There are a number of technologies that you can use to engage in alternative methods of teaching courses or to make up for lost instructional time. The staff at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching would be happy to discuss different ways that you can use the technological tools effectively in your courses. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please send an email to CELT@clayton.edu or call 678-466-4190.
Every scheduled course at Clayton State is provided with learning management space on BrightSpace that you can utilize for instruction, assignments, and testing. Your lectures or instructional videos can be uploaded to this course web space and drop boxes can be used to collect assignments. Two of the features included in this system, discussions and chat, can be implemented quickly and will allow you the opportunity engage your students at a distance.
"The Discussions tool allows you to create topics relevant to the course where users enrolled in the course can post and reply to messages. You can ask questions, generate discussion, and encourage Students to share feedback and ideas" (Blackboard, 2009). More information on setting up a discussion board can be found in the BrightSpace tutorials.
The Chat tool allows you to communicate in real time with other users in the course. You can use Chat to engage in real-time conversations with all users or selected users. Skype for Business is also available to you, as a faculty member, and students. This tool allows real-time chat, audio and video conferencing. For a walk-through regarding installation of Skype for Business please click here.
Clayton State has a site license with Blackboard Collaborate for web conferencing. Collaborate supports audio, video, slide presentations (PowerPoint), whiteboard activities, chat and polling. In addition, any sessions can be recorded and archived for future use. More information on creating and facilitating a Collaborate session can be found in the Blackboard Collaborate Tutorials.
If you are comfortable recording your lecture material ahead of time, you have several lecture-capture options that will allow you to do so. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has licenses for Camtasia Studio that you can use to record audio and video. This software suite has advanced editing capabilities and will publish your presentation to our Relay Server to share with your students. You may also use TechSmith Relay, which is a simpler piece of software that serves the same purpose. For more information on installing and using TechSmith Relay you can view our TechSmith Relay tutorials.