In the second section of the Learn. Design. Build: Preparing for Fall 2020 Faculty Development Survey distributed to faculty in June, LITS collected information on faculty technology needs in the areas of individual technology, classroom technology, and software technology.
LITS staff have read and analyzed every survey response and are in the process of responding to expressed requests and essential technology needs for successful teaching in the fall.
Requests received via the survey: Faculty who indicated on the survey they would like a consultation have been emailed with an invitation to make an appointment with the Digital Pedagogy Team as a starting point.
Requesting a consultation after the survey: Schedule an appointment with an instructional technologist from Digital Pedagogy, or attend a teaching with technology virtual drop in session Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 4 p.m.: https://mtholyoke.libcal.com/.
Requests received via the survey: Faculty who are eligible for a computer refresh will be contacted directly. LITS is working with the Dean of Faculty to develop an equipment loan program to meet supplemental equipment needs. Faculty who have identified needs for supplemental equipment may be eligible for a long-term equipment loan.
Requests received via the survey: Please send a message to the helpdesk describing your needs.
What to Expect:
Media Services has been working closely with the Classroom Emergency Response Team (ERT) to equip priority classrooms with video conferencing capability needed to support FIT. Web cameras and microphones have been added to key classroom spaces.
Mobile teaching kits:
To quickly enable a variety of spaces with video conferencing capability, LITS will be making mobile video conferencing kits available for use. These kits will allow classrooms or non-traditional teaching spaces to be quickly adapted to meet FIT needs and will include microphones, webcams and tripods. This flexible and portable technology solution will allow MHC to respond quickly to changing conditions.
Opportunity for trial teaching and technology feedback:
The Classroom ERT will be seeking faculty testers to participate in the testing of these classroom and mobile solutions starting the week of July 13th. Media Services staff will be available during testing to provide consultations, respond to feedback and make adjustments that meet a broad range of pedagogical needs. Faculty who have enrolled in the Moodle Course Redesign site for faculty should look for a message from Elizabeth Markovitz, director of TLI, with information on trial teaching spaces, and an opportunity to try out classroom setups either in person or as a remote participant.
Requests received via the survey:
After analyzing the survey submissions, LITS has addressed the software requests by 3 categories.
- Essential campus-wide software: Adobe Creative Cloud Suite and Microsoft Office Suite:
- Microsoft Office is available to current students, staff and faculty members and will continue to be provided by the college.
- Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere) is provided to staff and faculty, and currently available to students due to Adobe’s Covid-19 response. The college will continue to provide student access to those in courses which access to these tools is essential to the course. The method by which students will have access is in progress.
- Multidisciplinary teaching tools: The following functionalities were requested from multiple faculty members. LITS is meeting the need now by first providing a recommendation of a specific tool after a comparison of options, and encourages the creation of individual accounts, which for all the tools below are free and full featured. LITS offers limited support for these new tools.
As a second phase, LITS will evaluate possible institutional subscriptions or integration, taking into account long term availability, any potential interoperability issues with integration into essential tools like Moodle, cost, ease of use, and support impact.
- Whiteboard capabilities:
- Digital collaborative whiteboards: LITS recommends Miro: https://miro.com/online-whiteboard/.
- Simple drawing or typing by session host on screen during a video conference: LITS recommends the Zoom whiteboard: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/205677665-Share-a-Whiteboard.
- Writing by hand in recorded lectures: LITS recommends using an actual physical whiteboard as you would in an in person class.
- Collaborative digital annotation: LITS recommends Perusall: https://perusall.com/
- Grading handwritten assignments: LITS recommends Gradescope: https://www.gradescope.com/
- Interactive video discussions, quizzes, and commenting: LITS recommends the video comment and quiz features in Kaltura: integrated into Moodle, fully supported by LITS. http://guides.mtholyoke.edu/teachremote/kaltura
- Discipline Specific Software: Discipline Specific Software: LITS will follow up with license options for any discipline specific software requested via the faculty survey. Software specific to a discipline, if not already licensed by the College, is funded by the individual department. LITS can assist with an initial accessibility review and with academic pricing. Information will be shared with the individual requestors, who should then follow up with their department chairs and DOF office.
Requesting new software after the survey: If you need individual or student access to a specific software for your teaching, please fill out the LITS software request form. If you have feedback on software you are using or have used in the past which can help inform future software decisions by LITS, please share feedback on your experience in the LITS on the Faculty Feedback: Supplemental Teaching Technologies form.
More information: The Teaching Technologies page on the Remote Teaching Guide has more information on instructional software, including an FAQ.