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Instructional Support and Research Support Monthly Updates

Is Your Course Accessible?
What You Need to Know!

Summer Accessibility Program Group

In June, OIT and the Office of Disability Services (ODS) offered a Summer Accessibility Workshop program that helped about 40 instructors learn how to make their class materials more accessible to all students. This fall, you can experience the same workshops on Thursdays* from 1-3p.m. starting September 29 through November 10. You can plan to join us for the entire series, or pick and choose your topics. This series will be held at the Office of Disability Services (Dunford Hall, Room 125). These workshops incorporate accessibility guidelines and ideas for Universal Design for Learning.
Join us for:

Many of the workshops listed above are also available at alternate times/locations and this additional workshop is not part of the series:

* Due to Fall Break, the Creating Accessible Documents on a Windows PC workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 4.

For additional assistance, consultation, or training contact the OIT HelpDesk online or call 865-974-9900.

Fall ITCoP Discussions Begin September 28

World in shape of speech bubble with Accessibility, disabilities, text, video, etc.The fall IT Community of Practice (ITCoP) meetings are getting underway. The ITCoP is for faculty to join demonstrations and discussions about trends and issues in instructional technology. It meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. 

The first meeting this semester, Making Accessibility Happen, will be Wednesday, September 28, from 12:20-1:10p.m. in the Practice Presentation Room, 220E Hodges Library.

Faculty and staff are invited to join in a panel discussion of making accessibility a reality in teaching and learning at UT. Bring your lunch and a colleague and join in the discussion with panel members from Administration, faculty peers, Office of Disability Services and OIT. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Canvas is Live!

Canvas logoThe new Canvas learning management system successfully launched this fall. More than 300 instructors are already using the system for more than 400 courses. Students are viewing more than 60,000 pages daily in Canvas.
Blackboard and Canvas will continue to run side-by-side through May 17, 2017. Check our workshop offerings frequently as we will continue to add workshops to the schedule throughout the fall semester.
If you are interested in using Canvas this spring for your class, please contact the OIT HelpDesk online or at 865-974-9900.

Clicker Update: TurningPoint Cloud Launches

Supported Clickers: NXT and QT devices
With the start of the fall semester, UTK migrated to Turning Technologies’ TurningPoint Cloud as our personal response system (clickers) for classroom polling. This system provides secure, cloud-based management of courses, rosters, and assessment data. 
If you are experiencing registration issues during the transition or require additional assistance or one-on-one training, please contact the OIT HelpDesk online or at 865-974-9900, or contact Turning Technologies directly at 866-746-3015.

GTA@OIT Grant Application Deadline: October 7

GTA@OIT Grant logoAre Your GTAs Seeking a Grant Opportunity?

Apply for the GTA@OIT Grant
Call for Proposals Deadline: Friday, October 7

GTA@OIT offers Graduate Teaching Associates and Assistants (GTAs) an opportunity to receive a GTA@OIT Grant, which includes one-on-one instructional design consulting, Technology-Enhanced Classroom (TEC) training, and help in using Blackboard Learn, Canvas, and Zoom features related to communication, assessment, evaluation, and online instruction. Recipients of the grant will enhance their course delivery with technology by redesigning a course or course component for Web-based delivery.

Recipients of this grant also receive a monetary award to be used for salary supplement, travel, and/or professional development purposes.

Project RITE Grant Application Deadline: October 14

Project RITE logoInterested in researching the correlation between instructional technology and learning outcomes? 

Apply for the Project RITE Grant
Call for Proposals Deadline: Friday, October 14

Project RITE (Research of Instructional Technology in Education) is a grant opportunity for faculty at UT Knoxville and UT Martin to study the impact of using technology-mediated instructional strategies on student learning outcomes. Participants must design and conduct their own research pertaining to the question of how instructional technology affects student learning. Research pilots and projects should measure the use and effectiveness of technologies intended to enhance both teaching and learning processes.

ArcGIS Online - A New Way to Look at Maps

ArcGIS map

ArcGIS Online is a collaborative cloud-based Geographic Information System (GIS) that makes geographic content available to members of the UT Knoxville community. The UTK ArcGIS Online account complements the ArcGIS desktop software packages. ArcGIS Online provides more than just an online set of web maps. It incorporates existing GIS users with maps, applications, data, and basic spatial analysis. The platform includes an on-demand infrastructure for creating web maps, sharing maps, data, and applications across campus, geo-coding data, and subsequently analyzing geo-coded data. 

An individual ArcGIS Online account allows users to use data sets that have been posted to the cloud by ESRI or other UTK team members. Data available in ArcGIS Online can be used to support and visualize research topics in a variety of disciplines. It can be used to visualize trends within geographic areas or support policy changes. 

UTK users can access ArcGIS online by going to the UTK portal. Users create an account by logging in with their NetID and password. A workshop detailing how to use ArcGIS online will be offered in October. 

Analysis of Variance with Post Hoc Studies

Image From Wikipedia ANOVA articleMany times researchers need to compare the results from several different categorical groups or treatment combinations to determine patterns and relationships which may have been previously unknown. An Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) can be used to address this problem by identifying statistically significant differences in average outcome values for treatments of interest. More complex versions of ANOVA models can also be developed that incorporate additional continuous variables or random factors that explain additional variability in the outcome variable. This type of statistical model can then be broken down further by performing post hoc studies such as Fisher’s Least Squares Means or Tukey’s HSD to further investigate where the statistically significant differences between group values, or pairs, for each categorical factor are actually occurring.  

OIT’s Research Computing Support group can develop ANOVA models to help analyze your data. For free assistance, contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900 or view our schedule and stop by our walk-in area in Greve 517.


New Workshop: BYOD Wirelessly with WolfVision Cynap

Cynap cartoon showing Android, iOS, laptops, etc.

We have a brand new workshop on using the new Wolfvision Cynap devices that are available this fall in select classrooms. This exciting, new system allows you to bring your own device and connect to your tablet, phone, or laptop wirelessly.

The Cynap will allow instructors to share content simultaneously from multiple devices. Instructors and students can also give presentations without worrying about adapters.

Sign up for a one-hour workshop today!Register for O I T Workshops

Cynaps are available in the following classrooms: 

  • Dougherty Engineering 416
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences 400
  • Hodges Library Rooms: 101, 127, 128, 211, 220E
  • Plant Science 128
  • Walters Life Science M401 and M415
  • Alumni Memorial Building 32 (coming soon)
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