The E-Merging Report
from the Office of Information Technology Services
Fisher College of Business
In the Classroom

Fisher classroom

The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) has made several improvements in the classrooms during the summer months.

RemoteNew, more user friendly presentation remotes have been introduced this quarter. The new devices will allow faculty to more seamlessly advance presentation slides.

We have also replaced projection screens in all classrooms.

Classroom AV key access changes

To ease the access to classroom AV equipment for faculty teaching in rooms with podiums or AV closets, the locks on the doors have been changed to allow any Fisher key to access the equipment.

This change eliminates the need to request separate podium/AV keys through ITS for instructional spaces. Podium/AV keys can be returned to the ITS front desk in 320 Mason Hall.

ITS Training
Using Microsoft Office 2007 can take some getting used to. To assist your transition, ITS has developed three separate one-hour training sessions for faculty and staff to learn about the latest versions of Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.

Information regarding the dates and topics covered in each session are listed below.

Microsoft Outlook
Oct. 6 (10 a.m.) or Oct. 7 (2 p.m.)
Topics covered:

  • Personalizing Outlook
  • Sending E-mail
  • Using the Calendar
  • Managing Your Mailbox
  • Webmail Options

Learn more and register.

Intermediate PowerPoint Skills
Nov. 3 (10 a.m.) or Nov. 4 (2 p.m.)
Topics covered:

  • What’s Changed From ’03 to ‘07
  • Templates/Slide Masters
  • Graphics and Animation
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Multimedia

Learn more and register.

Intermediate Excel Skills
Dec. 1 (10 a.m.) or Dec. 2 (2 p.m.)
Topics covered:

  • What’s Changed From ’03 to ‘07
  • Formulas and Advanced Formulas
  • Managing Multiple Worksheets
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Importing External Data
Learn more and register.

E-mail announcements will be coming soon with more details regarding these training sessions.

Carmen Success Story: Discussion Forums

Carmen offers many ways to communicate with your students. One specific tool is the discussion forums. The Carmen discussion forums allow faculty and students to have rich interaction, and because this interaction is asynchronous, the discussion can take place over time and allow for contemplative discussions.

Jeff Rodek, a senior lecturer in the Department of Management and Human Resources, has been using Carmen for more than a year and has found the discussion forums to be a valuable tool in creating in-depth interaction with his students.

Specifically, he reports the following benefits:

  • Getting to know the students better
  • Allowing for in-depth and candid interactions
  • Helping him prepare for his course
  • Encouraging rich student-to-student interactions
View an interview with Jeff Rodek discussing his experiences with Carmen's discussion forums.

Jeff Rodek Video
Lecture Capture

Panopto is a lecture capture system implemented by ITS which can quickly, easily and effectively capture classes, presentations and meetings with any camera and microphone.

Panopto automatically recognizes and easily records from any device you want to use, including video, audio, desktop, document camera, etc., with the touch of a button. All of the text in any PowerPoint presentation is automatically searchable – taking your students directly to the areas of most importance to them.

Stephanie Glass, a lecturer in the Department of Management and Human Resources, used Panopto in her Business Skills and Environment course this summer to capture student generated content. The set-up to record student presentations was much easier than earlier solutions and archiving the presentations for instructor review and comments happens immediately at the end of the recording session.

Additional uses are being explored this quarter to allow regional campus students to connect with review sessions and to capture speaker presentations for students unable to attend the live sessions. Whether you want to create a more immersive learning experience for your students, create dynamic distance learning content or take advantage of the multitude of other applications for this lecture capture technology, please contact the ITS Helpdesk to schedule a demo and to learn more about Panopto.

Fall 2009

In This Issue

In the Classroom

ITS Training

Carmen Success Story: Discussion Forums

Lecture Capture

Autumn Quarter
Start-up Checklist

A new academic year has begun. Here is a quick checklist to help you be prepared:

  • Activate my Carmen course(s)
  • Bring my Fisher key to class to access podiums/AV closets
  • Sign up for Carmen workshops offered through TELR
  • Check my laptop for wireless access
  • Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2007

Carmen Training
Want to use Carmen for your course or get a refresher on how to use Carmen?

TELR offers regular training sessions on Carmen content, communication and grades.

To find out more about these training sessions and other training options, go to the Digital Union Web site.

For ideas on how to incorporate these concepts into your course contact the ITS Helpdesk.

Food For Thought

Student-Generated Content

To do is to learn. That’s a simple enough concept, but in most of our classrooms, students act as passive participants and do not become active learners as often as they could.

New learning theories such as Active Learning and Constructivism purport that students learn best by engaging with content and building their own learning constructs.

Employing student-generated content strategies allows students to tackle content in experiential situations and also lets students develop new skills that they can take into the marketplace.

To read an overview on Student-Generated Content, go to The Sloan Consortium.

For ideas on how to incorporate these concepts into your curriculum contact the ITS Helpdesk.

Contact ITS



For technology related assistance, please visit our Helpdesk team at 320 Mason Hall, between the hours of
8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The E-Merging Report is published quarterly by the Office of Information Technology Services.

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