Semester Tips & Tools from Academic Support Units

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Semester Tips & Tools
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The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing
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Dr. Dickie Selfe, Director
485 Mendenhall Lab
(614) 688-5865

Considering the role of writing in teaching on semesters:

  • How can we give students multiple opportunities to get feedback at all stages of the writing process?

The Writing Center
Dr. Doug Dangler, Coordinator
475 Mendenhall Lab
(614) 688-4291

  • How can we help students to think critically about the professional roles they will take on and the kinds of writing they will do in the work world?

Minor in Professional Writing
Trish Houston, Coordinator
419 Mendenhall Lab
(614) 688-4652

  • What kinds of educational experiences with writing are students bringing with them into our classrooms and how can we both harness these experiences in our classrooms as well as ‘bring them up to speed’?

CSTW Outreach Program
Dr. Nancy Hill McClary, Coordinator
485A Mendenhall Lab
(614) 688-5357

  • How can we prepare students to not only work with the information and communication technology that is here now, but also adapt to what will come along 5, 10, or 20 years from now?

Communication Technology Consultants
Dr. Dickie Selfe, Director
485C Mendenhall Lab
(614) 688-5960

  • What role can writing play not only in helping students to communicate more effectively, but in helping them to learn more critically?

Writing Across the Curriculum
Dr. Chris Manion, Coordinator
479B Mendenhall Lab
(614) 292-9650

Learning Technologies
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Liv Gjestvang, Learning Technology Outreach Lead
Office of the Chief Information Officer
The Ohio State University
O: (614) 247-6457

Supporting Conversion to Semesters

All summer and autumn courses are already created in a semester model in Carmen, so you can begin working in these courses now, or request a test course and copy the content over to the actual course once you are satisfied with its design. This team is also exploring the possibility of a University-wide lecture capture system that would provide easy access to the tools to record and upload lecture materials and audio. Once funding becomes available, this service is ready to be launched.

All centrally scheduled classrooms have a base level of technology and we are continuing to invest in new technology spaces on campus including a new lab in Hagerty Hall, and new technology enhanced classrooms in Hagerty, Derby, Central Classrooms and Baker.

As you wrap up redesign on your semester courses, consider reaching out to the Digital Union to learn more about the role technology can play in supporting your teaching and course design. From incorporating multimedia projects, to teaching in a hybrid or online format, from using Carmen more effectively to exploring technology and accessibility, the Digital Union offers up to 50 workshops per quarter (with more than 3000 participants in 2011) exploring ways to enhance teaching and learning with technology.

The Digital Union also offers individual consultations on technology projects, and oversees the Learning Collaboration Studio, an experimental classroom with reconfigurable furniture and dual boot laptops; a great space for gateway classes, videoconferencing, collaborative projects, multimedia work and more.

Learning Technology also supports faculty and staff with the semesters conversion through our grants program. Write to to learn more about how the grants program can support your work.

Highlighted grants include the:

Impact Grant (biannual); next deadline is May 21, 2012
The focus of the Departmental Impact Grant is to increase student engagement, facilitate greater instructor efficiency, and enable anyplace/anytime learning through purposeful technology use in a course impacting students. Financial (up to $15,000) and LT personnel (up to 200 hours) resources are provided to the recipients.

Professional Development Grant (biannual); next deadline is July 23, 2012
The focus of the eLearning Professional Development Grant is to increase student engagement, facilitate greater instructor efficiency, and enable anytime/anyplace learning by extending learning technology skills and knowledge. Receive up to $2,000 to attend a conference, host a speaker, take a training course, or more.

This team offers very reasonably priced video production services, lecture and event capture, videoconferencing support and general media support. They have a secure media library for copyrighted video and audio titles that are owned by the University or an instructor. Once a title is uploaded, students can watch media outside of class, with unlimited concurrent users, or a piece can be screened in class. This service provides you with a simple link to your streaming media once it is uploaded.

Ohio State’s annual conference featuring the best uses of teaching with technology from across the region. This past year’s conference on April 13 was the largest yet, featuring presentations on challenge-based learning, virtual student orientation, harnessing optimism in the classroom, apps for treating children with autism and many more. With more than 70 presenters and participants from 50 institutions this year, we only expect this event to grow in the future. Please join us next year on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Ohio Union for our 4th annual Innovate conference – and consider submitting a proposal to present.

Ohio State University recognizes that we live in transformative times, and students, faculty and staff expect to learn and work with relevant tools. In response to a groundswell of interest from students and faculty, Digital First will redesign the campus experience at Ohio State by optimizing wireless and classroom technology, providing faculty the opportunity to offer engaging digital learning content to students, and by enabling cultural change and enhancing the student experience from enrollment to graduation and beyond. This partnership with Apple will involve campuswide opportunities to use mobile technology to create greener, more mobile, accessible and collaborative solutions for teaching, research and outreach.

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Jennifer Belisle, Academic Counselor/Adv Tech Research Specialist
381 Bricker Hall
190 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
O: (614) 292-5235

Office for Disability Services
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Lois Harris, Director
The Ohio State University
150 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1297
O: (614) 292-3307
(614) 429-1334 (VRS)
(614) 292-4190 (FAX)

Service-Learning Initiative
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Harmony Cox, Program Coordinator
The Ohio State University
205 Kuhn Honors and Scholars House
220 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
O: (614) 247-4439

University Center for the Advancement of Teaching
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Alan Kalish, Director
The Ohio State University
2nd Floor Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
O: (614) 292-3644

University Libraries
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Karen Diaz, Head
Teaching and Learning Office
OSU Libraries
155C Thompson Library
O: (614) 247-6057

Information Literacy Toolkit: learn about our new virtual, collaborative space for sharing resources that help teach information literacy skills to students

Courses: we are also teaching and revising for semesters and have some courses you might like to know about

Course Enhancement Grants: an opportunity to work with your subject librarian to enhance your students work with library resources and expertise

Walter E. Dennis Learning Center
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Lauren Hensley, Instructional Systems Specialist
250C Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
O: (614) 688-3708