August OIT News: GTA@OIT Grant Call; Request Our Services; More

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News from Innovative Technology Consulting
August 2010
GTA@OIT Fall Call for Proposals
student with laptopEach fall and spring semester, Graduate Teaching Associates and Assistants (GTAs) with sole responsibility for teaching a course are invited to submit a proposal for the GTA@OIT Grant. In addition to mentoring, grant recipients receive $500 to purchase software, attend a professional conference, prepare a professional presentation or publication about integrating technology into a course, or use as a stipend.

To learn more about the GTA@OIT Fall Call for Proposals, visit The deadline is 5 p.m., September 10. For more information, e-mail Dr. Christina Goode ([log in to unmask]) or call 974-9670.

Free Development Assistance
Request our servicesIf you've always wanted to incorporate a new idea into your course, but are not quite sure how to make it work or lack the time to implement it, ask us to help. Whether it's creating an individual learning element or assisting with structuring a whole course in Blackboard, we're here to work with you. Asking for assistance is easy. To begin the process, launch the online request form.

Get the Most Out of
Technology Enhanced Classrooms

Writing on sympodiumIf you are teaching in a Technology Enhanced Classroom (TEC) this fall--especially for the first time--be sure to take advantage of the brief training sessions that are scheduled August 12, 13, 16, and 17. (See schedule and a link to register at right.) To schedule a one-on-one session at another time contact the HelpDesk at or 974-9900.

Several new TEC spaces are on schedule for completion by the beginning of fall semester. For a full list of available classrooms, visit the updated Classroom Equipment Search page after August 15.

Media Digitization at DMS
DMS staff scanning bookDo you have journal articles, book chapters, videos, audiotapes, slides, or other instructional materials you want to make available to your students electronically? Digital Media Services (DMS) can digitize your content and provide URLs for online access. Once you add these secure links to your Online@UT site or course Web site, students have access to the content 24/7 for the duration of the semester.

For more information, stop in to see the DMS staff at 209 Hodges Library or contact the HelpDesk by phone at 974-9900 or online at

More Technology Training Workshops
for You & Your Students

workshops for students, instructors, and researchers
We are busy updating fall workshops to accommodate recent releases of Microsoft Office 2010, Adobe Creative Suite 5, and SharePoint 2010. Look for updated Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Dreamweaver, Flash, SharePoint and many other sessions in early September. In the meantime, there's still space available in the 3-part PowerPoint series that begins on Monday, August 10.

Registration is required for all workshops. To view descriptions and register for sessions, visit the OIT Training page. If you have questions or need help with registration for any of the workshops listed above, contact the HelpDesk at or 974-9900.

Learn more about all of our services and events at our Website,

Blackboard scheduled uptime
July 2010

Scheduled Uptime: 98.4%
Total Uptime: 97%

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Instructional Technology
August Workshops

Register for a Workshop

Turning Point
Clicker Technology

OIT is providing training for all current and interested clicker technology faculty.
  Fri, 8/6, 9am-noon
  Mon, 8/9, 1-4pm
  Wed, 8/11, 9:30am-12:30pm
  Mon, 8/16, 9:30am-12:30pm

Introduction to Online@UT
Access your online course site, receive an overview of instructor development tools and resources, and learn to upload a variety of document types.
  Wed, 8/11, 1-3pm
  Mon, 8/23, 10am-noon

Using the SMART Classrooms
Learn how to use the projectors, VCRs, DVD players, and other equipment in the Technology Enhanced Classrooms.
  Thu, 8/12, 10-11am
  Fri, 8/13, 1-2pm
  Mon, 8/16, 1-2pm
  Tue, 8/17, 10-11am

Using the Smart
Board/Sympodium System

Get hands-on experience with the Smart Board (a touch-to-click interactive whiteboard) and the Sympodium (an electronic lectern).
  Thu, 8/12, 11-noon
  Fri, 8/13, 2-3pm
  Mon, 8/16, 2-3pm
  Tue, 8/17, 11-noon

Assessment Tools

Learn to create, manage, deploy, and grade online assessments. Develop question pools, surveys, and more.
  Mon, 8/16, 1-3pm

Introduction to LiveOnline@UT
Learn how to manage your virtual classroom through live audio, text chat, real-time polling, and content sharing.
  Wed, 8/18, 9:30-11:30am

Blogs and Wikis
in Online@UT

Explore Online@UT blogs and wikis, configure these tools for different purposes, and discuss their instructional uses.
  Thu, 8/19, 9-11am

LiveOnline@UT Surveys
and Evaluations

Take quick in-class surveys of your students and share the results; then build engaging evaluations and reuse them in other classes.
  Tue, 8/24, 9:30-11:30am

SafeAssign in Online@UT
SafeAssign is a software resource designed to help students avoid plagiarism and improper citation.
  Tue, 8/24, 1-3pm

Give PowerPoint a Voice:
Narrated Presentations

Add value to PowerPoint as an effective teaching and learning tool by adding audio to your slide presentations.
  Wed, 8/25, 1-2:30pm

Grade Center Best Practices
Discover new and redesigned tools for managing grades online using the Online@UT Grade Center.
  Thu, 8/26, 9-11am

Register for a Workshop

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