Category Archives: Classrooms

lyndaCampus Replacing Skillport Online Training

Effective January 2014 lyndaCampus will replace the existing Skillport online training system.

lyndaCampus is a product that will give all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students unlimited access to the lynda.com on-demand audio and video tutorials and exercise material for learning subjects including communication skills, multimedia production, business content, software essential training, programming, data analysis, marketing and additional topics. New courses are also added weekly.  It will be of value to all of our employees looking to further their professional development, to our faculty looking to provide supplemental or pre-requisite training material for their classes and to our students who might use it in class, their research or their own academic growth.

lyndaCampus has already been piloted on campus with some faculty and staff, who prefer lynda’s content and video formats over that of Skillport’s. Kelly Roe, Professor in the Art Department and Mark Springston, Associate Professor in the Department of Technology were leaders of the pilot project using it to help their students learn prerequisite information for their courses as well as using it to “flip the classroom” where students listen to content prior to class.

Roe remarked about the availability of learning “anywhere, anytime — 24/7, on a computer or mobile device/tablet.”  She is also impressed with the quantity and quality of the videos saying, ‘lynda’s vast online library has thousands of video-based courses taught by industry professionals ranging from business skills and Adobe products to developer languages and tools, 3D animation, office productivity software and more.”

Springston remarked on lynda’s impact on flipping the classroom: “In the last decade, there has been a movement towards greater access to online, self-paced learning systems, as well as requiring students to receive their first exposure to a topic prior to classroom introduction, which allows educators to utilize instructional time for concept formation, misconception identification, collaborative work, and skill development in the target discipline.”

On Tuesday, January 21, from 3-3:50pm, Springston and a panel of additional faculty, staff and students will be discussing how they have been using lynda for their professional development, flipping the classroom and support of student projects.  For more information and registration, please see the CELT Winter BreakOut schedule.  In the meantime, you can hear local reactions on the use of lynda so far from some student feedback videos and faculty feedback videos.

CTS is working with lynda.com to provision our site.  When we have information on its availability to the campus, we will post an announcement here as well as through OswegoDaily.

The Skillport contract will end on January 21st.  If you have any questions about finding Skillport-related courses in lyndaCampus, please contact the Help Desk.

For reference, here are some links to lyndaCampus and our existing Skillport site:

lyndaCampus: http://lynda.com

Skillport: http://www.oswego.edu/cts/training/skillport.html

Shineman “Shines” with Technology

CTS spent much of the summer preparing for the opening of SUNY Oswego’s newest building, the Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.  The $118 million, 233,000 square foot building is home to the College’s sciences departments including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

As you walk around the building, you get a sense of the amount of technology available to assist with teaching, learning and innovation. From science labs, classrooms, computer labs, collaborative lounges, conference rooms and more, technology proliferates throughout the building. Chief Technology Officer Sean Moriarty, who started at SUNY Oswego in April, was excited to be involved in the provisioning and opening.  He remarked that Shineman “represents the culmination of a few years of dedicated work of many people on campus to give our students the best possible learning and educational environment. The students and faculty have access to state of the art technology in the classrooms, labs and offices, as well as the gathering and informal spaces.”

There are over 1000 pieces of equipment installed in the building to aid in the success of our faculty and students.  Below is a summary:

  • Wi-fi:  Approximately 320 access points were installed for faculty, staff and students to utilize the wifi network from just about any location in Shineman.  This is the first academic building to have complete wi-fi coverage.

  • Voice over IP (VoIP) phones:  About 250 VoIP phones were installed throughout the building.  VoIP sends phone calls over the digital network rather than through an analog phone switch.  Shineman completes a campus wide VoIP installation project.

  • Advanced technology classrooms:  22 classrooms are equipped with projection and a podium station that includes a computer, document camera, and various input sources for devices brought into the classroom (tablets, laptops, USB drives, etc.).  Most include DVD, blu-ray and CD players and some include dual screen display, smartboards or screen annotation capability.  All classrooms include lecture capture service for recording lectures, student presentations or guest presenters.  Shineman is the first building to have all classrooms equipped for lecture capture.  It is currently officially available in about 20 other locations.

  • Computer labs:  About 361 computers were installed to accommodate lab spaces. 28 laptop ready teaching labs with projection and sound capability are also available.  All computers are configured with our standard base set of applications.

  • Digital Signage:  Three displays are installed throughout the center and connect to the campus wide digital display system.  These systems communicate event and general information about the campus.  They are also part of a communication plan in the event of a campus emergency.

  • Environmental controls:  The environmentals for the building including heating, ventilation and air conditioning are able to be remotely monitored and controlled.

  • Network:  All wiring for the building connects to nine network closets that allow wired devices to connect to the campus network.  There are 69 network switches installed with backup power throughout these closets which connect approximately 2600 active (wired) data connections throughout the center.

Not only was CTS involved in the installation of new technology, we assisted in the physical moves of employees into the building.  Computers, printers, copiers, fax machines and phones of over 100 faculty and staff from Snygg and Hewitt were moved into their new offices in Shineman by CTS staff.

Behind so much technology is a lot of hard work.  CTS has dedicated, hard-working staff who put in extra hours to ensure a successful opening.  Moriarty points out that CTS staff as well as the other departments who had a hand in Shineman’s success  ”can be extremely proud of what has been created.”

Throughout the summer, CTS took pictures of our progress.  You can view them on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/sunyoswegocts.

App-lying Mobile Technology in the Classroom – iPad Pilot

The beginning of the semester brings an exciting new effort for the use of iPads in the classroom.  The Provost’s office, CELT, and CTS are jointly sponsoring a pilot that will allow faculty accepted into the program to experiment with how the devices can be used for teaching, learning and other innovative uses.

In her vision and goal for starting the program, Provost Lorrie Clemo said she is looking to “take a major leap into the mobile world by rolling out wireless gear and a rigorous professional development program through CELT on teaching with mobile technologies. We strive to use technologies across the college in the same way that students will be expected to when they graduate. Our goal is to apply the latest in mobile technologies to the teaching and learning environment to help students become more engaged, more collaborative and more creative.”

In August, an announcement was sent to all faculty encouraging those interested to submit a proposal with a brief description on how they plan on using the device.  A representative from each school and college reviewed the proposals and selected ten people to participate. Winners were announced at the Provost’s Faculty Retreat.

John Kane, the director of CELT and an advanced user of the iPad and apps, spoke of the winners as “a group of faculty from a diverse set of disciplines who will examine how mobile devices may be used to enhance student learning.”

Among the planned uses of some of the proposals are field exercises in geology and archaeology, creation and use of e-books, multimedia creation, gaming, digital drawing and painting, creation of iOS apps, and controlling the classroom computer so students can participate in exercises that are displayed on the projection screen.

David Kahn, the technical lead for the pilot, prepared each iPad with a base set of commonly used apps.  Faculty may also install other apps to assist them in pursuing their goals.  David has worked with a few other departments in their efforts to use iPads, but is “eager to see what the faculty, CELT, and CTS can achieve during this pilot iPad program on campus.”

In addition to the learning outcomes,  another of CTS’s goals of the pilot is to determine what level of support will be needed to continue the use of iPads beyond the pilot group.  Sean Moriarty, Chief Technology Officer, commented that CTS will “gain a better understanding of the requirements of supporting these new tools, from acquisition and provisioning with apps, education and training and to the infrastructure and wireless requirements to effectively use these tools.”

At the end of the pilot, faculty will share their experiences with the broader campus at campus events such as the CELT sponsored Winter BreakOut.

Online Web Conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate

On May 17, the Elluminate Live online synchronous collaboration tool was upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate.  Blackboard purchased the company along with a competing product called Wimba in 2010.  Blackboard used the best of both products to create Collaborate and is their future direction for online conferencing.

Blackboard Collaborate has been used at SUNY Oswego for teaching classes, online office hours, workshops, demonstrations and presentations.  It allows the presenter and attendees to be located in different physical locations.  Video, audio, polling questions, chat, application sharing, and team breakout rooms allow many face-to-face classroom functions to be accomplished online.

Blackboard easily integrates with ANGEL and with the addition of the Collaborate nugget on the Communicate tab of your course, you can be on your way to creating online sessions. Once created, students merely login to ANGEL, go to the Communicate tab of your course and click on a link to join the session.  Instructors also have the option of recording sessions which can also be accessed through the nugget.

For more information on Collaborate, visit our web conferencing page.

Lecture Capture Service Expanding to 5 Additional Classrooms

CTS officially introduced lecture capture service to the campus in the Fall 2012 semester.  It was available in approximately 15 classrooms.  CTS will be expanding the lecture capture service to an additional 5 classrooms for the start of the Spring 2013 semester.  Campus Center 306, 323, Mahar 111, 203 and Sheldon 336 will be the newest members to the lecture capture family.

What is lecture capture?
Lecture capture is used for recording classroom presentations.  Generally, the audio of the speaker and any content presented through the podium computer or other presentation device is “captured.”   In some rooms, video of the front of the room can also be recorded.

CTS piloted multiple lecture capture systems over the past two years and with the help of faculty and student feedback, picked the Panopto lecture capture system for the campus.  It was available to the campus to use at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester.

How is it being used?
The service can be used in multiple ways.  Some faculty have been using it to record their lectures during class time.  They simply open Panopto, select their course, hit the record button and then the stop button when they are finished.  Panopto integrates with ANGEL so recordings are automatically uploaded to their course and students access the recordings right from within the ANGEL course.

With the appropriate permission from the speaker, it can also be used for recording general presentations and trainings.  CTS partnered with GreyCastle security to offer multiple Cyber Security Awareness trainings for the whole campus last fall.  One of those sessions was recorded and made available to the campus to view at anytime.  You can access it from our CTS Security page (you will need to enter your Laker NetID).

Panopto can also be used to make recordings right from your computer.  A client download is available to utilize for such purposes as demonstrating the use of software, recording supplemental lectures and in some cases recording your entire lecture to support the “flip the classroom” teaching and learning style.

What are people saying about the service?  Check out our faculty testimonials.

In what rooms is the service available?
The complete list of classrooms in which the service is available is as follows.  All classrooms have the ability to capture the speaker’s audio as well as activities on the computer and document camera.  Some also have video, as noted below.

  • Campus Center 211, 306, 323 (video available in all rooms)
  • Lanigan 101-107, excluding the “A” rooms (video available in Lanigan 104)
  • Mahar 111, 203, 208, 217, 309 (video available in all rooms)
  • Rich 221, 319 (video available in all rooms)
  • Sheldon 336 (video available)
  • Snygg 101, 102
  • Multimedia Production Room, 212 Penfield Library

The Multimedia Production Room is a facility equipped with computers, headsets, webcams and software such as Camtasia Studio and Audacity to allow you to create multimedia projects.

How do I sign up?
If you are interested in using lecture capture service for the Spring 2013 semester, please fill out the Lecture Capture Participation Form.  Note, if you have not used Panopto before, you will need to attend a training being offered over Winter Break.  Additional trainings will be available throughout the semester.

More Information
If you would like to learn more about lecture capture, CTS will be offering two Winter BreakOut sessions.

In addition, you may utilize the following resources: