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n o t e s&NEWS Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Volume 4, Issue 5 • March 2004

Preparing Future Faculty As Competent Users of IT and Information Literacy Competencies In 2003/2004 and in collaboration with the Provost’s Office, the Graduate College, Jerome Library and ITS, CTLT piloted an online IT and Information Literacy competency program for 10 BGSU graduate students to prepare them as future faculty to be better thinkers and users of newer technologies. This program focused on technical competencies in four selected areas: Basic Computer Literacy, Rich Media, Web Document Design, and Information Literacy.

“...CTLT is offering more opportunities for graduate students during the 2004/2005 academic year...” As CTLT’s 2003/2004 Graduate Learning Community celebrate the successes of this year’s pilot program, they are already making plans for a similar program for the 2004/2005 academic year. The 2nd-year competency program will offer a group of new graduate students the experience to become part of a dynamic learning community of 10 graduate students and 4 facilitators; partake in a series of online learning modules that will allow participants to develop an operational competency in IT and Information Literacy; and learn how to apply those learned technologies their jobs as future faculty. One of the many benefits of this program for graduate students will be the learning of multiple technologies within multiple platforms, and the application of those technologies to areas of teaching and research. Those selected for this program will be offered a choice to receive the use of a laptop computer for the fall and spring of 2004/2005 OR a $500 stipend to be used for professional development activities as a BGSU graduate student.

“...multiple technologies within multiple platforms...”

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Program Benefits: Here are some of the benefits of this program: • Develop competencies in various technologies and their application and use in teaching • Network with graduate students from a variety of disciplines • Increase the prospect of becoming more productive faculty members who can utilize the latest technologies in teaching and research. This second-year pilot program is being offered to a limited number of students who are full-time graduate students. The emphasis of this graduate learning community will be the application of technology in teaching and learning. Consequently, this experience will be of most use to graduate students who are planning on becoming future faculty. Instructors for this upcoming online course are Cathy Cardwell (Library Teaching & Learning) and CTLT staff Dan Madigan, Connie Molnar, and Michael Thompson. If you are interested in applying for this unique program opportunity, please contact CTLT at 419-372-0325.

Tristan Blease is a Visual Communications Technology student, and is new to the CTLT this academic year. Tristan assists with the following: • • • • • •

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An educational session of the Graduate Learning Community in the CTLT Creative Development Studio

Consulting facutly Developing and instructing workshops Creating and maintaining the decument management system Web site development Photoshop/image manipulation Video editing

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Tech Tip:

And yet, with all this in mind, we want to use technology for instruction because it can enhance and expand the teaching and Dealing with “Technostress” learning experience. A few of the benefits include: A recent article in the February, 2004 issue of “Presentations” Technology can be used to accommodate different learning styles by magazine by Dave Zielinski called “Technostressed?” discusses some the use of visuals, audio, animation, and interactivity. of the issues that can arise when using technology with presentations Online materials can be available to students 24 hour/day and are and the resulting stress that can occur. For faculty, who may use accessible to students who do not live on campus. technology for presentations as well as other tasks, such as posting Communication opportunities are increased via the use of email, materials online, online communication, and online exams, the discussions, and chats. potential for stress can be even greater. CTLT will be offering a new seminar that will address the concept According to Zielinski, “Technostress” is a term coined by clinical of “technostress” and how it relates to teaching and learning. This psychologist Craig Brod in the 1980’s and re-explored in the 1997 seminar will begin in early summer, 2004 and will cover: book Technostress: Coping with Technology at Work, Home and • Benefits to using technology in teaching and learning. Play by Larry Rosen and Michelle Weil (John Wiley and Sons). It is • Defining, identifying, and acknowledging technostress. defined as “an unfortunate but inevitable by-product of societies wed • Tactics for dealing with technostress: ° Getting started: why use technology? to the marvels of technology”. It results from the demands placed ° Identifying the technology you need. on the users of the technology, such as learning it, keeping up with ° Applying technical knowledge to unknown technology. changes, relearning tasks, and dealing with issues, among other things. ° What to do if your technology fails at a critical time. Faculty are susceptible to technostress on many levels. For example, as “live” presenters, they are bound to the devices they are using and as online instructors, they are dependent on the reliability of software, Look for information on this upcoming seminar as well as information servers and networks. There are many ideas, concepts, and tools to on current CTLT seminars at: master, the tools change often, and many things are out of the control list.php. of the faculty member. In addition, technology may change the entire process of teaching. As one example, communication between instructors and students may now occur via email instead of via a faceto-face discussion.

workshop SCHEDULE

All workshops will be held on site at 201 University Hall. Register for workshops online at or call 372-6898. For updated information on our workshops please visit

Introduction to Blackboard M March 29 9:00-11:00 W April 7 1:00-3:00 F April 16 9:00-11:00 Blackboard Gradebook R April 8 10:00-11:30 R April 22 9:00-10:30 M April 26 2:00-3:30 Blackboard Assessment Tool M April 5 2:00-3:30 F April 23 9:30-11:00 T April 27 1:30-3:00 Advanced Blackboard-Audio & Video W April 14 1:00-3:00 Advanced Content Creation for Blackboard 6 F April 9 9:00-11:00 R April 29 10:00-12:00 Introduction to HTML R April 15 9:00-11:00 Introduction to Dreamweaver F April 30 9:00-11:00 Introduction to Powerpoint F April 9 1:00-3:00 Film & Slide Scanning R April 1 11:00-11:30 F April 16 1:00-1:30

Digital Photography W March 31 T April 6 Photo Manipulation/Enhancement T March 30 M April 5 W April 14 Introduction to Videography M March 29 Transfer Video to DVD T April 13 iTunes F April 2 Text Scanning T April 6 CD Labeling R April 1 Recording Data to CD-ROM T March 30 M April 12 Tenure & Promotion R April 15 M April 19

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