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Digital Learning Showcase
ITS staff hosted the fifth annual Digital Learning Showcase on May 4, 2021, featuring two tracks of virtual sessions. Faculty demonstrasted strategies they are using to increase course sizes without decreasing particiation and engagement. The event featured a kickoff from Senior Vice Chancellor Dr. Sacha Kopp and Vice President of IT and UNO's Chief Information Officer, Bret Blackman.
Each Spring, a UNO faculty member is recognized with the Outstanding Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award. Sponsored by ITS, the award honors faculty who have implemented outstanding innovative teaching approaches shown to increase student learning, engagement and success. Innovative teaching is defined broadly and may include the:
- Use of new instructional technologies
- Use of traditional technologies in creative ways
- Adoption of teaching strategies that scale through the use of technology
- Adoption of tools or integrations that engage students in the learning process.
- Award recognizes faculty members who have contributed significant, creative teaching innovations that promote effective and deeper learning.
Winners in 2021 included Melissa Cast-Brede and Jody Boyer.
Zoom and VidGrid have helped simplify current teaching practices but also allow faculty to dream bigger about new options. VidGrid helps do video captioning and storage while Zoom helps you quickly and easily engage with students via video. These creates more accessible course content and helps with faculty-student engagement. ITS has helped with more than 129,000 minutes of accessible video via VidGrid. More than 250,000 hours of Zoom meetings have been held!w
Push to Gradebook
With Push to Gradebook in 2018-19, ITS staff worked behind-the-scenes to create a seamless process that allow faculty to easily pull grades in Peoplesoft - MyRed, MyBlue and MavLink - from their Canvas courses. This means faculty are not only cutting down on time entering grades, but it also prevents potential errors from entering multiple times into different systems. "It just worked," thanks to a partnership with campus Registrar Offices as well as system ITS and the UNO Academic Technology team.
In partnership with Faculty Senate and support of Academic Affairs, and UNO Academic Technology under Information Technology Services, an area for showcasing research, personal portfolio work, and personal faculty sites is available as a service. Each faculty member can request one domain space per security, academic, other university policies, as well as the digital communications governance (as governed by the Digital Communications Executive Committee).
Through the use of your NetID, a personal dashboard for your personal web hosting is now available through a vendor called Reclaim Hosting. Although external hosting options are the best place for professors to own and create their own content or their personal sites with a non-unomaha.community domain, the service is attractive to those needing personal web space for web projects or personal professor pages with “unomaha” in the domain and at no cost. A knowledge base and support is also available 24/7 similar to Canvas. You can login and begin at unomaha.community.
Thanks to new innovations and investments in online teaching and learning, among other strategies, enrollment data released in 2020 showed historic highs in key success metrics, including the largest student body in nearly 30 years and the highest year-over-year overall retention rate in university history.