Faculty Support #1

1. (37) Technical assistance specifically for online course development and online teaching is provided for faculty.

Not Observed      Insufficient      Moderate Use     Meets Criterion Completely

SLIS faculty members have a broad range of technical assistance options to support their online teaching.

SLIS provides abundant support for use of the D2L learning management system. The School has its own D2L administrator and additional staff to support faculty use of the LMS. Support features include:

The SLIS Network Administrator is available by email, instant messaging, or phone to assist with technical support related to account requests for server space, web conferencing, management of locally hosted wikis and blogs, and use of software such as Panopto (for lecture capture).

SLIS has a full-time Equipment/Help-Desk Technician who assists faculty with computer issues. Remote troubleshooting is carried out via a variety of communication media including telephone, email, and desktop sharing.

The Assistant Director  for Distance Learning provides technical support for the web conferencing platform. Under her direction, a group of students assist faculty and students each semester through a training and class assistance program. Faculty members who desire assistance in their use of Blackboard Collaborate are each assigned a trained student who provides support as needed in preparing for and carrying out online sessions.

The SLIS Web Technologist leads a team of staff and student assistants who provide assistance with all class-related web resources. Faculty text book selections and course syllabi are all available on the SLIS web site. The SLIS web team and the Programmer/Analyst provide timely support to faculty members who post their course information each semester.

When faculty members begin to prepare their first course, they must complete the Teaching Online course, an online course taught by the Assistant Director for Distance Learning. Specific technical assistance resources and staff are introduced in the course which consists of eight units covering the technology instructors will use, as well as the pedagogy of teaching online. 

The online faculty handbook provides technical reference material and tutorials to guide faculty members through a broad range of topics related to their online teaching. See the Faculty Handbook.

The Faculty Tech Tips blog provides information on emerging technologies with specific implementation steps outlined for practical use.

The SLIS T3 (Teaching Tips and Techniques) series includes presentations on technology and tools such as Panopto, social media, wikis, blogs, Collaborate

Faculty members are also invited to attend a two-day Faculty Institute in San Jose -held annually. The School covers travel and lodging expenses associated with this event. The Institute focuses on technology and pedagogy topics associated with online teaching. Institute resources are made available in the faculty sites within the learning management system to facilitate access for those who did not attend the Institute.

Technology tools are demonstrated at the Institute, with the intent of promoting faculty interest and adoption.  The Faculty Institute is also used to introduce recently deployed technologies and new systems to SLIS faculty.  Examples include:

  • Introducing faculty to the Desire2Learn learning management system prior to the transition from ANGEL to Desire2Learn
  • Introducing faculty to the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing system, and the Blackboard Instant Messaging system
  • Demonstrating use of the Panopto video capture system
  • Effective use of web conferencing to enhance online teaching.
  • Techniques for eliciting online discussion, engaging students in rich interactions, and assessing participation.
  • How to teach with social media and use Web 2.0 tools to boost collaborative learning.
  • Developing instructor and student presence in online classes to reduce student isolation and build a learning community.
  • Leveraging technology and tools to give quality feedback to students regarding assignments (e.g., using Jing screencasts to provide rich feedback).
  • Leveraging guest speakers to expand student learning and interaction with practitioners.
  • Effective use of blogging to enhance student learning and participation.
  • Organizing a user-friendly course in the learning management system.
  • Using rubrics and clear assignment guidelines to encourage student creativity and promote student success


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