVE: Open Educational Resources

In Focus, VideosRobyn Reese

Watch the latest episode of In Focus Live, shot on Wednesday, November 9 at 1 PM. It spotlights the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) at FSCJ.

Open Educational Resources are free materials (books, media, and lessons) that can be used for teaching and research. During the live show, guests Shannon Dew, Director of Online Library Services, and Dr. Peter Shapiro, Director of Creative Learning Services, explained how to access OERs for a variety of purposes and provided an overview of an new degree pathway that relies exclusively on OERs as course material.

 

FSCJ Safe App

Videos, DMP, Student Content, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Here's a list of the features on FSCJ's new easy-to-use safety app that everyone should have loaded on their mobile device.

1. FSCJ Twitter feed
An easy way to get to the FSCJ Official Twitter feed, which offers up-to-date information such as closures, emergencies, and event information.

2. Emergency Contacts
Instantly call security, 911, or JSO for off campus emergencies while on any campus.

3. Mobile Bluelight
This feature calls campus security for you as well as sends them your location through the GPS on your phone.

4. Friend Walk
This feature allows you to connect with one of your contacts and to them your location in real time. They can watch as you travel to your destination and call for help if needed.  There is an emergency button that allows you to notify your friend if you are in danger and connects you with the emergency number.

5. Virtual Walkhome
This is similar to friend walk however, instead of one of your contacts being notified, you can be monitored directly by security while you are on campus.  To use, simply select your location and wait for confirmation that you are being monitored. This option also includes an easily accessible emergency button.

6. Report a Tip
If you encounter a situation that you think should be brought to the attention of campus security this feature provides several ways to do that.  You can email a report, email a photo or video, or phone in a tip.

7.  Personal Safety Toolbox
This feature provides useful tools when in an emergency situation.  They include a flashlight, a loud alarm, and another way to send your location to security to indicate you need help.  This is also where you can find the emergency hotline for college employees.

8. Campus Maps
This is a useful feature even when you aren’t in an emergency situation. The detailed maps are available for each campus and are interactive.

9.  Emergency Plans
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these plans before an emergency situation happens.  It contains detailed instructions on the correct procedure and safest behavior in several different situations, including evacuations and severe weather conditions.  It also connects you with the College emergency hotline.

10.  Helpful Resources
This feature provides basic College information such as academic schedules and catalog in an easy to navigate format.

 

Discovering the Knowledge Base

Videos, DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Have you searched for an answer in the Knowledge Base?

One of the missions of Academic Technology is to ensure everyone at the College has access to assistance when they have a question related to technology. We've developed help.fscj.edu, which is the go-to place to submit a ticket for help, call or chat with a service desk representative.   What if you want to fix a problem yourself, or are just looking for tips on how to use college systems or equipment? For self-service information, you can search a topic within the Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base is an always-evolving compendium of information about Information Technology systems and services, including Office 365, Blackboard, Peoplesoft, and Media Space.  New articles are constantly being added, along with links to video tutorials, screen captures, and written step-by-step instructions. Everything is searchable by topic or category, as shown on the screen shot above. If you don't see an answer to a question you have, simply email us at et@fscj.edu, and we'll be happy to create a solution that can be added for others who may have the same concern. 

Formatting Microsoft Word for APA Style

VideosLaura Bearl
Brandi-APA.png

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIkQwZBSzwE&rel=0] This video was created at the request of an FSCJ English professor.  It will also be featured on the Library and Learning Commons' websites, so that all students will be able to access this important research paper writing skill at any time.  It is the second in a series of similar videos that will showcase all of the various formatting styles.

 

South Campus LLC

VideosLaura Bearl
South-LLC.jpg

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI-BVUo_Kfk&rel=0] Denise Norris takes us on a tour of the South Campus Library Learning Commons and explains some of the resources available to FSCJ students.

 

Student Life Skills

VideosMark Hubbard
SLS-2015-Title-2.jpg

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k18Vx4Ixghw&rel=0] We created this video for the 2015 FSCJ Student Life Skills Conference.  It was designed as a setup to a panel discussion featuring successful FSCJ  students telling their personal stories and offering guidance to high school students about how to succeed in college.

Formatting Microsoft Word for MLA Style

VideosLaura Bearl
MLA-thumbnail.jpeg

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oEZFELEK44&rel=0] This video was created at the request of an FSCJ English professor.  It will also be featured on the Library and Learning Commons' websites, so that all students will be able to access this important research paper writing skill at any time.  It is the first of a series of similar videos that will showcase all of the various formatting styles.

 

One on One with Dr. Walter Smith

VideosMark Hubbard
One_On_One_With_Dr._Walter_Smith.jpeg

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMfPQjYWIqI&rel=0] An hour-long, one-on-one interview with Dr. Walter Smith, retired FAMU President Emeritus, lifelong educator, founder of the Walter Smith Library, and author of the book The Magnificent 12: Florida’s Black Junior Colleges.  Jametoria Burton conducted the interview, which will be available in campus LLCs.