Faculty at NCCU are using technology in innovative ways. Below are a few examples of how the Center helped faculty use technology to reach a pedagogical goal.
“When I was planning the Writing for Digital Media class, I was frankly intimidated by the concept. This was definitely not an area of expertise for me. I considered using digital media an obligation, a necessity, but I wasn’t confident in my grounding. I knew, for instance, that my students were likely to be much more adept at certain social media applications than I. Developing this course and the digital projects within it required that I learn some applications right alongside my students.”
“The purpose of this assignment was to engage students in the development and production of media suitable for professional presentation. The projects required the use of computer-based technology and were based upon or supplement research, issues, or provide resources for communication disorders. Students had a choice of technology they could use. This example highlights one group of students who chose to create short videos.”
To better explain the complex topics to her distance education students, Dr. Kline created quick, audio-enhanced presentations using Jing.
“In fall 2009, my Technical Writing students wrote instructional articles to guide other students through complex aspects of student life here at NCCU. I encouraged these writers to embed appropriate images in their articles. The first semester that I tried this project, students borrowed images from online sources. I attempted to teach about fair use and acknowledgment of image sources, but this was mostly ineffective during the first semester. Because casual unattributed use of online photos is a prevalent practice outside of academia, many students resisted the careful practice of checking for copyright and giving credit to original image creators. Students who did become concerned about fair use used copyright-free clipart, which is almost unbearably boring. I wasn’t ready to abandon using images with writing projects, but I needed to teach this practice better.”
“This project integrates in-class PowerPoint presentations with critical written reviews of the courses’ texts to create enhanced presentations. It aims to build on existing course assignments to create multimedia projects. These projects combine audio and visual techniques with critical thinking to identify and explain the cultural and material factors that inform South Asian history, society and culture.”
“The communications disorders department at NCCU usually visits Universidad del Valle de Orizaba (UniVO) in Mexico. But, tight budgets didn’t allow that. Instead we found an innovative way to use Skype to explain autism and its symptoms to families and physicians in Mexico.“
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