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Faculty Led Workshops Explore Virtual Environments

by Ruth Gregory 25. November 2014 11:05

On October 27th the WSU Global Campus hosted instructors Adam Attwood and Ray Lee who presented about the positive effects virtual environments have had on student engagement in their courses.  

Lee (seen above), an instructor in Marine Biology, discussed his use of online streams and records of underwater explorations in his classes.  He pointed out that viewing marine life through your computer actual mimics the way that most oceanographers explore the sea since sending people into the highly pressurized depths of the ocean is not always possible.

Attwood, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education, has used the Google Art Project in various teaching environments to expose students to artwork that they might now otherwise be able to see in person.  Some of the pieces even allow viewers to get up to works in a way they cannot do in person.

You can now access video of the Virtual Environments Faculty Led Workshop on the Global Campus Faculty Led Workshops YouTube channel.

An announcement of this workshop was also in the WSU News.

"Teaching with Technology" Featured on WSU News

by Ruth Gregory 19. November 2014 09:29

Ruth Gregory talks with instructor Adam Attwood

Brief with a side of whimsy: WSU videos cover “Teaching With Technology”

WSU’s Ruth Gregory, an award-winning filmmaker and video producer, has launched a video blog to help faculty increase student success by incorporating emerging technologies into their courses. In “Teaching With Technology,” Gregory examines new tools and interviews WSU faculty members who are integrating technology into their classes.

The episodes are both brief and whimsical, said Gregory, the Emerging Technology and Multimedia Specialist at WSU Global Campus, “We wanted faculty to be able to quickly preview new technology they might want to use in a fun and accessible way.”

The first six episodes of the video blog (aka vlog) are available on YouTube. Three installments cover ways faculty can have students use their cell phones and other Web-enabled devices for instructional purposes, rather than “selfies, social media streams, and hilarious cat videos.” Other episodes highlight how R.D. Keegan in Veterinary Sciences and Adam Attwood, a graduate teaching assistant at the College of Education, are using technology in innovative ways. New episodes are set to be released near the end of each month.

Anyone interested in learning more about incorporating technology in their classes can contact Gregory directly at (509) 335-2105 or Ruth.Gregory@wsu.edu for more information or to schedule a demonstration. You can also follow Gregory on Twitter @WSUTeachwTech where she tweets regularly about technology and education.

This video series is part of several initiatives created in conjunction with the WSU Provost’s Office Cougar PAWS program, which aims to increase student engagement and success. Other options can be found on the Cougar PAWS website, the Global Campus eLearning Services site, and the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning.

First featured in the WSU news

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