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Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook
Chapter 2 -- Academic Affairs


Academic Services

Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies (TigerLearn)

If you are interested in teaching online, transforming your course into online asynchronous model, creating a hybrid course for flipped classroom, using technology to supplement your face-to-face course or technology training please contact Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies. Our team supports three overlapping areas: Teaching and Learning with Technology, Course Development, and Faculty Development. Our goal is to support the FHSU faculty by providing resources and training for successful planning and implementation of learning theory and learning technologies. Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies draws together experts in instructional design, Open Educational Resources, graphic design, audio and video production, learning analytics, and videoconferencing. Our mission is to support the faculty and staff as they integrate technology into the learning environment to improve student engagement and success.

Course Development

TigerLearn works collaboratively with faculty to help them develop online and blended courses. Our approach is consultative and our goal is to support each instructor's vision by providing resources, tools and a fresh perspective.

The course development services include:

  • Course design--providing curriculum, course, or lesson design expertise (typically done on an appointment basis). Making connections between tools and methods in an online environment.
  • Course delivery--determining needs, developing short or long courses, and assuring the relationship between feedback systems and improvement of instruction. While many of the faculty development services include instruction on how to use appropriate technologies, some will not be related to technology.
  • Resource integration (OER)--Through the judicious use of Open Educational Resources we can provide our students with access to high quality, low cost resources. We can help in this process through the identification of resources and by providing guidance on how to integrate OER course materials into the design of a course.
  • Technology integration--helping faculty and staff to integrate the right hardware and software to the instructional environment. Expertise in most educational software and social media environments is available.

Teaching and Learning with Technology:

  • Blackboard--Blackboard is a learning management system with a wide range of options and functionalities. We can help instructors meet their course design objectives through creative and effective use of all that Blackboard has to offer.
  • Development--developing professional presentations for classes, conferences, or professional meetings. These presentations can include PowerPoint/Keynote, custom video, graphics, animation, and multimedia.
  • Consulting--responding to departmental and individual requests to build technology-related or presentation systems, as well as providing data analysis services.
  • Conference support--given ample advance warning, the TigerLearn staff will help prepare a first class conference presentation using one medium or a variety of media.
  • Review of University technology resources--reviewing instructional technology being used across the university to share our existing resource and knowledge base and to determine if FHSU can benefit from 'economy of scale' purchases.
  • Technical grant writing--providing expertise in all instructional systems included in grant proposals. This includes, if ample time is provided, researching of the technologies to select the best one(s) for the intended instructional environment.

Faculty Development

Diverse, technologically-supported solutions are being used in areas as diverse as student advising, student retention, course content, learning collaboration, and merit evaluation. Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies provides presentations, workshops, and web-based support to help faculty and staff navigate the various processes, tools and platforms.

  • Training--providing both formal and informal instruction on instructional hardware and software. Formal training includes short presentations (Lunch Bytes), periodic classes, and qualifying classes. Informal classes will be made available in the lab by appointment or walk in.
  • Peer Observations--Confidential one-on-one mentoring and consultation.
  • Faculty Consultation--work with faculty on a consultative basis to offer resources for effective teaching and learning.

 

Library Services and Policies for Faculty and Staff

Forsyth Library supports the research and teaching needs of faculty, staff and students and provides essential instruction in information literacy across disciplines.   The most current information about library services and policies is found on the library web site http://fhsu.edu/library/.   

A specific services page for faculty is online at: http://www.fhsu.edu/library/departments/facultyservices/

Each academic department and some related service areas have a library professional assigned as a liaison to help answer questions and direct faculty to services and resources.  A list of departmental liaisons is available from the faculty services web page.

Classroom, Library, or Virtual Instruction:

Forsyth librarians partner with teaching faculty to provide instruction in research skills and the effective use and application of information.  Faculty can schedule library instruction through the request form available from the faculty services web page or contact their library liaison. Librarians can also provide faculty with assistance in developing classroom assignments that integrate information literacy skills into courses or the help faculty build a scaffold of advanced skills for a series of courses in a discipline.   Librarians do not serve as classroom substitutes when faculty are absent.  Faculty must be present for all in-person library instruction sessions.

Library online instruction tutorials and informational videos can also be incorporated into courses. These are available from the faculty services web page.  Faculty teaching virtual classes may request help from their liaison to integrate library resources or information literacy outcomes into their online courses.

Library Resources and Collections:

Forsyth Library collects, delivers, and preserves outstanding research resources The library has undergone a dramatic transition to make a majority of its periodicals available online and to provide a substantive collection of electronic books. Most materials, including articles, eBooks, and streaming media, are discoverable through the library catalog available from the library web site and individual databases are linked on the library web site under “Research Databases.” Faculty may suggest acquisition of new resources through an online request form located under the “Services” button on the library’s web site.   Interlibrary loan can sometimes provide access to materials not owned by the library.  

Borrowing policies for physical library materials (e.g., books, dvds, equipment) are posted on the library’s web site under the “Services” button.  Materials are circulated to individual faculty members rather than to departments.   If a faculty member sends an assistant to check out materials in the faculty member's name, written authorization and the faculty ID card must be sent with that person.

Electronic (online) resources are generally licensed for off-campus access only by current faculty, students and staff.  Access usually requires a TigerNetID or access through the campus virtual private network (VPN).  A few resources, including the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, require the employee or student to establish an account using their FHSU email account.  Those not affiliated with FHSU may use resources by using a computer in Forsyth Library.

Course reserves:

Faculty members wanting physical materials, including personal copies of materials, placed on reserve for student use should obtain reserve material request forms from the Access Services Manager at the Learning Commons Desk on the main floor of Forsyth Library. Allow five working days for necessary paperwork before telling students that the material is available on course reserve.

Learning Commons Spaces and Services:

The Forsyth Library Learning Commons consists of the areas where students and faculty collaborate, use technology, and find technology assistance. Faculty can refer students for assistance with software questions as well as guidance in creating videos or other presentations.  A new Media Lab features a room with one-button video recording.  The Learning Commons service desk provides technology such as laptops, cameras, projectors and more for checkout to students, faculty and staff. Various spaces for both quiet study and/or collaboration exist throughout the library such as Smart Study rooms featuring collaboration screens and even a user friendly video studio.  Look under the “Services” button on the library web site for more information on equipment checkout or reserving a Smart Study room.

Library Hours:

Exceptions to normal hours of operation are posted on the library web site. General hours during fall and spring semesters are:

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - Midnight

 

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