Distance Learning classes at UAH are offered as an outreach to students around the state, country, and world. These classes are an integral part of the UAH academic environment. The Distance Learning initiative at UAH strives to provide up-to-date and service-oriented technological support for all DL faculty and classes, while maintaining a strict focus on offering high quality academic work. We serve to continuously improve our support structure. To see guiding principles and future plans for our DL program, click here to view "Features of Exceptional Programs & Courses" in Distance Learning. Also check out our new information on DL Webcasting.
Distance Learning courses and programs at UAH taught by faculty from within the College of Engineering use a number of technological tools. We use a lecture capture tool that allows us to capture live or pre-recorded lectures while our professors are teaching and to provide this content to our DL students. These classes may be viewed on-demand or live via Streaming/Webcasting, where available. Many of our faculty also supplement their DL classes with Angel, the course management system for the UAH Campus. In addition, we also offer some courses across the UA System using Videoconferencing.
Attention COE DL Faculty and those using DL staff services! Lecture capture updates are coming for Spring 2014 semester. Please refer to the transitional information below for additional information.
WHAT DOES THIS TRANSITION ENTAIL?
We are moving from our previous lecture capture system (Mediasite) to a new lecture capture system (Panopto). This transition entails new hardware and software components in the DL classrooms, as well as a change in videography provisions with class recordings. Additionally, many of our procedures will be modified and updated to reflect this new technology usage. We will continue to provide examination proctoring and also document distribution and delivery as we have in the past. An updated Spring 2014 DL Policies & Procedures document will be provided before the new term begins to further detail all changes.
Equipment changes include removal of Smartboards; new, larger Sympodiums for ink annotations during presentations; projection screens; new projectors; new mics/audio for in-room recording; new cameras; new on-board lecture capture software on instructional stations; and new instructional podiums.
Rooms impacted include:
Technology Hall: TH N 140, TH N 142, TH N 153, TH N 155, TH N 324, TH S117. Additionally, TH S 104 and TH N 326 were upgraded during the Fall 2013 term.
Engineering Building: EB 134
WHY ARE WE TRANSITIONING?
A lecture capture evaluation committee was formed some time back to determine how best to grow this initiative for capturing audio, video, and content for our students, both in a DL and a non-DL capacity. Based on the upgraded classroom designs recently put into place by the Academic Technologies group on our campus, we selected Panopto in order to support the classroom's hardware and software functionality, as well as to allow us to grow outside of a small proporation of classrooms.
WHAT MOTIVATED THE CHANGE:
In January 2013, a new software platform from Mediasite was introduced (Mediasite Desktop Capture) that allowed faculty the much-requested capacity to record content independently, without the need to have either a live videographer or to be restricted to recording in a physical classroom on campus. This software capability is in high-demand by faculty on the UAH campus, and moving forward with the lecture capture initiative to make it more widely available across our campus, we sought to select a software solution that would allow that flexibility and also work alongside our upgraded classrooms. Panopto was the software tool among numerous evaluated that could meet all of our needs.
CHANGE IN SERVICES PROVIDED BY COE DL STAFF:
COE DL technical staff will continue to provide training opportunities to DL faculty members, as well as COE faculty members teaching in classrooms equipped with the new technologies. The most significant change to our procedures are the move from out-of-room capture by videographers to in-room class recordings by faculty members. This procedural change is covered in trainings and workshops.
DL staff and administration will continue to proctor examinations, manage document delivery, and provide technical assistance where needed. Likewise, DL staff will continue to be available for recording individual presentations and special events requiring on-site videography on as as-needed basis.
Training on the new lecture capture software, Panopto, will formally begin in October 2013. The College of Engineering will be transitioning from Mediasite to Panopto during the Fall 2013 term by migrating content needing to be reused in future terms onto the Panopto server. Starting January 2014 with the Spring 2014 term, the COE DL department plans to fully roll out the usage of Panopto in all of our courses and events.
TRAINING (WHEN IT WILL OCCUR; WHAT WILL BE AVAILABLE) AND SUPPORT DOCUMENTS:
Campus-wide training offerings for the new Panopto Lecture Capture system began in mid-October 2013. Departmental trainings as well as individual faculty and staff trainings are offered on an individual request basis. Just contact Dr. Sherri Restauri (email@example.com) to schedule your training for your department or for yourself.
Additional Q&A on Mediasite to Panopto Transition (Under Development--Check back for frequent updates as we near the Spring 2014 rollout time):
- How does the transition occur from the MS software/videos to the Panopto software/videos?:
If you have previously recorded materials that you would like to have loaded for reuse on the Panopto Lecture Capture server, please contact Dr. Restauri with the specific Course ID, Session(s), and Term taught and these materials can be loaded for you.
- Will COE provide leaders/trailers and/or presentation templates to allow faculty to standardize their presentations, as was used in the past lecture capture system?
Because faculty will now be starting and stopping their recordings, leaders/trailers must be added onto your presentation from the instructional station. We will continue to have these templates available in-room as well as on our DL faculty website, and you may download those and use these for creating your class presentations. We will include a template for both a leader and trailer that you may find useful for adding into any PowerPoints you present.
- Are there training materials available electronically for the new classroom equipment and/or Panopto?
Yes. A large number of training files and presentations are available for your review.
- Classroom equipment set up and management
- You may locate documentation on Panopto LC software through the Virtual Faculty Resource Center on Angel, and also through the shared UAH Google Drive folder (http://www.uah.edu/oit/services/lecture-capture/about).
- Also, the Office of Information Technology on campus has created a website that links numerous training documents and tutorials for both students & faculty:
Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series
Blackboard is offering a free faculty pedagogy training webinar series called the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series. The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is a training initiative to help augment (not replace) your on-campus faculty training efforts. Harnessing our community of Blackboard users, BITS will share the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. This program will consist of monthly faculty training webinars that will be taught by faculty from higher ed institutions and supported by Blackboard experts. View the BITS schedule.
DL Faculty Support and Mentoring
To assist and support you with teaching through DL, we have created a Distance Learning group on Facebook. Select this link to join our group, and stay in touch with DL students and faculty at UAH. Further, we encourage new DL faculty to work with professors within their disciplines with experience in DL under a mentoring approach during the first and second academic terms.
Need to improve your technological skills in areas such as email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other tools? Check out the UAH Click and Learn Series. Downloadable training documents as well as Flash presentations are available for your review.
Live Viewing of Captured Events
Did you know that DL at UAH offers LIVE viewing of captured events through our lecture capture system as a Webcasting event?
In addition to our viewers ability to watch content on-demand (on your own time), content is also available via live streaming options configurable in our Mediasite system. These live streamed events, called Webcasts, allow viewers to see and hear the presenter, along with any content being presented (i.e. PowerPoint slides) as time-synched pictures alongside the presentation. These events may be configured to allow viewers to also view and respond to polls, submit questions via a text chat tool, and view linked documents for the individual presentation. If you would like to request that your class or event have live streaming Webcasting available, please include that on your reservation form, or contact the DL Director to request this on a case-by-case or semester basis.
See the Live Stream Interaction Options handout for more information on these options. Please note that you may also view polls that have been completed, view linked documents, and submit questions when viewing videos on-demand, provided that these tools are enabled in your event.
Supporting Distance Learning Students with Disabilities
- Supporting UAH students with disabilities--What can I do as a faculty member?
- Make sure to review and incorporate the UAH Disability Statement template into your course syllabus
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